LaDawn Stoddard is the Executive Director of UServeUtah and has been with the commission for eight years. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the Commission and, together with the governor-appointed Commissioners helps to set vision and strategy for accomplishing the Commission’s purposes.With a background in finance, LaDawn began working for the Commission in 2004 as the Grants Officer and then went on to fill the role of Development Director. In 2007 she became the Utah State National Service program manager, working closely with numerous community organizations across the state. She has 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. 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 in its spirit of volunteerism. “Volunteers provide a valuable resource to Utah communities through non-profit and faith-based organizations as well as local and state agencies,” LaDawn said. “I feel honored to hold this position and am excited to collaborate with those individuals and groups who are working to help make Utah a better place.”
Community Engagement Coordinator
Lani oversees statewide Volunteer Management Training and manages the federal Volunteer Generation Fund. After a lifetime of service involvement she understands the importance of developing a network with nonprofit agencies, businesses, municipalities, youth, families and individuals. She believes that through fostering a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility, communities can engage volunteers to make meaningful and measurable change. Lani’s background is in sales, marketing, public relations, and prior to joining UServeUtah, managed state and federal grants for 9 years with the Utah Department of Housing and Community Development.
National Service Coordinator
Amy Bridan is the National Service Program Officer and works closely with all AmeriCorps programs throughout the state. Amy comes to UServeUtah after several years at the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development working in various positions. Prior to her service with the State, she worked in Human Resources for a local investment management firm. Before moving to Utah twelve years ago, she worked in San Francisco as a Certified Public Accountant doing taxation. She holds a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. Amy has volunteered consistently throughout her life and especially enjoys working with youth. She is passionate about the outdoors, healthy living, international travel and spending time with her husband and three young daughters. She loves all that Utah has to offer in outdoor and family friendly activities.
National Service Specialist
Don Willie comes to UServeUtah after working for several years in the Governor’s office. He has held various positions, most recently working as a Policy Analyst.Don has strong commitment to community engagement. He has volunteered consistently throughout his life, and is passionate about building bridges and collaborating with community organizations to better assist under-served populations and meet needs throughout the community. Don holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and will receive his Masters of Public Administration in 2014 (both from the University of Utah). Don enjoys spending his spare time with his family, in the community, exploring the Utah outdoors and tackling home remodel projects. He and his wife Jennifer are Utah natives (Salt Lake) and are the proud parents to their son Mason.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Pearl Wright is responsible for Community Engagement for the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism. In this capacity she oversees statewide Volunteer Management Training, manages the federal Volunteer Generation Fund. Pearl holds a Masters Degree in Professional Communication/Technical Writing and Management from Westminster College and received her Bachelor degree from University of Utah. As a champion of social good, Pearl has been involved in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years in the capacity of both staff and volunteer. She is a voracious mountain biker, lover of dogs and international travel.
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 Curtis, a native of Salt Lake City, comes to UServeUtah with years of experience in community capacity building. Here at the commission, she assists with event coordination and outreach efforts for various 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. While studying at University of Utah, Mandee was consistently working in the community with youth as a volunteer and mentor. As an intern, she met with Utah legislatures 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. She loves to camp and ski in Utah’s beautiful mountains and enjoys taking her dog for walks and playing fetch at Liberty Park.
Administrative Support Specialist
Katie facilitates the day-to-day administrative activities and supports the staff in their various roles. In addition, Katie serves on and supports the Volunteer Recognition Committee and various youth initiatives. Katie has been with the commission for two years. 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.