Our Staff

UCASA's staff is made up of world-class leaders, visionaries, community champions, educators, and trainers. We’re an organization that works a variety of initiatives: educational and training programs, public policy and legislative advocacy, and sexual violence prevention program. Our team is well-equipped to do it, too: each of us brings a unique background and skills to the organization, and as a result, UCASA has won local and national acclaim for our commitment to combating sexual violence in all of its forms. Our staff is dedicated to fighting for justice and brings a world-class skill set to our organization. 

Turner C. Bitton - Executive Director - turner@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 1

Turner_C_Bitton_Headshot.jpgDriven by the intersection between data and organizational development, Turner C. Bitton utilizes his experience in political campaign management, community organizing, and public policy advocacy to improve the financial successes of the organizations he interacts with.

Turner uses a data-centered approach to fund development and has lectured, spoken, and presented on the intersections between political engagement, donor cultivation, and digital organizing. Bitton is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Utah Nonprofits Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Grant Professionals Association. Turner also serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations and is well-known for his commitment to community service. Turner lives in Ogden with his husband Chase and their ­­­two dogs Charley and Moose.

Turner is the recipient of the Standard Examiner's 2015 Forty Under 40 Award and the Community Foundation of Utah's 2015 E-50 Award. 

Susan Chasson MSN, JD, SANE-A - SANE Program Manager - susanchasson@msn.com
- (801) 746-0404 Ext. 4

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Susan Chasson is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has helped hospitals and communities create programs for providing health care and forensic evidence collection to victims of sexual violence in Utah for more than 25 years. She practices as a family nurse practitioner at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo.

Susan is actively involved in the expansion of Wasatch Forensic Nurses to  Utah County where they will be providing sexual assault medical forensic examinations starting May 1st of 2017. She is President-elect of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

  

Nubia Pena, JD - Advocacy & Prevention Training Specialist - nubia@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 3

Nubia_Pena.pngMs. Nubia Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has close to a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate.

Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed training on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavors include bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a national epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth with disproportionate school discipline practices that streamline them into juvenile detention centers. Also, Ms. Peña is the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equality in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education.

Ms. Peña received a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Criminology emphasis and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Utah in 2006. 

Alana Kindness, MSPH - Prevention Program Manager - alana@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 5

A_Kindness_Photo.jpgAlana Kindness, MSPH, has been with UCASA for over 15 years, first as a volunteer training team member, then as a member of the Board of Directors and most recently as Executive Director before transitioning to her current role as Policy and Prevention Technical Assistance Provider. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Science in Public Health, both from the University of Utah. Before joining the UCASA staff, Alana worked as an outreach case manager with Travelers Aid Society and Volunteers of America and facilitated peer education for women involved in IV drug use and at risk for commercial sexual exploitation through a partnership between the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition and Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

Alana is deeply committed to understanding the causes of oppression, discrimination, aggression, and abuse, to supporting the leadership of survivors, youth, women of color and members of marginalized populations in working collaboratively to reduce individual, community and institutional risk factors for sexual violence perpetration and victimization.

Alana is grateful for the generosity, wisdom, and courage of the many champions for civil rights and social justice that have helped shape her vision for the future, and for the insight, enthusiasm of the students she is privileged to teach as an adjunct Public Health at Westminster College.

Julie Stephenson, SSW - Manager of Training and Education -
 julie@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 2  

Julie_Stevenson.jpgJulie Stephenson has been with the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) since 2015. Julie facilities the coordination and delivery of UCASA’s 40- hour rape crisis advocacy training and assists with the delivery of professional education and community presentations. In addition to her training responsibilities, Julie provides technical assistance and resources to local rape crisis centers, victim advocates, and allied professionals on delivering victim-centered services to adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault.

Before her employment at UCASA, Julie worked as the Sexual Assault Program Manager for Safe Harbor Crisis Center where she provided support to primary, secondary, and tertiary sexual assault victims. Julie continues to volunteer for Safe Harbor as a victim advocate on both their Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis teams.

Julie is a self-motivated professional with significant experience in Human Services within sexual violence, domestic violence, families in crisis, housing and victim advocacy.

Julie graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Julie is a licensed Social Service Worker (SSW) with the state of Utah.

Sterling_Code_Headshot.pngSterling Code - Coalition Capacity Specialist - sterling@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 6

Sterling is the Coalition Capacity Specialist at UCASA. Since joining the team in February of 2017, Sterling has used his expertise in office technology to assist the organization in overall efficiency and rural outreach. Sterling leads the UCASA webinar series to create an easily accessible resource for sexual assault advocates, local professionals, and the public. Sterling also leads the development of UCASA’s mobile application for sexual violence advocates and survivors.

Sterling spends his time learning new skills and traveling the world. He is a private pilot who enjoys flying his family around the Rocky Mountains, and he volunteers his time raising service dogs. Sterling previously worked for the United States Federal Government, where he gained his administrative skills, and as a barista, where he developed a passion for specialty coffee, tea, chocolate and other beverages.

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Myla Andersen - Outreach Specialist - myla@ucasa.org - (801) 746-0404 Ext. 700

Myla Andersen is our Outreach Specialist and joined the staff of the coalition in May of 2017. Myla is responsible for coordinating volunteer work, organizing and engaging in community events, and providing and connecting community members to local resources. Myla facilitates dialogues on the topics of UCASA’s mission, initiatives, and available resources and assistance.

She is always thrilled to meet and work with new volunteers and is excited to see the progress we can all make in ending sexual violence as a community.

Myla is a senior at Weber State University, pursuing an education degree.

 

 

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