Staff

Sarah Munro, PhD

Director & Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships

Sarah Munro, PhD

Director & Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships

Sarah Munro became Director of UNP in 2015.  She works with community and higher education partners to guide UNP in its long-term strategy of building reciprocally beneficial partnerships that reduce barriers to educational opportunity for residents of west Salt Lake neighborhoods.  Dr. Munro received a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2002 from the University of Michigan. Her research focused on community organizing, leadership, and gender relations. She spent time in Italy, India and Nepal working on issues of social activism and community development, preceded by work as a journalist in Italy. Her passion for bringing multiple forms of knowledge to bear on complex social issues led her to UNP in 2002, just after it was founded.  Dr. Munro has helped to develop a range of University-community partnerships focused on community development, grassroots community leadership, and capacity building to address systemic barriers to educational and economic opportunity in low income neighborhoods of Salt Lake City.   She is committed to fostering community leadership in multi-cultural settings, and is particularly interested in how academic research can be enriched through collaborations between faculty/students and community stakeholders. Dr. Munro is also Assistant Research Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, and supports collaborative partnerships that link the department with community stakeholders to work on neighborhood planning issues.  She speaks Spanish and Italian fluently, and spends much of her time meeting with partners to share ideas and find links between University and community resources.

Teresa Molina, MSW, MBA, PhD.

Associate Director

Teresa Molina came to Utah in 2006. Since then, she has worked with Westside Salt Lake City residents in different capacities. Her research interests are mental health and community practice. Her research dissertation focused on recovery from intimate abuse among Latinas in Utah. She has conducted impact and empowerment program evaluation for the Westside Leadership Institute, and volunteered as an instructor for refugee nonprofit organizations and NAMI. She also worked with the Hartland Redwood Refugee Clinic. As Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, her mission is to support the development of UNP’s education pathways, community capacity building and community leadership partnerships. Teresa has a strong experience working in Mexico and Utah with individuals and families with mental health, substance use and domestic violence issues. She has an appointment as assistant professor/lecturer at the College of Social Work, where she teaches policy and community practice courses in the BSW program. Teresa is a member of the NAMI Latino Utah task force, the Salt Lake County CODA Health Subcommittee, the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, and South Valley Sanctuary Board of Advisors. Teresa earned her PhD and MSW degrees from the University of Utah; her MBA degree from Lake Superior State University, and her BS in Economics at UNAM.

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Abdulkhaliq Mohamed, MSW

Partnership Director

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Abdulkhaliq Mohamed, MSW

Partnership Director

As the Partnership Director, Abdulkhaliq’s role is to connect partnerships across umbrella areas, build staff capacity to facilitate high-quality partnerships, and work with the Assistant Research Professor to align partnership indicators with UNP mission & evaluation. Abdulkhaliq is from Somalia and moved to Utah in 2003. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree. He continued his education and received a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah in 2014. He is currently working on a second masters degree in City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. Abdulkhaliq has worked for UNP since 2006. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences and presented about bridging cultural gaps between systems and new arriving communities to decrease systemic barriers faced by new arriving populations. Abdulkhaliq is particularly interested in building connections and enriching the lives and values of people from all walks of life. He spends much of his time focusing on strengthening UNP’s partnership model as well as meeting with partners and stakeholders to build relationships and connections that will create sustainable partnerships, system level changes, and high quality programs and projects. Abdulkhaliq speaks Somali, English, and Swahili. He loves to spend time with his wife and four children.

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Almaida Yanagui

Community Organizer & Assistant Partnership Manager

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Almaida Yanagui

Community Organizer & Assistant Partnership Manager

Alma is the Community Organizer and Assistant Partnership Manager for University Neighborhood Partners, and a resident of the Westside.  She graduated from The University of Utah Parent Advocate Training where she learned how to become a leader in her own community and an advocate for her family within the school system. She is a graduate of The Venture Course in the Humanities through the Utah Humanities Council and is currently working on obtaining a Social Work degree and plans to further her education in Communications. At UNP, Alma spends most of her time working side by side with the community, more specifically parents of students who are involved in UNP’s partnerships; she supports Westside families in becoming involved in educational opportunities as well as their children’s school. Alma also works as a childcare provider at the Northwest Recreational Center. Alma was raised in Laredo, Texas and has been living in Utah for over twenty years. She is the mother of five beautiful children; four daughters and one son. She spends her free time with her family; she also enjoys the outdoors and camping.

Amanda Finlayson

Development Officer

Amanda Finlayson

Development Officer

Amanda comes to University Neighborhood Partners after 14 years with Art Access (a Utah nonprofit organization focused on delivering arts and education services to people with disabilities and other marginalized communities) where she was Assistant Director. She served as the Western Region Representative on the VSA Affiliate Council from 2008 to 2012, acting as a liaison between the Kennedy Center's office of VSA & Accessibility and VSA affiliates in the Western United States. Amanda also served on the board of the Utah Cultural Alliance, committing two years each as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair.  She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Theatre from Westminster College where, as a student, she served the campus community in several leadership capacities including Secretary of the Associated Students of Westminster College and President of the Westminster Theatre Society. While completing her course work, Amanda served with the AmeriCorps National Service Organization to promote literacy and provide social services to underserved families in northwest Salt Lake. She is extremely excited to return to the west side after so many years to help UNP in nurturing collaborative community partnerships.

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Bruce Neumann

Manager – Accounting & Finance

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Bruce Neumann

Manager – Accounting & Finance

Bruce is the Manager of Accounting and Finance for University Neighborhood Partners. He has a Master’s of accounting and has been with the U for over 12 years. Before coming to UNP he worked in the U of U’s Central Development Office as an accountant. Previously, he worked as a corporate accountant in property and nursing home management. He enjoys working with people and numbers to align organizational goals with budgeting and finances.  He spends his free time staying current with accounting, volunteering for HC4YF, cooking from scratch, gardening, hiking, and rock climbing.

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Farah Ali

NAAN Coordinator

Farah Ali

NAAN Coordinator

Farah Ali joins UNP with years of experience working with community engagement organizations. While still living in Iraq, Farah worked with USAID as a program coordinator, working to end extreme global poverty and enable democratic societies to realize their potential. She was responsible for four locations in different provinces of Iraq, and developed a program with plans for youth initiatives on how build new businesses from scratch. Farah has also served with the U.S. Military as a Recruiter and Local National Linguist Specialist. Farah holds a Bachelor in Software Engineering, as well as a Higher National Diploma in Business Information Technology. In her spare time, Farah enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

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Jewel Morgan

Administrative Assistant

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Jewel Morgan

Administrative Assistant

Jewel is the Office Assistant for University Neighborhood Partners. She comes to us with a great deal of customer service, clerical, and general office management experience. She has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Anthropology & Social Science. She recently completed the Venture Course in the Humanities with the Utah Humanities Council and Westminster College. Jewel keeps a very busy schedule with her musician/son. She enjoys hiking, travel, reading, and describes herself as a movie junkie.

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Julianne Rabb, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director, UNP-Hartland Partnership Center

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Julianne Rabb, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director, UNP-Hartland Partnership Center

Julianne comes to UNP with years of experience in youth programming and education, resettlement issues with new arriving populations, and mental health services in substance use and domestic violence.  After completing her B.A. in Liberal Studies and Linguistics at the University of Montana, Julianne lived and worked in Guatemala, developing a dual immersion language program for elementary students in Science and Math.  Since returning to Salt Lake City, she has focused her work on food justice and youth nutrition issues, capacity building with new arriving populations, environmental education, and homeless services. She received her MSW from the University of Utah in 2011 with an emphasis on International Social Work and School Social Work.  Julianne supervises Social Work students at our UNP/Hartland Partnership Center, as well as focuses on building new partnerships to join our vibrant community. An avid gardener, Julianne loves to grow and cook her own food, spend time with her family, wander in the mountains and desert, and enjoys reading a good book of fiction.

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Lenn Rodriguez

Site Coordinator, UNP-Hartland Partnership Center

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Lenn Rodriguez

Site Coordinator, UNP-Hartland Partnership Center

Lenn Rodriguez is the Site Coordinator at UNP Hartland Center. She is involved in the planning and directing of activities and events at UNP Hartland Partnership Center, as well as working closely with university, community, and resident partners in collaboration to facilitate programming and workshops at the center. Born in Nigeria to Filipino parents, she immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old.  She grew up in the New York metro area, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Studies at Montclair State University. Her love for working with youth and her experience in living in culturally rich and diverse environments brought her to UNP and Utah, which she now calls home. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and travel.

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Natasha Hansen

Community Capacity and Wellbeing Partnership Manager

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Natasha Hansen

Community Capacity and Wellbeing Partnership Manager

As the new Partnership Manager, at the UNP – Hartland Partnership Center, Natasha’s role is to collaborate with and support University and community partners, and community residents. Natasha is a Utah native and graduated from the University of Utah in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies. In 2012, she also received a MSW from the University of Utah. Prior to joining UNP, Natasha worked as a Student Success Advocate at the University of Utah and as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Sr. Vice President, University of Utah. She also has vast experience working in the community with youth as a volunteer, mentor, and fine arts leader. In 2008, she also worked as a program director at the West Valley Community Center. As a student intern, she worked at the Community Treatment Program – Valley Mental Health and Family Justice Center. Natasha is also a musician at heart, enjoys playing softball, and loves to spend time with her family.

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Paul Kuttner

Education Pathways Partnership Manager & Engaged Faculty Director

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Paul Kuttner

Education Pathways Partnership Manager & Engaged Faculty Director

Paul joined the UNP team in November 2015 as Education Pathways Partnership Manager and Engaged Faculty Director. Paul works to build university-community partnerships that promote educational equity, access, and justice for young people, and produce valuable knowledge that advances scholarship. A native of Boston, Paul earned his masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary research interests are, 1) the role of art, media, and culture in efforts to engage youth as social change agents, and 2) ways of building relational and cultural bridges between schools and surrounding communities. Paul is a qualitative researcher and ethnographer, committed to engaged, critical scholarship that is conducted in partnership with youth and communities. Prior to his graduate studies, Paul worked as an educator teaching theater and civic engagement in schools and community organizations across Chicago. Paul is a co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford, 2011), and a co-editor of Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline (HER, 2012). His work has been published in both academic and popular venues, including the Harvard Educational Review, Curriculum Inquiry, and the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. He is a board member of the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, and a Cabinet member for the US Department of Arts and Culture. Paul blogs at culturalorganizing.org