"Leading the fight against homelessness, one family at a time."
As the Executive Director of Family Promise Salt Lake, I work alongside an outstanding team of professionals and volunteers who are committed to not only supporting families experiencing homelessness, but also to seeing their potential as we work to give them a "hand up" to successful and sustainable lives going forward. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my two sons, daughter in law, and adorable granddaughter. I am also a self identified "foodie" and look forward to visiting new local food establishments both at home and while traveling. Additionally, I teach courses at the Utah Womens Correctional Facility in Draper, coach snowshoe, bowling, and golf for Special Olympics Utah, and do my best to enjoy the beauty of all that our Utah mountains have to offer. I enjoy working in service with members of my community, as well as spearheading change. Family Promise Salt Lake has the capacity to grow and expand it's programs and services, ultimately assisting more families as they learn new skills to create sustainable independence while working through temporary homelessness. I invite you to join us in this mission, and learn more about how Family Promise Salt Lake provides support through a community-based response. It truly does take a village.
I was born and raised in Utah and have lived here my entire life. Growing up with a very tough background I have been able to overcome the greatest of obstacles of homelessness to pursue the passions in life that truly fulfill me. Having represented the United States of America in 3 Olympic games I had my dream come true of participating and winning a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics here is salt Lake City, Utah. Now in my post-Olympic career, I have spent time working with several non-profits to help in many capacities from fundraising, events and much more. Ballet West along with The Lantern House are two of the largest non-profits I worked directly for in the capacity of development director. I am passionate about helping the people that make up our community and great state of Utah. In my extra time, I advise and consult for many individuals and large organizations from Business development, corporate relations, mental performance, health and fitness and more. I also am the current president to the Olympic and Paralympic association of Utah and a member of the advisory board for the Utah Olympic Legacy foundation towards the pursuit of the 2030-34 Olympic bid and development of youth programs for the next 10 years. I am a father of two amazing young ones and enjoy spending time outdoors in the middle of nature hiking, fly fishing, and hunting. I am also a speaker and coach/mentor that is a part of two national motivational and transformational coaching and mentoring programs online and run my own organization OlympianSpeaks.com
As the Housing Coordinator for Family Promise Salt Lake, I work closely with our families to create stable and sustainable housing solutions. Being a former landlord and property manager, I know all to well the challenges families can face in finding affordable housing options. It is a heartwarming experience watching a family find their home, and create their own space. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my kids, my three grandchildren, hunting, fishing, and taking in all the beauty that Utah's outdoors has to offer.
At Family Promise Salt Lake, I work with the families in our shelter program who spend time with us each day at our Day Center. As the Day Center Host, I ensure that they have access to the resources provided by our case manager and housing coordinator, as well as oversee the donation center where we receive generous donations from our community, as well as coordinate with guests to help them find items to meet their clothing and basic hygiene needs. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I have been an associate of Family Promise Salt Lake for 10 years. I began as the morning van driver transporting families from our Church Shelter, where they spend the night, to our Day Center, where they spend the day. I also make sure children get to school or day care and that parents who are working get to work if they do not have a family car. I gradually worked into helping in the office with filing, creating a data base, event planning, data entry and all other office assistant responsibilities. My work here is enjoyable and rewarding as I see families move from homelessness to permanent housing. I have made some lasting friendships with the families and staff members - past and present. My off hours are spent with family, friends, reading and working on counted cross-stitch projects.
I have worked with Family Promise for nine years. I am proud to say that as a former Family Promise resident, I have been given the opportunity to grow as a person. I work along side a group of amazing individuals that work hard each and every day to help our residents. I help 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, I take care of cleaning and preparing them for the new family that is moving in. I am able to interact with both the staff and residents, as well as keep their environment as clean and comfortable as possible. I also provide 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, I set a goal to go back to school and eventually go to college. I have continued the English courses and with hard work and dedication, I will begin college and obtain a Bachelor's Degree. In my time off, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters at home and our lovely puppy Reese.
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.
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 the finance officer for Dale Barton Agency, a firm specializing in consulting commercial contractors with their insurance and surety bonding needs. Scott is highly active in the 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).
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.
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.
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 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 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 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."
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.
Tera’s expertise in company engagement comes from a long, successful business and consulting career. She has held senior leadership positions with TGIF, Starbucks, Café Rio, Nelson Labs and CR Bard. For the past three years she has helped companies communicate goals to all levels of the organizations and increase Employee Engagement and company profits through her Success Tree process. Her work has also been recognized with the companies she has worked with receiving in both National and State “Best Places To Work “awards. She has also been a member of many boards, Zions Bank Woman’s Financial Advisory Board, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Immigration Reform Committee, TruClinic, Centro De La Familia to name a few. Tera holds degrees in: Psychology, Criminal Justice and Human Resource Management (focused on training the adult).