Home & Family
Utah is well known for being a family-oriented state, but more efforts and initiatives can be implemented to help Utah women and girls thrive in greater measure. Our spoke is focused on equity in home and family relationships. Equity is a quality and sense of fairness and impartiality. Our particular focus is on equitable relationships in the areas of decision making and action taking, caregiving responsibilities, domestic and emotional labor, communication, and sex. Our purpose is to encourage and support women and girls in all types of families and as individuals.
Exec. Director, Family Place Utah
Sheryl Goodey is the Executive Director of The Family Place Utah, a nonprofit that strengthens families and protects children. She has a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Utah State University and is currently finishing an MBA as well.
Board, UT Marriage Commission
Tiffiney Christiansen is a Board Member for the Utah Marriage Commission as she is committed to preserving and honoring marriage. Her professional career has been in marketing and sales; she is currently the Vice President of Marketing at the Leavitt Group.
Lisa Stoddard-Reeves graduated from BYU with a BA in humanities is currently doing graduate studies in religion and society with an interest in women's issues in religion and society, healthy sexuality and mindfulness. She is the owner and co-owner of several companies in the state.
JaLee Clarke has served in professional leadership roles with strategic initiatives, executives’ advisor, human resources, and advisor relations. She sits on the Board of Governors for Heritage Schools, a relationship-based, residential school for youth.
Bold Vision & Goals
To make Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive, the Home & Family spoke leaders and partners have crafted the vision and goals below. Spoke leadership and UWLP team members are currently working to collect baseline data that will assist in adding numbers to the changes we want to see by 2026 and 2030.Vision: To ensure that all girls and women thrive in their homes and families through healthy relationships and equitable partnerships.
- Increase awareness of relational power dynamics in decision making and action taking. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable relationship power in decision making and action taking. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase awareness of inequities in caring for children and aging parents or other relatives. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable partnerships within the domain of caregiving. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase awareness of domestic labor inequities. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable partnerships within the domain of domestic labor. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase awareness of emotional labor inequities. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable partnerships within the domain of emotional labor. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase understanding of equitable communication between partners, including respect, conflict negotiation and resolution, and mitigating power imbalances. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase understanding of equitable communication in family systems, including respect, conflict negotiation and resolution, and mitigating power imbalances. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable partnerships within the domain of communication and conflict management/resolution. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase women’s understanding of their own sexuality. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase equitable partnerships within the domain of sexuality. [Data forthcoming]
- Increase education about relationship power imbalances for influencers (e.g., clergy, therapists). [Data forthcoming]
- Chelom Leavitt, JD/PhD
- Kara Church
Get Engaged: Ways to get engaged include volunteering to be a leader or a member of a working group with family relationships (parenting, extended families, stepfamilies, single families, motherhood) or couple relationships (sex, money, communication, dating, domestic labor). Thank you for your interest!