About Us

About Utah Community Action

Utah Community Action is a multi-faceted agency that helps low-income individuals and families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Utah Community Action helps remove these barriers through six core programs.

To find and implement the best solutions to poverty, Utah Community Action frequently works with community members and organizations like the following:

  • Interns from the Department of Workforce Services
  • Senior workers from SCSEP
  • Courts that assign community service
  • Service-learning students
  • Volunteers


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Our Mission

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

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-sufficiency.

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.

Case Management & Housing

Helps families find and maintain safe, affordable housing.


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.

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Godfrey

Chief Executive Officer

(801) 410-5704

Joni Clark

Chief Development Officer

(801) 410-5707

Patrice Dickson

Chief Operations

Officer of Social Services

(801) 214-3138

Patty Mazzoni

Chief Operations

Officer of Education

(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) 214-3114

Program Managers

Sahil Oberoi

Case Management & Housing Manager

(801) 214-3188

Jackie Drury

HEAT Manager

(801) 214-3175

Ian Spangenberg

Weatherization Manager

(801) 214-3171

Aurora Howell

Education Manager

(801) 410-5719

Christine McAtee

Head Start Health & Family Partnerships Manager

(801) 410-5718

Christy Toala

Early Head Start & ERSEA Manager

(801) 410-5744

Board of Directors

Rey Butcher
Private Sector

Robert Rendon
Board Member
Private Sector

Teri Nestel
Board Member
Private Sector

Jake Hawkins
Board Member
Private Sector

John Delaney
2nd Vice Chair
Low-Income Sector

Karen Crompton
Board Member
Public Sector

Jonathan Pappasideris
Board Member
Public Sector

Kelli Meranda
Board Member
Public Sector

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

Stephanie White
Private Sector

Mikelle Moore
Board Member
Private Sector

Damaris Morones
Head Start Policy Council Chair
Low-Income Sector

Janice Dubno
Board Member
Public Sector

Stephanie Russell
Board Member
Low-Income Sector

Jennifer Kennedy
Public Sector

Dorthy Longshaw
Board Member
Low-Income Sector

Holly Vantassell Smith
Board Member
Public Sector

Kandice Davis
Board Member
Low-Income Sector


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