Meet Our Team

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.

Benjamin Sessions

Executive Director

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.

Noelle Leiser


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.
Henry Tanaka CirclesSL client support specialist

Henry Tanaka

Client Support Specialist

I started my journey through the non-profit sector of Salt Lake City about four years ago when I worked at The Road Home. The services and care that Road home staff offered people in need gave me inspiration to continue on the path of community rehabilitation. I have worked as a case manager for Volunteers of America for a couple of years while attending school for my degree in Writing and Rhetoric to help me tell the stories of people who live with but refuse to succumb to poverty in our nation, be it situational or generational. My hope in working with Circles Salt Lake is that I will get the chance to reach father and work more in depth with our community members. The People who have reached out to this organization and to one another with their skills and life experience to help lift each other up and keep moving forward into obtainable, stable, and prosperous lives within the Salt Lake community will serve as an inspiration to others and proof that we can all do it together.
Connor Hess CirclesSL Intern

Connor Hess

Circles Intern

Connor is an intern at Circles. He is from Dallas Texas and is currently a senior at the University of Utah studying political science. Connor loves playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf in his free time. He can’t wait to meet new people and start trying to help people.
Emily Carter CirclesSL intern

Emily Carter

Circles Intern

Emily Carter is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University with a B.A in Political Science with an emphasis in international diplomacy. She has worked on two congressional campaigns, volunteered with non-profits, and written on topics including social determinants of health and the possibility of mail-in ballot voter fraud in the 2020 US election. She is passionate about women’s rights, history, and the refugee crisis.
Grace Cullimore Intern

Grace Cullimore

Circles Intern

Grace Cullimore is one of our newest interns here at Circles. She lives in Herriman, UT and is currently a senior at Mountain Ridge High School. Grace is interested in anything related to marketing and social media, and is involved in the DECA program at her school. She loves the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and music. Grace loves people and is so excited for this opportunity to help those in need. As part of the team, she will be creating content for our social media accounts, as well as engaging the community through our children’s program.