About Us

For 36 years, The Refuge Utah (formerly known as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis) has provided a safe, caring, and therapeutic environment to assist in the recovery of survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and stalking. Our goal is to facilitate healing and to advocate for victims with the intent to decrease the incidence of such violence in the community.

In 2020 alone, we secured over 12,411 emergency and transitional housing nights, answered 2,445 hotline calls, and provided 3,308 advocacy hours. We also completed the rebrand of our agency to promote inclusivity and align with our vision of helping all survivors affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

These numbers are a testament to both the dedication and compassion of our partners, donors, volunteers, and staff. We are always mindful that we only accomplish these great feats with the support of our Board of Directors, community, and all of you. Without the incredible generosity of our friends, foundations, and volunteers, none of our outcomes would be possible. Thank you!

Board of Directors

Paul Thompson




Dennis Hansen




George Bailey


Tim Lott


Valerie Reese


Amanda Burke

Therapist and Clinical Director

Angela Cox


Arianne Buck

Night Manager

Ashlee Taylor

Program Director

Ashley Elder

Night Manager

Bethany Crisp

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Bree Goates

Financial Assistant

Stephanie Heaps

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Curtis Pendleton

Grant Writer
Corinne Archibald

Night Manager
Dennis Hansen


Francesca Matern

Housing Mobile AdvocateJessica Cervantes

Heather Gladden

Night Manager

Lanice Hollingsworth, LCSW

Sexual Trauma Therapist

Holly Johnson

Housing Project Coordinator

Malinda Bennett

Community Advocate
Jessica Cervantes

Night Manager
Karie Swenson


Keri Magaoay

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Kendall Pastrana

Night Manager

Kristin Warren

Children’s Rec Therapist

Lanice Hollingsworth


Laurie Loader

Shelter Director

Lisa Roadfuss

Administrative Assistant

Lori Jenkins

Sexual Assault Services Director

Mindy Woodhouse,LCSW

Sexual Trauma Therapist

Megan Mcomber

Transitional Housing and Aftercare Coordinator

Meagan Howell

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Mike Francis

Chief Financial Officer

Mindy Woodhouse


Nataile Davila

Case Manager

Raelee Anderson

Night Manager

Rylie Stone

Volunteer Coordinator

Staci Place

Children’s Program Coordinator

Stephanie Heaps

SA Services Coordinator

Verna Dallin


Evelyn Munoz Macias

Case Manager

Transitional Housing and After Care