UCASA's staff is made up of world-class leaders, visionaries, community champions, educators, and trainers. We’re an organization that works a variety of initiatives: educational and training programs, public policy and legislative advocacy, and sexual violence prevention program. Our team is well-equipped to do it, too: each of us brings a unique background and skills to the organization, and as a result, UCASA has won local and national acclaim for our commitment to combating sexual violence in all of its forms. Our staff is dedicated to fighting for justice and brings a world-class skill set to our organization.
Susan Chasson MSN, JD, SANE-A - SANE Program Manager
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 4
Susan Chasson is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Manager for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She has helped hospitals and communities create programs for providing health care and forensic evidence collection to victims of sexual violence in Utah for more than 25 years. She practices as a family nurse practitioner at the Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo.
Susan is actively involved in the expansion of Wasatch Forensic Nurses to Utah County where they will be providing sexual assault medical forensic examinations starting May 1st of 2017. She is President-elect of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Nubia Pena, JD - Advocacy & Prevention Training Specialist
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 3
Ms. Nubia Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has close to a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate.
Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed training on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavors include bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a national epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth with disproportionate school discipline practices that streamline them into juvenile detention centers. Also, Ms. Peña is the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equality in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education.
Ms. Peña received a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Criminology emphasis and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Utah in 2006.
Julie Stephenson, SSW – Assistant Director, Director of Training and Education
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 2
Julie Stephenson has been with the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) since 2015. Julie manages the coordination and delivery of UCASA’s Statewide 40- hour rape crisis advocacy training and assists with the delivery of professional education and community presentations. In addition to her training responsibilities, Julie provides technical assistance and resources to rape crisis centers, victim advocates, and allied professionals throughout the state. Julie believes in delivering trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of sexual assault.
Before her employment at UCASA, Julie worked as the Sexual Assault Program Manager for Safe Harbor Crisis Center where she provided support to primary, secondary, and tertiary sexual assault victims. Julie continues to volunteer for Safe Harbor as a victim advocate on both their Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis teams.
Julie was the recipient of the 2015 Utah Advocate award. Julie is a self-motivated professional with significant experience in Human Services within sexual violence, domestic violence, families in crisis, housing and victim advocacy.
Julie truly believes in UCASA’s mission of ending sexual violence in Utah.
Julie graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Julie is a licensed Social Service Worker (SSW) with the state of Utah.