Staff

Jennifer Mayer-Glenn, MED

Director, UNP & Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships, University of Utah

Jennifer Mayer-Glenn, MED

Director, UNP & Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships, University of Utah

Jenny Mayer-Glenn is Special Assistant to the President for Campus-Community Partnerships at the University of Utah and the Director of University Neighborhood Partners (UNP). Jenny’s leadership focuses on collaboration and agility. She strives to be an inclusive, democratic leader who exhibits openness to ideas and innovations. Much of her work at UNP centers diverse community voices in University of Utah impact initiatives including the creation of a comprehensive health center, workforce pathways, and innovative research opportunities and societal impact with diverse communities in the Salt Lake Valley. Previously, Jenny was a Salt Lake City School District teacher and administrator for 23 years. Through her community advocacy, Jenny has served on several boards, commissions and committees including Advisory Committee on Equity of Educational Services for Students at the Utah State Board of Education, the SLC Human Rights Commission, the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission and served as President of the Utah Coalition of La Raza. Jenny has deep roots in Utah. Her grandfather, Vicente Mayer, helped start Centro Civico Mexicano in 1939. Her father, Edward Heriberto Mayer, helped start the Ethnic Studies program at the University of Utah in the 1970’s.

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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.

Bruce Neumann, MAcc

Manager of Accounting & Finance

Bruce Neumann, MAcc

Manager of 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 18 years. Before coming to UNP he worked in the U of U’s Advancement 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 volunteering for Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families (HC4YF), cooking from scratch, gardening, camping, hiking with family, playing with the kids, and rock climbing.

(801) 972-3596
UNP House

Erick Garcia

West Valley Partnership Manager

Erick Garcia

West Valley Partnership Manager

As the West Valley Initiative Fellow, Erick endeavours to expand UNP partnerships into West Valley City. Erick is the first of a new generation of partnership managers trained at UNP and is helping create a Community Partnership Handbook to teach current and future UNP staff the complexities of partnership management. He is also involved with Operation: My Hometown, a grassroots initiative that is focused on uniting communities across West Valley. His work is centered around racial equity, entrepreneurship, and reducing barriers to higher education for high school graduates on the west side. His efforts are setting the framework for future UNP expansions in Salt Lake County.

Fresh from the University of Utah, Erick joined UNP in May of 2021. He brings new perspectives to the team with a BS in Information Systems. At the University of Utah, he was consistently involved in organizations on and off campus. He gained experience reaching out to students as a programming director with the Crimson Gaming Club and as a recruitment officer for TEK Club. He discovered his passion for partnership work through an internship with the University of Utah Hope Corps and the Ivory Foundation.

Born in California, but raised in Utah, Erick likes to play video games, travel, and can be found looking for treasures at yard sales and the swap meet. He does not have children (yet!) but is driven to simplify the path to higher education for his four younger siblings who are in middle and high school.

Faduma Addi

Hartland Partnership Center Coordinator

Faduma Addi

Hartland Partnership Center Coordinator

Faduma is the Hartland Partnership Center Coordinator at UNP. She previously worked with UNP as a community resource navigator on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Working with community members who were struggling with rent payment and debt relief during the economic hardships of the pandemic. Working on the ERAP program aligned with her work with refugee communities here in Utah. She has worked with two non-profit humanitarian organizations, whose work revolved around providing displaced individuals from around the world a new home. She is currently a student at the University of Utah working on her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Faduma who is originally from Somalia, grew up in Egypt and moved with her family to Utah in 2006. She enjoys reading about current events, listening to the radio, and growing plants in hydroponics.

Jarred Martinez

Education Partnership Manager

Jarred Martinez

Education Partnership Manager

Tacos are life! But so are the inspiring young people and school communities that Jarred has had the privilege to work with across the SLC valley for many years now. Homegrown in Kearns and SLC, a Chicanx, hip-hop head with family roots that spread throughout the southwest and northern Mexico, he comes from a family legacy of migrant farm work. Jarred spent two years in Chicago earning a Master’s degree in Youth Development, while also building a network of connections to many organizations and people dedicated to youth resistance and critical literacy. Now, as a partnership manager with the UNP familia since October 2018, he’s been able to continue working on building bridges between other people locally who have a passion for critical & creative youth work in schools and community. Sometimes he gets free by writing poems and performing, occasionally hosting open mics or doing workshops with the Truth Cypher collective, otherwise he is probably hanging out in the mountains or jamming out to cumbias. Did we mention, he also loves eating tacos?

Jasmine Montoya

Youth Center Coordinator

Jasmine Montoya

Youth Center Coordinator

Jasmine Montoya is the Youth Center Coordinator at the UNP Hartland Partnership Center. She is a passionate educator, dedicated to supporting the learning and growth of young Glendale residents. Jasmine grew up in Glendale, worked at Glendale Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School, and volunteered with the Glendale/Mountain View Community Learning Center. Jasmine is mom to a toddler and is waiting to continue her education in midwifery. She loves to run and practice weight lifting, a hobby she "picked up" while not in school. 

801-213-8550
UNP Hartland Partnership Center

Jewel Morgan

Administrative Program Coordinator

Jewel Morgan

Administrative Program Coordinator

In her role as Administrative Program Coordinator, Jewel is often the front line for communications with the board, residents, and community partners. She provides a broad range of support that also includes general office management for the UNP “House”, event coordination and support, social media management, and other administrative functions.

Jewel has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Anthropology & Social Science, and completed the Venture Course in the Humanities through Utah Humanities and Westminster College. Outside of UNP Jewel enjoys spending time with family and friends. When she can, she loves hiking, travel, reading, and describes herself as a movie junkie.

(801) 972-3596
UNP House

Julianne Rabb, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director, UNP Hartland Partnership Center

Julianne Rabb, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director, UNP Hartland Partnership Center

Growing up in the mountains and desert of Utah, Julianne enjoys a deep connection with the land and community and is inspired by the resilience and adaptive capacity of the place and people. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and passionate about culturally responsive, community centered practice. Julianne has been the Clinical Director since 2014. She supports social work student field education, convenes health partners, and provides trauma informed mental health support to individuals and families in the community both through the Bridge Training Clinic and the Hartland Free Mental Health Clinic. An avid gardener, Julianne loves to grow, cook, and share her harvests, spend time with her family and continues to wander in the mountains and desert.

(801) 213-8550
UNP Hartland Partnership Center

Kimberly Schmit, MED

Director of Community Praxis

Kimberly Schmit, MED

Director of Community Praxis

Kimberly considers herself a daughter of the plains of North Dakota, where a Ukrainian, historian grandmother and others helped her learn the value of knowing one’s roots, the power of asking good questions, and the many lessons the land can teach. After years as a dancer, choreographer, and dance company administrator, she moved into the field of alternative education, directing Higher Ground Learning, and starting Spy Hop Productions’ first all youth radio show, Loud and Clear. In 2004, while working on her master’s degree in Education, Culture & Society at the University of Utah, Kimberly joined UNP. Her initial focus was working with resident leaders to start the Hartland Partnership Center. Since then, she has held many UNP positions, helping her to better understand and apply the processes needed to create equitable partnerships that are rooted in authentic relationships and move towards systemic change.

In 2017, asked by local immigrant leaders to help support their families and communities in their home countries, Kimberly worked with partners local and abroad to establish the international collective, Bridging Borders. She occasionally teaches for the U and she runs her own company, Olive Branch Community Partnerships, consulting for the Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, various departments at the U, and community groups living at the margins both locally and abroad.

Kimberly lives in Salt Lake City with her daughter and partner, Ron. She loves the work she does with the UNP family and is honored to be on this shared journey.

Liliana I. Martinez, MPH

Health Partnership Manager

Liliana I. Martinez, MPH

Health Partnership Manager

Liliana believes in equitable health access, empowering community voices and the importance of bringing voices to spaces that have historically been inaccessible to many communities. Her interests in social justice, health disparities, and creating healthy communities led her to complete a bachelors in Health Society & Policy and one in International Studies in 2014. After seeing how lack of access affects preventive care, she decided to pursue a master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah, graduating in 2019.

She has worked in multiple health settings including, Huntsman Cancer Institute, research analyst for the University of Utah, Primary Children’s, International Rescue Committee as a Health Intern, and volunteers her time to address barriers to access and care. Her interests include women’s reproductive health, health equity, and community participatory research methods. On her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, reading all kinds of books, being outdoors, and making sure her child doesn’t get too bored.

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Paul Kuttner, EDD

Associate Director

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Paul Kuttner, EDD

Associate Director

Paul Kuttner is Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners. In this role, Paul builds community-campus partnerships that promote educational equity and justice while producing valuable knowledge to advance scholarship and social change. Paul is also an instructor in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society in the College of Education. A native of Boston, Paul earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to graduate school, Paul worked as a community educator, teaching theater and creative writing in schools and community organizations across Chicago.

As a scholar, Paul's research and teaching are focused on the relationships between educational institutions (postsecondary and K-12) and communities that have faced marginalization and oppression in our school systems. Trained as an educational sociologist, his research is carried out in collaboration with youth, families, educators, and other community partners. Paul is a co-author, with Karen Mapp, of Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships, and a co-editor of Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline. His work has appeared in academic venues such as the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Teachers College Record, and Harvard Educational Review, as well as practice-focused outlets such as Phi Delta Kappan and Ed Week, alongside community-facing products such as videos, comic books, and curricula. Paul is a husband and father of one, and is honored to be a part of the UNP family.

Saolo Betham, MIA

Community Leadership Partnership Manager

Saolo Betham, MIA

Community Leadership Partnership Manager

Saolo Betham joined UNP in January 2018 as a Community Leadership Partnership Manager, and works to strengthen the skills and opportunities for west side resident leaders. She studied Urban, Rural, and City Planning from BYU as well as International Affairs at the University of Utah. Previously, she worked as an Academic Advisor for the College of Architecture + Planning, as well as the Coordinator for the Five Parks Community Action Center in West Valley. Her passion for community building comes from volunteering with Pacific Islander youth development programs in various academic, athletic, and religious spaces. Originally from Hawaii, Saolo now calls Utah home and enjoys Korean BBQ restaurants, playing volleyball, & traveling. 

Teresa Molina, MSW, MBA, PHD

Associate Director

Teresa works with west side Salt Lake residents in different capacities. Her research interests are community practice, mental health and substance use. The intersectionality of these fields gives her insights on the protective and risk factors for individuals and families in Utah.

She has conducted impact and empowerment evaluation for the Westside Leadership Institute, and volunteered as an instructor for refugee and immigrant background community-based organizations. She helps grow local residents’ organization capacity to respond to their own cultural and linguistic strengths and needs. As Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, her mission is to nurture the development of UNP’s community capacity and wellbeing, education pathways, and community leadership supported-partnerships.

Teresa has an appointment as assistant professor/lecturer at the College of Social Work and works closely on Community Capacity and Wellbeing partnerships, in conjunction with Latino Behavioral Health Services, NAMI, URLEND, University of Utah Health, and Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families. 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, Mexico.

801-972-3596
UNP House

Wisam Khudhair, MPA

Community Capacity and Wellbeing Partnership Manager

Wisam Khudhair, MPA

Community Capacity and Wellbeing Partnership Manager

Wisam Khudhair is the Community Capacity and Wellbeing Partnership Manager. He works with UNP's partners and team to advance community capacity. Wisam earned a B.S in Banking and Finance at Mustansiriyah University and a master's degree in Public Administration at the University of Utah. Previously, Wisam worked in refugee services for seven years where he supported hundreds of newly arrived refugees to Utah in achieving self-sufficiency; he also worked with Salt Lake County as a Business and Economic Development Coordinator. He served at the Salt Lake City Human rights commission for three years. In 2010, Wisam moved to Utah with his family from Iraq. He enjoys hiking, camping, sports, and learning about people's cultures.