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LaDawn StoddardLaDawn Stoddard
Director
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.

Mary BMary Buehler
Community Engagement Program Manager
Mary has been with UServeUtah since October 2016 after relocating to Salt Lake City two months before. Bigger mountains brought her here, but it is the people that are making her stay. Back in Ithaca, NY she led community outreach and engagement efforts in the health and human services sector for safer city bicycling, healthy food access, active urban spaces, and environmental sustainability. Mary believes that you should only allow things into your life that bring you value and joy, and hopes to inspire others to do the same while working for UServe. She is a lifelong volunteer and most involved with the Service Year program at Youthlinc. Mary is excited for the many more years in Utah she will have to hike, camp, and try every Banbury Cross donut on the menu.

corynn-benoit_profile-pictureCorynn Benoit
National Service Program Specialist
Originally from Vermont, Corynn made her way to Salt Lake City this fall. She spent the last two years in Austin, Texas working for Texas Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program focused on environmental stewardship. She began 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 fall pursuing her love of the outdoors and exploring the beautiful state of Utah while working for Utah Conservation Corps. She is excited to continue her passion for AmeriCorps and community service as the National Service Program Support Specialist for UServeUtah. She is looking forward to hiking and camping all over the state of Utah with her two dogs and soaking in the beauty of the West.

Jacob Johnson
Community Engagement Program Support Specialist
Jacob is a native of the beautiful state of Colorado and is now studying English at BYU. He loves being outdoors and is grateful for Utah’s beautiful national and state parks. After graduating from BYU next April, he plans to continue his education with a Masters in Public Administration. He is passionate about all things related to local government.

 

 

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Kate Hulme
Outreach Coordinator
Kate is UServeUtah’s Outreach Coordinator and a recent graduate of Brigham Young University. In this position, she focuses on furthering the role of UServeUtah as the go-to resource for promoting service and volunteerism in her home state. Kate has sought out opportunities to serve since childhood. Her experiences with Habitat for Humanity and Operation Smile, most notably on an Operation Smile mission in Kenya, solidified her commitment to make service a priority in her life. While at BYU, she worked with the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance and graduated with the distinction of being a Ballard Scholar, which reflects her having made social innovation an emphasis in her course of study. Kate is a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland. She worked for three summers as a hiking guide in the Swiss Alps and even had the opportunity to complete a speedy ascent of the Matterhorn. She loves outdoor adventures and enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing, canyoneering, and traveling.

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.