Circles is led by a passionate, dedicated group of people who believe that helping others get out poverty is more than just a job – it’s a calling.
Meet Our Team
Benjamin J. Sessions recently joined CIRCLES Salt Lake as the Executive Director. His excitement for Circles Salt Lake started when he learned about Circles’ Mission and the success the initiative has had helping people lead their own way out of poverty. Prior to working for Circles Salt lake, he worked as a business development and finance professional. Sessions graduated from the University of Utah and started his career as an Expatriate in China. He spent several years growing multi-national corporations in China and India. After living abroad, he worked in finance and built a real estate portfolio with projects in Florida, Georgia, and Utah. Sessions volunteers regularly in the community and is currently serving as the President of the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee on the Sugar House Community Council.
Flannery Mack received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Urban Studies from Portland State University. She spent the year after her graduation teaching English as a foreign language and creative writing to middle and high school students on a Fulbright grant in Latvia. She has extensive background experience working with recently resettled refugees in Salt Lake as a family and peer mentor with IRC and Catholic Community Services, and has been instrumental in bringing refugee families to Circles Salt Lake’s first cohort. Flannery’s background working with people across cultural and linguistic barriers provides her with the ability to connect with diverse communities, in particular with youth and adults who speak English as a second language. Flannery loves the Circles program’s emphasis on interrupting the cycle of generational poverty for future generations through building soft skills and positive relationships. She believes that the Circles mission is powerfully realized by starting with children, providing them the resources from early on to develop healthy relationships not just with others, but also with themselves.
Noelle Leiser currently oversees the Circles Salt Lake program as Coordinator. Her background and experience allow her to manage the program with empathy and decisive decision making prowess. She has deep knowledge of coaching, training, and communicating with people that are looking to improve their lives. Prior to working at Circles, Noelle worked at the Utah Department of Workforce Services as a Career Coach. She has taught hundreds of people how to grow in their roles by helping them set and achieve their goals. Her experience comes from first hand knowledge of joining Circles initially as a Circle Leader and then utilizing the program to grow into senior leadership roles.
Caitlin Stevenson recently joined Circles Salt Lake as the Outreach and Engagement Specialist and Director of the Children’s Program. Prior to working for Circles Salt Lake, Stevenson Directed the Open Classroom preschool for seven years and owned and operated a childcare facility in Sugar House. She leads the Circles Salt Lake Children’s Program with a passion for supporting children, parents, and communities. Her experience managing large classrooms with exposure to thousands of children gives her an invaluable skill set necessary for leading children out of poverty. People who know her experience her warmth and passion through her personal mission of empowering parents, engaging the children, and elevating her community.