Our Team

matt-smMatthew Slonaker, J.D., Executive Director 
Born, raised, and educated in the Rocky Mountains, Matt became UHPP’s executive director in September 2013. Educated at the University of Montana, he took an early interest in policy and government, first studying political science and economics, then going on to complete a law degree. Shortly after law school, Matt joined Governor Brian Schweitzer’s budget team in Helena working as an economist and tax policy analyst.  Washington, DC was the next career stop when Matt began work for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus.  While serving as nonprofits policy adviser and outreach coordinator, Matt had the opportunity to work on two pieces of landmark legislation: the Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Matt went from staffer to advocate upon taking a position in New York City at Care for the Homeless.  At Care for the Homeless, he helped coordinate a coalition of providers of health care for the homeless in dealing with vast changes to state Medicaid policy.  Happy to again be working in the West, Matt is working hard with his team and partners in the community to develop strategies that strengthen Utah’s health care system. Email: Matt

jason-smJason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director 
Jason Stevenson joined UHPP in November 2012 to manage the organization’s public outreach, social media, and communications strategies and to engage key advocates on healthcare reform. Most recently, Jason worked as a staff editor at Backpackerand Outside magazines. He began his writing career in Washington, D.C. covering politics on Capitol Hill, and he continues to work as a freelance writer and editor. Prior to becoming a journalist, Jason worked in Boston as an economic development consultant focusing on inner-city communities in the U.S. and Great Britain. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and received a postgraduate fellowship to study history at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh. Jason and his wife Jackie, a family physician, live in Salt Lake City along with their two sons and an energetic Australian cattle dog. Email: Jason

 

Randal Serr, Take Care Utah Director Randal2-sm
Randal is the Director of Take Care Utah, a network of organizations helping connect people to health insurance. He has worked at Utah Health Policy Project for over two years. Randal received a BA in Political Science from BYU and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Utah. He also studied Spanish at the University of Valencia, Spain. Before coming to UHPP, he worked with the homeless and low-income populations for three years at Fourth Street Clinic in client services and Central City Community Health Center as an enrollment specialist. Email: Randal
Micah Vorwaller, J.D., Health Policy Analyst 16-08-Micah-headshot-300-sq
Micah joined UHPP in June 2016 as the Health Policy Analyst. Prior to UHPP, Micah worked for a law firm where he practiced complex civil litigation—predominantly in corporate and commercial settings. Micah has maintained a serious interest in science, medicine, and healthcare during his studies and career. A graduate of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, Micah extended his interests beyond the classroom, serving as Student Director of the Medical-Legal Pro Bono Clinic at the South Main Health Clinic, and as a Biolaw Research Fellow for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences. Micah is also a member and contributing author for the Privacy, Access, and Engagement Task Force of the Libretto Consortium of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, San Francisco, CA. In addition to being a licensed attorney and a member of both the Utah State Bar and American Bar Association’s Health Law Sections, Micah has also published several articles on healthcare reform in peer-reviewed journals. In his new capacity at UHPP, Micah represents Utah’s underserved healthcare consumers and works on issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to health system transformation. Email: Micah
Alyse Horton, Administrative Assistant 16-08-Alyse-headshot-300-sq
Alyse joined UHPP in August of 2016 to manage the organization’s administration and accounting operations. She is a recent graduate of Westminster College with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Business. Alyse’s work at UHPP allows her to pursue her goal of working in nonprofit and health administration at an organization which provides healthcare access to underserved populations. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Alyse spent her college years playing collegiate volleyball. She continues to play in volleyball and basketball leagues across the valley and spends much of her time outdoors and with her family.
Email: Alyse
Luis Rios, Navigator luis-sm
Luis Rios is a Navigator and Volunteer Coordinator at UHPP, where he helps individuals and families sign up for health insurance. He first came to UHPP through AmeriCorps in 2013, where he focused on lowering the uninsured rate for Utah children by enrolling them in Medicaid and CHIP as part of United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Neighborhood program. After his one-year term with AmeriCorps, Luis joined the enrollment team at UHPP as a navigator and volunteer coordinator for Take Care Utah. Luis is one of the most experienced navigators in the state, where he primarily serves Utah’s Hispanic community, while also assisting individuals leaving the criminal justice system. As a volunteer coordinator, Luis organizes students from the University of Utah to assist Take Care Utah with the program’s outreach efforts. Luis is currently a student at the LDS Business College. He and his wife live in Tooele with their two daughters, a dog and three ducks. Email: Luis 
Eric Armstrong, Navigator  16-08-Eric-headshot-300-sq
Eric was born in Sandy and has spent most of his life in Utah. He earned a B.S. in Human Services from University of Phoenix and was previously a case worker for the Division of Child and Family Services. As a health insurance Navigator, Eric enjoys helping the underserved populations in Salt Lake and Summit counties access the care that they need.
Eric and his wife have two little girls who take up most of their time. They are also active in live theater and are frequently seen on stage at the Off Broadway Theater in Salt Lake, and the Hale Center Theatre in West Valley where they met 11 years ago. Eric has also performed for twelve years with Laughing Stock, Utah’s longest-running improv comedy troupe, and he hopes his sense of humor helps people get the care they need with a smile. Email: Eric
julie-smJulie Contreras, Navigator
Julie was born in Chicago, IL, grew up most of her life in Mexico City and for the last 15 years she’s resided in Utah. She is finishing her general education at SLCC with hopes of embarking on the social work field. Because of her desire to empower and inform communities about health issues, she decided to join the UHPP team (through AmeriCorps) in 2015 to help and guide the underserved through the lengthy and sometimes complicated process of medical insurance enrollment. Starting in 2016 she began work as a navigator at UHPP. Julie, her husband, and her four children live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Email: Julie 
Rachel McCarty, Certified Application Counselor (AmeriCorps)
Rachel joined UHPP in June 2016 as an AmeriCorps member. She is a Certified Application Counselor. Rachel has a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Tech. Previously, she worked with people with disabilities and facilitated patient assistance long-term care Medicaid services in Virginia. Rachel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China from 2013-2015 and taught English at Dingxi Teacher’s College in Gansu province. She is currently a graduate student, pursuing a joint Master of Public Policy/Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah. Email: Rachel 
 Laura Holdrege, CHIP and Medicaid Enrollment Coordinator 16-08-Laura-headshot-300-sq
Laura joined UHPP in July 2016 to increase the number of Latino children and families enrolled in healthcare coverage. She is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a major in Social Work and a minor in Management Studies. Most recently Laura served with AmeriCorps to direct the Read. Graduate. Succeed. program at Roosevelt Elementary School in the Granite School District–managing 125 long-term volunteer tutors. She has also worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the American Cancer Society, and interned at Adjacent Consulting during her time in Utah. Fluent in German, Laura also speaks conversational Spanish and French. On weekends she enjoys playing sports and hiking in the Utah mountains. Email: Laura

Christina Harline, Certified Application Counselor (AmeriCorps) 
Christina began working for UHPP in October of 2016 as an Americorps member and certified application counselor. Prior to joining UHPP, Christina earned a B.S. in Health Science with an emphasis in Health Promotions from Brigham Young University -Idaho. She has worked as an intern and volunteer in Cajamarca, Peru, organizing health education classes focused on wellness assessments and nutrition counseling. Born and raised in Texas, she has a passion for helping others in the fields of health education and medicine, and she is currently working on her prerequisites for nursing school. Email: Christina