Kimberly considers herself a daughter of the plains of North Dakota plains, where a Ukrainian, historian grandmother and others helped her to 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 modern dancer, choreographer, and dance company administrator, she moved into the field of alternative education, directing Higher Ground Learning, as well as 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 (UU), Kimberly joined UNP. Her initial focus was working with resident leaders to help start the Hartland Partnership Center. Since then, she has enjoyed holding many UNP positions, all which have allowed 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, following the request of local immigrant leaders to help support their families and communities in their home countries, Kimberly worked with partners from UNP and abroad to help establish the international collective, Bridging Borders. Kimberly also enjoys occasionally teaching for the University of Utah and running her own company, Olive Branch Community Partnerships, which has allowed her to partake in consulting work for the Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, various departments at the UU, and community-based groups living at the margins both locally and abroad.
Kimberly lives in downtown Salt Lake City with her daughter and partner, Ron. She loves the work she gets to do with the UNP family and is honored to be on this shared journey.
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.
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.
Jenny is excited to be the new Director of UNP where she gets to support UNP Staff with their important work. She served as the Director of Family-School Collaboration at the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) working to build authentic family-school and community partnerships focusing on the varied needs, hopes and dreams of underserved communities in SLC. She was an administrator at Glendale Middle School, Mountain View Elementary and Community Learning Center. She also served as the Alternative Language Services Coordinator and language and culture coach (for teachers) for the SLCSD. Prior to that she was an ESL and Special Education teacher.
When Jenny isn’t working toward social justice in an educational setting, she is doing community advocacy work with the Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR) and working to increase the number of Latinx teachers and administrators with the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents-Utah (ALAS-U). Jenny earned a fellowship with the National Institute of Latino School Leaders from 2013-2015. She was invited to participate in the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program in 2016. She also served as the Chair and member of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission for 6 years during which time the commission won awards from Equality Utah and the ACLU of Utah.
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. She received a Meritus Scholarship from UNP for her studies at Salt Lake Community College.
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?
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, coaching volleyball, & traveling with her husband and step-daughter.
Amanda came to UNP with an extensive background in disability and access, specifically focusing on arts education. She has served on national councils addressing educational inclusion and has been actively engaged in national and local arts education advocacy. She received her BA in English, with a minor in Theatre, from Westminster College. Amanda also spent two years in AmeriCorps National Service, promoting literacy through America Reads and providing social services to underserved families in northwest Salt Lake. She became increasingly more involved in fundraising and development activities over her years in the nonprofit sector. Since 2017 Amanda has been conducting development for UNP, supporting essential partnership work between Salt Lake City’s west side communities and the University of Utah.
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.
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—passionate for community-based practice—focused on social justice, clinical support, and social work field education in the Bridge Training Clinic at Hartland Partnership Center. Julianne was at UNP as a student and returned as the Clinical Director in 2014 in order to support the health and wellness efforts and student training opportunities in our west-side community. In addition to supervising a team of graduate students, she provides trauma focused clinical support to individuals and families in the community, convenes health and wellness partners at Hartland, and teaches courses for the College of Social Work. An avid gardener, Julianne loves to grow and cook her own food, spend time with her family and continues to wander in the mountains and desert.