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Patient and Family Support Team

Patient and Family Support team members help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. Services include the following:
  • Meeting with individuals, couples, and families
  • Teaching stress reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process
  • Collaborating and consulting with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
  • Assisting with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
  • Helping with advance health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney

Patient and Family Support Manager
Amy Horyna, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-4592

Blood and Marrow Transplant 4th Floor
Jessica Rivera, LCSW, 801-213-5612 OSW-C

Blood and Marrow Transplant Outpatient
Debra Ayer, CSW 801-213-4283

Breast Cancer
Lisa Gauchay, LCSW, OSW-C 801-585-0212
Annie Nebeker, PhD, LCSW 801-213-4393
Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609 (for Dr. Khong)

Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Angelique Colemere, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-4732
Victoria Pineiro, CSW 801-213-5609

Gynecological Cancer
Jen Mijangos, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-4761

Head and Neck Cancer
Royce Brown, LCSW, 801-213-5651

Hematological Cancer, Leukemia, and Lymphoma
Nicole Fenwick, LCSW, 801-213-5659

Inpatient 4th Floor, Medical Oncology, HCH
April Carlson, LCSW, 801-587-4397
Sara Bybee, LCSW, 801-213-5712

Inpatient 4th Floor Hematology, HCH
Sarah Gillo, CSW, 801-213-6101

Inpatient 5th Floor, HCH
Virginia Wilson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C 801-587-9208

Intensive Care Unit
Erin Gibson, LCSW 801-213-4361
Emily Rousseau, CSW 801-587-4665

Lung Cancer
Nichole Robinson, LCSW, OSW-C , 801-585-9150

Multiple Myeloma
Nico Cheek O'Donnell, LCSW, 801-587-4695

Mariah Rist, CSW, 801-581-2585

Amy Horyna, LCSW, OSW-C, 801-587-4592

South Jordan Oncology Social WorkerLaurie Coleman, LCSW 801-213-5331

Urologic Cancer
Kris Nelson, LCSW, OSW-C, 801-585-0138

Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW, Gabrielle Ernest, CSW, Tammy Zundel, CSW, Logan Prince, CSW and Cortney Nebeker, LCSW, cover as needed. Our team is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please call our Administrative Assistant at 801-213-5699 if you are not able to reach someone.

Financial counselors are available by calling Financial Advocates at 801-213-4331

A chaplain is available to help with spiritual needs 7 days a week by calling 801-213-2484.

Debra Ayer

Debra Ayer, CSW

Debra works with the Huntsman Cancer Institute outpatient Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic.  She provides psychosocial assessments, education, resources and emotional support to cancer patients and their caregivers as they explore and undergo cancer treatment at HCI.  Debra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1989 from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  After a successful career in the private sector, Debra returned to school to pursue a career in counseling and behavioral health obtaining her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2015 with an emphasis in the health care sector. 

Over the past ten years, Debra has worked and volunteered in advocacy, community program development and behavioral health in both outpatient and inpatient settings providing clients and families’ resources and education as well as supportive counseling.  Debra has extensive training on trauma-informed practice for vulnerable populations, in particular women-at-risk. She has served as the Director of Residential Services at Peace House, a Utah-based non-profit women’s shelter, provided individual and group mental health services for substance abuse clients at the House of Hope, behavioral therapy for patients’ with severe and persistent mental illness and grief counseling for parents, caregivers and families experiencing loss.

Debra is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Trauma Informed Care Network and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.  In her free time, Debra enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga and spending time with her family.

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Royce Brown, LCSW

Royce Brown works with Head and Neck Cancer Patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  He earned his master’s degree in Social Work in the Medical Social Work track and Social Work in Substance Abuse emphasis from the University of Utah in 2013. As an undergraduate, he studied Psychology and earned a Baccalaureate of Science in Sociology.

Royce has over 16 years of experience working in Social Services in various settings, organizations, and institutions in Utah, Nevada, and California. Before joining the Huntsman’s Patient and Family Support team, Royce worked in residential substance abuse rehabilitation treatment, inpatient detoxification, intensive outpatient chemical dependency treatment, and in addictions recovery day-treatment. He worked with adolescents, managing and working in group homes, in wilderness therapy, in residential treatment centers and working in and managing afterschool programs. He has worked in mental health crisis services on a crisis line and in residential, partial-hospitalization crisis day-treatment, intensive outpatient, inpatient psychiatric treatment, case management, and he directed a hospital intake department.

In his spare time, Royce enjoys exploring our National Parks with his friends/family, trying new and interesting foods, learning Spanish, and being a new dad.

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Sara Bybee, LCSW

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults providing individual, group and family counseling. She has experience using evidence-based treatments with children and families who have PTSD and other trauma related disorders. Sara has worked in variety of health care settings including emergency medicine, pediatrics, outpatient physical/sexual abuse, long-term care and nursing homes.

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April Carlson, LCSW

April works with the inpatient unit and Spanish-speaking cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  She is bilingual in Spanish and English. April earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. Over the past ten years April has worked as an individual and family therapist with trauma victims and their families. She has also served in a range of community resource positions with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services including: older youth adoption recruitment specialist and multi-disciplinary team member with Stuart House at the Santa Monica-University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Rape Treatment Center. Most recently she has conducted research in Veracruz, Mexico on how religious women overcome adversity.

April came to the social work profession after seven years as an educator serving underprivileged children in the Los Angeles Unified School District, drawn to finding relief and peace through social work for those that grieve. Throughout her career she has mourned and counseled with those experiencing loss and crisis in diverse populations including: the mentally ill, socially and economically vulnerable populations, trauma victims and LGBTQ populations. She favors mindfulness and solution focused therapies that build on an individual’s strengths. A recent transplant from California, April misses the Pacific Ocean, but loves the mountains and the kindness of people on the Wasatch front.

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Reverend Linda Brewer, Chaplain

As HCI's first chaplain, Linda Brewer provides spiritual support for patients, their loved ones, and staff. She has been a health care chaplain for nine years, first at St. Mark's Hospital and subsequently with two different area hospices. As a multi-faith chaplain, she brings no religious agenda of her own but rather looks for how to support each individual in what provides ultimate meaning and comfort to that person. She can provide requested religious rituals or be a liaison with leaders from one's own faith community to help ensure that each person’s spiritual needs are met.

Before coming to chaplaincy, Linda was ordained for a counseling ministry and founded the Kindred Center, a counseling and consulting practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor in that state for 20 years. She is also a licensed spiritual counselor with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

Linda is a two-term past president of the Utah Professional Chaplains Association (UPCA) and is part of the Interfaith Roundtable and the Utah Bereavement Coalition. In 2007, she created the Blue Christmas service, which has become an important annual tradition in the greater Salt Lake community for those who are grieving.

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Laurie Coleman, LCSW
South Jordan

Laurie Coleman is a Psychosocial Oncology Clinician II and works with cancer patients at the South Jordan Huntsman Clinic (SJHC).  She earned her master’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University in 2003.  Laurie spent a summer as an intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, focusing on oncology and care for the whole patient.  Additional education on rural and international social work was received while on a course study in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Prior professional experience involves advocacy, emotional support, individual and family counseling, psychosocial assessments and recommendations, caregiver support, and collaboration with agencies and teams.  She has worked with a variety of social agencies and populations, including at risk youth, disabled, elderly, and families in crisis.  Laurie loves spending time with her family as they hike, bike, ski, and travel together.

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Angelique Colemere, LCSW, OSW-C

Angelique works with gastrointestinal, and patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1996.

For 10 years, Angelique worked at the Department of Human Services as a family therapist, clinical consultant and investigator, pediatric mental health program manager, and most recently communications liaison between the internal agencies in the department throughout the state of Utah. While in private practice, she has also provided individual, group, and couples therapy, as well as clinical supervision to MSW graduates.

Before joining HCI, Angelique worked for 11 years with the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker, where she supported patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She has worked with numerous populations including disabled, elderly, youth, and mentally ill patients. She has also managed the Homeless Youth Resource Center through Volunteers of America, providing services to Utah’s homeless youth.

John Cooper

John Cooper, MS, MDiv

John Cooper is a PRN chaplain at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He has completed two full residencies in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Mark's Hospital, his second residency specializing in research into the efficacy of spiritual care. John did his Masters of Science at the University of Utah in Family Ecology and his Masters of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology. Prior to working in spiritual care, John was a business and marketing manager specializing in products with challenging communication needs. John's areas of interest in spiritual care include articulating the impact of spiritual care on patients, mental health and end of life care.

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Nicole Fenwick, LCSW

Nicole works with patients who are being treated for leukemia, lymphoma, and other types of hematological disorders at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  Nicole received her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nicole’s professional experience includes working in trauma at Primary Children’s Medical Center and Crisis assessment at University Neuropsychiatric Institute and UUMC Emergency Department.  She has also provided individual counseling to teen and adults through Jewish Family Services and been a volunteer faculty member of the University of Utah.  Most recently, she worked with Intermountain Healthcare as the primary social worker on the heart transplant team, developing psychosocial protocols and maintaining an active support group for heart transplant patients.

Nicole’s professional interests include helping patients monitor and maintain their depression and anxiety through CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).  Through her diverse medical experience, she is familiar with many chronic illness and mental health resources in the local area.  Nicole strives to help her patients achieve mind/body balance to navigate their health process. She advocates for them while teaching them how to advocate for themselves as well.

Lisa Gauchay

Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Lisa works with breast cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2006.

At HCI, she provides psychosocial assessment and emotional support to cancer patients and their families, collaborates on a multidisciplinary team to ensure patients and families receive needed services, and provides training to nursing staff and other staff as needed.

She previously worked as a social worker in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She also spent a summer as an intern at the University of Timisoara in Romania, where she visited and worked in a variety of social service agencies. Her work there focused on the psychosocial needs of adolescents suffering from HIV.

Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson, LCSW

Erin works in the ICU at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Her career began in 2005 when she started working as a guide in a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents. She then went on to graduate with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2010.

Erin’s clinical focus centers on treatment of trauma, abuse, eating disorders, crisis intervention and Post-Traumatic Stress. She developed her niche as a trauma centered therapist while she worked as a therapist at the Rape Recovery Center providing mental health therapy services for survivors of sexual assault. Erin also has experience working in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse settings. Currently, in addition to her work at HCI, Erin works at an outpatient clinic where she continues to treat clients with trauma, eating disorders, struggles with sex/ intimacy and complications with life transitions.

Erin strongly believes in the power within every individual to cope and recover from life changing events. Outside of work Erin enjoys spending time with her friends/family, playing outside on skis and bikes and hiking with her dog, Izzy.

Sarah Gillo

Sarah Gillo, CSW

Sarah works with hematology patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2014, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Weber State University in 2013.   Before joining HCI she worked for Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) as a case manager working with children and their families, as they transition from foster care to family reunification.  While attending college, Sarah worked in a residential program for boys as a youth worker for 5 years.  Sarah was born and raised in Kenya, before she moved to America she worked with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in her native country as a project administration manager for 10 years.  Sarah speaks Swahili, and English is her 3rd language.

Amy Horyna

Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Amy is the manager for Patient and Family Support Services for Huntsman Cancer Institute and she provides primary social work support to sarcoma patients. She also has worked with the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Service, Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Service, as well as gynecologic cancer patients and dermatological cancer patients in the past. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Westminster College. She has over 15 years of professional experience working with individuals and families. In 2009-2010, Amy was selected to participate in ACE, Advocacy for Excellence in Palliative Care, a competitively selected program where participants received more than 30 hours of didactic and experiential transdisciplinary education to improve end-of-life knowledge, team skills and leadership abilities.Before joining Patient and Family Support at HCI, Amy worked in mental health and substance abuse treatment, employee assistance services, and crisis intervention. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has provided individual, couples, family therapy. She has facilitated a number of therapeutic groups and has trained and educated individuals in developing anger management, parenting, relapse prevention, healthy human sexuality, and effective communication skills. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) as well as Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Jennifer Mijangos

Jennifer Mijangos, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Jen works primarily with the gynecologic cancer patients here at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also the primary social worker for Dr. Anna Beck, program leader for the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship services. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hamilton College.Jen works as an integrated member of the medical team, offering support to patients and their families. She has facilitated various groups for patients and caregivers in the 5 years she has been a member of HCI's Patient & Family Support team. Jen has a diverse clinical background and a strong interest in evidence-based treatment models. In 2010 Jen participated in an NCI funded Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training specific to oncology clinicians. Jen previously worked at the University of Utah Counseling Center, where she provided direct clinical services to individuals, couples, and groups. She also coordinated the agency's substance abuse services, providing supervision, training, and consultation for colleagues and graduate students. Prior to this Jen was employed as a social worker with the University of Utah School of Medicine; conducting assessments and facilitating referrals for people with alcohol or drug-related concerns. Jen is also fluent in Spanish.

Annie Nebeker

Annie Nebeker, Ph.D., LCSW

Annie Nebeker, PhD, LCSW, works in the Breast Cancer Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her MSW degree and completed an internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.  Annie completed her PhD in social work at the University of Utah.  In Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah, she has over twenty years of clinical experience.  She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults utilizing individual, group, family and multi-family therapy.  She has experience in an array of health care settings including home-based clinical services, private practice, gynecology, obstetrics, psychiatry, oncology, cardiology, and intensive care units.  Most recently, she has worked for 15 years in higher education at the University of Utah, including six years as the Dean of Students.  Annie has written and presented on topics including suicide prevention, crisis intervention, chronic illness and women’s health issues.  She has served as a clinical staff associate the University of Utah Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center.  Annie also served on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Justice Center. 

Kris Nelson

Kris Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Kris works with urological cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 1989.Kris has more than 20 years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at the Salt Lake Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Utah Counseling Center, and Primary Children's Residential Treatment Center, and has also worked as a medical social worker at the University of Utah Hospital. She has facilitated numerous groups over time and is especially interested in mindfulness and evidence-based treatment models.Kris is member of International Psycho-Oncology Society and the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Psychology. She has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Utah College of Social Work, the Department of Clinical Psychology, and the University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Volunteer work has included groups at the Cancer Wellness House and psychotherapy services to veterans and their family members through the national organization, Give An Hour.

Victoria Pineiro

Victoria Pineiro, CSW

Victoria Pineiro is a Psychosocial Oncology Clinician. She works with dermatology/melanoma, breast, gastrointestinal and Spanish-speaking cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Victoria earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in addiction counseling from the University of Utah.

Victoria has several years of experience working in advocacy and behavioral health, serving students, Latinos, low-income families, at risk youth and offenders. She is experienced in providing assessments, counseling, coordinating community supports and specializing in Spanish speaking individuals.

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Mariah Rist, CSW

Mariah works with neuro-oncology patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in health. Through her undergraduate program she spent time working at Cancer Wellness House where she conducted wellness assessments and facilitated the teen support group. She was a volunteer at The Sharing Place for 5 years where she provided grief and loss support to children and their families. At HCI, Mariah provides patients and families with psychosocial assessments, supportive counseling, connection to community resources, and helps individuals effectively communicate to their medical team. She helps facilitate a monthly Brain Tumor Support Group both for patients and their caregivers. Mariah previously worked as a social worker at Primary Children’s Hospital covering numerous units in the hospital. She specializes in grief and loss support, crisis intervention, and supportive counseling during a medical crisis. Mariah earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2013 and teaches yoga at a local studio in Salt Lake City. She has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and enjoys using all models to help patients and their families

Jessica Rivera

Jessica D. Rivera, LCSW, OSW-C

Jessica works with inpatient bone marrow transplant patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago in 2003, where she was the recipient of the Brinks Family Support Fellowship. Before joining the Patient and Family Support team, Jessica was the Patient Services Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, offering psychosocial support to blood cancer patients and their families for four years. She moved to HCI in 2009 to work in the Bone Marrow Transplant Outpatient Clinic first as a Clinical Care Specialist, then as a Bone Marrow Transplant Facilitator for myeloma patients. Prior to working in oncology, Jessica offered mental health services to inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago, developed public policy with the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health and provided health education as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She also has an interest in cancer survivorship, complementary therapies and end of life care.Jessica has been a member of the Utah Cancer Action Network since 2005, serving on the Executive Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Quality of Life Workgroup where she helped to develop the annual Utah Cancer Survivorship Summit. She has been a volunteer at the Cancer Wellness House, Rape Recovery Center, and Planned Parenthood.

Nichole Robinson, LCSW, OSW-C

Nichole Robinson works Lung Cancer patients, at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Utah in 2005 and has over 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. During her master's in social work training, Nichole was an intern at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital on the Medical Oncology Inpatient Unit. It was during that time that she developed a passion for helping cancer patients and their loved ones through this difficult life transition. Following graduation, she worked with the University of Utah Solid Organ Transplant program, where she had worked throughout college (2003-2006), providing medication assistance to transplant patients. Nichole then began working at the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department as a crisis social worker 2006, performing behavioral health assessments in psychiatric emergencies and supporting patients and families facing medical trauma and other critical care issues. She never lost her love for cancer care though and she finally rejoined the Patient and Family Support team in 2009. She spent her first four years working with patients undergoing Blood and Marrow Transplants. During her time with BMT, she facilitated a caregiver support group, provided education to new patients, training and bereavement support for staff, all the while offering emotional, spiritual, and practical support to patients and families throughout their transplant journey.Nichole has special interests in survivorship, complementary therapies, young adult issues, compassion fatigue, and bereavement. She is currently a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She has presented on various topics in the community, including distress in cancer care and compassion fatigue.

Emily Rousseau

Emily Rousseau, CSW

Emily works as needed at HCI. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in mental health and medical social work. As an undergraduate she studied women’s health and earned degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology.

Prior to HCI, Emily focused her career on working with children and adolescents. She taught leadership development for teens, was a supervisor for an after school program for underserved and impoverished youth. She spent nearly three years in the southwest desert working with adjudicated youth in Wilderness Therapy. Emily also has spent time working in special education in both middle and high school settings.

Shifting her focus to adults, Emily has worked at Valley Mental Health being involved with chronic homelessness and those who have a severe and persistent mental illness. As an oncology social worker, she focuses on supportive counseling. She has been a part of Caring Connections bereavement and loss groups as well as Caregiver Support Groups here at HCI.

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Nico Cheek-O’Donnell, LCSW

Nico works with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis patients in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI’s) outpatient clinics, and organizes support groups for each of those diseases. Before HCI, Nico was a social worker with Intermountain, primarily in LDS Hospital’s behavioral unit, though he work on nearly every one of IHC’s adult inpatient units in the valley. He’s also facilitated grief groups for Caring Connections and interned at Hospice for Utah while in graduate school. While earning his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, Nico also got certified as a nursing assistant and worked PRN shifts as a HUC on the 5th Floor Post-Surgical Unit.

Originally from New York & Boston, Nico went to Carleton College in Minnesota for his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theatre. He worked primarily as a stage actor in Minneapolis and Seattle for 8 years, before moving to Utah in 2006. In recent years, he’s used role-play to help train physicians how to navigate especially difficult conversations with patients.

Virginia Wilson

Virginia (Jini) Wilson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
801-587-9208 or 801-587-4464

Jini has over 20 years of medical social work experience, working in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings including, home health care, hospice, in patient rehab, psychiatric, oncology, acute care and intensive care units. Her work at the University of Utah started on the Crisis team in the Emergency Department responding to traumas and providing behavioral health assessments and services. Most recently she has been providing clinical social work services to patients and families on the Women’s & Infant’s Units at the University of Utah with primary responsibility for the Newborn ICU, High Risk Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, and the OB Emergency Services. She has also been serving on the Perinatal Bereavement Team. Jini has a passion for cultural diversity having been raised in India, and working in the Peace Corps in Nepal. Her undergraduate degree was in comparative religion and anthropology before obtaining a Master's degree in social work from Colorado State University.

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Steven Caverley, MSW, LCSW

Steve works with cancer patients as requested at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). He earned two master's degrees at the University of Utah in social work and gerontology.

Before joining HCI, Steve worked as a health program administrator with the Utah Department of Corrections, overseeing clinical staff and managing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based mental health programs for offenders. He has also worked as a clinical social worker at several institutions including LDS Hospital Transitional Care Center and Wasatch Canyons Hospital. He has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field.

Steven is also an accomplished athlete, having completed nine Ironman World Triathlon competitions (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run).

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Gabrielle Ernest, CSW

Gabrielle works as needed at HCI.  She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah.   During her studies she worked as a Family Therapist for the Division of Child and Family Services and as a school counselor at Midvale Elementary.  Gabrielle has been involved in the refugee community of Utah for many years getting to know and assisting many families from all over the world.  In 2011 she cofounded a nonprofit organization called Education for Generations that helps with educational needs locally and abroad. Gabrielle has skills in case management, administration, working on an interdisciplinary team, relationship building, crisis intervention, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.

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Cortney Nebeker, LCSW

Cortney earned a master's degrees in social work from the University of Utah with a certificate in substance abuse treatment with an undergraduate degree in Finance and International Studies.

Cortney's background includes work in micro-finance. She has worked with multiple international communities providing health promotion and financial education in Guatemala, Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also worked providing tsunami relief in Thailand. She has previously worked for Valley Mental Health at ARTEC working with adolescents and their families providing therapy and facilitating therapeutic groups dealing with addiction. Cortney has also worked with the Caring Connections program where she facilitated grief and loss support groups and was also able to contribute to research revolving around bereavement.

Cortney is a member of the National Association of Oncology Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers.