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.
Cate Baker is a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Strategic Communications with a focus in digital marketing and public relations. Growing up in Dallas, TX she became a member of the HeartofDallas National Charity League chapter which fostered her love for volunteering and being an active member of her community. Cate is a new Utahn and is very excited to begin learning more about her new community through giving back and creating connections. She will be working on content creation and social media management. She is very excited to be working with such a wonderful team and looks forward to the fantastic experiences to come.
Emily Stokes has over ten years not-for-profit experience working in higher education, finance, and healthcare. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master of Business Administration from the Huntsman School of Business. Emily is interested in working with communities to ensure quality access to healthcare, education, and housing while increasing community cohesion and economic stability. She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her family.
Madison Kane currently resides in Sandy, Utah with her parents Kevin and Jennifer and little brother Spenser. She is a freshman studying Political Science and Economics at the University of Utah.
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.
I’m a senior at the University of Utah Health majoring in Health Promotion and Education within a Community. Originally from Maryland, I moved to Utah right after high school and started a job at the U as a certified medical assistant. While working full time, I’ve been getting closer to my goal of becoming a Physician Associate in order to improve the lives of future patients physically, mentally, and emotionally making sure they feel validated and heard. I enjoy getting outdoors and traveling when possible, especially when I get to meet new people and make great connections. I’m excited to be working with Circles Salt Lake and being a part of their amazing work.
Xiangpei is a junior student at the University of Utah, majoring in Strategic Communication. He is originally from China mainland, and has experience about the work in non-profit organizations.