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.  


Chelsea Kilpack - Secretary

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.


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.

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. 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 recruit more American Indian foster parents in the State of Utah. My background is in child welfare, juvenile probation, and advocacy for People with Disabilities.


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.

Cynthia Honomichl 

Cynthia Honomichl is passionate about strengthening families and individuals.  She graduated with a Master's in Family and Human Development from Utah State University.  She has had experience planning and organizing large scale events and fundraisers.  She enjoys building people up by offering encouragement and support.  She works as a Financial Services Representative to support and strengthen families. In her free time, Cynthia is an avid gardener, enjoys the sunshine, and traveling with her husband and 2 kids.

Karl Jennings

Karl Jennings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, currently in private practice.  Karl has provided therapeutic counseling to both victims and perpetrators of sexual assault, and feels passionate about ending sexual assault and increasing public awareness and education around sexual health, and enthusiastic consent. 

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 Shifflet

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. 

Not pictured:

Katie Johnson - Treasurer

Crystal Powell