Our Board of Directors

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 board@ucasa.org.

Executive Committee:


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.


Coco.pngCoCo James

CoCo is a scholar of the sociology of gender and human sexuality at the University of Utah, an intellectual troublemaker, and emotional trouble-mender. She is finishing up a PhD focusing on sexual violence after a decade of research in the topic, from her undergraduate years to her doctoral work. Research and teaching are twin passions for CoCo, and her work extends into her community engagement and activism. Over the years CoCo has served non-profit organizations in many capacities from leadership to worker bee. Her non-profit work centers around women and girls, sexual violence, LGBTQ+ rights, education, and suicide prevention. In all of these, CoCo believes that courageous learning coupled with deliberate kindness will change the world.
A lifelong resident of Utah, CoCo lives three miles from where she was born and has Jell-O running through her veins. Fortunately, diverse cultures and perspectives are only a plane ride away, and CoCo spends as much time as possible visiting art museums in other states and countries. Her passion for art and social justice is only superseded by her energetic love for her partner and their two incredible adult sons.

Sarah_Bell.pngSarah Bell

Sarah is a native of Utah that is passionate about human rights and social justice. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is also passionate about the nonprofit sector and has worked with numerous nonprofits in the local community, including Equality Utah, The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, and the Humane Society of Utah. She is currently in the process of pursuing her graduate study in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. 
Sarah started volunteering with the Rape Recovery Center in 2016, which furthered her desire to become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping, reading, and spending time with her dogs.

Lisa_Blake.jpgLisa Blake 

Lisa is a member of the Junior League of Ogden. She serves on the Oasis Community Garden Committee within that organization, as well as the Grant Writing Committee. She actively participates in various volunteer opportunities within her community. She is a full-time student in the Social Work Program at Weber State University and upon graduation, plans to obtain her Master's degree. She is also a full-time mom of a teenage son. She enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her family, birds, and dogs.






Chelsea Kilpack - Treasurer

Chelsea Kilpack is an activist, writer, and public speaker. She is the Treasurer for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and is a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Victim Advocate. She is the former board President of the Utah National Organization for Women, and previous member of the YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Council.
Her lectures across the State of Utah include a wide array of topics, such as modeling enthusiastic consent in non-sexual interactions, self-defense as a form of empowerment, and leveraging digital tools for political activism. In her day job, Chelsea is a marketing and communications professional for UpWell Health. She is the leader of corporate philanthropy in her organization, managing all community grants and corporate volunteer efforts. 
Chelsea graduated from Westminster College with a Master of Arts in Community Leadership. Her thesis, Fixing Utah’s Rape Problem: Cultural Elite and Expert Perspectives on Sexual Assault Prevention Programming in Utahmade recommendations for comprehensive sex education as a means of preventing sexual assault. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Utah.
Chelsea lives in Riverton with her husband Bentley and their dog, Eddie McDragon. She love taking her niblings (a gender neutral term for nieces/nephews) on adventures and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


RebeccaAblad_Photo.pngRebecca Ablad

Becky is a native Utahn who is passionate about changing her state for the better, including ending the alarmingly high prevalence of sexual violence. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. Her engagement in supporting survivors of sexual violence began after attending the UCASA 40 hour rape crisis counselor training in 2013. Right away, she knew this work was something she would be doing for the rest of her life. Becky currently supports survivors of sexual trauma at the micro level as a therapist in the community where she specializes in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as anxiety-based disorders. She is a big believer that the person is political, which is what drives her to also engage at the coalition level as a member of the UCASA board. 

In her spare time, Becky enjoys exploring southern Utah, visiting family in Sweden, gardening at her home in Sugarhouse and riding horses.


Stephanie_Benally.pngStephanie Benally

My name is Stephanie Benally. I am from the Diné tribe. My clans are Red Streak People and I am born for Bitter Water. My maternal grandfather is Mexican People and my paternal grandfather is Red House. My parent are Howard and Beverly Benally. I am the oldest of four siblings. I a mother of two children. I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. I serve as a Board of Directors for Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake City and Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). I am a member of National Indian Child Welfare Act (NICWA).

I am a graduate from University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. I am the Native American Specialist at Utah Foster Care. I have been working diligently to recruitment more American Indian foster parents in the State of Utah. My background is in child welfare, juvenile probation, and an advocate for People with Disabilities.

Celeste Lojik

Celeste has 10+ years of professional experience working in the non-profit sector as a development specialist, program director, volunteer coordinator and consultant for organizations that cover issues ranging from adoption to human trafficking to sexual assault. Celeste often speaks at and attends events and conferences where she shares her passion and commitment to combating social injustices that plague our world.  She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and one in Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. 
Her most recent adventures have been working as a victim advocate for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a professor for UVU teaching a course on Human Trafficking and Rape Crisis Coordinator for the Center for Women and Children In Crisis.  She finds working with individuals in trauma to be not only immensely fulfilling, but incredibly sacred by working with people in their darkest hour and hopefully bringing a little light to their situation. Celeste believes everyone should have someone that they can go to for help, support and love. 
Celeste Lojik is no stranger to the global community. She started traveling to Ukraine as a young girl to visit family and to volunteer at orphanages. She has continued doing humanitarian aid in different countries. She has traveled to over 20 countries. Her experience abroad has led her to fall in love with cultures and people through service.

Kat.pngKat Martinez

Kat Martinez works for the Bureau of Child Development, in Child Care Licensing where she trains child care providers and supports working parents by protecting the health and safety of children in child care programs.  She is an advocate for early childhood education and gender equality. Kat lives in Murray with her 3 small children, a husband who is currently in school to be a social worker, and her giant dog.  In Murray, Kat attends city council meetings when possible and is a member of the Viewmont Elementary PTA.  Her favorite night of the week is Tuesdays, when she volunteers with Planned Parenthood’s Teen Success Support group where she assists in teaching teen moms about parenting and supports them in finishing their educations.  She is Murray 015’s precinct chair, vice legislative chair for HD 34 in Salt Lake County, and the Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.


Stephanie McClure

Stephanie is a sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and advocacy specialist who is passionate about developing and implementing prevention programming and advocacy services that speak to the lives of diverse communities and addresses the intersections of sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and other forms of oppression. 

Stephanie holds an M.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies specializing in sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence, and stalking prevention education and advocacy for college students, and Title IX and Clery compliance. She has her own consulting business, All Bystanders Count, and provides comprehensive violence prevention education, training and keynotes, university staff training on Title IX and the Clery Act, advocacy training, and technical assistance to community-based agencies and universities. 


Additionally, she is the Director of Weber State University's Women's Center. In 2015 she developed and established WSU's Safe@Weber Violence Prevention and Advocacy Program, which serves all 26,000 students and 2,000 staff and faculty. In 2017 Safe@Weber was awarded Program Partner of the Year by UCASA, and in 2018 it was awarded the Best Practice in Prevention Activities Award by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.