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Karen Crompton, President and CEO

Karen Crompton, President and CEO, joined the organization in 2001. She had previously worked for Sears, Roebuck & Company for 17 years where she held a number of senior management positions. Karen was also a candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor in 2000. In 2006 Karen received the Florette Angel Award which is given annually by Voices for America's Children to the chief executive officer of a member organization who has "demonstrated exceptional leadership, perceptive organizational vision, innovative advocacy, and effective service on behalf of children and their families." She was honored by the YWCA in 2007 with the Outstanding Achievement Award in Government and Public Service and also received the Community Champions Award for Advocacy from Molina Healthcare in 2008. Karen is a 1971 graduate of the University of Utah.


Janis Dubno, Early Childhood and Education Senior Policy Analyst

Janis Dubno, Early Childhood and Education Senior Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2008. She received a Master in Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's in Economics and Political Science from Yale College. Janis is a Board Member of the Utah Association for the Education of Young Children. She is also an adjunct professor in the finance department of the Gore School of Business at Westminster College.


Terry Haven, Deputy Director

Terry Haven, Deputy Director, joined the organization in 1996. She researches and publishes the annual Utah KIDS COUNT data book that reports on the well-being of Utah's children by county. She analyzes U.S Census data and provides data support for all Voices issue areas. She also conducts trainings and provides technical assistance on data work for community groups. Terry is the point person at Voices for our work on Intergenerational Poverty and two-generation strategies for moving children and their families out of poverty. This includes working with the Intergenerational Poverty Commission Research Subcommittee and focusing on chronic absence.Terry works with a number of national partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ascend Fund at the Aspen Institute, and Attendance Works to help further the mission of Voices for Utah Children. Her academic background is in sociology, with a Bachelors degree and Masters degree from the University of Wyoming.


Lincoln Nehring, Senior Health Policy Analyst

Lincoln Nehring, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2010. He was previously the Medicaid Policy Director for the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP). Lincoln received his JD from the University of Oregon in 2004 and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He also has a Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Oregon. Lincoln was also a Law Clerk for the Honorable Langhorne Keith of the Virginia Circuit Court and a Law Clerk for Senator Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.


Matthew Weinstein, State Priorities Partnership Director

Matthew Weinstein, State Priorities Partnership Director, joined the organization in 2014. As State Fiscal Policy Director, he conducts analysis and advocacy focused on the state budget from the perspective of what's best for Utah's children. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.


April Young Bennett, Communication Specialist

April Young Bennett, Communication Specialist, joined the organization in 2014.  She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University.  Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns.  She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate. 


Sara Gunderson, Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Sara Gunderson, Office Manager and Executive Assistant, joined the organization in 2007. She has extensive administrative experience, including more than eight years in development at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Sara received her BS in Psychology at the University of Utah with a coursework emphasis in infant and child development.


Board of Trustees

  • Kathleen Murphy, Chair
  • Christina Lau Billings, Vice Chair
  • Steve Allnatt, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Vernon Anderson
  • J. Kevin Bischoff
  • Janet Brooks
  • Kathleen Gardner
  • Jani Iwamoto
  • Tracy Llanos
  • Charles Pruitt
  • Tammy Richards
  • Kalyani Samudra

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