The Utah Prisoner Advocate Network’s organizers consist of individuals who possess a wide range of various skill sets and have first-hand experience with Utah’s criminal justice system. Most of whom have (or have had) a loved one incarcerated at any one of Utah’s numerous jails or prisons. They share a common frustration in the perceived lack of supportive resources for their families as well as the need for criminal justice reform. Utah’s prison families are often at the forefront of grassroots reform movements—having to suddenly adjust and navigate a new world of criminal justice rules and regulations when their loved one has been sentenced to jail time. Banded together these individuals have formed an organization that helps to address these needs, and the community has responded with their ongoing support.
UPAN Board of Directors
Molly G. Prince, LCSW
UPAN President & Treasurer
Recognizing the tremendous need for educating Utah inmate family and friends about the new challenges that arise when a loved one is incarcerated—Molly Prince founded the grassroots non-profit organization, UPAN along with Heather Fabian in 2012. As a licensed therapist in the State of Utah, Molly knows first-hand about the struggles inmates and their families face when trying to navigate the criminal justice system. Molly draws upon her vast experience, expertise, knowledge of community resources, and industry contacts to coordinate community outreach efforts through regular monthly meetings. She arranges guest speakers, and coordinates with other like-minded organization leaders to meet common goals. Molly is a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform and transparency within government agencies. Molly provides leadership and guidance by setting goals and directives to be carried out by the UPAN Board of Directors.
Molly Prince is an experienced Therapist / Owner at the Center for Individual Responsibility dba CIRCLE Treatment. Through a variety of approaches and modalities, she assists individuals in working through personal challenges and relationship issues in order to reach their highest potential. Molly also works with mandated clients. She accepts several insurances and has a sliding fee scale for cash clients.
UPAN Vice President
Shauna Denos is the UPAN Vice President. Shauna and her husband Rusty have been supporting UPAN since it's inception. As Vice President, Shauna assists UPAN President Molly Prince with the day-to-day administrative tasks ranging from answering letters in the general mailbox, to answering emails, to assisting with meeting arrangements. Shauna represents UPAN at various joint meetings with prison officials and other non-profit organizations.
As UPAN Secretary Mike arranges meeting venues, keeps detailed notes of meeting minutes, and assists Molly in administering the monthly meetings. Mike assists Shauna in coordinating the mailing of newsletters and holiday cards to inmates with UPAN volunteers. Mike attends various extracurricular events on behalf of UPAN as well.
UPAN Committee Members
UPAN Support Staff
UPAN Newsletter Director
Warren Rosenbaum plays a critical role as UPAN's Newsletter Editor. He assists UPAN President Molly Prince in writing and editing articles to fit within the limited 10-page format. In addition to the monthly meetings, the newsletter is UPAN's primary means of educating the public with current events happening within Utah's criminal justice system and specifically the Department of Corrections. Warren pays attention to painstaking details to ensure the content is as accurate as possible before publication.
UPAN Director of Communications
Shane Severson joined the UPAN cause in 2013. Shane is responsible for the design and maintenance of the UPAN website, writing blog articles, managing email lists, executing social media campaigns at the direction of the UPAN Board of Directors. As an assistant to Molly Prince, he also helps with public relations, media inquiries, and answers contact emails. He brings an expert knowledge of communications, design, marketing, and sales to the UPAN cause. Shane has a unique perspective on how to best communicate advocacy messages to the public.