Meet the Staff at the Sanderson Center

Sanderson Center:

Marilyn Call, Director

Marilyn Call, Director

Director – Marilyn Call L.C.S.W.: I began working for DSDHH in 1992 as the program director shortly before the Taylorsville center opened. My interests in working in this field stem from raising two daughters who were born profoundly deaf, and my experiences living with a “teen age” onset progressive hearing loss (now severe).  I was appointed as the Division Director in Jan 2002.  I love to advocate for improved services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals as well as all people with disabilities at Legislature. I also enjoy teaching others how to become advocates in the political process. I have great appreciation for the great Deaf/HH advocates who came before us. Our lives with hearing loss are much easier because of their advocacy. Please email or call me if you have any ideas about what we can do to better meet your needs.


Jorie Hill, Facility Coordination

Jorie Hill, Facility Coordination

Jorie Hill:  I am the Facility Coordinator.  I have been with the Sanderson Center since 1987 and have worked for four administrations from Beth Ann Campbell, Gene Stewart, Rusty Wales, to Marilyn Call. I enjoy working in an inclusive environment with good staff who have diverse skills and abilities, but set differences aside to work together towards a common goal of providing services to individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing-encouraging independence and success at work, home and play.  I cherish the wonderful clients and the variety of activities of which I am able to participate.


Mitch Moyers, Outreach and Technology Program Director

Mitch Moyers, Outreach and Technology Program Director

Mitch Moyers: I am the Outreach and Assistive Technology Program Director. I started working at the Sanderson Community Center in October of 2001. I really enjoy that variety of work that my job brings; everything from teaching to learning about accommodations, services, and technology. I enjoy presenting and teaching others about technology and emerging technology to provide a better life to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As well as presenting solutions to work and home place barriers. I hope that Utah will be known as “The Place” for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing to live without barriers to communication.


Eleanor McCowan, Deaf Program Director

Eleanor McCowan, Deaf Program Director

Eleanor McCowan: I am the Program Director of the Deaf and have worked here for 9 years.  It is and has always been a terrific center where all kinds of people come for all kinds of reasons from meeting us and getting services to participating in the workshops/classes to events of all types.  It is the best center in the United States — even may be the best in the world!


Robin Traveller, Hard of Hearing Specialist

Robin Traveller, Hard of Hearing Specialist

RobinTraveller: I am the Hard of Hearing Specialist, I have a BA in Social Sciences. I have worked at the Center for 4 years.  Being an excellent listener, I love to help people dealing with their hearing loss.  I’m always finding ways to help all of thepeople that I meet including assistive technology.  I love to learn new technology and put them into good use.  My real hobby at the Deaf Centeris teaching quilting to Deaf quilters.


Joene Nicolaisen, LPC, LVRC, Case Manager

Joene Nicolaisen, LPC, LVRC, Case Manager

Joene Nicolaisen: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC.  I have a Master’s degree and am licensed with the State of Utah to provide mental health counseling. I have worked at the Sanderson Center since October 2002. Before my job here, I worked with the Utah State Division of Services to People with Disabilities as a support coordinator. What I enjoy the most about my job is seeing people get the help they need to become more self sufficient. I also enjoy my co-workers!


Kimberly Thornsberry, MS, CRC, Case Manager

Kimberly Thornsberry, MS, CRC, Case Manager

Kim Thornsberry: I am a Case Manager at the Deaf Center. I have a BA in Psychology, BS in Family and Consumer Studies and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf.  I have worked at the Sanderson Community Center since July 2007.  It is a place where I feel appreciated, it is rare to find a Deaf center like this in other states, I have never found one like it in the states that I have been to.


Annette Stewart, LCSW

Annette Stewart: I began working at the Sanderson Center as a mental health counselor in 1999.  In 2004, I became certified as a Benefit Planning Advocacy and Outreach planner for people who have SSI/SSDI.  Annette provides individual, family, and couple counseling as well as Social Security benefit planning.  I have my BS and MS in social work.  I meet with clients Tuesday through Friday in the evenings.  I enjoy seeing the Sanderson Center become alive with community events in the evenings.


Edie McCormick, Office Manager

Edie McCormick, Office Manager

Edie McCormick: I am the Office Manager at the Sanderson Center.  I started working here in the fall of 2008.  I love the atmosphere at the Deaf center, the people who visit are amazing and the staff is the finest, always working to improve.  My first week, I learned that the Deaf refer to the Sanderson Center as their second home, and you quickly feel that sense of home when you are here.


Jessica Applegate, Office Specialist and Building Scheduler

Office Specialist and Building Scheduler


April Trocki, Receptionist and Director of First Impressions

April Trocki, Receptionist and Director of First Impressions

April Trocki: I am the Front desk Secretary. I have worked at the Sanderson Center full time since October 2005.  I have an AAS degree from SLCC. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing familiar faces, helping them with their needs.  I love to make visitors feel comfortable coming in as if it is their “Home”. 


Adam Shewell, Building and Grounds Supervisor

Adam Shewell, Building and Grounds Supervisor

Adam Shewell: I am the Building and Grounds supervisor responsible for grounds maintenance, interior maintenance and coordinating repairs with the Division of Facility Construction and Management. 


Eduard Santiago, Electronics Specialist

Eduard Santiago, Electronics Specialist

Eduard Santiago: I have worked at the Sanderson Center as an electronic specialist since 2007.  I was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Florida.  I graduated at RIT with my Bachelor degree in Information Technical. I enjoy working with all technology here at the Deaf center.


Julio Enriquez, Maintenance

Julio Enriquez, Maintenance

Julio Enriquez: I have recently taken over as janitor responsible for cleanliness of the Sanderson Center.  I help the building grounds supervisor with yard care and help staff organize and prepare for activities at the center.  Prior to moving to Utah I worked at Disneyland in California where I learned how to keep a facility clean and nice for visitors like you.


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