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Morgan Byrne | Development Officer

Morgan Byrne has lived on both coasts (Virginia, North Carolina, and California) but in 2011 she found her happy home in Salt Lake City. She enjoys making candles, gardening, skiing, and watching movies with her husband and her pit bull - who loves to cuddle.


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 |

Asma Hassan | Utah Reads and AmeriCorps Coordinator

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 | 

Jennifer Jones | Communications Specialist

Jennifer Jones is a former television news writer/producer who loves dogs and hates cooking. "JJ" says sharing the great stories of Bennion Center students and community partners is the best job in the world. When she's not on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, JJ enjoys spending time with her family.

801-585-6564 |

BobbiJo Kanter | Associate Director, Student Programs Manager

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 partner and pets.

801-585-9103 |

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 |

Eric Nhem  |  Student Programs Coordinator

As the former co-director of Project Youth and a current volunteer for the Elevate Theater Company, Eric is no stranger to the Bennion Center. Being so involved shaped who he has become today. Eric is eager to connect with and mentor students who share his passion for serving our community. Outside of the Bennion Center, Eric can be found getting lost in a good book, expressing himself through writing and dancing, obsessing over everything Disney, and eating sushi and sweets.

801-585-1508  |



Megan Richards  |  Community Engaged Learning Coordinator

Megan Richards 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 Center 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  |


Justin Swanger  |  Alternative Breaks Coordinator

With love as his politic and idealism as his practice, Justin Swanger is excited about joining students in pushing the limits of community building in all of its many forms. Whether he’s in a minivan en-route to his next Alternative Break or sitting under a tree with a favorite book, Justin is guided by his passions for education, literature, justice, and cheesecake. He’s thrilled to be a part of the Bennion Center team and to coordinate the program that first taught him the meaning of community, and his desk and schedule are always open for students and friends.

801-587-9027  |


Bryce Williams | Student Programs Coordinator

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 |


Andi Witczak | Associate Director, Community Engaged Learning

After 15 years as a graphic designer and design faculty member, Andi comes to us from Kansas University where she was the director of the Center for Civic And Social Responsibility. She believes in the power of design to tackle social challenges but she combines that learning with leadership skills and a passion for multi-discipline collaboration.  

801-585-9100 |

Last Updated: 9/10/18