UH Executive Director
Director, Center for Local Initiatives
Jodi Graham first came to Utah Humanities in 1996, and was appointed as Executive Director in January, 2018. In her recent positions of Assistant Director and Director of the Center for Local Initiatives, she worked to bring scholars and community members together to discuss difficult issues through a humanities lens, and managed UH’s grants and outreach programs.
She is a board member of the Utah Cultural Alliance, is on the leadership team of The Village Square Utah, and is a founding member of the Utah Dialogue Practice Network, whose aim is to encourage a new era of civic engagement. Jodi received her BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and still sings with her family whenever she has the chance.
Finance and Operations Manager
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.
Karissa was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. Although often drawn to travel outside of the Beehive State, she finds herself continuously being called back to the place she calls home. Karissa graduated in 2017 from Utah Valley University with a degree in English Literature.
With a strong passion for the humanities, including writing and literature, Karissa is thrilled to be at Utah Humanities to work for such an important cause. Outside of reading and writing, her passions include musical theatre, French, and gluten-free eating!
Program Officer, 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, Utah Center for the Book
Michael joined Utah Humanities in 2012 and brings with him a passion for the literary arts and community service as well as twelve years of experience in literary nonprofits and education organizations in Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.
He pursued undergraduate studies in English and anthropology at the University of Utah, an MFA in Creative Writing at Colorado State University, and has finalized an MS in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Most recently, he worked as a research fellow for the American West Center but has also worked in various capacities with the Utah State Archives, as a composition instructor at Colorado State, and spent six years working in the rare book trade. Michael has served on the board of City Art for ten years, including four years as co-president, and has served on the board of Writers @ Work for six years, including three as the chair of the Young Writers @ Work conference. He spent five years as adjunct faculty for the Sawtooth Writers Conference and worked as the administrative assistant for Literacy Through Poetry, a nonprofit literacy program for K-12 students in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a poet who has performed widely in Utah and beyond and whose work has appeared in numerous journals including Denver Quarterly, Interim, Colorado Review, Laurel Review, Sidebrow, and Matter Journal.
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 Public Relations at the University of Utah. She founded Channing Hall, an International Baccalaureate school in Draper, and served as the board chair and the chair of the Policy Committee. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Utah Charter Network.
Megan van Frank
Director, Center for Community Heritage
Megan joined Utah Humanities in 2009 and brings strong project management skills and many years 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 and Museum Interpretation Initiative – award-winning programs that assist Utah’s small museums tell their community stories – and provides resources, hands-on training, and on-site assistance to museums and cultural organizations around the state.
Program Officer, 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.
Cristi joins Utah Humanities with over 10 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 for 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 and is currently a board member for Canines with a Cause.