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].
Crystal Powell - Chair
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.
Katie Gowans - Vice Chair
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.
Danica Baird - Secretary
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.
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.
Rebecca Beaumont is a Certified Social Worker with a passion for advocating for survivors of abuse and exploitation. She has ten years of experience in the mental health field, including positions as a direct support professional, case manager, therapist, researcher, program administrator, grant coordinator, and volunteer. Rebecca has worked in both the non-profit and government sectors to advocate for change regarding child abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and elder abuse.
Rebecca has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Rebecca is licensed as a Certified Social Worker in the State of Utah.
Jake Momberger (he/him) entered the field of sexual assault prevention in 2018 as a research assistant studying sexual assault statistics with Dr. Julie Valentine and the Utah State Crime Lab. He graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science. Upon graduating, he worked at UCASA as a program specialist and focused on engaging men in sexual violence prevention. In 2021, he entered the University of Utah School of Medicine with an interest in providing trauma-informed care to tribal, rural and underserved populations across the intermountain west.
Jake is a proud parent of a rescued bearded dragon, Junie, who he raises with his wife. Together they love backpacking, climbing and identifying birds, bugs and mushrooms.
Katie Johnson - Treasurer