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.
Liliana Olvera-Arbon - Executive Director
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 6 (Spanish speaker)
Liliana Olvera-Arbon joined UCASA over a year ago, with over 10 years of experience working in social services. She demonstrated profound leadership while working at a Los Angeles based rape crisis center and later as a Program Coordinator at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her vision is to center and uplift the voices of communities marginalized by society and bring a deep commitment toward social equity and collective liberation. She is dedicated to educating people of their rights and opportunities and envisions a world free of gender-based violence. In her spare time, Liliana enjoys taking walks to the park with her husband and their sweet doggy Daisy!
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.
Camden Caifa - SANE Educator
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 703
Covers the Central/Southwest part of the state which includes Juab, Millard, Sanpete, Sevier, Beaver, Piute, Wayne, Iron, Garfield, Washington, and Kane counties.
As a SANE educator she supports the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams that are performing medical-forensic exams for adolescent/adult patients reporting acute sexual assault. This support includes ongoing training, research into evidence-based practice, supporting team collaboration with multidisciplinary teams including advocacy, law enforcement, hospital leadership, district attorney offices, Utah Toxicology lab, Utah Bureau of Forensic Services, and Utah Victims of Crime Organization. Camden has lived in Utah since 2006. Happily married to her former flight partner. Has three smart and talented children ages 19, 17, & 6. Loves to hike, travel, scuba dive, dance, whitewater raft, and organize things in her spare time.
Trish Crump - SANE Educator
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 704
Covers Tooele, Summit, Wasatch, Utah, Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder and Cache Counties. Her role as an educator is to support the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner teams caring for adolescent/adult patients reporting acute sexual assault. This support includes training, supporting team collaboration with multidisciplinary teams including advocacy, hospital leadership, law enforcement, court prep/support, Utah Bureau of Forensic Services, Utah Toxicology Lab, and Utah Victims of Crime Organization.
Trish received her Associates of Nursing Degree in 2004, and is currently working on BSN & Master of Nursing, Forensics. She is certified as an Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-A). She was the recipient of the SAAM Award (Sexual Assault Awareness) in 2016.
She has been a forensic nurse for 9 years. Trish began working for Wasatch Forensic Nurses as an Adolescent/Adult Forensic Nurse in 2014. She is part of the leadership team and her responsibilities include: Resource nurse, Law enforcement liaison, Court liaison and Education coordinator. She has specialized training in strangulation & interpersonal violence, touch DNA, and evidence collection. She enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with members of the multidisciplinary team serving victims of sexual assault.
Joscelynne Mendoza - Training and Community Education Program Manager
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 700 (Spanish speaker)
Joscelynne joined UCASA in April 2021. Joscelynne volunteered for the Rape Recovery Center in 2019 and became part of the hospital response team in February 2020. As she continued her journey in helping survivors she became part of the in-house advocates. Joscelynne has dedicated her time volunteering in different organizations and is committed to helping people of all backgrounds have a voice in communities.
When Joscelynne is not reading about equal rights she enjoys running, being outside, and spending time with her loved ones!
TBD - Training and Community Education Program Specialist
December Richens - Sexual Assault Services Project Coordinator (Duchesne County)
(801) 746-0404 Ext 702
I am so excited to be a new member of the UCASA team! I am highly motivated, hard working, and committed to helping people heal. I’ve spent the last 4 years working in advocacy, outreach, and community education for substance use disorders and recovery. I am the president of a successful nonprofit and have spent countless hours volunteering with multiple entities that all work towards empowering and strengthening our community. My time working in that field became the platform for my highest calling, dedicating my life to the service of others. I strive every day to be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves and to be an ally for people who feel forgotten. I believe that empathy and education are my greatest tools for being a positive force for change. I believe all of these things have made me stronger in all of my roles, as a mother, a spouse, employee, and community member. I am working towards higher education and my greatest goals are to help as many people as possible and to be a strong, positive, female role model for my children.
Angelica Burnett - Sexual Assault Services Project Coordinator (Tooele County)
(801) 746-0404 Ext 701
Nubia Pena, JD - Advocacy & Prevention Training Specialist
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 3 (Spanish speaker)
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.
Becky Skabelund - Operations Manager
(801) 746-0404 ext. 705
Becky Skabelund is the Operations Manager and has been with UCASA since October 2020. She completed her bachelor's degree in Family, Consumer and Human Development in 2011 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2016. She is passionate about social justice, and desires people to be able to live in a world without sexual violence.
In her other life, Becky is a certified Reiki master, does Tarot readings, studies astrology, sings/songwrites, and maintains her thoroughly dry sense of humor.