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


Arlene Conley


Tim Lott


Valerie Reese


Katie Rugh


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


Chloe Oman

Communications Specialist


Curtis Pendleton

Grant Writer


Dennis Hansen



Francesca Matern

Housing Mobile Advocate




Heather Gladden

Night Manager


Holly Johnson

Housing Project Coordinator


Jayd Jacobsen

Night Manager


Karie Swenson



Kathryn Foster

Community Advocate


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




Megan Mcomber

Transitional Housing and Aftercare Coordinator


Mikaela Raun

Community Advocate


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



William Crosland

Case Manager 

Transitional Housing and After Care