UNA's Nonprofit Leader Awards

UNA's Nonprofit Leader Awards

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 Nonprofit Award Winners

2019 Outstanding Nonprofit Leader
Linda C. 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 Leader
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. 


2018 Nonprofit Leader Awardees

 2018 Emerging Nonprofit LeaderAndreaHimoff Web
Andrea Himoff, Executive Director of Action Utah

Andrea Himoff is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Action Utah, a nonpartisan community advocacy organization boosting civic engagement in Utah. Prior to that, Andrea was an award-winning independent film producer and screenwriter. She also wrote the environmental blog Everyday Earthiness. Andrea graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.




2018 Outstanding Nonprofit Leader
HeatherChase WebHeather Chase, Executive Director of The Haven

Ms. Chase has been affiliated with The Haven both personally and professionally since 2004. Ms. Chase was hired on as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor in 2007 and has held multiple titles since working for The Haven including Case Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Therapist and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Chase helped develop the Transitional/Sober Living Program in 2008 and has been the lead facilitator, which encompassed a variety of unique roles. Heather Chase was appointed Executive Director of The Haven in January of 2016, due to her professional abilities and expertise in the field of Behavioral Health. 

Heather Chase graduated from the University of Utah with her Master’s Degree in Forensic Social Work in 2015. Ms. Chase earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2014 and completed the Substance Use Disorder Counseling Program at the University of Utah in 2008.


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