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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.

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.