October 10, 2019

Announcing UNA's 2019 Nonprofit Leaders!

UNA's 2019 Nonprofit Leader Award Recipients

UNA honors both an Outstanding Nonprofit Leader who has exemplified commitment to elevating, unifying, and strengthening the nonprofit sector for more than five years and an Emerging Nonprofit Leader who, in five or fewer years, has exemplified passion, compassion, and cooperation in their nonprofit work. Join us in celebrating the important work done in our sector.


2019 Outstanding Nonprofit Leader

Linda C. SmithLinda Smith
Executive/Artistic Director, Repertory Dance Theatre

In Linda C. Smith’s 54 years at Repertory Dance Theatre, her agenda has been to develop opportunities rich in cultural diversity. Her work with RDT has coated the city and Utah with arts education, ethnic representation through  the work presented by the company and employment of racially and ethnically diverse dancers. She has pushed communities to experience art through performances that may seem scary, uniting, complex, accessible, moving and inspiring. As a leader she inspires her dancers learn to be community advocates, expressive members of the arts as educators, creative beings and a part of a global community. She has a vision of prosperity with social cultural respect for the communities she reaches. Her presence inspires, her words illuminate perspective, and her endless passion for the field serves as a prime example of sacrifice on behalf of something greater than oneself.

Linda has transformed how communities see themselves in this world.

2019 Emerging Nonprofit LeaderJennie Noren

Jennie Noren
Director of Operations, Mountain West Mother's Milk Bank

Jennie Noren's passion for working with premature babies is evident in her tireless efforts to save the lives of premature babies by providing them with mother’s breast milk.  Her work includes all facets of running a nonprofit as well as bringing this new organization up to accreditation standards.  

Jennie spearheaded the opening of this organization which helps premature infants from Boise, Idaho to St. George, Utah.