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].
Brooke Nelson - Board Chair
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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Katie Johnson - Treasurer