About Us

About Utah Community Action

Founded in 1965, Utah Community Action is a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive services for income-eligible families. Their six core programs—Head Start, Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, Nutrition, HEAT, and Weatherization—address barriers to self-reliance to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities.

Core Programs

Adult Education

Helps adults with low- to moderate-income levels get access to courses and certifications that can help them work toward self-reliance.

Case Management & Housing

Helps families find and maintain safe, affordable housing.

Head Start

Provides education and health services to young children who would otherwise not be prepared for kindergarten.


Helps struggling households pay their utility bills. Both yearly application and emergency need services are available.


Helps feed households in need, provides meals for Head Start classrooms, and offers educational programs to teach better eating habits.


Helps low-income households reduce energy costs and increase comfort and safety in their homes.

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Our Mission

Utah Community Action’s mission is to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities through self-reliance and education programs.

Our Agency Values

APPRECIATION – We recognize and enjoy the positive contributions of others.
COMPASSION – We demonstrate genuine concern for the well-being of all.
INTEGRITY – We exemplify the highest standards of honesty and accountability.
RESPECT – We have admiration for each individual’s unique strengths and perspectives.
TRUST – We have confidence that the agency and staff will consistently act with the best of intentions.

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Godfrey

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Spangenberg

Chief Auxiliary Officer

(801) 214-3171

Joni Clark

Chief Development Officer

(801) 410-5707

Patrice Dickson

Chief Operations Officer

Social Services

(801) 214-3138

Patty Mazzoni

Chief Operations Officer


(801) 410-5705

Stacy Weight

Chief Administrative Officer

(801) 410-5706

Matt Ulmer

Chief Technology Officer

(801) 410-5710

Joel Dunn

Human Resource Director

(801) 214-3153

Program Managers

Sahil Oberoi

Case Management & Housing Manager

(801) 214-3188

Jackie Drury

HEAT Manager

(801) 214-3175

Aurora Howell

Head Start Education Manager

(801) 410-5719

Gabriella Cubas-Ismaeil

Head Start Family Partnerships & ERSEA Manager

(801) 410-5718

Katherine Peterson

Head Start Health & Mental Health Manager

(801) 410-5724

Board of Trustees

Karen Crompton
Public Sector

Kelli Meranda
Board Member
Public Sector

Jennifer Kennedy
Board Member
Public Sector

Holly Vantassell Smith
Board Member
Public Sector

Jonathan Pappasideris
Board Member
Public Sector

Janis Dubno
Board Member
Public Sector

Robert Rendon
Board Member
Private Sector

Rebekah Couper-Noles
Board Member
Private Sector

Jake Hawkins
Private Sector

Stephanie White
Second Vice Chair
Private Sector

Julie Buchholz
Board Member
Private Sector

Yolanda Valencia-Price
Board Member
Private Sector

John Delaney
Low-Income Sector

Dorthy Longshaw
Board Member
Low-Income Sector

Kandice Davis
Board Member
Low-Income Sector

Stephanie Russell
Board Member
Low-Income Sector

Damaris Casarez
Head Start Policy Council Chair
Low-Income Sector

Katherine Setterberg
Head Start Policy Council Chair Elect
Low-Income Sector

We assist income-eligible families with services including Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, HEAT, Head Start, Nutrition and Weatherization to help them achieve self-reliance.