Jodi Graham first came to Utah Humanities (UH) in 1996, and was appointed as Executive Director in March, 2018. She has served the organization in a variety of capacities, including bringing scholars and community members together to discuss difficult issues through a humanities lens and managing UH’s grants and outreach programs.
She is a certified Change Leader, and has served on the board of the Utah Cultural Alliance, the U of U College of Humanities Partnership Board, the U of U Bennion Center’s Student Directed Programs Committee, and the UVU Appomattox Project Advisory Board. She is on the leadership team of The Village Square Utah (a nervy bunch of liberals and conservatives who believe that disagreement and dialogue make for a good conversation, a good country, and a good time). Jodi received her BS in Musical Theatre from Weber State University, and still sings with her family whenever she has the chance.
Database and Technology Coordinator
Antonio has passionately supported the non-profit world throughout his career. Before joining UH in 2022, Antonio spent his time volunteering and working in education for 13+ years, where he supported after school programs and special education programming.
He advocated for the quality and affordability of after school programs by participating on subcommittees, where he helped cultivate educational partnerships to support students and their families. He helped support non-profits that enhanced services and increased funding for students in special education programs throughout Salt Lake City. When Antonio isn’t immersed in all things data and technology, he loves to write and sing original music, and explore ghost towns.
Director of Finance and Operations
Before joining Utah Humanities in 2013, Jamie’s interest in the non-profit world began at Salt Lake Donated Dental Services, where she served in various positions for seven years that included key leadership responsibilities.
In addition to key leadership responsibilities, she played a major role in the development and implementation of a program that became the organization’s primary source of revenue. Passionate about service, Jamie actively participates in community projects and is a long-standing volunteer with a local hospice agency.
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Emily has been lucky to live in all corners of the country but is especially fortunate to have found home in the shadow of the Wasatch. She holds an MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities from Oregon State University and a BA in English from Plymouth State University.
Emily came to Utah from the storied hills of New Hampshire's White Mountains where she worked for the nation's oldest conservation non-profit the Appalachian Mountain Club, helping visitors build connections with wild spaces. Over the years, she has also had the immense honor of working as part of a small and joyful team at the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, dreaming up, organizing, and executing humanities-centered programming that inspires community members to cultivate just relationships with the planet and with each other. When she's not coordinating program efforts for the Utah Humanities, she is writing or wandering (or both) in the hills, valleys, and canyons of her newfound home.
Program Manager, Utah Center for the Book
Kase Johnstun lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He was most recently named the 2021 Ogden Mayor’s Award Recipient for the Literary Arts. He was literary chair for the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee (2014-2018), he was named to Ogden’s 40 under 40 three weeks before he turned 40 in 2015 and hosts a literary podcast called LITerally where he interviews authors about all things publishing and writing. He is a board member of the Label Me Latina/o Literary Magazine (Queens University of Charlotte).
He has a BA in English Literature and Technical and Professional Writing from Weber State University, an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Kansas State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. Before joining UH, Johnstun spent ten years in publishing, writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, and professional baseball. For the last 15 years, Johnstun has taught writing nationally and internationally for universities, non-profit organizations, undergraduates and graduates, and high school students.
Program Manager, Utah Center for Local Initiatives
Though Caitlin has lived in China, India, Thailand, and Washington, D.C., she is always drawn back to the mountains of the Salt Lake Valley. She holds degrees in History and Asian Studies, an M.A. in Asian Studies, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Caitlin's research background is focused on gender equality around the world, most recently presenting her work evaluating mental health services for refugee women in Utah with support from a Journal of International Women's Studies Graduate Fellowship. Caitlin has previously worked for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the University of Utah College of Humanities as well as a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Asian Association of Utah - Refugee and Immigrant Center, the United Way of Salt Lake, and the Law and Society Association. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chantaburi, Thailand. Caitlin is passionate about community advocacy and serving marginalized populations. In her spare time, she is a voracious reader, national park visitor, and never passes up the chance to hug a dog.
Director of Communications
Prior to joining Utah Humanities, Deena was the Communications Director for the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools where she was responsible for the strategic and tactical elements of the Association’s communications, events, and public relations.
Her previous experience includes communications, event, and public relations work at several nonprofit organizations including The American Cancer Society (Utah County Chapter), and Utah Special Olympics. Her corporate experience includes contract communications work for many successful companies including KSL television, Novell, and Franklin Covey, as well as an account executive position at Allbee Green, an events agency where the team she led earned a prestigious Addy (advertising) Award for creative work. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology, Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, and graduate work in Communications at the University of Utah. She founded Channing Hall, an International Baccalaureate school in Draper that promotes intellectual agility and life-long learning in K-8th grade students. At Channing Hall, she served as the board chair and the chair of the Policy Committee. Deena is also a certified Myers Briggs Practitioner, a certified Life Coach, and loves the complexities of what it means to be human.
Administrative and Digital Media Assistant
Sarah has worked in Utah’s non-profit sector for over 20 years, most recently directing educational programming and community outreach in the Jewish community. An avid reader and lover of language, Sarah received a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and completed programs in French at McGill University and Ancient Greek at UC Berkeley.
In her spare time, Sarah volunteers for the Torrey Chamber of Music Festival in Wayne County (her home away from home) and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. She enjoys playing music with friends, anything involving a river, and traveling to visit her family around the globe.
Megan van Frank
Director, Center for Community Heritage
Megan joined Utah Humanities in 2009 and brings strong project management skills and long experience with museum cultural collections and public history to her position directing the UH Center for Community Heritage.
Megan's background includes study in anthropology, history, international politics, and museum studies. Her interests in local history and Indigenous heritage have motivated her work in museums, universities, local and state government, and community groups. She ran professional education programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has curated and managed cultural collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney University Museums, Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Megan spearheads Utah's Museum on Main Street program, Beehive Archive, and Heritage Workshops – award-winning programs that assist Utah’s small museums tell their community stories – and provides resources, hands-on training, and on-site field services to museums and cultural organizations around the state.
Director, Center for Educational Access
Josh is a life-long resident of Utah. In the spring of 2017, he earned a MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Prior to achieving his graduate degree, he worked for over four years at the Utah Society for Environmental Education.
He received a BS in Environmental Studies from Westminster College in the spring of 2011. Josh’s passion for the humanities intersects with his love of the outdoors and the power of nature to facilitate and enrich the creative process.
Director of Development
Cristi joined Utah Humanities in 2015 and has over 14 years of development experience and a passion for connecting people to people, ideas, and resources.
She began her career at the University of Utah's Central Development office working behind the scenes on various development duties. Wanting to be out more, collaborating and connecting with people, she accepted a position at United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) managing workplace campaigns and leadership donor networks. After 5 years with UWSL, she wanted to reconnect with her alma mater and began to work in the Dean's office for the College of Social & Behavioral Science. Over the next two years she worked closely with alumni, faculty, and staff on scholarships/fellowships, grants, events, and cultivating important collaborations for the college. Cristi holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Anthropology.
Program Assistant, Center for Community Heritage
In addition to her work for Utah Humanities, Mikee serves as Development Coordinator for the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego.
She began her journey into the museum field as a program assistant for the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program at Utah Humanities in 2016. She worked at the Chase Home Museum of Folk Art and as the Museum Exhibition and Visual Arts Supervisor at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in History and a Master’s degree from the University of Utah in American History. She currently serves on the board of San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals as the Programming Co-Chair. Accessibility, transparency, and opportunity are the foundations of her personal work philosophy.
Program Assistant, Center for Community Heritage
Nate Housley grew up in South Carolina but relocated to Utah for college and stuck around for the mountains.
He holds a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MA in History from the University of Utah with a Graduate Certificate in Public History. He is interested in the labor history of Utah and tends to spend his free time gardening, baking, and reading.
Program Assistant, Center for Community Heritage
Megan Weiss is the Utah Humanities Graduate Fellow at the University of Utah's American West Center, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in U.S. History.
She has worked in museums in Utah for over three years, and currently studies settler migration and material culture in the American West. In addition to being the current voice of the Beehive Archive, Megan enjoys video games, tarot reading, and spending time with her dog Lilly.
Program Assistant, Center for Educational Access
Ali Woodward wrote her senior debate final on education being central to civic responsibility. She has spent the last 5 years working in and advocating for public education and is pursuing her degree in English.