Leadership

  • Kathy Bray

    President & CEO

    Kathy Bray serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and interim Chief Development Officer

    Kathy Bray serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and interim Chief Development Officer for Volunteers of America, Utah. She Bray is responsible for the overall management, fiscal stability, and strategic direction of the organization. She is a Certified Social Worker with more than twenty-five years of experience in direct client service and administration of homeless and substance abuse related programs. Mrs. Bray has also served as the Director of Detoxification Services and Vice President of Programs during her tenure.

  • Audrey Rice

    Chief Operating Officer

    Audrey Rice serves as the Chief Operating Officer which oversees all agency programs, clinic

    Audrey Rice serves as the Chief Operating Officer which oversees all agency programs, clinic operations, client assessment, group and individual therapy, and student supervision. She brings a depth of knowledge and deep commitment to the Utah population suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. She has been with Volunteers of America, Utah since 2001. 

  • Christa Beauchat

    Chief Financial Officer

    As the Chief Financial Officer, Christa manages Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources and

    As the Chief Financial Officer, Christa manages Finance, Information Systems, Human Resources and Facilities operations for the agency. She joined VOA in 2018, bringing over 20 years’ experience in executive leadership working with a variety of organizations including nonprofit, healthcare and government organizations. Christa earned her Masters of Business Administration from Westminster College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Dan Benshoff

    Chief Development Officer

    Dan Benshoff serves as the Chief Development Officer and is responsible for fundraising,

    Dan Benshoff serves as the Chief Development Officer and is responsible for fundraising, marketing, communications, and community engagement. Before joining VOAUT, Dan was the Creative Director at ESPN Digital Media for 20 years before moving back west and leading teams in the outdoor industry and digital agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.

  • Sue Ativalu

    Vice President of Program Operations

    Sue Ativalu serves as the Vice President of Program Operations for VOA, Utah. She is responsible

    Sue Ativalu serves as the Vice President of Program Operations for VOA, Utah. She is responsible for overseeing the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center, our Homeless Outreach Program and our detoxification and withdrawal management programs; VOA Detox for men and The Center for Women and Children. She has worked for VOA, Utah since 2008, serving as a Staff Coordinator, Case Manager, Program Director for the Detoxification Center, as well the Program Director for the Homeless Youth Resource Center and most recently as the Division Director of Adult Homeless Services. She received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Utah in 2015 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

  • Erin Basta

    Vice President of Human Resources

    Erin serves as Vice President of Human Resources. She is primarily responsible for

    Erin serves as Vice President of Human Resources. She is primarily responsible for employment, benefits, employee relations, and training. Erin earned her Master degree in Human Resource Management (MHRM) from the University of Utah. She also holds her Certification in Professional Human Resource (PHR). Erin has worked for Volunteers of America since 2007.

  • Amanda Christensen

    Division Director of Adult Homeless Services

    Amanda Christensen oversees the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center and the Homeless

    Amanda Christensen oversees the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center and the Homeless Outreach Program for Volunteers of America, Utah. Amanda has worked directly with individuals experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental health conditions since she joined VOAUT in 2008. Since joining the agency she has served as Recovery Assistant, Youth Advocate, Staff Coordinator, Therapist for the Assertive Community Outreach Team, and most recently as the Director of the Homeless Outreach Program. She received her Masters of Science degree in Social Work from University of Utah in 2016 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her dog.

  • Meghan Fry

    Division Director of Treatment Services

    Meghan Fry has worked for Volunteers of America, Utah for nearly 20

    Meghan Fry has worked for Volunteers of America, Utah for nearly 20 years. Meghan worked as the Program Director of the Center for Women & Children for several years. Later, she supervised the Assertive Community Outreach Treatment Team for two years. Meghan worked as a therapist on the Adult Substance Abuse Team at Cornerstone Counseling Center and has held various other positions throughout the agency. Before receiving this promotion, she managed Family Counseling Center. Meghan is excited to start this new journey as the Division Director of Treatment Services. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Meghan has a passion for working with under-served populations. Some of those populations include people living in poverty and those suffering from substance use disorders. She has a particular passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. When she is away from the office, Meghan enjoys hiking, writing, and cheering for the University of Utah football team. She loves to travel and finds herself most at peace near the ocean. Meghan values time with her partner, family, friends, and her dog.

  • Jaime Klemz

    Division Director of Intensive Behavioral Services

    Jaime Klemz serves as Division Director of Intensive Behavioral Services for Volunteers of

    Jaime Klemz serves as Division Director of Intensive Behavioral Services for Volunteers of America, Utah, which oversees the Assertive Community Treatment team, Intensive Case Management services, and the Denver Street Apartment services. Prior to this she served as Division Director of Treatment Services for Volunteers of America, Utah, overseeing outpatient behavioral health treatment at Cornerstone Counseling Center. Jaime has worked directly with individuals experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental health conditions since she joined Volunteers of America, Utah in 2009. She later earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. Since then, she has continued to gain experience by working in numerous roles at VOA including Therapist on Adult Treatment Services, Manager of Clinical Supervision at the Adult Detoxification Center, and Director of Integrated Services at Cornerstone Counseling Center. Outside of work, Jaime is passionate about backcountry snowboarding, hiking, and playing soccer.

  • Dani Nives

    Division Director of Youth Homeless Services

    Dani (she/her) oversees the Youth Resource Center, Prevention Programing, Young Women’s

    Dani (she/her) oversees the Youth Resource Center, Prevention Programing, Young Women’s Transition Home, and our YESS Program. Dani has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness for over four years in various positions including case management, street outreach, and with shelters. She has experience working as a Wilderness Therapy Field Guide and as a therapist providing services to college students at the University of Utah. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Dani works through a feminist-multicultural lens to provide trauma-informed and housing-first services to anyone accessing our programs. In her free time, she likes to ride bikes, engage in community organizing, play in the desert, and hang out with her dog, Noodle, and her cat, Seven.

  • Jeff Black

    Director of Accounting

    Jeff Black serves as Director of Accounting for Volunteers of America, Utah. He joined VOA in 2015,
    Jeff Black serves as Director of Accounting for Volunteers of America, Utah. He joined VOA in 2015, bringing 16 years of accounting experience to our leadership team. Mr. Black is responsible for overseeing organizational accounting functions, including budget preparation reporting and planning, financial statement preparation, asset management and general ledger management. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Utah State University.
  • Michael Bryant

    Director of Development

    Michael Bryant serves as Director of Development. They are responsible for fundraising

    Michael Bryant serves as Director of Development. They are responsible for fundraising efforts— including major gifts, corporate donations and sponsorships, grant solicitation, special events, and in-kind resources. Michael began their journey with us in 2016 as a volunteer at the Youth Resource Center and officially joined the Development team in 2021. Michael brings fourteen years of business management and development experience to Volunteers of America, Utah.

  • Brandon Hess

    Director of Facilities

    Brandon as the Director of Facilities has over 18 years of experience in Facilities Management,

    Brandon as the Director of Facilities has over 18 years of experience in Facilities Management, with much of that experience at healthcare facilities. His focus in facilities management include facility cost reductions, developing and enhancing facility teams, and experience with seeing through the completion of construction remodels. Brandon has a Bachelors Degree in Facilities Management from BYU, and a Masters Degree in Project Management from CSU-Global Campus. When not at work, he enjoys watching one of his children’s soccer or basketball events, or trying to fit in some golf or fishing.

  • Blair Hodges

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Blair Hodges joined Volunteers of America, Utah as director of marketing and

    Blair Hodges joined Volunteers of America, Utah as director of marketing and communications in 2021. He earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Utah and a master's degree in religious studies from Georgetown University. He brings eight years of professional public communications experience to his role at VOAUT. Hodges is also the founder of Jazz Fans Against Racism—an independent fan collective advocating for racial equity and understanding in Utah. He also hosts a podcast called Fireside with Blair Hodges, interviewing scholars, activists, and writers about religion and culture. 

  • Michelle Owen

    Director of Community Engagement

    Michelle oversees our Community Engagement Program. She has worked directly with youth and

    Michelle oversees our Community Engagement Program. She has worked directly with youth and women who are experiencing homelessness, addiction, and mental health conditions since she joined VOAUT in 2016. She has served previously as a Youth Advocate, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Engagement Manager, and most recently as the Director of Community Engagement. She has worked tirelessly to build healthy community relationships while educating our community about volunteer services and essential needs of the population we serve. When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family in Salt Lake City and traveling to California and Ohio to visit her children and grandchildren.

  • Emily Strong

    Director of Government Grants and Outcomes

    As Director of Government Grants and Outcomes, Emily Strong oversees data and reporting

    As Director of Government Grants and Outcomes, Emily Strong oversees data and reporting processes, compliance, and government contract administration for Volunteers of America, Utah. Emily brings a highly relational approach to managing the rich portfolio of federal, state, and local government contracts. In addition to serving with Salt Lake City Corporation, Community Development Corporation of Utah, and the State of Utah, Emily has worked with Volunteers of America, Utah as a Data Specialist, Reports and Data Manager, and Director of Outcomes Management. Emily received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Utah. Emily believes community-based organizations are vital storytellers and messengers for change, creativity, connection to place and people, and rediscovery. Emily credits her heart of service to the places she's called home, her lineage, teachers and elders, and her late grandmother.