Meet Our Board

Circles is supported by a passionate, dedicated group of people who believe in our mission of helping others get out poverty.

Aaron Hinton

Aaron Hinton

2021 Board Vice President

Aaron is a former teacher and coach, turned lawyer. While Aaron has worn a number of hats in his professional life, he has always remained committed to service. As a teacher, he worked with Volunteers of America Utah and the Homeless Youth Resource Center to create a robust service-learning curriculum for his students. As a law student, he participated in a program to support individuals recently released from federal prison. Now, as a practicing attorney, Aaron is eager to help combat poverty as a member of the Circles Salt Lake Board. In his free time, Aaron loves traveling with his family, playing basketball with his sons, and cheering on the Utah Jazz.
Angelina Pena

Angelina Peña

Board Member

Angelina Peña Realtor™Broker/Owner

I am a residential Realtor™; Real Estate Broker, Recruiter, Trainer, and International Real Estate Speaker. I work in Salt Lake City neighborhoods of Sugar House, Wasatch Hollow, Liberty Wells, and surrounding Cities. Helping others is my passion. I thrive on giving keys to buyers, marketing and advertising listings and watching Agents bloom to their full potential. I am a hands-on Broker, often going with new agents on listing appointments and assisting them with writing their first offers. My mantra is: ``Passion to Move You!``

I found my affinity for Real Estate in 2006. I transitioned from my job in the medical field, and quickly realized that Real Estate was my lifelong dream career. By 2009 my aptitude for the business led me to become an owner of three EXIT Realty offices. We Service the Sugar House and Millcreek neighborhoods of Salt Lake City and the other in Heber City/Park City, Utah.

I hold Bachelor Degrees in Advertising, Public Relations, and Interpersonal Comm. I delight in mentoring and developing new agents; educating clients about the market, and facilitating other’s dreams come true. To improve awareness about the benefits of homeownership, as well as the standard of service provided by real estate professionals, I conduct regular training sessions for our agents and the community.

I believe that REALTORS™ should be involved in the communities where we work. I've served in the community by volunteering or donating to People Helping People, the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, The Road Home Homeless Shelter, The Sharing Place, religious contributions, Habitat for Humanity (including one home in Salt Lake City that my team and I worked on personally) amongst a few.

I enjoy promoting a healthy lifestyle which includes; traveling, eating out, live music, movies, stained glass art, and raising three fantastic children. I feel that my choice to work with EXIT Realty was the best choice I could have made for my family and my Real Estate career.

Devin Thorpe

Board Member

Devin is an author, speaker and educator. He calls himself a champion of social good. As a new-media journalist and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, Devin has established himself as a champion of social good. As a Forbes contributor, with over 500 bylines and over two million unique readers, he has become a recognized name in the social impact arena. His Your Mark on the World show, featuring over 1,000 celebrities, CEOs, billionaires, entrepreneurs and others who are out to change the world, gives him a recognizable face as well.
Devin is founder of, school for changemakers. He previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and South China University of Technology.
He has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars via crowdfunding. He hosts an annual 24-hour livestream via YouTube on #GivingTuesday, featuring more than 90 interviews with nonprofits in 2018.
Previously, Devin served as the CFO of the third largest company on the 2009 Inc. 500 list. He also founded and led an NASD-registered investment bank. After completing a degree in finance at the University of Utah, he earned an MBA from Cornell University.
Having lived on three continents and visited over 40 countries on six continents and with guests from around the world on his show, Devin brings a global perspective on purpose driven leadership to international audiences–from the UN to Nepal–empowering them to do more good and make their mark on the world. These lessons also enable them to change their personal lives and to drive positive change within their organizations. His books provide roadmaps to audiences on how to use money for good. His books have been read over 1 million times!
Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth, volunteering whenever and wherever he can, with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son, Dayton, works in San Francisco. Frequently finding himself on airplanes, he is glad to be middle-seat sized.

Erin Taylor

Board Member

Erin Hogle Taylor is the President of the Circles Salt Lake Board. She has a long history of volunteering with under-served populations. She has spent many hours volunteering in The Salt Lake City School District, The Road Home, Primary Children’s Hospital and Circles Salt Lake. She served as Chair of the School Community Council at East High School in Salt Lake City. She also served as PTA President at Bonneville Elementary and for many years was on the PTA Board at Bonneville Elementary and Clayton Middle School.

She is married and the mother to three children. She and her husband have owned and operated several retail companies with stores in several states. She enjoys hiking, gardening, travel, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Guynn

Board Member

Jessica Guynn is a Utah native and a 21 year resident of SLC. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from BYU and is currently pursuing a second degree in history at the University of Utah. She’s the mother of four children and is grateful for the opportunity to raise them full time.

In addition, she has greatly enjoyed volunteering at The Road Home for the past 8 years. During that time, she has cared for children in the playroom, managed Candy Cane Corner, volunteered at the front desk and women’s desk, given many presentations to the community as a member of the speaker’s bureau and volunteered in the warehouse and the tele center during holiday broadcast. Jessica has chaired the silent auction of the Chili Affair for 6 years.

She feels strongly that the community has the responsibility to care for one another. She has found great purpose and built many wonderful relationships during her experience at The Road Home.

Katie Priest

Katie Priest

Board Secretary

Katie Priest is a practicing attorney at the Salt Lake City law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. Katie’s practice is focused on government defense and employment law – which, in her mind, is the most interesting and engaging kind of law around! Katie is essentially a Utah native and obtained both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah. Katie is deeply committed to ending poverty as she has seen first-hand the difference that poverty can make in one’s life (in her own family and that of her clients). Katie’s specific interest is to disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” which so prominently effects those experiencing poverty.

Outside of work, Katie is a mom to two young children and is an expert in Netflix, and a not-so-expert in baking and grilling. Katie also enjoys true-crime podcasts and going for a run every now and again.

Lydia Carlisle

Lydia Carlisle

Board Treasurer

I am the Branch Manager for WaFd Bank at our Sugar House Branch. I have been in the banking industry for 36 years. I started as a teller with First Federal Savings & Loan and have grown with the company to the current “Best Bank” awarded WaFd Bank. Our mission statement is to serve the real estate, business and financial needs of the community while building long-term relationships. I love what I do and try to make a difference.
I enjoy people. I love working with them and assisting with their financial needs. WaFd Bank is a great company that allows me to provide exceptional service along with great products. I specialize in residential mortgage lending and business banking. I assist clients in learning what they are needing to be successful in the business and what they are needing in a home. I love meeting new people and learning what their needs are and then being able to help them obtain that goal.
I have volunteered for many years with Junior Achievement. I have enjoyed going into the classrooms of my children and grandchildren and teaching them about banking. To see them learn of the different ways in which the financial industry affects their lives is amazing. I have also volunteered with the Sugar House Chamber, Boy Scouts of America and United Way.
I am married and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I love having my children and grandchildren around. I enjoy all kinds of crafts. My favorite thing to do is to take long rides in the mountains on my motorcycle.
Martha D Wunderli

Martha D. Wunderli

Board Member

Martha D. Wunderli who retired in May 2020 as Executive Director of Fair Credit Foundation, a nonprofit center for financial capability, has over 35 years of experience working in the nonprofit and for- profit sectors and believes in innovative collaborative community solutions that foster financial mobility and economic inclusion.

Martha is recognized as a leader in the asset building field. She completed the business plan for the Utah Individual Development Account Network in 2004 and grew that program to over 1,400 participants. In addition, she has identified and implemented innovative interventions that meet the needs of low and moderate income Utahns such as an alternative to payday loans and a FinTech app that provides real-time financial coaching.

Ms. Wunderli has presented nationally, provided technical assistance to other nonprofits across the country and participated in performance improvement and policy discussions at the local and national level. She serves on the Promise Partnership Regional Council’s Financial Stability subcommittee, Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education, Salt Lake County Council for Aging and Adult Services, the Family Selection Committee of Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity, Secretary of the Canyon Crest Condominium Board and is working part-time on a research project to measures health disparities in public housing.

Ms. Wunderli has an undergraduate degree in Humanities from Binghamton University and a Master’s in Business Administration with honors from Central Michigan University. Martha is a native of Upstate New York and has lived in Salt Lake City since 1998.

Michelle Crawford

2021 Board President

Michelle Crawford is currently serving as the Vice-President on the Circles Salt Lake Board. She is a dedicated mother, professional and community ally. Raised by a single mother in a household of five children, Michelle understands poverty and the importance of community support. She believes in the power of personal development and encouraging others to find their best selves. Michelle is happiest when spending time with her three children, and Weimaraner, Max.
Thomas Appiah

Thomas Appiah

Board Member

Mr. Thomas Appiah has 20 years of experience in product management, program management, marketing, sales, vendor management, trade shows and systems engineering in the telecommunications industry, as well as, the ability to align technical and customer business requirements and integrate solutions into product offerings. Mr. Appiah has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and United States of America, with broad sense of positioning products for sustainable growth. Mr. Appiah was in charge of detailing the roadmaps and business strategies of the entire 3rd generation cellular product line at Motorola. He is passionate about product development, customer advocacy and process improvements. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Appiah was involved in consulting with leaders of nations and helping with relief aid to the under privileged. In 1994 he organized a Humanitarian Aid Relief Team to Ghana to train doctors and provide medical procedures to people with Buruli ulcer disease. He organized, collected and sent relief aid to Mozambique during environmental disaster in year 2000 while on foreign assignment in Tokyo, Japan.

His passion of serving others is what is led him to form this firm in connecting businesses to businesses, businesses to governments, and governments to governments for mutual and lasting benefits.
Mr. Appiah holds Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (USA), Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Brigham Young University (U.S.A).