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.
Barbara Muñoz works closely with the nine Community Action Agencies throughout Utah to understand the needs of all of our local communities to determine policy-based solutions to alleviate poverty in our state. Barbara also develops our annual poverty report, helps to organize the Annual Conference on Poverty, and collaborates with other policy analysts and advocates in Utah to help inform lawmakers about the needs of those whose voice isn't always heard. Her previous work with underserved populations includes advocacy, case management, communications, and information and referral. She also spent nearly ten years working as an on-air personality at local radio stations. Barbara holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Utah where she also received her bachelor's degree in communication. She and her husband live in Taylorsville with their Labrador retriever and love hiking in Utah's spectacular mountains, canyons, and desserts as much as humanly possible.
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 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.