Meet the Staff and
Board of Family Promise

"Leading the fight against homelessness, one family at a time."

Staff

Brian Diggs, Executive Director

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Rev. Brian Diggs has over 20 years of experience leading United Methodist congregations and non-profit organizations into deeper action and commitment to mission. He was the director at UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) West Office and Depot since it opened in 2009. Prior to working with UMCOR, Diggs served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City for 10 years. Since arriving in Salt Lake City in 1997, Rev. Diggs has supported the work and mission of Family Promise and is excited to help lead Family Promise in our continued effort to provide housing and sustainable independence for homeless families. Rev. Diggs is an ordained clergy person in the Mountain Sky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and received his M. Div. from the Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. His focus was on liturgy as ethical formation.

Michele Madlena, Accountant

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Joelma (Jenny) Esparaza, Hospitality & Translation Services

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Jenny has worked with Family Promise for nine years. She is proud to say that as a former Family Promise resident, she has been given the opportunity to grow as a person. She works along side a group of amazing individuals that work hard each and every day to help our residents. She helps Family Promise with their home units as well as their apartments above the facility. Once families are able to move out and they leave these units, she takes care of cleaning and preparing them for the new family that is moving in. She is able to interact with both the staff and residents, as well as keep their environment as clean and comfortable as possible. She also provides translation services for Spanish speaking guests, giving everyone the ability to communicate well, and to provide resources for all involved. Thanks to Family Promise and what it stands for, families are being helped and given opportunities to be able to make their lives better. After graduating from High School in June of 2018, she set a goal to go back to school and eventually go to college. She has continued the English courses and with hard work and dedication, she will begin college and obtain a Bachelor's Degree. In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters at home and their lovely puppy Reese.


Board of Directors

Reverend Brigette Weier

Board Co-Chair, Pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Rev. Brigette Weier is the pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holladay, UT. She has ten years of partnership with Family Promise in both Colorado and Utah. She is honored to serve the SLC Family Promise board as chair because ending cycles of homelessness and poverty are a priority for her in her life of advocacy and service. Rev. Weier is married to Mike and together they have two grown children, Kayla and Andrew.

Reverend Russell Butler

Board Co-Chair, Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church

Rev. Russell (Rusty) Butler is pastor at Christ United Methodist Church. His previous position was as Senior Pastor Arvada UMC and before that Rocky Ford UMC. He volunteered for Family Promise for years in Denver and was glad to be asked to serve on the Board in SLC. He has a heart for helping people who are in need. His favorite past-time is Golf.

Doni Ricci

Secretary

Doni Ricci attends Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she has volunteered with Family Promise for 17 years and sung in the Praise Band for 3 years. She has worked as an educator since 2009 and is currently a home school teacher. She is also on the board of and volunteers for Friends of the Salt Lake City Library. She joined the Family Promise Board in November of 2020 and hopes to serve in areas where homelessness and mental health issues intersect. She enjoys learning, typing, condensing, and organizing and is happily using those skills as secretary of the board!

Tonya Woolsey

Interim Treasurer

Tonya Woolsey has been involved with Family Promise of Salt Lake since around 2003 when it was the Interfaith Hospitality Network. She is currently the church coordinator for Trinity United Methodist Church. She is employed with Jordan School District in the Life Design Program and has worked with students in transition programs for over 22 years. She is also involved with the Humane Society of Utah, Kearns Babe Ruth Baseball League, Kearns Town Council, and as a PTA President. The Family Promise’s Mission is especially important to her and she is honored to serve on the Family Promise Board.

Rocky Cox

Board Member

Rocky Cox moved to Salt Lake City in 1985, right out of college in Arizona. He is married to Jill, a school teacher, and they have two grown boys and a grandson. He and Jill lived in Sugarhouse for 28 yrs. He is employed with Buddy Brown Associates since 1985 being an independent rep in the office furniture industry. They have been members of Wasatch Presbyterian Church for 25 yrs and had been involved with Family Promise at their church over the years. They have also been involved with Catholic Community Services and the Soup Kitchen for over 20 years and make it a ritual to be there on Wednesdays to serve. Rocky jumped at the opportunity to get more involved with Family Promise when they recently were looking for board members.

Mike Montoya

Board Member

Mike Montoya has been a Family Promise coordinator for 15 years. He is a member of Hilltop United Methodist Church since 1966 where he has served as a trustee, on staff parish relations, as a youth leader, on leadership and development, missions, and evangelism. He was a hospital corpsman in the US Navy for 9 years. He has worked for the health department for 6 years and as a code enforcement officer for 4 years.

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