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 [email protected].

Executive Committee:

Brooke Nelson - Board Chair

Brooke is an employee benefits attorney who is committed to eliminating sexual violence and supporting survivors and victims along the way. She has worked for law firms in Salt Lake City and Washington, DC and clerked for the Utah Court of Appeals. She interned with both the appellate division of the Office of the Utah Attorney General and with the Utah Crime Victims Clinic. She enjoys spending time with her two children in Utah's beautiful mountains.

Celeste Lojik - Vice Chair

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 human trafficking, domestic violence to sexual assault. Celeste often speaks at events and conferences where she shares her passion and commitment to combating social injustices that plague our world.

Celeste Graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Public Administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Utah Valley University. 

Her most recent adventures are being a professor for UVU teaching courses on Human Trafficking, Criminal Justice and Victimology. She is an instructor for the R.A.D. program and teaches the Victimology portion at P.O.S.T. She is a former Victim Advocate for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, and Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Women and Children In Crisis. Celeste believes everyone should have someone or a place that they can go to for help, support and love.

 




Directors:

 

 

Yasmyne Castillo-Ronquillo

Yasmyne Castillo-Ronquillo MD, JD, MSc, is a clinical research associate, compliance officer, and in-house Counsel for Hoopes Vision and its Research Center. She is also a project manager ( educational outreach) at the University of Utah, Department of Biology, Olivera Lab, a lab that works on Conus Diagnostics for the Neurosciences and Conus Drug Discovery. Her main research interests are cornea and external disease, ocular molecular pathology and malignant transformation. On the legal side, her main interests are health law and compliance.



Katie Gowans

Katie is a Victim Advocate with the West Valley City Prosecutor’s Office. With 5 years of experience in the field serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, she has a passion for social justice and a determination to ensure access to trauma informed healing and care for all victims. Having obtained her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, she is excited to participate in the community and bring about positive change.

 

 

Garet Hawley

Garet is a human resources professional with United Way of Salt Lake. He is primarily responsible for managing the employee lifecycle, employee relations, and benefits. After graduating from BYU-Idaho with a degree in journalism and Portuguese, he pursued a Master's of Human Resources degree from the University of Exeter. He has found a passion for the nonprofit sector and assisting people in their career development. He has joined the board of UCASA to marry his passion for HR and working to improve education and resources to eradicate our community of sexual violence.


 



Robi Monsen

Robi has been a stay at home, homeschool mom for over 2 years now. She is passionate about community education of women’s issues and mental health. Robi loves being outdoors and all things music.


Carol Shifflett


Carol Jean Matthews-Shifflett is the CEO of The Sojourner Group. She earned a Master of Arts in Community Leadership from Westminster College, SLC after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utah. Reared in Maryland, just outside of Washington DC., Carol is the eldest of parents who believe in being actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement. Her studies and example of her parents played a key role in pursuing a career that focuses on service. She concentrates on the well-being of women and children, particularly those who identify as Black, are identified as Black, and those who have lived the African American experience.


Stephanie Spainhower

Stephanie is a committed dismantler of rape culture. She is also a vocal proponent of the mantra: "There is no such thing as too much healing," especially when it comes to trauma recovery. Stephanie's activism journey began after she was lucky enough to personally benefit from resources like therapy and shelter through the Center for Women and Children in Crisis in Utah County. Stephanie began to see her own survivorhood as a foundation of connection to the survivors she is committed to lifting up. Stephanie is particularly passionate about educating young people about safe relationships, dating violence, consent, boundaries, rape culture, and accessing safety in their communities. She is proud to have been able to teach these topics in many Utah classrooms and groups, including middle schools, high schools, church groups, treatment centers, and at Dixie State University. 
Stephanie lives in St. George, and works as a paralegal. She loves comedy, 90 Day Fiance, and crime documentaries. She loves to write and to read when she has time. She continues her social activism through involvement in UCASA and her local Black Lives Matter chapter. Her dream is to buy an old St. George home, paint it pink, fill it with library shelves for all of her books, and live there forever. 




Crystal Powell

Crystal is a victims’ rights attorney with a deep commitment to human rights and dignity. 

Before moving to Utah, Crystal worked in justice reform on behalf of the government of Jamaica where she was involved in a number of pursuits with national focus and impact. Some of these included as serving on the National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons; helping to implement a National Restorative Justice Programme, the first of its kind in the Caribbean; and directed the Law Revision Office where she led the publication of the laws of Jamaica.

Crystal graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honors) in Psychology/Social Policy and Administration and from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Crystal enjoys learning new skills and exploring her talents, especially, music, art, and fashion. She is a natural hair advocate. She has one child and a beautiful dog.

 

 

Danica Baird

Danica Baird works full time as an attorney and has a deep commitment to ending sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  

Some of her work in these areas includes chairing the Utah Sexual Violence Policy Alliance, participating on the Utah Sexual Violence Council, serving as a board member for the Aspen Magdalene House, founding the Higher Education subcommittee of the Utah Trafficking in Persons Taskforce, interning with Polaris Project, planning three national conferences on human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and publishing multiple articles on the topic.

Danica graduated from Brigham Young University with an English literature degree and earned a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. 



Not pictured:

Katie Johnson - Treasurer