Meet the Staff and
Board of Family Promise

An interfaith alliance helping children and families experiencing homelessness achieve lasting self-sufficiency.


JD Donnelly, Executive Director and Ex-Officio Board Member

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I have the best job description possible; It’s my job to provide life changing experiences. For 17 years, I was the CEO of Special Olympics in Utah and now bring that experience to Family Promise Salt Lake. In addition to my Non-Profit leadership skills I was the Principal of an Expeditionary learning K-12 school and have been teaching/coaching youth and adult sports programs most of my life. I look for every opportunity to educate people in ways to positively impact their lives. My wife Betty and I have raised 3 children and are now raising 4 Grandchildren.

Sam Almanza, Program Manager

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Every day at Family Promise – Salt Lake I am overjoyed with the generosity of our community and the perseverance of our families. It’s my job to engage volunteers and ensure our program runs smoothly. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, eating ice cream with my niece and nephew and playing softball.

McKinley Goreham, Case Manager

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McKinley Goreham is the Case Manager for Family Promise and is devoted to helping families achieve lasting self-sufficiency. McKinley is a compassionate, care-driven professional who acts as an advocate to assist families in achieving their case plan goals. McKinley is an active problem-solver and will research every resource until she finds the services that will best meet each family’s needs. When McKinley is not at work, she spends most of her time outside - hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or camping.

Alejandro Abel Pulido, Housing Coordinator

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To me, having a sense of home is just as essential to us thriving, as a daily meal. That is why I am humbled to work alongside amazing staff and our incredible partners who are driven by the same values. I feel blessed to serve as the Property Manager and Housing Coordinator and my role in ensuring that all of our families always have a sense of home.

Board of Directors

R. Scott Bauman, C.P.A.

Board Chair, Controller, Workers Compensation Fund

Scott is a finance guru, husband of 17 years, and father of 4. He works as a CPA with WCF Insurance. In his spare time he enjoys tennis, golf, piano, coaching his son’s football team, and hiking with his golden retriever. As the Board Chair of Family Promise - Salt Lake, he is passionate about resolving homelessness one family at a time. His proudest accomplishments so far with Family Promise include bringing JD in as executive director and working with such amazing board members.

Thomas M. Melton

Past Board Chair, Assistant Attorney General, Section Director, Utah Attorney General’s Office

Tom Melton is an exiled Montanan who has lived and practiced law in Salt Lake for over 30 years. He looks forward to the day when Family Promises' services are no longer needed.

Jeremy Whicker

Board Chair Elect V.P. Wells Fargo Bank

Jeremy is the Senior Vice President of Written Customer Service at Wells Fargo. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and is a Ute fan. Recently, he completed Six Sigma Green Belt certification through the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. Jeremy is active in his community and participates in numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and Family Promise. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah chapter of Family Promise, a national non-profit focused on assisting those struggling with homelessness. Jeremy resides in Fruit Heights, UT with his wife and three sons. They enjoy sports and the outdoors including frequent trips to the Utah Mountains and the many National Parks for paddle boarding, hiking, and other activities.

Kirchy L. Burke

Board Treasurer Customer Care, Henriksen Butler

Kirchy Burke brings over 15 years of experience in business and finance to her board position at Family Promise of Salt Lake City. As a native Utahn and avid volunteer, Kirchy has dedicated efforts to helping solve veterans’ and homelessness issues for many years. When not spending time tackling work or volunteer challenges, Kirchy can be found spending time with her family and her two dogs.

Gale Frandson

Associate Broker, Utah Properties, Berkshire Hathaway

Graduate of Tooele High School and The University of Utah School of Journalism. I found my passion early on and got into Real Estate as a full time Realtor in 1977. Received Salesperson of the Year Award in 1981 and The Salt Lake Board of Realtors Good Neighbor of the Year award in 2010 for my involvement with Huntsman Cancer Hospital where I raised 1 million dollars for them in appreciation for their research and treatment of me when I was battling cancer. Real Estate has allowed me to have a career I have enjoyed in helping people reach their dreams in owning homes. I believe that people should have a roof over their head and food in their belly in our community, that is why I am involved with Family Promise of Salt Lake and doing what I can do to make that a reality for those in our community that have fallen upon hard times.

Charlotte Golden

Agent, Stansbury Real Estate

Charlotte is a Real Estate Broker in Stansbury Park. She has a wonderful husband, 6 children and 2 Labs. Charlotte attended Weber State University. She loves anything outdoors, but has a particular fondness for dirt bikes.

Ben Henderson

President of Insurance, Clearlink

Over the past 12 years, Ben Henderson has worn many hats at Clearlink, including Chief Operating Officer, In-House Counsel, and Chief Financial Officer. As Clearlink’s President, Ben is highly involved in overall business strategy and growth opportunities. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a J.D. from Brigham Young University, Ben has been integral in guiding Clearlink to financial success. For the past four years, Ben has been driving Clearlink’s business development in the insurance vertical, developing carrier relationships, and putting infrastructure in place to succeed.

Rev. Mary S. Janda

Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. Mary S. Janda is an Episcopal priest and the Vicar of St. Stephen's in West Valley City, Utah. St. Stephen's became a host site for Family Promise of Salt Lake in 2016. Hosting these wonderful families is a great experience for the people who host them and support St. Stephen's. We have help from Granger Community Christian Church, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, a Taylorsville Ward and a South Jordan Ward. This interdenominational effort is what also makes Family Promise great and makes the hosting even better.

Reverend Dr. Dennis C. Shaw

Pastor of Hilltop United Methodist Church

Methodist pastor Dennis Shaw is an active agent on behalf of Family Promise in the World. He joins Family Promise Salt Lake from Hilltop United Methodist in Sandy, a hosting congregation. He served for three plus years on the Board of Family Promise Colorado Springs, including over twenty months as Board President. His focus is on both the families we are touching, and the religious organizations that are accomplishing that touch.

David Van Hecke

VP at Wells Fargo Bank

David D. Van Hecke is a Vice President of Loss Mitigation at Wells Fargo & Co. David previously served on the Orange-Osceola-Seminole Counties Florida Chapter of the Wells Fargo Volunteer Board and the Wells Fargo/Wachovia Central Florida American Heart Association Executive Board of Directors. He is also a former school board member for Grace Lutheran School-Sandy, UT). David and his wife Tricia have two boys and live in Draper, UT. They enjoy traveling, mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing. They are active in Utah Foster Care and volunteer at Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Diana Wilson Wing

Community Volunteer

I was a stay-at-home mom for 35 years until I was plucked from obscurity and invited to join the Board of Directors for the inspiring and inspired organization of Family Promise. My commitment to the safety, comfort and health of families drives my participation. When not at board meetings, I read vintage cookbooks and domestic magazines, volunteer for my church and spend time with my children, grandchildren and wonderful husband.

Nicole Farrell

General Counsel, Apartment Management Consultants, LLC

Nicole Griffin Farrell is General Counsel for Apartment Management Consultants, LLC, a nationwide property management company for multifamily housing units. She advises AMC on all aspects of labor and employment law relating to AMC’s 2400 employees. Prior to joining AMC, she was a shareholder at the Salt Lake City firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, where she practiced litigation and employment law. Nicole also keeps busy with her family, including her husband, three kids, and Boxer dog. She spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, traveling, and reading. She is passionate about social justice, assisting those with physical and mental disabilities and illnesses, and eliminating homelessness. She is excited to be part of the Family Promise Board and to serve as its Secretary.

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