LaDawn Stoddard is the Executive Director of UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism. With a degree in business management and an extensive background in finance, she began working for the Commission in 2004 as the Grants Officer and then went on to fill the role of Development Director working not only with State AmeriCorps Programs, but also Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Youth Service and other various service initiatives within the Commission. In 2007 she became the Utah State National Service program manager, working closely with numerous community organizations across the state and in 2012 became the Executive Director of the Commission. Early in her career LaDawn owned and managed a small business which allowed her to work closely within her community; she has also served on numerous boards and volunteer committees at both the national and local level and has been personally engaged in volunteering from a very young age. This has allowed for development of a unique perspective into both the public, private and nonprofit sectors that has served her well in her current position. As a resident of Wasatch County, she has a profound appreciation for the varied landscape in Utah, but finds her greatest appreciation for the state is in its spirit of volunteerism. She feels volunteers provide a valuable resource to Utah communities and is honored to be able to collaborate with those individuals and groups who are working to help make Utah a better place.
Community Engagement Manager
Anna Decker is a devoted community activist who is passionate about creating environments where people thrive. She joined the UServeUtah team in 2015 after completing her Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis on community wellness. Her graduate research focused on the impact of positive psychology techniques on stress and resilience. Anna is the Curator of TEDxSaltLakeCity, a premier annual event (organized entirely by smart, fun-loving, open-minded volunteers). She also dedicates much of her free time to serving on the Mentor Council of the Salt Lake Civil Network, a burgeoning non-profit focused on community flourishing, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Yoga for People, a non-profit dedicated to making yoga available to everyone. Anna hasn’t owned a TV for over a decade, and though this makes her acutely pop culture illiterate, she loves spending her “down time” discovering and connecting with her community–local and global. She strongly believes that being actively engaged in the world makes her a happier and healthier human. She enthusiastically encourages others to do the same.
National Service Manager
Erin oversees the statewide implementation of the federal AmeriCorps grant program here in Utah. She comes to the Commission after 5+ years as the Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Erin served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Montana which set the stage for her 15-year career in nonprofit organizations committed to empowering individuals and creating stronger communities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from William Smith College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Montana State University. Erin recently moved to Utah with her husband, Joel, and their fur-children, Scamp (crazy cat) and Kaya (14-year-old German Shepherd mix). They’re excited to explore all that their new home has to offer!
Disaster Services Coordinator
Karrie oversees the state Volunteer Management and Donations training and works closely with the commission to help meet disaster needs throughout the state. Karrie has been a reservist for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) since 2004 and has worked with disaster survivors in sixteen disasters across the United States. She has also been Springville City’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator since 2005 where she is in charge of Springville’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program. Karrie has a real love for emergency preparedness and believes that each person needs to share in that responsibility and by doing so will make Utah a safer, better place to live. Karrie lives in Springville with her husband and their dog and enjoys spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Karrie also loves to travel, camping and curling up with a good book.
Rochelle joins us from the Maine Commission for Community Service where she served as Public Relations Specialist for several years. She brings with her more than 10 years experience in event planning, marketing, public relations and communications. Rochelle holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business focused in Marketing, from the University of Southern Maine. She and her husband Lee have been married nine years. They have two Australian Shepherds and enjoy taking them hiking and exploring new places. In her spare time Rochelle also enjoys cooking, volunteering for Australian Shepherd rescue, and spending time with family and friends.
Special Projects Coordinator
Mandee assists with event coordination and outreach efforts for various UServeUtah program initiatives. She is an advisor on the AmeriCorps Alumni Chapter and supports staff on special projects. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college and holds a B.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Consumer and Community Studies from the University of Utah. As an intern, she met with Utah legislators at the Capitol to discuss the issues of hunger and poverty and promoted solutions in eliminating poverty. After completing her schooling, Mandee worked in Costa Rica focusing on issues of poverty, social work, and social justice. In her spare time Mandee enjoys going to farmers markets, unique restaurants, local community events, and backyard BBQs.
Administrative Support Specialist
Katie facilitates the day-to-day administrative activities and supports the staff in their various roles. In addition, Katie covers technology resources, including maintaining the website and AmeriCorps member tracking system, IPT. Katie is approaching her third year with the Commission. After graduating with a degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, Katie jumped into the world of internet publishing and has been published in The Deseret News, The Daily Universe, and LDS Living. Katie enjoys healthy eating, farmers markets, reading, and volunteering with food insecurity programs.