Meet the Staff and
Board of Family Promise

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

Staff

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.

Alyssa York, Program Manager

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As the Program Manager for Family Promise Salt Lake, I get the opportunity to work with members of our community and experience the perseverance and resiliency of families. My role is to engage our amazing volunteers and make sure our program runs smoothly. When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking, reading and snuggling with my cat.

Brikel Weeks, Case Manager

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As the Case Manager for Family Promise Salt Lake, I get the opportunity of working with families to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency. I love spending time with the families in our program, hearing each one of their stories, and building upon each person's individual strengths to help them obtain stable housing. I believe that every person has a story worth telling and I will do everything in my power to research and find the resources that best fit each specific family that I work with. When I am not at work, I spend most of my time dancing, traveling, playing basketball, and doing puzzles.

TBD,

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Board of Directors

Jeremy Whicker

Board Chair, V.P. at 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.

R. Scott Bauman, C.P.A.

Past Board Chair, Controller at Workers Compensation Fund

Scott is licensed as a CPA and has extensive experience providing assurance services in both public accounting and private industry. Scott earned his baccalaureate degree in accountancy from the University of Utah, and his masters of accountancy degree from the University of Southern California. Currently he is a CPA providing internal audit and compliance services to WCF, a mutual insurance company providing workers compensation insurance to over 20,000 policyholders in the State of Utah. Apart from his work with Family Promise, Scott is highly active in his community and has served on the Special Olympics of Utah Board, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, and in several assignments within his faith community. When Scott isn’t working or serving he enjoys spending quality time teaching his children the piano as well as developing their athletic skills on the tennis court, golf course, and in the mountains (downhill skiing and hiking).

Nicole Farrell

Board Chair Elect, Corporate Counsel, Dyno Nobel, Inc.

Nicole Griffin Farrell is Corporate Counsel at Dyno Nobel, Inc., an international explosives company. Prior to joining Dyno Nobel, she was General Counsel at Apartment Management Consultants, LLC, a nationwide property management company, and a shareholder at the Salt Lake City firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, where she practiced litigation and employment law. Nicole keeps busy with her family, including her husband and three kids. 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.

Kirchy L. Burke

Board Secretary, Customer Care at 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.

Brady Fife

Board Treasurer, Vice President and Head of Commercial Rating and Underwriting at American Express

Brady Fife works as a Vice President and Head of Commercial Rating and Underwriting at American Express. Brady’s teams around the globe provide credit risk ratings and underwriting on Amex’s largest commercial clients and counterparties. Prior to joining Amex, Brady worked as a VP in Credit at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, while based in Salt Lake City and Hong Kong. Brady holds a BA in International Studies with Chinese Emphasis and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, and has served a term as president of the CFA Society Salt Lake. When he is not at the office, Brady can be found on the golf course, in the mountains of Utah, or at home in Lehi with his wife and three young children. He serves actively wherever requested in the LDS Church, or where any need is noticed in his community, including his desire to reduce homelessness on the Board of Family Promise Salt Lake.

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.

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.

Patricia Stringer

Former Guest

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.

Tiffany Peterson

Founder of The Lighthouse Principles

Reverend Russell Butler

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.

Landon Moller

US Controller at Ancestry

Landon Moller is an US Controller at Ancestry.com. Prior to joining Ancestry, Landon was a senior manager at the Connor Group serving in the Technical Accounting practice. He also spent 9 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit practice in both the Salt Lake City and Denver offices. He is a CPA in the state of Utah and received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. During his free time he enjoys skiing with his wife and three children and coordinating getting those three children to all of their various sports and other activities. He is excited to be part of the Family Promise team and working to help the homeless population one family at a time.

Darlene Carter

President of CW Urban

Darlene Carter is the President of C.W. Urban, a real estate development company based in Utah. Prior to C.W. Urban Darlene has been actively involved in Utah real estate and homebuilding by serving in a variety of leadership positions for some of the top 5 homebuilding companies in Utah. Darlene is always on the go with work or her family, including her husband Chris and 2 children. She loves to travel with her family, experience the best food any city has to offer and workout in her local CrossFit affiliate. Darlene is passionate about creating Urban communities in Utah and changing the fabric of residential real estate in Utah one community at a time. Darlene is energized to be part of the solution of eliminating homelessness in Utah and being part of the Family Promise Board.

Pook Carson

Associate Professor at Salt Lake Community College

Pook Carson has spent the last ten years helping people from a wide variety of backgrounds lift themselves up as an Associate Professor of Economics at Salt Lake Community College. Prior to joining Salt Lake Community College, Pook was on the Economics faculty at the State University of New York. She has also taught at the University of Utah, Westminster College and Brigham Young University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah as well as two Master’s Degrees. Before starting her career in education, she worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, a large multi-national Japanese bank. Pook is passionate about helping all individuals improve their lives and giving back to the community that has given her so much."

S. Lauren Reber

Attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer

Lauren Reber is an attorney at the Salt Lake City firm Parsons Behle & Latimer, where she assists with real estate and land use transactions. Prior to law school, Lauren worked at an investment banking firm in California. Lauren loves spending time with her family, including her husband, son, and dog. She is passionate about the environment and spends as much time as possible being active outdoors and traveling. Lauren is excited to be part of the Family Promise Board and hopes to be able to use her experience to help reduce homelessness.

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