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Welcome Friends in Service

Dear Friends in Service,

It is inspiring to hear stories from all around the state of Utahns’ commitment and passion for serving their friends, families, neighbors, and communities. This spirit of service has earned Utah the #1 ranking in the nation for volunteerism and civic engagement for nine consecutive years! Volunteerism helps meet critical needs in Utah and provides significant economic and social value for our citizens and communities. Each year Utah volunteers dedicate millions of hours of service. Last year alone that service was estimated to be worth $3.5 billion.

The poet, Henry Longfellow said: “No man or woman is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.” This is the vitality of volunteering; it is something that anyone can do – no matter where they live, their age, income, religious or cultural affiliation. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that is open to all of us and there is a vast range of possibilities for volunteerism in Utah. I invite you to join with us as we focus on making a difference.

Yours in Service,

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox


The Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism (UServeUtah) is an active board of commissioners appointed by the Governor to support volunteerism in Utah. The commission meets bimonthly to direct and carry out the mission and objectives of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, and fulfill the statutory responsibilities for State Commissions under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993.

Each commission member serves a 3-year term and can be appointed to serve up to two consecutive terms. Time spent as a commission member is completely voluntary. They function as “Ambassadors of Service” in their local communities to promote volunteerism and service opportunities. To see a list of past commissioners, click here.

2018 Board Members

  • Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. CoxSpencer Cox
    Lieutenant Governor, State of Utah
  • Debbie Hardy photoDebbie Hardy
    Intermountain Healthcare & Commission Chair
  • LINDSEY KNEUVENLindsey Kneuven
  • Dave Clark photoDavid Clark
    Zions Bank & National Service Chair
  • Kris HamletKris Hamlet
    Utah Division of Emergency Management & Commission Past Chair
  • Stan Penfold HeadshotStan Penfold
    Utah AIDS Foundation
  • Jill Remington Love
    Department of Heritage and Arts
  • David Buhler
    Utah Higher Education
  • Jake MurakamiJake Murakami
    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) State Office
  • Paul Leggett
    Aging and Adult Services at Salt Lake County & Community Engagement Chair
  • Rep. Becky Edwards
    Utah State Legislature
  • photo coming soonMelissa Fromm
    Forever Young Foundation
  • Sydnee Dickson
    Utah State Board of Education
  • Vikram Ravi
    Youth Commissioner
  • Karen McCandless
    Community Action Services and Food Bank
  • Debra Hoyt
    Dominion Energy

For previous meeting agendas and minutes, please contact Sara Dorsey at or (801) 245-7281.

Meeting Agendas

July 2018 Commission Meeting Agenda
May 2018 Commission Meeting Agenda
September 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
July 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
May 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
March 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda
January 2017 Commission Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

July 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes
May 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes
September 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
July 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
May 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
March 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
January 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

Upcoming Events

Utah Giving Alliance Summit

What: The new Utah Giving Alliance is excited to announce Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and Crystal Maggelet, CEO and President of FJ Management, as co-chairs of the Alliance, and keynote speakers for the inaugural 2018 Summit event. As the leading state in both charitable giving and volunteerism, Utah stands apart in its generosity. The Utah Giving Alliance Summit will bring together local philanthropists from throughout the state to advance the ability to use data and evidence, achieve meaningful outcomes and foster collaboration to help Utah become the leader in philanthropic impact. Panels and break-out sessions will draw from the insights of The Giving State Report and the experience of some of Utah’s leading patrons of social change.

When: Date TBD

Where: David Eccles School of Business, 1655 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT


Utah Philanthropy Day

What: Each November since 1999, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter (formerly Utah Society of Fund Raisers), Utah Nonprofits Association, and UServeUtah have celebrated Utah’s outstanding philanthropists and volunteer leaders at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Seven prestigious awards along with the Heart & Hands Award honor the various components of the critical nexus between visionary, supportive philanthropy and thriving, creative nonprofit organizations that respond to community concerns and the need for change. For more information, visit Utah Philanthropy Day’s website.

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Grand America Ballroom, 555 S. Main, Salt Lake City, Utah

Past Commissioners

  • Chris Bray, 2012-2017
  • Joel Moriyama, 2015-2016
  • Brad Smith, 2015-2016
  • Sen. Ann Milner, 2015-2016
  • Julie Hartley, 2015-2016
  • Lynette Rasmussen, 2014-2016
  • Ron Humphries, 2014-2016
  • Evelyn Salazar, 2014-2016
  • Julie Fisher, 2013-2016
  • Dwight Rasmussen, 2013-2015
  • Diane Lewis, 2013-2015
  • David Buhler, 2013-2014
  • Allie Dixon-Schroeder, 2012-2014
  • Gail Miller, 2011-2014
  • Martel Menlove, 2013-2014
  • John Curtis, 2011-2014
  • Bill Crim, 2011-2014
  • Jose Enriquez, 2011-2014
  • Anne O’Brien, 2010-2014
  • Melissa Miller-Kincart, 2009 & 2013-2014
  • Jeanne Hall, 2009-2014
  • Sue Okroy, 2009-2014
  • Erica Dahl, 2009-2014
  • Jennifer Hogge, 2008-2014
  • Lori Giovannoni, 2011-2013
  • Lt. Governor Greg Bell, 2009-2013
  • Carol Hunter, 2004-2006 & 2011-2013
  • Stephanie Simmons, 2012
  • Judy Barnett, 2010-2012
  • Leslie Wagstaff, 2010-2012
  • McKenna Strong, 2010-2012
  • Larry Shumway, 2009-2012
  • Bill Sederburg, 2009-2012
  • Betsy Ward, 2008-2012
  • Keith Squires, 2007-2012
  • Brian Garrett, 2007-2012
  • Stephanie Davis, 2010-2011
  • Gwen Sprigmeyer, 2008-2011
  • Karen Mayne, 2010
  • Elaine Pace, 2009-2010
  • Pat Bair, 2009-2010
  • Lloyd Pendleton, 2007-2010
  • Katherine Smith, 2007-2010
  • Josh Pedersen, 2006-2010
  • Shirlee Silversmith, 2005-2010
  • Wally Brown, 2004-2010
  • George Garwood, 2004-2010
  • Larry Ellertson, 2002-2010
  • Marty Hamilton, 2009
  • Don Gomes, 2009
  • Alan Griffin, 2006-2009
  • Carol Morrow, 2006-2009
  • Marko Mijic, 2006-2009
  • Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, 2005-2009
  • Elaine Gause, 2004-2009
  • Christine Kearl, 2006-2007
  • Diane Hartz-Warsoff, 2006-2007
  • Dolores Riley, 2006-2007
  • Ivan Cendese, 2006-2007
  • Jill Stevens, 2006-2007
  • Michael Kuehn, 2006-2007
  • Patti Harrington, 2005-2006 & 2009
  • JoAnn Neilson, 2004-2007
  • Linda Dunn, 2004-2007
  • Michael Lester, 2003-2007
  • Richard Kendell, 2002 & 2004-2007
  • Donald Staheli, 2000-2002 & 2004-2007
  • Myla Dutton, 1999-2001 & 2003-2007
  • Rick Crawford, 1998-2007
  • Arthur Frank, 2006
  • Darrell White, 2004-2006
  • Verne Larsen, 2004-2006
  • Verdi White, 2002-2006
  • Gary Tom, 2002-2006
  • Holly Isaman, 2002-2006
  • Beth Cottam, 2002-2006
  • Laurence Furr II, 2002-2006
  • Gordon Walker, 2004-2005
  • Robert Garff, 2002-2005
  • Gayle McKeachnie, 2004
  • Peter Van-Hook, 2004
  • Marshall Welch, 2003-2004
  • Frances Larsen, 2000 & 2002-2004
  • Steve Laing, 2000-2001 & 2004
  • Joan Palmer, 2000-2004
  • Joyce Muhlestein, 2000-2004
  • Libby Hunter, 2000-2004
  • CeCe Foxley, 1998-2004
  • Mary Bangerter, 1999-2000 & 2002-2003
  • Lt. Governor Olene Walker, 1998-2003
  • Carolyn Nebeker, 2002
  • Edie Mitko, 2002
  • Earl Morris, 2001-2002
  • Jim Backman, 2000-2002
  • Colleen Taylor, 2000-2002
  • David Litvack, 1998-2001
  • Ferris Groll, 1998-1999 & 2001
  • Kristin Fink, 2001
  • Harry Brown, 2000-2001
  • Patricia Bradley, 2000-2001
  • Vernon Rowley, 1999-2001
  • Nancy Bentley, 1998-2001
  • Katy Ballenger, 1998-2001
  • Julie LeRoy, 1998-2001
  • Harley Paulson, 1998-2000
  • Charlotte Starks, 1998-1999
  • Dee Rowland, 1998-1999
  • Eve Verde, 1998-1999
  • Gail Norris, 1998-1999
  • Mareid Horton, 1998-1999
  • Phil Bernal, 1998-1999
  • Wilber Berrett, 1998-1999
  • Bob Rampton, 1998-1999
  • Bob Hood, 1998
  • Gary Carlson, 1998
  • Leann Jackson, 1998
  • Mike Jensen, 1998
  • Scott Bean, 1998
  • Vaughn Walsh, 1998
  • Wayne Shamo, 1998
  • Ann Kagie, 1998

Contact Us

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300 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Directions (Google Maps)
Phone: 1-888-755-UTAH (8824)
Fax: 801-355-3081

General Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking Instructions:
UServeUtah is located inside the Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City. Parking is available in the lot north of the Rio Grande building in stalls not labeled "cafe parking." Parking validations can be obtained at the security desk inside the Rio Grande building. Check in at the security desk and the security guards will be happy to contact us.

We are conveniently located just east of the UTA Central Station which can be accessed by Frontrunner, TRAX, and many bus lines. Visit for the latest transit schedules.

Staff Directory

Position Title
LaDawn Stoddard
(801) 245-7223
Greg Bates National Service Program Manager (801) 245-7221
Corynn Benoit
National Service Program Specialist
(801) 245-7218
Jacob Johnson
Community Engagement Program Support Specialist
(801) 245-7279
Sara Dorsey
Outreach Coordinator
(801) 245-7281
Katrina Mamiya-Hruska
National Service Program Support Specialist
(801) 245-7219
Ruqia Qasim
Support Specialist
(801) 245-7222


LaDawn StoddardLaDawn Stoddard
LaDawn Stoddard is the 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 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.

greg bates headshotGreg Bates
National Service Program Manager
Greg Bates is the National Service Program Manager with UServeUtah and oversees the statewide implementation of the federal AmeriCorps program in Utah. He is a Utah native and joined UServeUtah in June 2016, after working for the Department of Workforce Services for eight years. During that time he spent two years as an eligibility specialist for public assistance programs, two years as an investigator and four years as the supervisor of the specialized refugee eligibility team. Greg is passionate about working with the refugee communities and has been involved in volunteer projects to benefit them, off and on, since 2008. Before beginning his career with the state of Utah he worked for the Home Depot and the City of South Salt Lake. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Law from Weber State University. Greg loves the outdoors, spending time with his family, playing guitar, and writing.

corynn-benoit_profile-pictureCorynn Benoit
National Service Program Specialist
Originally from Vermont, Corynn moved to Salt Lake City in the fall of 2016. Before coming to Utah, she spent two years in Austin, Texas, working for Texas Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program focused on environmental stewardship. She started with the organization as a Disaster Services AmeriCorps VISTA member and spent her term supporting state-wide disaster response efforts. She later became the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for the program. After spending a little over two years in Austin eating breakfast tacos and listening to amazing live music, she realized how much she missed the mountains and seasons and decided to move out West. Corynn spent her first fall in Utah pursuing her love of the outdoors while working for Utah Conservation Corps. She is excited to continue her passion for AmeriCorps and community service as the National Service Program Specialist for UServeUtah.

Jacob Johnson
Community Engagement Program Manager
Jacob is a native of the beautiful state of Colorado and is currently attending the University of Utah to receive his Masters in Public Administration. He loves being outdoors and is grateful for Utah’s beautiful national and state parks.  He is passionate about all things related to local government.



ruqia qasimRuqia Qasim
Administrative Support Specialist
Ruqia is the Administrative Support Specialist. She joined UServeUtah after completing a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Utah. Her enrollment in the National Honor Society during high school kickstarted her passion for service and volunteerism and she has been involved in many volunteer projects, particularly helping refugee communities. Ruqia has volunteered as a tutor for refugee youth and later worked with the City of South Salt Lake under the entity of Promise South Salt Lake. Between 2011-2015 she worked at various after school programs as a Prevention Specialist to help high school students succeed in their yearly academic courses. She has also served as an AmeriCorps for the Read.Graduate.Succeed. program. In her spare time, Ruqia enjoys cinema, hiking, volleyball, basketball, and various other outdoor activities.

Sara Dorsey
Outreach Coordinator
Sara is from Virginia and moved to Utah in 2007 to study public health and international development. Internships and job opportunities took her to Costa Rica and Washington, but she always found her way back to the mountains of Utah. As an Outreach Coordinator for UServeUtah she is working to promote volunteerism throughout the state, inspire Utahns to become engaged in their communities, and educate organizations on available resources to manage volunteers. Interests include design, health education, special education, and promoting STEM in schools. In her spare time she can be found trail running, hiking, rock climbing, and attending every possible pet adoption event.

Katrina Mamiya-Hruska
National Service Program Support Specialist
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Katrina moved to Salt Lake City in 2014 by way of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as two AmeriCorps programs – Building Healthy Communities and the ACCESS Project. Prior to joining UServeUtah, Katrina worked with Catholic Community Services of Utah’s refugee resettlement program, overseeing the Health Services program. She is currently attending the University of Utah part-time taking prerequisite classes to prepare for a career in healthcare. She is humbled to continue the important work of promoting the values of service and engagement across our vibrant communities in Utah.

Legislation and Regulations

Since 1994, The Commission on Service and Volunteerism has convened through federal and state legislation.

The following regulations guide our work:

Authorizing Legislation – National
Legislation (PDF) 1990
Legislation (PDF) – Serve America Act 2009
Summary (PDF) – Serve America Act 2009

Authorizing Legislation – Utah
Legislation (PDF)

Duties of a State Service Commission
Overview (PDF)

Utah Liability Protection for Volunteers
Legislation (website)

The Volunteer Protection Act
Clinton Signing Volunteer Protection Act (PDF)
Reason for Volunteer Protection Act (PDF)
Volunteer Protection Act CRS Report (PDF)
Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (PDF)

Newsletters & Annual Reports

To receive up-to-date information on national and community service in Utah, join our mailing list here. For newsletters produced prior to January 2017, please contact Sara Dorsey at


August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018
December 2018
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017

Annual Reports


Fact Sheet

UServeUtah 2017 Fact Sheet



The purpose of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism is to enable individuals, communities, and organizations in Utah to benefit from the service, power, skills, and passion of volunteers.

Our mission is to strengthen and grow bonds across Utah communities through the uniting power of service and volunteerism.

Our vision is vibrant, inclusive, productive communities with active, engaged citizens.

View our 2017-2019 STRATEGIC PLAN.

Our work is based in these core values:

  • Service Unites. Volunteering collectively grows bonds across various experiences, beliefs, backgrounds and barriers.
  • We believe that volunteerism is a uniquely American form of civic engagement that is fundamental to our democracy and critical to our communities.
  • We believe volunteers build strong communities and have a lasting impact on local needs.
    Utah volunteers are exceptional. They are willing to make the time, and the connections that come from reaching out in service to and with others.
  • We know that volunteers are bedrock in any community. Neighborhoods where volunteers gather and serve are more vibrant, safe, and engaged.
  • People who volunteer feel a unique sense of ownership and responsibility and are in turn transformed by the experience.

Our competitive advantages include:

  • We offer state leadership. As a branch of the state government and a program of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, we can use our bully pulpit to promote volunteerism with authority.
  • We collaborate. We have years of experience working in the public and private sectors to focus resources on volunteerism.
  • We have data. Our studies measure the impact volunteers have on our lives and our communities.
  •  We have expertise. Our training to volunteer organizations helps them better use and support volunteers.
  • We bring resources to the table. Our nationally-recognized AmeriCorps programs connect local needs with manpower in a cost effective and efficient way.

UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, has a long history of advocating the value of volunteerism, training skilled volunteers, coordinating a statewide system to facilitate service, developing innovative AmeriCorps programs, and promoting Utah’s national leadership in volunteerism.

National Service

This year AmeriCorps, the Domestic Peace Corps, will engage more than 80,000 Americans nationwide in intensive, results-driven service in areas of critical need. UServeUtah administers all Utah AmeriCorps State grants and manages the Utah program portfolio comprising 10 AmeriCorps programs that target underserved populations in the focus areas of Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Disaster Preparedness, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. In the 2015-2016 grant year AmeriCorps programs recruited over 23,000 volunteers who gave over 250,000 hours of service with an estimated value of over $6.2 million dollars.

In 2016, Utah AmeriCorps programs operating throughout the state engaged 1,640 AmeriCorps members. These members provided services to the homeless population, tutored and mentored youth, connected underserved populations to health care resources, restored and maintained parks, streams, and trail systems, taught environmental stewardship, and operated after school programs. Since 1994, more than 15,000 Utahns have participated in AmeriCorps programs, dedicating over 14 million hours to building up communities across the state.

In the event of a disaster, UServeUtah acts as the liaison with the Corporation for National and Community Service to call upon National Service resources such as AmeriCorps members for on-ground support and serves on the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) as the the lead in coordinating volunteer and donations management statewide.

Community Engagement

UServeUtah seeks to establish a strong infrastructure to support volunteers in Utah and functions as a consultant, and training resource to build and cultivate organizational capacity and increase volunteer utilization. UServeUtah also actively promotes volunteerism and is committed to creating ways for Utahns to identify and engage in quality volunteer and service opportunities. A primary aim of UServeUtah is to help organizations successfully use service & volunteerism as a strategy to fulfill their mission as well as increasing the number of highly skilled and long-term volunteers serving in Utah.

UServeUtah accomplishes this by (1) providing successful statewide trainings that ensure organizations are prepared to use volunteers effectively, (2) supporting businesses in creating employee volunteer programs throughout the state, and (3) helping local municipalities recognize and utilize volunteers as an effective means of addressing community needs.