Meet the Team

MEET THE TEAM


Brittany Kiyoko Badger

She/Her
Director

Brittany Kiyoko Badger

She/Her
Director

Education: Ph.D. Candidate, CHES (University of Utah Health Promotion and Education)
Where are you from? Kaysville, Utah.
What part of your position/job do you value most? I love my team and the work we do to for this campus. Every day there are new opportunities for us to work together as a campus community to truly make a positive impact.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Narcos, OITNB and random documentaries.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Street tacos. Real ones. What is your dream vacation destination? Machu Picchu, explore Southeast Asia, Greek Islands, backpack to Havasupai Falls– so many!

Vivean Smith

She/Her
Administration Assistant

Vivean Smith

She/Her
Administration Assistant

Education/Training: Cal State University at Long Beach & UC San Diego
Where are you from? San Diego, California
What part of your position/job do you value most? I enjoy taking on the department’s administrative tasks which allows the advocates and educators to focus on the students who require their expertise.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Father Brown
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Eggs, bacon, and home fries. Yum!
What is your dream vacation destination? I would love to go to Belize - Beaches, jungles, Mayan ruins, a barrier reef and lots of marine life.

Char Leary

She/Her
Associate Director of Advocacy Services

Char Leary

She/Her
Associate Director of Advocacy Services

Education: BSW, MSW, University of Utah
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, Utah
What part of your position/job do you value most? I love being a part of a community that values equality, advocates for survivors and who is actively working to eradicate sexual violence.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Everything from Gilmore Girls to Criminal Minds
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tacos.
What is your dream vacation destination? Barcelona Spain, Greece, Ireland... the list goes on and on.

Sabeth Jackson

She/Her
Associate Director of Prevention Education

Sabeth Jackson

She/Her
Associate Director of Prevention Education

Education: BA in Fine Art
Where are you from? Avon, Colorado
What part of your position/job do you value most? Working to empower students to improve their wellbeing.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? The explained series, and Bee and Puppycat. Currently , though, I’m into Reservation Dogs on Hulu.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pho
What is your dream vacation destination? Anywhere with history and cool artifacts. I’ve always thought it would be super cool to go to Machu Pichu

Lou Vigil

They/Them
Victim Survivor Advocate

Lou Vigil

They/Them
Victim Survivor Advocate

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Weber State University
Where are you from? Ogden, UT
What part of your position/job do you value most? Being able to witness the successes each client has throughout my time as their advocate
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Any cooking/baking competition show
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Phở
What is your dream vacation destination? Thailand or the Netherlands

Lizvet Chavez-Diaz

She/Her
Victim Survivor Advocate

Lizvet Chavez-Diaz

She/Her
Victim Survivor Advocate

Education: Political Science
Where are you from? Oaxaca, Mexico
What part of your position/job do you value most? A smile due to positive outcomes
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Grace and Frankie
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pozole
What is your dream vacation destination? Italy

Amaya Hoglund

She/Her
Victim-Survivor Advocacy Assistant

Amaya Hoglund

She/Her
Victim-Survivor Advocacy Assistant

Education: ASW
Where are you from? I'm from SLC, UT.
What part of your position/job do you value most? I value the opportunity to grow as a social worker, as well as connect with the broader campus community in an impactful way.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? I love to binge watch New Girl on Netflix.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mac & Cheese for the rest of my life.
What is your dream vacation destination? My dream vacation destination is Spain!

Myra Gerst

She/Her
Engagement Coordinator

Myra Gerst

She/Her
Engagement Coordinator

Education: Bachelors of Public Health (University of Kentucky)
Where are you from? St. Louis, Missouri
What part of your position/job do you value most? I love having hard conversations, challenging social norms, and continuously questioning myself and others. I find what fills my cup up the most is building relationships with students, my colleagues, and partners across campus.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? I am not a big Netflix person, but I did recently get into Schitts Creek.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Probably a big hearty breakfast with pancakes, a breakfast burrito, potatoes, coffee, the works.
What is your dream vacation destination? Right now I am dreaming of buying a van and driving to Alaska with my family.

TeMerae Blackwater

She/Her
Health Educator

TeMerae Blackwater

She/Her
Health Educator

Education B.S. in Health Promotion and Education with a Community Health Emphasis (University of Utah), Pursuing MPH (University of Utah)
Where are you from? Kirtland, New Mexico
What part of your position/job do you value most? I am grateful for the opportunities to engage/connect with an individual/community. It fills my heart knowing I made a small impact in their livelihood by being a decent human-being, being compassionate and having empathy.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge?Death Note, Down to Earth, K-drama, Naruto, The Office, Vampire Knight, and Health/Violence Documentaries
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Roasted lamb sandwich with green chili and frybread
What is your dream vacation destination?Exploring Indigenous People’s land across the world

Kay Collins

She/Her
Health Educator

Kay Collins

She/Her
Health Educator

Education: BA in Exercise Science (Hendrix College), pursuing MS in Health and Kinesiology (University of Utah)
Where are you from? Raised in Arkansas, yet spent my adulthood in SF and SLC
What part of your position/job do you value most? Everyone is so friendly and inviting. We prioritize students’ wellbeing, and if we don’t provide the exact service you are looking for, by golly, we will connect to a place that does.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? BoJack Horseman. Despite the characters being highly unlikeable, there’s a likeability in the way go through their raw struggles. Life is full of many challenges and uncomfortable situations, and though you may not tackle every one with grace, there’s always the ability to become better.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I am loyal to the foil. Burritos are the perfect meal wrapped up in a tortilla.
What is your dream vacation destination? Japan. I really want to experience the bathhouses and spas. Make a day of relaxation!

Liz Spencer

She/They
Recovery Program Coordinator

Liz Spencer

She/They
Recovery Program Coordinator

Education: BA in Arabic Studies from DePaul University
Where are you from? Hampshire, IL
What part of your position/job do you value most? Building and engaging with meaningful community around a strong foundation of core values!
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? American Horror Story (before it went to Hulu)
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?My grandma's pot roast with roasted potatoes and veggies
What is your dream vacation destination? The Himalayan Mountains

Vincent Nguyen

He/Him
Recovery Program Assistant

Vincent Nguyen

He/Him
Recovery Program Assistant

Education: Music Education
Where are you from? Salt Lake City, UT
What part of your position/job do you value most? Being able to participate in the recovery community and working with the team. They provide so much information as it pertains to harm prevention and sexual violence and these are topics that I haven't had the opportunity to learn about until now.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Saiki K.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?7-11 Tornados.
What is your dream vacation destination? Holland. I've always wanted to experience the tulip fields.

Karly Ackley

She/Her
Graduate Assistant, Wellness Coach

Karly Ackley

She/Her
Graduate Assistant, Wellness Coach

Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health at Iowa State University, currently pursuing my master’s in Health Education and Wellness Coaching
Where are you from? Manvel, North Dakota
What part of your position/job do you value most? Being able to help people reach the healthiest version of themselves
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Good Place. I have watched it completely through at least 5 times.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Any form of pasta.
What is your dream vacation destination? Paris!

Mikey Powell

He/Him
Graduate Assistant, Wellness Coach

Mikey Powell

He/Him
Graduate Assistant, Wellness Coach

Education: B.S. Kinesiology, Current: M.S. Health Education & Wellness Coaching, 2024
Where are you from? Grand Rapids, Michigan
What part of your position/job do you value most? I value the opportunity to connect with students on a deeper level and to help create a safe and encouraging environment that facilitates internal growth through the recognition and application of ones' strengths.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Documentaries!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A nutritionally compete ice cream sundae 😀
What is your dream vacation destination? Rock climbing and camping in the desert for a week.

Lauren Maizlish

She/Her
Office Assistant

Lauren Maizlish

She/Her
Office Assistant

Education: Currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Health and Kinesiology with a Nutrition Minor
Where are you from? Park City, Utah
What part of your position/job do you value most? I value the opportunity to be able to learn from the other team members and to be a part of such a hardworking and compassionate group of people.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? New Girl! Although if LOST was on Netflix, I would watch that over and over again.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Probably a sandwich because so many things constitute as a sandwich so I would be able to switch it up!
What is your dream vacation destination? I have always wanted to visit Iceland.

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