Our Staff

The Center would not be able to offer vital programs and services to our community if it weren’t for our staff. The next time you stop by the Center please introduce yourself and thank them for their support of our community.

Administration & Operations

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Rob Moolman

Executive Director

He - Him - His

RobMoolman@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5204, ext:1010

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Management (M.Ed) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Accounting and Commercial Law and
a Higher Diploma in Higher Education (HDE) (a teaching certification) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Prior to working with the UPC, Rob was working on his Ph.D. in Education, with the major question that was explored being: “how does school management drive the change process and implementation of a more comprehensive and explicit inclusivity policy regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender or intersex students in the Australian school system?” Prior to that, he worked as an Education Consultant at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission where he was engaged in helping schools and specifically physical education departments within schools be more inclusive of same-sex attracted and gender diverse students. Rob has always considered teaching his first love and has worked as an Economics and Accounting teacher for 13 years in South Africa, before moving to Australia in 2010. His experiences as a teacher, head of department and assistant housemaster, have greatly impacted his career and perspectives on care, learning, and education. The majority of Robs LGBTQ work has been in schools. His first formal foray into LGBTQ work was when he was working on the 'Fair go, sport!" program for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. This enabled Rob to work with schools, universities and sporting spaces across the State of Victoria, Australia on a program helping those individuals in sporting spaces consider how they might become more inclusive and develop senses of belonging. Rob has also worked at the University of Melbourne on the Education Departments Inclusivity and Diversity Committee and lectured to prospective teachers on ways in which their classroom spaces might become safe and brave spaces for themselves and their LGBTQ students. Upon arriving in Utah, he was quickly drawn to the exciting opportunities offered by the Utah Pride Center and the 'grassroots' work that gets done with communities. Rob was a member of the Board of Directors for a year and a half before becoming the Executive Director. When Rob was asked “Why you work at UPC?” -- He answered that there has never been a space where he has felt more challenged, excited, happy and anxious - all at the same time. He further explains that this is one of the most incredible spaces to work due to the people he gets to work with and the people he gets to serve. Rob says the opportunity to be engaged in a space like the UPC has been humbling and frightening. The sheer scale of the work that still needs to be done, and the enormity of the work that has already been done by our Queer Elders both sit together in this space. We owe so much to so many - in both of those cases. Rob says he is a firm believer in the Xhosa concept of "Ubuntu" - which roughly translated means that "I am, because We are" or "I can only be fully me, if I allow you to be fully you". Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been a role model and hero for many years, and this is a theory of community care and inclusion that he espouses constantly.
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John Johnson

Director Of Operations & Administration

He - Him - His

JohnJohnson@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5186, ext: 1001

John Johnson has a long history with the Utah Pride Center and now serves as the Operations & Administrative Director of the UPC facility and festival. Having been raised in the Midwest, he graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Business
Management & Finance. He has worked for three local non-profits and in the Events industry and brings that experience back to the Pride Center again. John has served as a volunteer, past board member and Festival Director over a span of 20+ years. His combined non-profit, sales/marketing and events experience has helped build the Utah Pride Festival to become one of Utah’s flagship events. John understands the value of each community having a home. And that a home can mean a lot of different things to various “family” members. He is so impressed with The Center’s growth, extensive programs and the level of which the LGBTQ community enjoys their community center on a weekly basis. Ask John his motto for life and he will tell you, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” And for this we are grateful to have him on our team.
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Isaac Furniss

IT Support

They - He

IsaacFurniss@utahpridecenter.org

Isaac always seeks to learn, loves figuring out how things work, and definitely does not have a (bad?) habit of making puns. They've worked over a decade in tech (IT Administration, Hosting Support, and Cybersecurity). They studied History at
Utah State University and have volunteered with a variety of community organizations and events such as USU LIFE, Utah Polyamory Society, The Menagerie, Utah Pride Festival (Parade, March & Rally, History Zone, Entertainment), Rocky Mountain Rebellion, Element 11 Sanctuary and Rangers, Rape Recovery Center Crisis Advocates, Utah Pride Center (Community Education, TransAction), Utah Urban Arts Festival, and STEAMpunk Academy. They are passionate about developing communities through individual enrichment (unlearning and decolonizing our inner worlds) and principles of mutual aid.
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Adult Programming

Deb Hall

Director of Adult Programming

She - Her - Hers

DebHall@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5232, ext:1017

Deb Hall spent the first 23 years of her career working in the communications industry for two very large corporations. Through those companies, she had the opportunity to be involved in
many community service roles, served as a Chief Union Steward and learned to advocate for marginalized populations. She also had the opportunity to be a tutor in Math and English as a Second Language. After leaving Corporate American, Deb moved into the non-profit world serving in different capacities for many organizations including March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, Girl Scouts of Utah, the Alzheimer's Association and now the Utah Pride Center. Deb also has a background in hospice and palliative care and continues to offer services as a death doula. Deb is passionate about Alzheimer's and other dementias and serves often as a dementia care practitioner working with families providing support as they try to navigate the disease process. Deb sits on Boards and Committees for the Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, State of Utah Department of Health Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Utah Commission on Aging, Alzheimer's Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Salt Lake County Health Department Access and Functional Needs Committee. Deb has degrees and certifications in Legal Studies, Gerontology, Business Management, Yoga Instruction, Hospice and Palliative care and Med Tech. Some odd classes she has taken are belly dancing and hula hooping. If she were able to have one wish fulfilled, it would be to have the freedom to go to school forever, for free of course! Deb came out 30 years ago, but first became involved with the LGBTQ community only 11 years ago when she volunteered for the Pride Festival Committee. During that time the Utah Pride Center became an affiliate chapter of SAGE USA. Deb was asked to chair the SAGE committee and did so for a couple of years, putting together and securing the first community partners to participate in the SAGE booth at the Pride Festival. In 2018, Deb took the SAGE committee chair position once again as a volunteer and six months later, began as a paid employee of the Pride Center in the position of Manager of Senior Programs and Advocacy, which lead to the current position as Director of Adult Programs. Deb chooses to work at the Pride Center in her current role because she believes that of all the roles she has held throughout her career have been leading her to this one perfect job.
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Nick Arteaga

Adult Programing Manager

He - Him - They - Them

NickArteaga@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5231, ext: 1016<

Nick is a Latinx nonbinary person of transmasculine experience from Southern California. They have been a volunteer at the Utah Pride Center with the Genderevolution Planning Committee since 2014. Nick has been the Event Director
of Genderevolution 2018 and 2019 and is also the leader of TransAction, a trans-led, trans-positive program of the Utah Pride Center. Nick comes from an enormous, loving family (second oldest of ten kids) and has a beautiful partner, Kayla whom he loves very much! They enjoy eating yummy, vegan food, watching movies with friends and practicing self-care. Nick is a SLCC (Salt Lake Community College) alumni graduated with honors and working towards their Bachelor's in Psychology. Nick is ecstatic to be a part of the Utah Pride Center and looks forward to helping people and saving lives because that’s what we do!
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Community Engagement, Marketing, and Development

Joni Weiss

Web Design & Development

She - Her - Hers

JoniWeiss@utahpridecenter.org

Joni has been working with the Center almost since she came out more than a dozen years ago. She identifies as bi, pan, demisexual, graysexual, and transgender. Joni has her bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University
in Denver. She has had a 34-year career between her work at AT&T and with IBM. She's been working with web technlogies off and on since 1994 (remember the Mosaic browser?). Joni was on the board of the Utah Pride Center (2009-2012) where she helped make the Utah Trans March a reality (Trans March has been combined with the Dyke March & Rally and the Bi+ March & Rally -- I helped make that a reality as well). She was part of the 1 to 5 Club Sustainability team since before it was called that (stepped back in 2019), was part of the leadership in TransAction (first edition), and Sage Utah, and most recently started the Bi-Hive community group (it's part of SAGE Utah). In her spare time, Joni enjoys reading, movies, listening to music, meditating, and playing guitar and/or drums with others (She was in several bands from the year she came out, up until 2014. Since then she has played the box drum with other queer musicians. Joni has worked simultaneously as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Web Developer from 2010 until in 2018 she hung up her massage hands. Joni is passionate about making sure bi+ and trans+ folks have access to resources they need to move forward with their lives.
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Youth & Family Programs

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Amanda Darrow

Director of Youth & Family Programs

She - Her - Hers

AmandaDarrow@utahpridecenter.org

Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, both from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is passionate about inclusion and social justice. Amanda began her advocacy
with her research on The Effects of a Heteronormative Classroom Environment on LGBTQ+ Students. Before the Utah Pride Center, Amanda worked in higher and elementary education. Amanda works at the Utah Pride Center to make homes more accepting and welcoming for our youth and families, schools and community spaces more inclusive for all, and to educate the current and future generations about our incredible LGBTQIA+ community. When Amanda is not working she and her wife Kortni love to go to Utah Royals FC games, swim, and play at the park with their dogs Gilbert Barack and Sydnei Lou.
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Suicide Prevention Team

Katie Perkins

Suicide Prevention & Services Manager

She - Her - Hers

KatiePerkins@utahpridecenter.org

Katie has a background in healthcare where she spent over a decade before making a career transition to business to focus on LGBTQ+ causes. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and founded a consulting
company that specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace. Her experience includes working with nonprofits, startups, higher education, consulting for corporate clients, and even launching an LGBTQ+ Resource Center. She enjoys educating others about LGBTQ+ culture and does so via interviews, podcasts, discussion panels, conference workshops, and anywhere someone asks for help. Katie’s activism efforts began in 2006 as a volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign. This work has continued over the years and she now serves as Director of Education and Programming for Pride of Southern Utah. Katie’s passion for helping others led her to her current role at the Utah Pride Center where she works to bring education, tools, and resources about suicide prevention to areas across the state. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and loves sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Katie and her partner Lisa live in St. George, UT and enjoy hiking, traveling, and hosting dinner parties.
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Kelsey Kehoe

Suicide Prevention & Services Coordinator

They - Them - Theirs

KelseyKehoe@utahpridecenter.org

Kelsey earned their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of San Diego. They are a volunteer Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line. In the last year and a half that they’ve been
with the Crisis Text Line, they have had over 400 conversations with individuals experiencing various crises, including suicidal ideation, grief, panic attacks and anxiety, as well as coming out. During their undergraduate career, they were a Research Assistant in USD’s Psychology Child Development Lab, and upon graduating, they began working at the Huntsman Cancer Institute within the Population Sciences department assisting in health communication research. They joined the Utah Pride Center as the Suicide Prevention and Services Coordinator in order to help develop and expand suicide prevention efforts across the state of Utah. Their passion lies in improving services for underserved populations, especially the LGBTQIA+ community. When they are not working at the UPC, they are likely hiking through one of Utah’s National Parks, rock climbing, doing a puzzle with their girlfriend, or walking their 100-pound Great Pyrenees/Lab mix through the park.
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Our Community Counseling Center Staff

We are accepting clinical placements for 1st and 2nd year MSW students and CMHC students for the 2020/2021 academic year.  BSW students can apply for a spring, summer or fall semester(s) 2020 placement.
We provide training throughout their placement on LGBTQIA+ issues and services.  There are multiple opportunities to work with youth, adults, and our elderly population. We treat individuals, couples, families and we focus on affirming the individual’s gender and sexual orientation. Part of our services are working with individuals who identify as transgender and Gender Non-Confirming (GNC); therefore, a lot of our trauma-informed care approach and conversations are on gender-affirming medical and surgical care, gender-affirming behavioral healthcare, and gender-affirming. In terms of what that involves, there are several components, which include social affirmation, legal affirmation, psychological affirmation, medical and surgical affirmation. Preferable bilingual and a good understanding of LGBTQIA+ services/trauma-informed care. For more information or to apply, please contact Joshua Bravo (contact information below).
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Joshua Bravo, LCSW

Clinical Director

He - Him - His

JoshuaBravo@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5207, ext:1011

Joshua’s greatest reward as a affirming therapist is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. He believes that we all need someone to talk with...
who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment or criticism. He provides clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a healing place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.
Joshua holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He uses a variety of approaches to assist clients depending on their individual needs. He is trained in Mind-Body Bridging, EMDR, QPR, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. His experience includes working with individuals working through divorce, separation and single-parenting, addictions, intimate partner violence, suicidal ideation, grief, gender dysphoria, and co-occurring mental health disorders, among other areas. He is also known in the Q-community as a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights; therefore, he has an affirmative, sex positive and queer friendly approach to treating our vast gender diverse population. Joshua regularly utilizes the WPATH Standards of Care when working with trans* and GNC identified individuals.
Joshua has been working with children, individuals, and families for over 17+ years. His strengths is in helping queer children, individuals and families who have experienced trauma; especially sexual abuse, childhood trauma, family violence, physical abuse and associated injuries. He utilizes play therapy when working with children. In addition, Joshua has worked with both offenders and survivors of intimate partner violence in various community mental health centers.
When he is not working with the LGBTQIA+ community, he enjoys spending time taking care of his home, 8 chickens, 2 fat cats and prefers to be out hiking then to be working in the garden.
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Brandon Devlin

Volunteer & Counseling Client Coordinator

He - Him - His

BrandonDevlin@utahpridecenter.org
801-821-5202, ext:1008

Brandon Devlin is originally from Fort Collins, CO and has lived in Salt Lake City since 2015. Brandon earned his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2015. With a passion for engaged
learning and identity development, Brandon began working at the Utah Pride Center in April 2018 as the Volunteer Coordinator. He has transitioned into the Mental Health Client Coordinator and SOSA Group Coordinator roles in February 2020. Brandon got involved with the SLC LGBTQIA+ Community as the chair of the Salt Lake Community College Pride Festival and Parade planning committee, a member of the SLCC LGBTQ+ Task Force, and served as an advisor for the Queer Student Association in 2015. This involvement directly led him to the Utah Pride Center and a career in the non-profit sector. Brandon has three rescue cats with his partner, enjoys PC and board games, and loves exploring the natural beauty of Utah. Brandon Devlin is originally from Fort Collins, CO and has lived in Salt Lake City since 2015. Brandon earned his Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado
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Michelle Anklan

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Michelle is a Certified Social Worker and earned her Master of Social Work degree and graduate certificate in Gender & Women's Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science from St. Olaf
College. Michelle spent her first year as a social worker doing wilderness therapy in the West Desert in Utah. Michelle completed her clinical internship at the Transgender and Intersex Speciality Care Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she worked with trans and gender nonconforming individuals starting their transition and those who were seeking medical interventions. Michelle also completed an internship at the Leo A. Hoffmann Center, a residential treatment center for adolescent boys with problematic sexual behavior. Michelle is a sex positive therapist who specializes in working with clients that identify as LGBTQIA+ and those with diverse sexualities, including kink and polyamory. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, yin and hatha yoga, and incorporates mindfulness and feminist therapy into her work with clients.
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Lane Gardinier

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Lane is a mental health therapist who believes in the inherent value and inner strength of each individual and strives to assist clients in finding the most success and personal satisfaction in all domains of life. Lane earned a B.A. in Sociology
with undergraduate certificates in Diversity and Criminology & Corrections. Lane has worked with University of Utah’s Center for Disability & Access since 2009 assisting students with disabilities, most recently as a Disability Advisor. Lane has also served in various positions since 2006 within the Board of Directors of Crossroads Urban Center, a local non-profit food pantry and social justice agency, as well as held Board positions on the action group Make Hunger Visible since 2003. Lane has served as a panelist educating on topics of disability, lgbtq+ identities and issues, and social justice centered on hunger, homelessness and other topics specific to reducing hardship and increasing the power of poor and low in
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Sarah MacCombie

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Sarah MacCombie is a licensed occupational therapist and clinical mental health counseling intern. She received her psychotherapy training from the California Institute of Integral Studies specializing in transpersonal therapy, also known as
spiritually-oriented therapy. She also utilizes trauma therapy, Gestalt therapy, Jungian depth therapy with dreamwork, somatic therapy, couples/family/child/relational therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Over the last 8 years Sarah has worked with adults with severe challenges to mental health, adults with developmental delays, families resettling with refugee status, and older adults with new physical disabilities facing increased dependence on others. She started practicing psychotherapy June 3rd, 2019 at the Utah Pride Center, and has found it to be her deepest purpose and passion to support people in expressing and becoming their truest selves.
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Danny Peterson

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Daniel (Danny) is new to Utah, to the Pride Center and to the LGBTQ community. He comes from New Jersey and is excited to be a part of the team. He is a mental health intern and is working on completing his degrees in professional counseling. Danny
has been a youth minister and has worked in pastoral counseling and part-time adolescent education for the past few years. He has a masters degree in theology as well. Danny comes from a large family and +loves travel, languages and cultures. He really enjoys mountain adventures: skiing, hiking and mountain biking most especially. Music is his number one, life-long companion! Danny sees the therapeutic relationship as something sacred: a real treasure and a place of healing and grace. He is grateful for this opportunity to continue his education so as to grow as an individual and help serve others along the way.
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Chloe Agyin

Therapist

She-Her-Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Chloe is a mental health intern working on receiving a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University majoring in Family Studies. Chloe most recently worked as a case manager at
the new Salt Lake Women’s Resource Center and has had lots of experience working with adolescents in a treatment center setting. Chloe is currently a board member of Provo Pride, and has volunteered with them in various capacities within the past few years. She is also a member of the leadership council for The OUT Foundation, whose mission is to empower the LGBTQ+ Alumni and current students of Brigham Young University. Chloe is passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community and strives to provide affirming therapy. She believes that everyone is the expert of their own journey.
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Chanelle Buxton

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Chanelle is a clinical intern working on receiving a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Reno, Nevada. She is very excited to be part of the team at the Utah Pride Center. Chanelle received a bachelor’s of Social Work and master’s of
Public Administration from the University of Utah (Go Utes). She started her social work journey at the Rape Recovery Center as a Hospital Response Advocate in 2010. She worked at Valley Behavioral Health as an adolescent counselor in a substance abuse facility, then got a job at the Division of Child and Family Services in 2014. At DCFS she has worked as a caseworker for foster care and in-home families. In January she changed positions and works as a Resource Family Consultant for foster parents. In her free time, Chanelle likes to hike, kayak, scuba dive, and travel. She is passionate about social justice. Special interests: the LGBTQ+community, survivors of sexual assault, and women’s issues.
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Lulu McPharlin

Therapist

She - Her - Hers

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

LuLu is a clinical mental health counselor intern who specializes in empowering clients to reach new levels of authenticity in their lives and to recognize and creatively manage challenges, conflicts, and crises. She is a strong believer in human creativity,
resilience, equality, and connection and is eager to serve her queer community in Utah. She is currently completing a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Lamar University in Texas and has a background in teaching meditation and martial arts practices and life coaching.
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Sean Weeks

Therapist

He - Him - His

therapy@utahpridecenter.org

Sean is a mental health volunteer with his masters of science in psychology from Utah State University. He is working toward his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in school, youth, and family. Sean is currently researching affirmative
acceptance and values based therapies for the youth LGBT+ community and their families. His clinical experiences includes working with youth and parents in school, community, and medical mental health settings. Sean is originally from Kentucky, where he received his bachelor's of science in psychology from the University of Kentucky. Sean came to Utah for the skiing and stayed for the education. As a gay man, Sean is interested in giving back to his community by volunteering his services with the Utah PRIDE Center.
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