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

Chair

 

 

Dennis Hansen

CEO

 

 

George Bailey

 

Arlene Conley

 

Tim Lott

 

Valerie Reese

 

Katie Rugh

Staff

Amanda Burke

Therapist and Clinical Director

 

Angela Cox

Therapist

 

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

CEO

 

Francesca Matern

Housing Mobile Advocate

 

 

 

Heather Gladden

Night Manager

 

Holly Johnson

Housing Project Coordinator

 

Jayd Jacobsen

Night Manager

 

Karie Swenson

Therapist

 

Kathryn Foster

Community Advocate

 

Kendall Pastrana

Night Manager

 

Kristin Warren

Children’s Rec Therapist

 

Lanice Hollingsworth

Therapist

 

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

Therapist

 

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

Therapist

 

William Crosland

Case Manager 

Transitional Housing and After Care