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Bennion Center Staff

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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 |

Asma Hassan | Utah Reads and AmeriCorps 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 |

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 |

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 | >>


Megan medina | Bennion Scholars 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 |

Eric Nhem | Student Programs Manager

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 |



Amy Sibul | Assistant Director for CEL

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.

J Swanger | Alternative Breaks Program Manager

With love as his politic and idealism as his practice, J 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, J 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 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 |


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 |

Chris Wada

Chris wada | DIRECTOR, marketing & communications

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 |

 Eva Jannson

Eva jansson | director, Development

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).

801-661-0586 |

Last Updated: 3/15/21