Preston L. Cochrane

Executive Director

Preston L. Cochrane

Preston L. Cochrane is the Executive Director of Shelter the Homeless. He is the former CEO of American Research Bureau and President/CEO of AAA Fair Credit Foundation. Preston is an EY Social Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Utah Best of State award recipient.

Cochrane has channeled much of his energies and resources into initiating and implementing numerous financial capability and economic inclusion initiatives, including: Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education, Utah Saves, Utah Individual Development Account Network, Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, ConsumerCents, Finance in the Classroom, Don’t Borrow Trouble (Utah Region), Housing Education Coalition of Utah, Utah Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce and Earn It. Keep It. Save It.

Active in community and industry affairs, Cochrane has served on the board of directors of the Financial Counseling Association of America, America Saves, BizWorld Foundation, United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Housing Coalition, Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Utah Nonprofits Association, Pachyonychia Congenita (PC) Project, Somos Foundation, Zions Bank Community Advisory Board, and the Salt Lake Community College Accounting/Finance/Credit Program Advisory Committee. Cochrane served as a regional judge for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Deseret News Sterling Scholars, Daniels Fund Scholars, and Somos Foundation Scholars.

Cochrane is a University of Utah alumnus, Certified Personal Finance Counselor, Certified Applied Behavioral Master Coach, and Certified ISO 9001 Internal Quality Management Systems Auditor. He speaks Vietnamese, is an Eagle Scout, and Beta Theta Pi alumnus. A native of Salt Lake City, Cochrane and his wife have four children.

Amy Russell

Associate Director

Amy Russell

In joining the Shelter the Homeless team as Associate Director, Amy Russell brings with her 17 years of experience working with individuals and families experiencing homelessness or living in low-income housing. Most recently, Amy worked at the YWCA Utah, serving homeless victims of domestic violence. As a member of the development department, Amy began her work there as a grant writer and was later promoted to become their Major Gift’s Officer. During her tenure at YWCA, Amy was part of the capital campaign team that raised over $20 million to build two new family shelters and one direct service building. She was also integral in the creation of the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, an innovative service model, where co-located, wrap-around services are provided for all victims of domestic violence in our community, not just those living in the YWCA Shelters. The Family Justice Center has increased both victim safety and offender accountability.

Despite her strong background in fundraising, Amy thinks of herself first as a social worker. After graduate school, she spent the first few years of her career doing case management for the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake. Those experiences, working one-on-one with low-income families, still influence her perspectives today. When Amy’s children were very young, she switched over to become a part-time grant writer at the Housing Authority. From there, she moved on to become a free-lance grant writer, working for various non-profit agencies in the Salt Lake area. During this time period, Amy was twice contracted by the Salt Lake County Homeless Coordinating Council to direct the sub-committees and write the consolidated application for the HUD Continuum of Care Grant, which provides essential federal funding for agencies in Salt Lake County that serve the homeless. As a grant writer, Amy’s work brought in tens of millions of dollars to social service agencies in the Salt Lake community.

Amy received both her Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Utah. Amy was involved in student government and served on the first full Student Leadership Board of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. Amy and her husband live in Salt Lake City and have four children.

Kristina Olivas

Operations Manager

Kristina Olivas

Kristina joins the Shelter the Homeless team with over 5 years of nonprofit experience, most recently working with Catholic Community Services of Utah where she served in multiple roles including Billings Coordinator, Interpreter Supervisor and Mental Health Coordinator. Kristina’s position provided her the opportunity to work with a broad range of individuals and organizations.

Kristina is receiving her Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from University of Utah with a specific interest in social justice advocacy and social policy. She plans to continue to her education and pursue a masters in public administration and social work. Kristina is a native of Salt Lake City.