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 has led Circles Salt Lake City since 2018 as the Executive Director. He is an executive management & operational professional with experience leading for-profit & non-profit organizations. His strength lies in building people and organizations through trust and clear goals that allow for deep work and personal growth. Sessions graduated from the University of Utah in 2005 and started his career as an Expatriate in Tianjin, China. He spent several years growing multi-national corporations in China and India. After living abroad, he built a real estate portfolio with projects in Florida, Georgia, and Utah. Sessions volunteers regularly in the community and served as the President of the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee on the Sugar House Community Council.
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.
Wesley Long is a member of AmeriCorps, currently serving at Circles. Wesley believes that addressing poverty is important work requiring the collective involvement of the entire community. Prior to his service at Circles, he clerked for the Salt Lake County Elections Division, catalogued for an independent historical papers project, and interned for the House of Representatives in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelors in History at the University of Utah. In his spare time, Wesley enjoys travel, hiking, reading, writing, and playing with his cat.
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 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 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.
Shannon is a Children's Program & Social Media Coordinator at Circles Salt Lake. She is from Massachusetts and is currently a senior at the University of Utah studying psychology. Shannon plans on pursuing a PHD program after she graduates from the U. Shannon also participated in the 2011 US Figure Skating National Championships. She enjoys figure skating, reading books, and meeting new people. She is excited to be an intern and make a difference in the lives of others.