Staff & Board
Board of Trustees
The Children's Center has a 27-member board of trustees that meets 10 times per fiscal year (July-June). Trustees serve on a non-paid volunteer basis and are drawn from a broad professional and community base. Their duties include policy, financial oversight, and fundraising, as well as long-range planning. Trustees are not involved in general management or clinical oversight.
Mikelle Moore, Chair
Adria Swindle, Chair Elect
Kara Rogers, Treasurer
Davis Mullholand, Secretary
Amy de la Garza
Amy Gallivan Damico
Alexandra Von Maack
Our current staff is comprised of 85 employees. These employees range from therapeutic preschool specialists to licensed psychologists and licensed clinical social workers.
Douglas F. Goldsmith, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Goldsmith has worked with the preschool population in a clinical setting for more than 25 years. Dr. Goldsmith has lectured widely along the Wasatch Front and participated with many organizations to develop strategies for providing a variety of services to young children and their families. He has published several articles on the application of attachment theory to clinical practice and a book titled, Attachment Theory in Clinical work with Children: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice. Dr. Goldsmith holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Utah in the departments of Educational Psychology, Psychology, and Psychiatry.
Claire Anderson, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Anderson started volunteering at The Children's Center at the age of 14, and after graduating high school, began working at The Children's Center as a therapeutic preschool specialist. Dr. Andersen completed medical school through the University of Utah. For her general psychiatry residency, Claire attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed research on different therapeutic preschools operating in the United States. Dr. Andersen completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UC San Diego, with unique experiences working with families using the evidence-based Incredible Years parenting curriculum, and organizing a treatment group for 5-6 year olds with behavior problems. After completing her training in 2015, Claire worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in one of the county mental health clinics in New Zealand, working with children of the native Maori population.
Sharon Blackburn - Business Director, Kearns Location
Karen Hansen, M.B.A. - Administrative Director
Kristine Johnson - Office Manager, Salt Lake City Location
Alda Jones, M.A. - Program Director, Early Childhood Consultation and Training Program
Joelle Kanshepolsky - Director of Development and Communication
Lori Krasny, M.S., CCC-SLP - Autism Services Director
Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, BCBA-D - Director of Clinical Services, Kearns location
Kami Neves, LCMHC - Director of Children's Services, Salt Lake City location
Devon Musson Rose, LCSW - Director of Clinical Services, Salt Lake City Location
Michelle Vo, M.D. - Psychiatrist, Salt Lake City location
Malinda Freitag, LCMHC
Amy Gaugh, LCSW
Katherine Gardiner, LCMHC, RPT-S
Linda Green-Baskett, LCMHC
Julia Lidgard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Alison Lehner, CSW
McCall Lyon, Psy.D
Cynthia Martinez, Psy.D
Kristin Pruett, SLP
Maggie Sandack, CSW
Eve Smith, LCSW
Jennifer Wehan, M.S. Ed
Patty Wollberg, M.S.