Troy has over a decade experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. Troy was the community affairs director of 90.9 FM KRCL for ten years. He was the executive producer and host of RadioActive. He created and produced Now Queer This, which aired on KRCL from 2006-2007. His work has been featured in Salon, The Nation, Interview Magazine, The Gay Times and OUT Magazine. In 2010 the Salt Lake Tribune dubbed him "the gay mayor of Salt Lake City." Troy has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, State of the (Re) Union, CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and the 2012 SHOWTIME special Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion and Sex. In 2009 he co-wrote the one-woman show, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon. Troy won Utah Broadcaster Association awards in both 2013 and 2014. He was the recipient of the 2013 Allies Award from Equality Utah. Troy was also the producer on the TLC original series Breaking the Faith.
Nicole's work in the US House for the past five years makes her ready for just about anything. Her experience in government and non-profit sectors brings a skill set to Equality Utah that is critical at this juncture. Nicole has broad experience in local outreach, building community networks and managing organizational needs. Nicole also worked on marriage equality statewide, managing the Utah Unites for Marriage campaign coalition and partnernering with community allies to build support for the freedom to marry across the state.
Community Programs Manager
Owen Smith, Manager of Community Programs, applies his time, talent and savvy to our programmatic work. Owen is an expert in trans* organizing and messaging, leadership development, capacity and coalition building, field organizing and directing, community education and empowerment and has brought significant expertise to our nondiscrimination efforts. Owen joined us in 2013 after years of service at Equality Maryland, where he worked to pass marriage, the md dream act and transgender specific nondiscrimination laws and elect fair-minded lawmakers.
Preston Hilburn is tasked with volunteer outreach, training and engagement in his role as Field Coordinator for Equality Utah. After joining the staff for the intensive legislative campaign in 2013 - 2014 he joined our full time staff and currently engages and mobilizes the LGBT community of Utah and our allies around issues, and empowers the community to participate in the civic process. Preston is also tasked with continuing our states progress towards equality by gaining traction in key legislative districts through the passage of municipal non-discrimination ordinances. Through his continued work in these key legislative districts, Preston also develops local leaders, further progressing our efforts towards equality.
Member Relations Coordinator
Sara Jade Woodhouse
Sara Jade Woodhouse brings with her years of experience working with Pioneer Theatre Company in their Development Division. Coordinating Opening Night Galas, building close relationships with donors, volunteers, staff and artists, maintaining a vast database of donors, subscribers and individual ticket purchasers helped prepare her for the job of Membership Relations Coordinator at Equality Utah. She has fostered deep connections with the LGBT community and has used her educational roots to build understanding between the LGBT and Straight communities. These skills, along with her attention to detail, ensure timely communication with supporters and accurate reporting on all member records.