Board of Directors

Frank Bedolla

Frank Bedolla

Board Chair

SL County Youth Services, Afterschool Coordinator

Frank Bedolla moved to Utah 20 years ago through the Job Corps Program, he then went on to graduate from SLCC & the University of Utah. He is the first in his family to have earned his Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Frank has committed his time to advocating for children and families since his move to Utah. He has worked with the Utah PTA, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, Utah Domestic Violence Council, SLC Substance Abuse Coalition, Unified Police Gang Advisory Committee, SLC Gang Intervention Team, Board Member for Utah Boy Scouts, and is the founder Father’s and Families Coalition of Utah.

Joanne Pogue

Joanne Pogue

Board Secretary

A native Minnesotan, JoAnne holds an Associates Degree from Normandale Community College and attended pre-business courses at the University of Minnesota. Over the years, JoAnne has attended several banking/compliance seminars sponsored by State Banking Associations, American Bankers Association, and earned the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (“CRCM”) designation in 2007.

JoAnne has over 30-years’ experience in the financial services industry, specializing in Consumer Compliance, and has been employed by Zions Bank, TCF Bank, Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

JoAnne is currently employed by Sallie Mae Bank as a Senior Compliance Manager, where she has spent her time since 2009. She actively participates in community related events, teaching students at Rose Park Elementary financial basics through Junior Achievement (“JA”). JoAnne has also participated in JA City events at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, led annual funraisers for The Road Home, and coordinated quarterly building blood drives.

Brent Salazar-Hall

Brent Salazar-Hall

Board Member

Brent Salazar-Hall is a practicing attorney with experience in family law and child welfare matters.  For over eight years, he worked in the juvenile court as a public defender representing parents involved with the Department of Child and Family Services. Previously, he worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, representing low income clients in family law and domestic violence matters.

Brent currently serves on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, the Utah State Bar Family Law Section’s Executive Committee, and was previously a member of the Third District Juvenile Drug Court’s Executive Management Committee. He currently serves as a board member for the House of Hope.  He enjoys spending time with his spouse and two daughters.

Mandy Stuivenvolt-Allen

Mandy Stuivenvolt-Allen

Board Member

Mandy is a native Utahn and local small business owner in partnership with her husband John. With a degree in Human Services and passion for helping vulnerable populations, Mandy spends much of her time working for non-profit organizations. Past positions include coaching for Girls on the Run, teaching health and welcome classes to incoming refugees through Catholic Community Services, and teaching English to refugees through Salt Lake’s English Skills Learning Center.

Today, Mandy is part of the management team of Project Homeless Connect – SLC,  an annual event dedicated to providing numerous, valuable services to people experiencing homelessness. Mandy is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in state care. This is a position of advocating for the child while ensuring their needs are being met on every level. She loves working with youth, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Erick Allen

ERICK ALLEN

Board Member
Erick is a native Utahn and has a masters degree from the University of Utah in Public Administration and a bachelor’s from the University of Phoenix in Business.  Erick’s background is wide ranging from doing economic development for Utah State at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to most recently working in the energy efficiency engineering and clean energy industries for McKinstry.  Erick’s passion for environmental conservation is only eclipsed by his passion for social justice and considers these two issues interlinked.  Erick chaired the economic development committee for the Blueprint Jordan River project and served on the community development black grant committee for Sandy City, UT for nine years.  Erick has created several strategic charters for non-profits and brings a wealth of business and not-for-profit experience to his endeavors.  Erick loves spending time in the outdoors and now that his daughter’s are grown and supporting their communities in their own right, has expanded his focus to support Utah’s disadvantaged children as part of the FFCU Board.

 

Eric Aragon

Eric Aragon

Board Member

Eric earned his Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science and his Bachelor’s from Weber State University in Physical Education. He also graduated from Weber’s ROTC program and spent 10 years in the Utah Army National Guard as an Artillery Officer. While in Graduate School, he worked as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Utah Athletics Department. Eric spent three years as the Health and Fitness Coordinator for the Huntsman Corporation.

In May 2015, Eric celebrated his 25th year as a Certified Strength Coach / Personal Trainer. He currently works at Foothill Personal Training in Salt Lake City. Eric is also involved in USA Weightlifting as a National Coach and Referee.

Eric has served as Chairperson for several committees with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. 2013-14 was his first year on the WSU Wildcat Club Athletic Fund Board of Directors.

Travis Vallejo

Travis Vallejo

Board Member

Travis Vallejo was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. He currently works as an outside sales representative for Legacy Equipment Company, a locally based heavy duty truck equipment company well established in the respected industry. He is very passionate about classic cars, long time Utah Football season ticket holder helping create the ‘Ute Fan Faithful’ movement and is founder of the ‘Utah Niner Empire’ 49ers fan club established in 2009.

Brought up by a single mother with two older sisters, Travis experienced firsthand how growing up without a father figure was like. Travis was struggling with a custody case when he heard about FFCU and met Frank Bedolla. His main objective was to gain 50/50 joint custody, and upon mediation, Travis and the twins mother mutually agreed on 50/50 joint custody and have fully embraced the co-parenting lifestyle. Travis is a solid example of a single father in today’s society bringing his genuine perspective to the FFCU board. He is available to speak to the youth in Utah anytime to share his story outlining his past experiences being raised without a father figure to becoming a very proud Dad.

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