Meet Our Board

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

Angelina Pena

Angelina Peña

2022 Board President

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.

Aaron Hinton

Aaron Hinton

2022 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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

Rob Ricks Circles Board Member

Rob Ricks

Board Member

Rob works as an equity portfolio manager for a local non-profit. He is tasked with helping to grow the organization’s endowment, which supports its many charitable efforts. Rob has always been torn between the world of corporate finance and the non-profit sector. After graduate school, he initially took a job at a prestigious investment firm in New York City, only to subsequently turn it down in favor of the non-profit role he has held here in Salt Lake City for the past 14 years. He has found the opportunity to give back to the community and world to be more fulfilling than the prestige and pay of Wall Street. He has been blessed to be able to live the mantra, “doing well by doing good”, and he feels lucky to be able to straddle his two passions.

Rob graduated from the Yale School of Management with an MBA in 2007, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Weber State University. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and 4 young children. Outside of work and service, he most enjoys traveling the world, watching movies with his kids, and moonlighting as a professional bluegrass fiddler.

Michael Torrence Circles Board Member

Michael Torrence

Board Member

Justin Utley Circle Board Member

Justin Utley

Board Member

Justin Utley is an award winning singer/songwriter, a human rights advocate, and public speaker. He began his singing career after performing at the 2002 Winter Olympics and moved to New York City. After over a decade of activism, community engagement, and touring, Justin relocated to Salt Lake City and hit the ground running. He spoke at the Utah Senate hearings about the need for laws against discrimination in housing & employment for LGBTQ individuals in 2015, in addition to testifying against the use of conversion therapy, in support of a bill to ban its abusive practice on children in 2019.

He has been a guest contributor on CNN’s ‘Faces of Faith’ Sunday news segment, NPR, SiriusXM’s OutQ and MSNBC. He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey FBI’s “Inspiring Citizen of the Year” award, “Artist of the Year” by SiriusXM Radio, and the 2021 Impact Award from Equality Utah.

Jess Jackson board member

Jess Jackson

Board Member

Jess Jackson is a 2021 graduate of Circles Salt Lake. She credits her Allies for the support she and her family needed due to situational poverty, the push to complete her Associate’s Degree, and the confidence to apply for and rejoin the Emergency Communications field. She enjoys art, reading, road trips, visiting National Parks, and is an advocate for the disabled and those living in poverty. Jess, her husband Justin, and their boys live in Murray with a wolf-sized German Shepherd named Arlo.
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).