Leadership

  • Kathy Bray

    President & CEO

    Kathy Bray serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Volunteers of America, Utah. Mrs. 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 17 year tenure.

  • Audrey Rice

    Vice President of Clinical Services

    Audrey Rice serves as the Vice President of Clinical Services which oversees all Cornerstone Treatment and Residential services. Audrey Rice also oversees the Assertive Community Treatment Team. Audrey has oversight of all 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. Starting in 2006, Audrey served for two years as the Director of the Adult Substance Abuse team, later promoting to Division Director of Residential Services, where she served an additional two years.

  • Andrew Johnston

    Vice President for Program Operations

    Andrew serves as Vice President for Program Operations, overseeing the Homeless Services division as well as Quality and Compliance. Andrew is an LCSW who has previous experience at Cornerstone Counseling Center, the Adult Detox programs, Residential Services, Homeless Services and the Assertive Community Treatment Team. When he’s not working at VOA, he serves on the Salt Lake City Council, representing the Westside of Salt Lake City. Given his choice, he would be found riding his bicycles around town, playing any sport he can find time to and enjoying his wife and children.

  • Christa Beauchat

    Chief Financial Officer

    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.

  • Cathleen Sparrow

    Chief Development Officer

    Cathleen has over 20 years of senior executive leadership experience, working with government, private and nonprofit organizations. A visionary leader, she has expertise in fund raising, hospitality, strategic planning and community relations. Career highlights include working with Weber County, Girl Scouts of Utah, McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. At VOA, Utah Cathleen is responsible for development, communications and marketing, community engagement and volunteer programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Recreation Administration. In her free time, Cathleen is an avid knitter, blogger and amateur cook; most weekends will find her with her husband at her cabin or riding her Harley.

  • Ashley Alfieri

    Director of Quality and Compliance

    Ashley serves as the Director of Quality and Compliance for our agency, where she works closely with the VP of Program Operations regarding quality and compliance processes for the agency. Ashley joined VOA in 2011 as a member of our Adult Treatment Services Team, bringing valuable experience from her time with Odyssey House of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, The Children’s Center and Valley Behavioral Health. In 2014, Ms. Alfieri was promoted to assist in the development of our multidisciplinary Assertive Community Outreach Treatment Team, again in 2015 to Program Manager of Adult Treatment Services and again in 2016 to Division Director of Treatment Services. She holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Westminster College. Ashley serves as part of the VOA National Trauma-Informed Care Advisory group where she is producing a Trauma-Informed Care video for staff training. Ashley also currently serves on the Clinical Mental Health Counselor Licensing Board in association with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to protect the integrity of the profession and the safety of the public.

  • Joan Riley

    Director of Volunteer Services

    Joan Riley joined Volunteers of America, Utah in June 2019. Previously, Joan worked in Employment Services as a Program Manager located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joan holds several certifications including;  Racial Justice Facilitator, Certified Meyers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner, STAR-Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, Motivational Interviewing Coaches Training and is a Certified Professional Life Coach. Joan oversees Volunteers of America, Utah's comprehensive volunteer program working with volunteer teams at the Center for Women & Children, Youth Resource Center, and the new Geraldine E. King Women's Resource Center.

  • Sue Ativalu

    Division Director, Residential Services

    Sue Ativalu serves as Division Director of Residential Housing for VOA, Utah. She is responsible for the overseeing of the Adult Detoxification program and the young Men's and Young Women's Youth Transition Programs. She has worked for VOA, Utah since 2008, serving as a Staff Coordinator, Case Manager and Program Director for the Detoxification Center, as well as Program Manager for the Homeless Youth Resource Center. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree.

  • Erin Basta

    Director, Human Resources

    Erin serves as Director of Human Resources for Volunteers of America, Utah. 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.

  • Jeff Black

    Director of Accounting

    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.

  • Sarah Cavalcanti

    Marketing & Communications Director

    Sarah Cavalcanti joined Volunteers of America, Utah in 2017 after relocating to Salt Lake City from her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. As the Marketing & Communications Director for Volunteer of America, Utah, Sarah is a key member of Development department, and oversees brand, social media efforts, and the agencies strategic marketing and communications strategies. Sarah plays a lead role in guiding the organization’s marketing, communications, public relations and advocacy efforts in alignment with VOA’s mission, priorities, and strategic plan in order to generate awareness and support of Volunteers of America, Utah.

  • Sarah DeHaan

    Division Director of Intensive Behavioral Services

    Sarah 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. She joined Volunteers of America, Utah in 2015 and has a wide range of clinical experience in community mental health, substance use, and in working with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness along with the challenges facing this population. Sarah holds a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling; is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor; and holds certifications as a Certified Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner. She also served as President of the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • Meghan Fry

    Family Counseling Center Program Director

    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. She is excited to be managing Family Counseling Center. 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 Treatment Services

    Jaime Klemz serves as Division Director of Treatment Services for Volunteers of America, Utah, where she oversees 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.

  • Cydnie LaCour

    Division Director of Youth Homeless Services

    Cydnie LaCour serves as the Division Director of Youth Homeless Services for Volunteers of America Utah. She oversees the Youth Resource Center, the Young Men's and Women's Transition Homes, and the Prevention program which now includes one to one mentoring for at-risk youth. Cydnie has been dedicated to working with youth and homelessness since 2011. Cydnie has a vast history of employment within Volunteers of America, Utah including working as an Youth Advocate, Case Manager and Director of Youth Services, before moving into the role of Division Director of Youth Homeless Services. Cydnie also has experience working at Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services as a Supervisor and Case Manager, as well as within women's issues at the Rape Recovery Center and South Valley Sanctuary. Cydnie received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah. Cydnie believes the power of human connection is enough to shift trajectories and empower youth to create positive changes in their lives.

  • Mandi Quist

    Director of Detox Services

    Mandi Quist serves as Director of Detox Services for Volunteers of America, Utah, where she oversees the Center for Women and Children and provides clinical oversight for our male detoxification center. Mandi has experience working directly with individuals experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness, and mental health conditions throughout the agency and has worked in various roles including as a therapist on Adult Treatment Services, on the Assertive Community Treatment team, in the Center for Women and Children, as the Director of Integrated Services at Cornerstone Counseling Center, and as the Director of Data and Outcomes for the agency. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Utah.