UNA Staff


  • Chief Executive Officer
    Phone: (801) 596-1800 x4

    Kate Rubalcava, a Utah native, has nearly two decades of community development, organizing and nonprofit experience. Over the years Ms. Rubalcava has had the opportunity to blend her learning of social justice, educational equity, and adult/college student development theory with practical knowledge and experience in her work with local nonprofits, school districts, government agencies, local municipalities, residents, and businesses in a way that has enhanced her experiential knowledge of communities.

    Presently Kate is the Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Nonprofits Association. An organization dedicated to serving nonprofits in Utah through training, policy and advocacy, and membership services. Her career includes leading a statewide coalition to provide Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and free income tax preparation. She has established community schools, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the sister island nation of St. Kitts-Nevis, promoted higher education, and worked to increase community and resident leadership. She has also been an adjunct faculty in the School of Education at Westminster College. She has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. Obtained by Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah, respectively.

    Kate is also an active member in her community. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees over the years all with the focus of enhancing the community she has always called home (Salt Lake City’s West Side). Her most memorable involvements have been her service on the Policy Civilian Review Board for Salt Lake City Police Department from 2014-2016 where she was able to successfully advocate for more transparent policies and oversight of the creation of a mural in Jordan Park which turned a blighted building into a beacon of color and beauty. She also proudly watched as her mentee of two years, a young Afghani woman involved in Catholic Community Services Youth Refugee Foster Care Program, walked across the stage and accepted her high school diploma in 2016. Presently she serves as Secretary and Board Member for the National Council of Nonprofits, located in Washington, D.C.

    To restore balance Kate can be found practicing her archery skills at the local range, brunching with friends, and occasionally talking herself into a jog. A lover of movies you can also find her at the theater on five dollar movie nights catching a flick with friends and family. She can also be found consuming stories and media written and performed by people of color in her podcasts and in a books club she co-leads.

  • Director of Programming and Marketing
    Phone: (801) 596-1800 x2

    What Jill Bennett likes most about her position as UNA’s Director of Programming and Marketing is witnessing, and bearing witness to, the profound impact Utah’s nonprofits have on our community. She sees her responsibilities for UNA’s Credential Program as a privilege and is grateful for the impact the program has on increasing nonprofit capacity and sustainability. Jill joined UNA in May of 2017 after years in the financial services industry. She’s as quick to pull out a spreadsheet as she is an obscure reference – making her communications and unlikely amalgam of statistics and unexpected comparisons. Jill holds an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. She is a fan of the Green Bay Packers by birth and fan of University of Kentucky Basketball by marriage.

    When not at work you'll find her in the mountains hiking with her dogs, friends, and family or skiing enthusiastically (but sadly for Jill, never expertly).


  • Director of Community Relationships
    Phone: (801) 596-1800 x1

    Brandy joined the UNA team in November 2018 and is the Director of Community Relationships. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Utah and is proud to be the first college graduate in her family. Throughout her education and professional experience, Brandy has been dedicated to being a positive impact in the world. Her work in the nonprofit community has led her to her life's passion: making our world a safe and happy one. Prior to joining the UNA team, Brandy managed statewide membership services, created trainings, managed large events, helped to shape organizational policy, and contributed to strategic planning efforts.

    If she is not out in the community connecting and helping, you can find her travelling with her partner and best friend! From road trips to flights around the world Brandy loves to land in unfamiliar places and then immerse herself in the culture and community.

  • Operations and Conference Manager
    Phone: (801) 596-1800 x3


    Alison joined UNA in July 2018 as the Program Support Coordinator and continues her role at UNA as Operations and Conference Manager. Alison brings a wide range of marketing and public relations expertise to UNA. She has a keen attention to detail and a love for all things planning and logistics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Westminster College and an Associate Degree in Humanities from Salt Lake Community College. Alison has been a part of the nonprofit world for many years from her very first internship at International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) to volunteering for Utah Youth Village, MOMS Club® International, and holding a board position on her children's school PTA.

    Alison is passionate about water and air conservation as well as the protection of public lands and culturally significant historic sites. Outside of work she enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors, working in her garden, improving her baking skills, and spending time with her husband and two boys.


  • Public Policy Coordinator
    Phone: (801) 596-1800 x5

    As UNA’s Public Policy Coordinator, Collyn brings passion and expertise to his work on behalf of Utah’s nonprofit community. Brought on in April 2019, he joined team UNA with experience working for both city and state government, a Provo women’s advocacy group, political campaigns, having volunteered for various nonprofits, and married a nonprofit founder.

    Collyn is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the entire nonprofit community. He researches legislation and regulations that have wide impact on nonprofits, analyzes public policy options, meets with elected officials, designs advocacy training and events for nonprofits, and carries out UNA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Strategy. Collyn’s work unifies, strengthens, and elevates Utah’s nonprofit community.

    Collyn received a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University with a minor in civic engagement. He is currently attending Westminster College for his M.A. in community leadership.

  • Southern Utah Networking Coordinator

    Dawn McLain is the Owner of Write It Up!, a small, full-service advertising agency that focuses on the unique needs of small to medium companies and nonprofit organizations for the past 25 years.

    Write It Up! combines a philanthropic philosophy and spirit with a true passion for supporting charitable organizations that improve our quality of life and build better communities for everyone. We celebrate opportunities that enable our team to provide key marketing, PR services and strategies to the nonprofit sector in order to create success and sustainability for the many vital programs they provide.

    Dawn has been heavily involved in both print and television media throughout her career. As a respected professional she has led many educational programs on marketing, media and public relations to nonprofit agencies and the business community.

    Dawn has been a published author since 1986, when her poetry first appeared in Young Kansas Writers. Since that time, she has written a children’s book, Too Much for Dinner, and written/reported for many newspapers, magazines, online news forums, television, radio, blogs and various other media outlets.