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

Adult Education offers a variety of low or no-cost services for improving clients’ educational and job readiness skills with individualized support based on client needs and interests. These in-house, community, and higher education partnership programs provide opportunities for clients to acquire and increase skills necessary for advancing in education and employment, key barriers to adults living in poverty. By removing or reducing these barriers through the Adult Education program, students are able to make essential gains on their path to financial stability and self-reliance.

Case Management & Housing

Case Management & Housing assists those experiencing a temporary financial crisis with rental and deposit assistance, landlord-tenant mediation, homeless services and holistic case management. Through this program, as well as connections to other UCA programs and community resources, clients are able to get the support they need to stabilize long-term and achieve self-reliance.

With the completion and opening of the new Homeless Resource Centers, UCA also expanded our homeless services to include intakes and diversions at each center along with the operation of the homeless resource phone line.

Head Start Preschool

Head Start is Utah Community Action’s largest program and has been recognized at the state level as the Best Public Preschool in Utah and the national level as an exemplary program. The programs prepares children 0-5 for kindergarten and future school success through educational activities, medical and dental referral services, nutritious meals and self-reliance services for the entire family. In addition to high-quality early education, Head Start also prioritizes family engagement and promotes equity, inclusiveness, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness to build meaningful relationships.

HEAT Utility Assistance

This program is the largest provider of the HEAT program in the state, accounting for 40% of Utah’s total applications, and is often the first Utah Community Action program many clients access. HEAT services help subsidize and manage the utility costs of income-eligible households. Both seasonal and crisis assistance for power and gas bills is available year-round. Clients also receive budget counseling and education on energy use to achieve financial stability and self-reliance.


The Nutrition Program was founded on the belief that access to healthy food provides the foundation for future success. From healthy meals for preschoolers and seniors to emergency food supplies to culinary training, our focus is on health, education, and self-reliance. This program includes our Central Kitchen, two Food & Resource Centers and the Sauté Culinary Training program.


Helps income-eligible individuals and families reduce energy costs and increase comfort and safety in their homes year-round through cost-effective energy improvements as well as energy education. Common improvements include replacing incandescent lighting; repairing windows, doors, and furnaces; wall, floor, ceiling, and duct insulation; and carbon monoxide testing.

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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


Gabriella Cubas-Ismaeil

Assistant Head Start Director

(801) 410-5718


Ian Spangenberg

Chief Auxiliary Officer

(801) 214-3171

Patrice Dickson

Chief Operations Officer

Social Services

(801) 214-3138

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

Katherine Peterson

Head Start Health & Mental Health Manager

(801) 410-5724

Taylor Skipwith

ERSEA and Family Partnership Manager

(801) 410-5659


Board of Trustees

Public Sector

Karen Crompton

Kelli Meranda
Board Member

Holly Vantassell Smith
Board Member

Janis Dubno
Board Member

John Delaney
Board Member

Private Sector

Rebekah Couper-Noles
Board Member

Jake Hawkins

Stephanie White
Second Vice Chair

Julie Buchholz
Board Member

Yolanda Valencia-Price
Board Member

Casey Jones
Board Member

Low-Income Sector

Alesia Soto
Head Start Policy Council
Chair Elect

Dorthy Longshaw
Board Member

Bobby Sharp
Board Member

Kandice Randal
Board Member

Michelle Stebner
Head Start Policy Council
Chair Elect

Stephanie Russell

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.