Laurie Hopkins

Executive Director

Laurie Hopkins

Laurie Hopkins has spent 15 years in the non-profit sector avidly serving communities with a visionary, strategic, and people-oriented approach. Prior to joining the Shelter the Homeless team, Laurie served for five years as Executive Director of Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum where she completed a multi-year, multi-million dollar museum revitalization campaign. Prior to her time at Discovery Gateway, she served as Managing Director for Sundance Institute, overseeing many critical areas of operations and administration for nine years and built a strong track record with the nonprofit arts and culture world. Ms. Hopkins holds a M.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on Economics from John Hopkins University, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Redlands in California. Laurie has served on non-profit boards including the SLCo ZAP Operating Committee Executive Board, Public Arts advisory boards in the Park City area, and volunteers extensively for Swaner Nature Preserve, the Peace House, Lion’s Heart Teen Service, Girls Scouts of Utah, and local schools.

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.