Meet Our Board

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

Ashley Hoopes

2019 Board Member

Ashley Hoopes is a Circles Salt Lake Board Member. Ms. Hoopes has a long track-record of serving disadvantaged populations. She has spent time volunteering with The Road Home, Circles Salt Lake, and The Children's Justice Center. Ms. Hoopes has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

Devin Thorpe

2019 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

2019 Board President

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.

Heather Sessions

2019 Board Member

Heather Sessions joined the Circles Salt Lake Board with a strong desire to serve her community. Her passion for Circles began when she learned how she could impact the lives of parents and children in Salt Lake County. Sessions graduated with a degree in Business from Bellevue University and then spent her career in the telecommunications sector most recently leading a national team as a National Channel Manager for Verizon. Her experience managing large teams and complex projects can be utilized helping Circles grow its' capacity.

Jessica Guynn

2019 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.

Liz Foxley

2019 Board Member

Liz Foxley is a Utah native and a recent dual masters graduate from the University of Utah’s Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work programs. Liz has worked with a variety of underserved populations as a social worker and a community volunteer in medical social work, reproductive health rights, grief support, housing and homelessness and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Liz has a passion for policy and its implications on marginalized populations. Liz’s passion combined with her clinical experience and education, provides her with a unique skill set and vision for poverty initiatives in the State of Utah and for the Circles organization.

Michelle Crawford

2019 Board Vice 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.

Pam Clawson

2019 Board Member

For over 10 years, Pam Clawson has worked as a professional recruiter in the San Francisco Bay Area and Utah. She began her corporate recruiting experience at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the MBA Career Management Center. She then joined Accountants Incorporated where she recruited for Bay area companies across a variety of industries. Subsequently, she joined K-Force. At both Accountants Inc. and K-Force, she was recognized for her success as a recruiter and her leadership abilities and was moved into regional management positions. After relocating to Utah, she spent seven years at a local firm and excelled at building long term relationships with companies that share her belief that star performers create star companies. She recently joined Gava Talent Solutions where she is once again able to recruit for Bay Area companies, as well as those in Salt Lake City Metropolitan area.
She is an active volunteer and has served on several boards. She held offices of Finance VP, President, and Board Advisor with the Junior League of Salt Lake City. She recently completed her term as a Board member of the University of Utah Alumni Association. She currently serves on the board of Clayton Middle School PTA, Chi Omega Fraternity-Xi Alpha Chapter House Corporation, and Salt Lake City’s JW Cotillion. She has also been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, where she has served as a Den Leader for many years and currently serves on her local area’s BSA Committee.
Pam earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She is the mother of four highly energetic young boys who provide purpose for her work. She has gained the respect of her peers, fellow service volunteers, and the clients she serves by always bringing a friendly, professional attitude to each engagement.
Tara Rollins

Tara Rollins

2019 Board Member

Tara Rollins joined the Utah Housing Coalition as their first full time Executive Director in
2005. Tara moved from New Hampshire with her husband 24 years ago to ski the powder of
Utah. She worked at ASSIST Inc a Community Design Center for 10 years helping low income
homeowners with emergency home repairs. Tara has sat on many boards throughout the
community and continues her commitment to housing choices for all.
Whitney Call

Whitney Call

2019 Board Member

Whitney Call is excited to serve on the Circles Salt Lake Board in order to play a hands-on role in helping end poverty in the Salt Lake area. Whitney became interested in Circles when she learned that the organization works to assist individuals and families to gain greater economic stability by surrounding them with support and giving them tools to become more empowered. Whitney received her masters degree in counseling from Westminster College in 2013. Whitney worked as a family and child therapist, where she specialized in substance abuse and attachment issues. Many of the clients she served were affected by poverty, giving her a deep understanding of how it can negatively influence people’s lives and be difficult to overcome. Whitney is thrilled to be able to apply this knowledge as a Circles board member. Whitney currently works as a full time mother to three young daughters. In her free time she loves hanging out with her dogs, travel, and many creative pursuits.