Our leadership team reflects the broader collaborative spirit of UCASA: only by bringing together people from all sectors of society can we create innovative solutions that address the issue of sexual assault in our communities. If you would like to contact a member of our Board of Directors, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Hofmann - Board Chair
Laurie Hofmann is a consultant, trainer, educator and public speaker. Laurie is the owner of LAH Consulting, LLC. Laurie is the Board Chair of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). She sits on the Boards of the Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA), Utah Woman of the United Nations (UN) and Law Related Education (LRE). Laurie is on the advisory committee of the Educational Resource Development Council at the University of Utah (ERDC), the Salt Lake County Art Committee, and Friends of Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (FOCA). She is a mentor at Westminster College for undergraduate students whose studies focus on victim advocacy and Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery.
Laurie is a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Victim Advocate. She is a presenter/educator on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery and preventing child sexual abuse. Her Master's thesis: Bridging the Gaps: Why Utah Needs More Services for Sexual Slaves and Trafficked Victims, focuses directly on what services are currently available for victims of trafficking and what services are needed. Laurie is an authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children program. Darkness to Light (D2L) is comprehensive training for adults to prevent child sexual assault. Laurie is a facilitator/speaker for the 3D Body Imaging Program for college women across the nation.
Laurie graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Health Promotion and Education and holds an MA in Community Leadership from Westminster College. Laurie holds four certifications from the Nonprofit Academy at the University of Utah and completed the one-year Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Utah Training Program.
Laurie is married and lives in Salt Lake City with her two dogs and two cats. She loves the great outdoors, traveling, movies, art, exercising and spending time with friends.
Yolanda Francisco-Nez - Past Board Chair
Yolanda Francisco-Nez is Tabaaha and born for Nakai Dine’e’. She was born and raised in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Vivian Yazza is her mother. Yolanda is the granddaughter of Vincent Yazza, who was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII.
Yolanda Francisco-Nez is from the Navajo/Dine’ tribe and is the Director of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights. Her work embraces and supports the mission of the Office, which is to “elevate the protection of basic human rights for all Salt Lake City residents through policy, education, advocacy, and celebration.” Her leadership was instrumental in the passage of local legislation to allow legal protections in housing and employment for the LGBTQA community – monumental legislation that was duplicated in several municipalities throughout the state and eventually led to state law.
Yolanda has led out on education for Salt Lake City’s immigrant and refugee communities regarding employee rights in the workplace. Yolanda developed award-winning programming through the Human Rights Education Project which addresses barriers faced during the integration of refugee and immigrant populations. She has also been a vital force in the formation of a committee focused on issues of equality for women in Salt Lake City. The committee released, “The Status of Women in Salt Lake City Report.”
Yolanda is a staunch supporter of the Navajo people especially for women and children and uses her expertise to help develop and inform policy. She is the chair emeritus after serving four years on the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Directors. She is a board member of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Utah Advisory Committee and Restoring Ancestral Winds.
Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Kathi Sjoberg - Secretary
Kathi Sjoberg is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Utah. Kathi has been employed by the Davis County Attorney’s Office for over twenty-seven years. Kathi has prosecuted criminal cases in Davis County in Justice, Juvenile and District Court. At various times in her career, Kathi has been assigned to cases involving Domestic Violence, adult victims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse cases. Kathi’s current assignment is in the Juvenile Court Division of the Davis County Attorney’s Office where she handles a wide range of cases, both felony, and misdemeanor.
Kathi recently joined the board of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). She also sits on the board of Utah Law Related Education (LRE) where she has been actively involved in both the Mock Trial and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution programs for several years. Kathi is a member of the Davis County Multi-Disciplinary Team, and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
Kathi graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Sociology in 1984, and received her J.D. from the University of Utah, College of Law in 1988. Kathi resides in Bountiful. She has one adult daughter, one dog, and two cats. Kathi enjoys reading, traveling, going to the movies, meeting new people and spending time with friends.
Detective Justin Boardman has been in Law Enforcement for just over 14 years, all with the West Valley City Police Department. During these years he has had a very diverse career. His first eight years were spent as a patrol officer in this very active city. In that capacity, he was awarded the Police Star, multiple Life Saving, Distinguished Service, and Meritorious Service Awards.
He was then assigned to the Property Crimes Unit for a short time and for the past five years, he has been assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit. During his first year in the Investigation’s, Detective Boardman was awarded Investigator of the Year. Over the last five years, he has conducted nearly 270 forensic child victim interviews, and 120 adult sexual assault victim interviews.
Detective Boardman co-authored (along with Donna Kelly, Utah Prosecution Council) a Trauma Informed Victim Interview protocol for adult victims of sexual assault. This new protocol uses the Neurobiology of Trauma to gain additional information to be used in the investigation. This process has been studied and has shown to increase prosecutions along with procedure changes.
Detective Boardman joined the Salt Lake County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for networking with other professionals. Through these relationships, he became a presenter for many of the local organizations who participate. Nationally Detective Boardman has presented for the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) Dallas, Texas, Driving Change Conference, Boston, Mass, End Violence Against Women International, to name a few.
Detective Boardman was awarded the Utah Visionary Voice Award presented by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Michelle Worthen serves as a Human Resources Administrator at SKF, bringing knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to UCASA. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Business through the University of Phoenix. While at the University of Phoenix, Michelle was elected a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for her outstanding scholastic achievement. Michelle is also a Certified Professional with the HR Certification Institute (PHR) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). Michelle and her husband, along with their two sons, recently started a family business; Mad as The Hatter Photo Booth. They enjoy spending their time together at family and community events.
Michelle believes in giving back to her community. For five years she has sponsored “Cocktails for a Cause,” a large fund-raising event organized to raise money for different charities, including the American Cancer Society. This past year, her 5th annual “Cocktails for a Cause” raised $5400 for the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City. She rallied businesses and drew on the creative powers of friends to create a unique logo, Shatter the Silence, for merchandise; safety whistles, vinyl decals, t-shirts—to draw attention to and change the culture that too often ignores or even perpetuates tolerance of sexual abuse and assault.
As a survivor of sexual assault, Michelle recognizes the terror, depression, sense of violation, and isolation that such survivors feel. Instead of letting it define her, she fights back by helping and educating others. Michelle is excited to be part of UCASA and continue her efforts to eliminate sexual assault and the stigma that often surrounds it.
Emmylou Manwill is a volunteer manager and passionate community advocate for women’s equity. She is Visitor Services Manager at the Utah State Capitol and oversees 50 volunteer docents, or tour guides, and a program that provides educational tours to over 60,000 people annually. She lights up with passion while educating about the various means of citizen lobbying or while on her Pioneering Women in the Utah State Capitol tour. Emmylou currently serves as Vice Chair for the Salt Lake County Women’s Caucus and chairs their College Sexual Assault Committee, and was a previous member of the YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Council.
She graduated cum laude with dual degrees from the University of Utah, an Honors Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on global power structure and nationalism, and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics. During her time in college, Emmylou most enjoyed her varying roles in Student Programs at the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center and internships through the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Washington, D.C. and Chiang Mai, Thailand. In her spare time, Emmylou is most happy when she is traveling, doing yoga, or enjoying a historical fiction novel.
Marty has been an anti-violence educator and activist for over 15 years. He has extensive experience speaking and training students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities around the US as well as providing programming in the public and private sector. Marty will provide in-depth, and interactive presentations, programs, training and keynote speeches. He uniquely uses humor and direct engagement to inform, guide and support audiences into critical thought and active personal commitment.
Marty's professional career has been with college and university students, and he has a broad range of programming and presenting experience. Currently, Marty serves as the Men's Engagement Specialist for the Utah Department of Health, coordinating statewide efforts to engage men in anti-violence work. He is also the co-founder of the Men's Anti-Violence Network (MAN) of Utah.
Dr. Suzanne Harrison practices at Riverton Hospital where she is Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. She is a graduate of Stanford University, received her M.D. at the University of Utah Medical School.
Born and raised in Provo, she and her husband John are raising their three children in Draper.
Suzanne enjoys traveling and the amazing outdoor opportunities that Utah offers, including skiing, hiking, and mountain biking with her family.