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DEBBIE HAIR | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

From PTA to Community Council, Debbie Hair is engaged in her community. Besides those roles, Debbie has served in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and is currently participating SSLART, amateur ham radio support for the City of South Salt Lake. She’s also written a cookbook and is an award-winning dutch oven chef. Debbie has been Administrative support for the Bennion Center since 2007.

801-585-3296 | debbie.hair@utah.edu

 


ASMA HASSAN | UTAH READS, SR. PROGRAM MANAGER

Asma is glad to be back at the Bennion Center and grow its Utah Reads program. Previously, she worked at the Eccles School of Business, at Utah Campus Compact, a local chapter of AmeriCorps where she enrolled and exited members completing their AmeriCorps hours in educational, health, and environmental fields, serving vulnerable populations, and as a tutor for Utah Reads.

Asma has a M.Ed. in Special Education and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah. In her free time, she enjoys tutoring students using engaging teaching methods, hanging out with her sisters, and eating Thai food.

801-585-9101 | asma.hassan@utah.edu

 


BOBBIJO KANTER | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, STUDENT PROGRAMS 

BobbiJo Kanter joined the Bennion Center in 2016 following a 13-year career with Special Olympics programs. She is excited about connecting students with community experiences to create inclusive, engaging, and meaningful opportunities. While not working, BobbiJo can usually be found in the great outdoors with her wife and giant dogs.

801-585-9103 | bobbijo.kanter@utah.edu

 


DEAN MCGOVERN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dean McGovern enjoys exploring the intersections of education and community. He is inspired daily by the students and faculty who choose to make the world a better place through their learning, teaching, and scholarship. He believes that if the Bennion Center didn’t already exist that someone would just have to invent it. Dean gets lost running mountain trails whenever he can.

801-585-7826 | dean.mcgovern@utah.edu

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MEGAN MEDINA | BENNION SCHOLARS, SR. PROGRAM MANAGER

Megan Medina likes growing programs and people. She's happiest when she is mentoring and encouraging students, which is part of the reason why she's so excited to direct the Bennion Scholars program. A native of North Dakota, Megan's an avid traveler. She spent time living and teaching in China and loves the outdoors.

801-585-3297 | megan.medina@utah.edu

 


COURTNEY DEAN | COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Courtney joined the Bennion Center in 2021 after a stint away from her Alma Mater. She brings experience in volunteer engagement and an unwavering commitment to building a more equitable world. As a student, Courtney was deeply engaged in the Bennion Center’s programs and is excited to continue to grow and learn with the Bennion Center community. After work hours, you’ll find her spending time outside, eating good food, attending community events, and reading all the books.

courtney.dean@utah.edu

 


AMY SIBUL | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM & SCHOLARSHIP

Amy Sibul's scientific background is in wildlife and plant ecology, and she has been faculty in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah since 2011. She joined the Bennion Center team in 2018 to support faculty across campus in their endeavors to expand engaged learning experiences for students.  She wants every student to have access to hands-on, applied opportunities that enrich and deepen their educational experience. When not in the office she can be found communing with Utah's bees and birds while wandering campus and the Wasatch Mountains.

amy.sibul@utah.edu

 

 


GRACE HYMEL | ALTERNATIVE BREAKS, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Grace Hymel is a passionate community builder and educator at heart. She comes to the Bennion Center after several years dedicated to community engagement and leadership development throughout her undergraduate and graduate education. Grace earned her Master of Science in Student Affairs for Higher Education from Miami University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola University in Maryland. She also brings experience from working at the College of WIlliam and Mary, and with Break Away, the national non-profit for Alternative Breaks.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, being active, spending time outdoors, and exploring new places. Grace is thrilled to work, learn, and live alongside this community in their collective pursuit of a more just society.

Grace.Hymel@utah.edu

 


BRYCE WILLIAMS | RESIDENTIAL ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COHORTS, SR. PROGRAMS MANAGER

Bryce Williams is a proud University of Utah Alum who loves animals, cooking for his wife, and attending Utah athletic events. Bryce was engaged with the Bennion Center as a student and says coming to work at the Bennion Center has been like coming back home.

801-581-8436 | bryce.williams@utah.edu

Chris Wada

 


CHRIS WADA | MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, DIRECTOR

New to higher education, Chris brings 12+ years combined experience as a sales & marketing leader, project manager and business development consultant in the fresh produce and natural food industry. After moving back to the SLC area from Southern California to live closer to family (grew up in Idaho), he was chosen to lead an expanded marketing & communications role at the Bennion Center to reimagine the department. Focused on being a marketer and now educator, his goal is to create a creative agency type of structure made up of student & community member volunteers to provide real life, professional opportunities with purpose-minded peers. Outside of work, his world revolves around his wife and 2 young kids. #dadlife

801-585-6564 | chris.wada@utah.edu

Eva Jannson

 


EVA JANSSON | DEVELOPMENT, DIRECTOR

Eva Jansson is no stranger to the University of Utah. After earning degrees in anthropology and international studies from the U, she joined the development team at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts where she worked for several years. Her love of data and analysis eventually drew her to join the research team and the University’s Office of Advancement before she stumbled across her future role as director of development at the Bennion Center. She’s excited to be part of team of staff and students who dedicate themselves to making the world a better place for everyone. When not at work, she enjoys a plethora of hobbies including elaborate cross stitching, terrible movies, intensive strategy games, jeeping, and her dogs (Archer and Crom).

801-585-0093 | eva.jansson@utah.edu

 

Last Updated: 8/18/21