Founder & Executive Director

Frank Bedolla

Over the last fifteen years, Frank has been active in the Latino community as an advocate for youth. Frank has spent time working with Salt Lake CAP Head Start, ARTEC, Colors of Success, Centro de la Familia ranging from prevention to intervention service positions directly working with families and youth. Frank’s focus is to develop prevention programs that teach males how to enhance parenting skills through healthy fatherhood programming. Frank’s objective is to create alliances with Utah agencies and fatherhood initiatives.

Our Support Structure

Board of Directors

Country Bray

Country is a native Utahn and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, overseeing compliance programs for various companies. She is currently a Compliance Director at Sallie Mae Bank. She has led many humanitarian & service activities through her church, as well as fundraising and service activities with many organizations

Board Treasurer

Josh Squire

Josh has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years with 14 years’ experience in various Treasury functions.  He is currently employed as the Director of Treasury for Sallie Mae Bank.  A native Utahn, Josh earned both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance as well as a Master of Business Administration from Weber State University.

Brent Salazar-Hall

Brent Salazar-Hall is an attorney practicing in family law and juvenile court matters. He is a former public defender for parents in Juvenile Court as well as a former staff attorney for domestic violence cases at the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. He currently represents parents and children in private practice at Lowe Hutchinson Cottingham & Hall.

Kevin Perez

Kevin may not be a Utah native but has lived in Utah long enough to call it home. A UVU graduate in Graphic Design & Computer Science. With 10 years of experience in tech start-ups, Kevin’s true passion is social causes, having participated in many such endeavors such as Latinos In Action, FFCU, and many more. Kevin currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Democratic Party and runs his own Design & Marketing Firm.

Mandy Stuivenvolt-Allen

Mandy is a native Utahn and small business owner in partnership with her husband John. She spends much of her time working for non-profit organizations. Mandy is part of the management team of Project Homeless Connect – SLC,  an annual event dedicated to providing valuable services to the homeless. Mandy is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in state care. This is a position of advocating for the child while ensuring their needs are being met.

Travis Vallejo

Travis Vallejo was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. Brought up by a single mother with two older sisters, Travis experienced firsthand how growing up without a father figure was like. Travis is a solid example of a single father in today’s society bringing his genuine perspective to the FFCU board. He is available to speak to the youth in Utah anytime to share his story outlining his past experiences being raised without a father figure to becoming a very proud Dad.

Joanne Pogue

JoAnne has been employed by Sallie Mae Bank as a Senior Compliance Manager. Employed since 2009. She actively participates in Community related events, teaching students at Rose Park Elementary financial basics through Junior Achievement (“JA”). JoAnne has also participated in JA City events at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, and annual fundraisers for The Road Home.

Erick Allen

Erick’s background is wide ranging from doing economic development for Utah State at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. He chaired the economic development committee for the Blueprint Jordan River project and served on the community development black grant committee for Sandy City, UT for nine years. Erick loves spending time in the outdoors and now that his daughter’s are grown and supporting their communities in their own right, has expanded his focus to support Utah’s disadvantaged children as part of the FFCU Board.

Hallie Torre

Hallie works full time for Wells Fargo Bank in the Executive Office department. She is also passionate about fitness and nutrition and is certified in both, and coaches’ athletes part-time. With a background in Criminal Justice and Psychology, she is currently back in college at Weber State University as a pre-law student. Hallie is active in her community by participating in community need based church events as well as volunteering for the women's shelters and lending a hand with local youth sports events. She is a foster parent when needed and a family woman all the time—She has three amazing sons of her own and takes great pride in being a mother. Hallie comes from humble beginnings; she was a child who grew up in similar circumstances as the youth population that our foundation serves and continues to strive to build a better future for all!

Our Boots On The Ground

Staff

Assistant Director

Dajana Perkovic

Dajana has been serving as a Digital Marketing Coordinator and Event Project Manager since 2013. In 2017, she began working with FFCU to grow the FFCU brand and expand programs. She maintains the website and coordinates FFCU events and community outreach. Dajana loves to work with teens and has worked in residential treatment to further help the betterment of our youth. In her role as Assistant Director she assists with building strategic partnerships, analyzing program data and supporting educators in delivery prevention programming to youth.

BUR Coordinator

Lorraine Rojas-Rogers

Lorraine is a bilingual educator offering over 15 years of experience in education and social work with an emphasis in youth and diverse populations. She has a passion for advocating and educating  youth on applicable life skills that will help them transition into adulthood successfully. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, paddle boarding, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Jobs Work & Youth Entrepreneur Program Educator/Coordinator

Lindly Fernandez

Lindly Fernandez is an Educator for Fathers & Families Coalition of Utah. She is passionate about empowering youth with the skills that will bring them success now and in their future. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and a love for family life & community education. She has helped with community classes at UVU’s Strengthening Families Project, Utah State University Extension’s PREP Program, and now is continuing to teach for FFCU in their Young Parent Prevention Program, Jobs Work Program, and Youth Entrepreneurship Program. She loves the opportunity to help those in her classrooms and throughout the community.

Manhood Educator

Darin Mann

Darin is an Educator at Fathers & Families Coalition of Utah. He is passionate about empowering men and boys discovering themselves and becoming valued members of society. Darin is the founder of The Village Cooperative, an urban farm that feeds a three block radius in Rose Park to families experiencing poverty. During the winter he works as an environmental advocate at the capitol to protect our rivers, farmlands, and air. Through these capacities he holds many workshops teaching the youth how to grow their own food, advocate for better laws, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting our future generations.

Prevention Educator

Sara Mecham

Sara Mecham is a native Utahn, but has also lived in Arizona and California prior to returning back home, although the beach will always be a 'second home.' Throughout her professional career, she has held multiple leadership positions between various industries and professional fields, all of which connected with her passion for helping others develop their self-worth and inner confidence. As a recent graduate from BYU, both her A.S. and B.S. degrees in Marriage and Family studies have helped to more fully align her with the desire to work directly with the youth and young adults. Sara's hope and passion is to offer guidance and support in their development of personal skills and learning experiences that will help them both in their current lives and as they transition into adulthood. Her life's mantra, authored by Robert Ingersoll, simply states, "We rise by lifting others" and she couldn't agree more.

Manhood Coordinator

Patrick Jefferies, Ed.D

Patrick Samuel Jefferies, Ed.D has been an educator for over 20 years with experience that includes public, private, and charter schools. Patrick earned his doctorate in education from the University of Utah. He started as a middle school teacher then moved to administrative work in elementary, middle, and high school as well as the district level. He is a recognized leader in working with Latino/Latina/Latinz families and is part of the leadership team for the Latino Enrollment Institute based at the University of Notre Dame. He works with leaders from across the country on community building and development among other topics to make education more accessible to families that identify as Latino/Latina/Latinx.