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CAP Utah Staff

Nissa Newton, Executive Director

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Nissa Newton is excited to work with the nine Community Action Agencies in the state, providing resources and support, working towards ending poverty in Utah. Nissa served eight years in the military. She was in the US Army Band at Fort McClellan, Alabama and served as a Personnel Service Sergeant in the Oregon National Guard in Bend, Oregon. After which, Nissa spent an additional eight years as a Montessori teacher in Oregon and California. Nissa spent five years as the Director of Development for Fullerton College Foundation, performing extensive networking and outreach in the community, raising funds. Prior to coming to CAP Utah, Nissa was the Director of Admissions at Woodinville Montessori School in Bothell, Washington. Nissa received her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University Monterey Bay in 2013. Nissa enjoys singing jazz standards, composing ballads and playing the oboe and piano. She currently resides in West Jordan with her husband, two children and their dog.

Rachel Gregson, State Director of Asset Development Programs

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Rachel oversees the VITA (free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families) program, coordinates with community partners to provide financial education and asset development opportunities in conjunction with VITA efforts, and pursues and develops other asset development initiatives within the scope of the community action mission. Rachel is also integral in planning the Annual Conference on Poverty and Awards Luncheon. Rachel has extensive experience in education and has been a teacher in both middle school and high school. She has also worked in higher education as a student mentor primarily coaching and encouraging non traditional college students in their educational pursuits. A mother of three, she is also a lover of travel, reading, and home improvement.

Greg McDonald, Regional Coordinator and State Trainer

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Greg McDonald runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties as part of the Earn It. Keep It. Save It. coalition and provides training for VITA staff and volunteers statewide. He manages 200 volunteers completing over 6000 yearly tax returns for low- to middle-income clients. Greg joined Community Action Partnership of Utah in December, 2011. Prior to being hired as a full-time employee at CAP Utah, Greg was one of many dedicated VITA volunteers with over 10 years experience preparing income tax returns for hundreds of VITA clients. Greg worked in high tech manufacturing as an Operations Director in Utah and Great Britain. He is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.