With their expertise, our leadership provides the guidance and knowledge needed to lead Saprea’s efforts to liberate individuals and society from child sexual abuse and its lasting impacts.
Meet our executive team
Founder and Board Chair
Shelaine Maxfield is Founder and Board Chair of Saprea, which she established in 2014. After she and her husband, Derek, became painfully aware of the long-term impact child sexual abuse has on survivors, they envisioned creating an organization that could offer free resources and services to provide healing, education, and hope. As president of Saprea, Shelaine guides the overall vision of the nonprofit’s work, and focuses on the individual experience of those who are directly served.
Shelaine actively presents on both national and international stages with a focus on the hope and healing that are possible for survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as the need for education on abuse prevention in families and communities. She believes one key to scaling societal change is through awareness. Hence, she enjoys opportunities to educate about the epidemic of sexual abuse and the importance of supporting survivors.
The Maxfields were recognized by Utah Valley Magazine in 2016 and were awarded Philanthropist of the Year. Two years later Shelaine was featured as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business. In 2021 Saprea was selected by the prestigious Stand Together Foundation as one of the country’s most transformative nonprofits. The nonprofit was also invited to be part of Stand Together’s Catalyst Program, a management training and peer-learning program.
Shelaine is a wife and mother to five children. She enjoys traveling to all parts of the world and learning about other cultures. She is currently learning Portuguese.
Chris Yadon joined Saprea as Executive Director in 2015. Chris is responsible for the executive leadership, effective stewardship of financial resources, planning, and operational management at Saprea. He has previously held leadership positions in the start-up, tech, and healthcare industries. He brings a valuable skillset to the organization and is deeply committed to addressing the epidemic of child sexual abuse.
Chris plays an important role as a spokesperson for Saprea. He is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present nationally and internationally. His expertise centers on heightening awareness to the epidemic of child sexual abuse, as well as educating the public on best practices for prevention and the healing services available to survivors. Chris has been featured across several media platforms where he is often requested to contribute as an industry thought leader and expert.
Chris considers his family to be his greatest accomplishment. He is the grateful father of six children: three boys and three girls. He and his wife, Christy, have been married for 25 years.
Matt Hartvigsen, MPA
Matt Hartvigsen began his work at Saprea in 2015. He oversees the initiatives that provide deep-level education to the public on the issue of childhood sexual abuse. Matt directs efforts to involve as many people as possible in taking action to prevent abuse and regularly interfaces with community leaders, elected and volunteer civic leaders, educators, clergy, nonprofit executives, and parents.
Matt specializes in content direction and delivery of educational resources. He has managed both the development and implementation of several of our major educational platforms and materials for both healing and prevention.
This has included launching our Saprea Support Groups, dozens of volunteer events, and hundreds of digital resources for survivors, supporters, and families. Matt also oversees language translation efforts as we fulfill our commitment to offer our resources across the world.
Matt represents our nonprofit as a member of Prevent Together, the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. In 2018 he was featured as one of Utah’s 40 Under 40. Matt holds a BA in English from Brigham Young University—Idaho and an MPA from Brigham Young University. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and their four children.
Betsy Kanarowski, PhD, LCSW
Chief clinical officer
Betsy Kanarowski is committed to helping individuals, families, and communities effectively understand and navigate the many aspects of healing from sexual trauma. She is a strong advocate for education regarding sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities. Betsy is an experienced therapist, trainer, and educator with over 20 years of experience as a mental health professional. Being part of women’s unique healing journeys is especially close to her heart.
Since joining Saprea in 2015, Betsy has worked with thousands of women through
the Saprea Retreat as well as in individual outpatient therapy. Her previous experience includes working for hospitals, schools, and agencies addressing domestic violence and addictions.
Betsy received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Utah, her MSW from the University of Denver, and her BSW from the University of Wyoming. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist. She loves the outdoors, travel, reading, and spending time with her family and ridiculously spoiled dogs.
Jessica D. Egbert, PhD
Chief Program Officer
Jessica Egbert is passionate about people, strategy, and innovation. She joined Saprea in 2022 and in her role leads teams of clinical, educational, and service experts to support our survivors in their healing journey through retreats, online resources and courses, and webinars.
With decades of leadership experience in higher education, nonprofit, government, and business industries, Jessica has a strategic perspective focused on quality programming, scaled services, and meaningful outcomes.
Jessica is the recipient of many industry and community awards for excellence in achievement, leadership, and service. A recognized presenter on strategic planning, communication, and leadership, she has likewise authored numerous related publications. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a Ph.D in educational leadership.
She has served in various executive roles and has served on numerous boards and committees. Her service includes member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council, chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the Board of Directors of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Valley University Community Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross – Central and Southern Utah Chapter, to name a few. She is serving her first term as an elected official on the Mapleton City Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Jessica’s greatest joy is in her family. She loves traveling with her family, the occasional shark encounter, and tater tots. Her epitaph will read, “She cared, and she got things done.”
Abe Young, MAcc, CPA
Chief Finance Officer and Vice President of Administration
Abe Young joined our team in 2017 and quickly augmented our administrative resource capacity toward a world-class standard. Abe is passionate about using his strengths to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. His extensive background in audit and assurance services for higher education, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations enable our fiscal planning and execution to reach the highest standards. Abe’s leadership contributed to Saprea receiving the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for nonprofit organizations.
With over 30 years of accounting and audit experience, Abe offers our donors, survivors, and staff the confidence that Saprea’s resources are used with intention and align to the success of our mission. His experience with domestic and international organizations continues to help our expansion efforts to offer support to survivors across the world.
Abe is a licensed CPA and received his master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Utah. In addition to his professional distinctions, Abe’s public service record is comprised of both elected and volunteer positions including executive board member and treasurer of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Utah State Republican Party, recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and board member and treasurer for his community baseball league.
Cynthia Gambill, MBA
Chief Relationship Officer
Cynthia Gambill leads our philanthropic efforts to partner Saprea with corporate entities, nonprofit organizations, and individual donors of all sizes. She also oversees innovative fundraising events and coordinates the efforts of our national philanthropy team. Cynthia specializes in cultivating relationships, donor engagement, and linking supporters with volunteer opportunities.
With over 20 years of business, community, and philanthropic experience, Cynthia relishes opportunities to connect people together in meaningful ways. She shares, “One of my personal missions in life is to awaken in others the desire to give and serve. They may not recognize that desire as first, but they have it inside them.” One motto voiced by Shelaine Maxfield, President of Saprea, is that “every dollar donated is valued and every dollar spent is justified," and Cynthia ensures we live by this adage. She guides our efforts to be proactively transparent with our donors by sharing how the funds we raise are contributing directly to our mission.
After moving to the United States from her home country of Argentina at the age of 20, Cynthia earned an MBA from Brigham Young University and began her career in community organizing and philanthropic work. She has served on numerous business and community boards connected with higher education, performing arts, and causes supporting women and children. Cynthia proudly claims the title of mother and “baseball mom” of her four sons. She enjoys creating memories by traveling with her family and inspiring her children to be disciplined, celebrate success, cultivate a team-building spirit, and deal with setbacks in a positive way.
Trent Belliston, JD
Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Trent Belliston combines his 15+ years of legal and healthcare experience to assist Saprea in providing exceptional services while protecting the organization and the confidentiality and security for our employees and clients. He oversees all legal, compliance, and privacy-related matters.
Trent’s professional work has concentrated on hospital administration, compliance, and privacy within several healthcare systems. He has served as a hospital executive as well as chief compliance and privacy officer. Trent began his legal career at the Salt Lake City law firm of Day Shell and Liljenquist. Trent has advised Saprea as a consultant since its inception and became an employee of the organization in August 2018.
Trent holds a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University and a JD from the University of Idaho. Trent is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) in health care privacy and compliance. Trent, his wife, Mikelle, and their five children live on a farm in Yakima, WA. He relishes any time he can spend with his family on their farm as well as adventuring into the outdoors of Washington state and his home state of Idaho.
Lynda Lee Smith
Chief development Officer
Lynda joined Saprea in June of 2021 as Chief Development Officer to build a new specialized Development Department and to lead the development of a global network for optimized impact. Prior to Saprea, her career has spanned both for-profit and non-profit brands including Habitat for Humanity International, International Advocates for Children, and the American Heart Association. She brings a broad background in economic development, business development, branding, relationship management, public relations, and operations.
Lynda has made appearances on over 60 television and radio talk shows as a spokesperson for various causes while also serving as a television host. She was chosen as one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Executives in Georgia by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2004. Ford Motor Company honored her with the Life in Drive Award in 2006, presented to only seven women nationwide. She has initiated and hosted three world conferences bringing together government leaders from over 30 countries to discuss critical issues related to institutional care for children without parents. Her expertise in the field of children’s issues led to her serving on the Harvard Law School Advocacy Workgroup in 2005.
She is an international public speaker and has presented to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland, and also the Permanent Bureau of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands. She has dedicated over 25 years to living a health-driven lifestyle and published her first book on the subject in 2010. Her interest in living an impactful life led to her most recent book, which focused on her philosophy for achieving personal wealth and impact.
Tammy Oldroyd, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Since her hire in 2015, Tammy Oldroyd has been a key leader through Saprea's journey. In addition to overseeing all Human Resources initiatives, she also spearheads employee engagement and staff training programs. Tammy’s talents have supported us in doubling our staff contingent annually over the last four years, culminating in our present team of more than 115 employees.
Tammy holds a unique place within Saprea as she was pivotal in organizing our original Saprea Retreat, which has continued through the years to serve more than 4,000 female survivors of child sexual abuse. She also consulted in the expansion of our prevention side, and proudly acknowledges that she was one of the first adopters to use our resources with her own grandchildren.
Tammy is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She has over 20 years of community and religious leadership experience ranging from serving as PTA president to chairing the women’s organization of her church congregation. Tammy is most proud of her family, including her six children and 11 grandchildren.
Meet our Board of Directors
Shelaine Maxfield is Founder, President, and Board Chair of Saprea, which she established in 2014. After she and her husband, Derek, became painfully aware of the long-term impact child sexual abuse has on survivors, they envisioned creating an organization that could offer free resources and services to provide healing, education, and hope. As president of Saprea, Shelaine guides the overall vision of the nonprofit’s work, and focuses on the individual experience of those who are directly served.
Shelaine actively presents on both national and international stages with a focus on the hope and healing that are possible for survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as the need for education on abuse prevention in families and communities.. She believes one key to scaling societal change is through awareness. Hence, she enjoys opportunities to educate about the epidemic of sexual abuse and the importance of supporting survivors.
The Maxfields were recognized by Utah Valley Magazine in 2016 and were awarded Philanthropist of the Year. Two years later Shelaine was featured as one of the Utah’s 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business. In 2021 Saprea was selected by the prestigious Stand Together Foundation as one of the country’s most transformative nonprofits. The nonprofit was also invited to be part of Stand Together’s Catalyst Program, a management training and peer-learning program.
Shelaine is a wife and mother to five children. She enjoys traveling to all parts of the world and learning about other cultures. She is currently learning Portuguese.
Derek Maxfield is an original member of the board of directors of Saprea. “Nothing about Saprea was an afterthought,” says Derek. “This wasn’t a case of making it big with [a] business and finding a charitable cause to support. There’s nothing wrong with that method, but it’s simply not our story. The nonprofit has always been the motivation.”
Derek promised a dying friend that he would do something great with his life and considers Saprea as a fulfillment of that promise. After 12 years of developing software for top players in the direct sales industry, Derek joined with his sister Melanie to start Younique, a global cosmetics company. The success of Younique provided Derek, and his wife, Shelaine, the resources to realize their vision of starting Saprea.
Above all else, Derek treasures his faith and his family, which now includes five children.
Melanie Huscroft has served on Saprea's board of directors since its inception. She teamed up with her brother, Derek Maxfield, in 2012 to create the direct sales company Younique Products as a means of creating and supporting Saprea. Melanie’s passion to uplift, empower, validate, and build self-esteem in women throughout the world fuels her desire to support survivors of child sexual abuse. Melanie’s executive experience in advertising, art, marketing, purchasing, and sales assist the board in building a global brand dedicated to serving survivors of abuse and individuals who seek to prevent abuse from occurring.
While Melanie has many professional accomplishments, she is most proud of her marriage and family. Her 16-year career as a full-time homemaker, wife, and mother of four gives her a clear understanding of the wins and struggles inherent with being a parent.
Grant Beckwith, JD
MACC, Board member
Grant Beckwith serves as a member of Saprea's board of directors. Grant is the principal of the American Heritage School located in American Fork, Utah, and also serves as the director of the school’s Family Education Center. He has lived and worked in Moscow, New York, and Washington D.C., and grew up in various parts of the United States including Utah, California, Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin. In addition to his role with Saprea, Grant serves in a number of volunteer organizations including on the Board of Governors of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.
Grant holds a JD from the J. Rueben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accountancy and Information Systems from the BYU Marriott School of Management. He and his wife, Candice, live in Alpine, Utah, where they have raised their four children.
Jared Swain, MEd
Jared Swain has served as a member of Saprea's board of directors since 2015. Jared’s expertise in healthcare administration, combined with his passion for health and wellness, informs our organization's commitment to world-class care for all survivors of child sexual abuse who access our services.
Jared serves on the Utah Health Care Association board and is a managing partner of Cottonwood Healthcare. He holds a MEd from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Utah.
Meredith Lam grew up in Page and Prescott, Arizona, and is a proud member of the Diné tribe. She earned a bachelors’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, and minors in both History and American Indian Studies. She currently serves as the Program Director for the non-profit organization Navajo Strong and Director of American Indian/Alaska Native Education for Provo City School District. As the American Indian Education Director, she oversees the education and cultural preservation of more than 200 American Indian/Alaska Native students in the Provo area (grades Kindergarten through 12).
Meredith and her family reside in Provo. She loves working with Navajo Strong and at the school district level. Working with these two organizations allows her to serve and highlight the voices of her Native American community throughout the state of Utah.
Yangzi Jin, JD
Yangzi Jin is an attorney with Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City where her practice areas include corporate, finance, and tech law. She graduated from Cornell Law School where she attended on a three-year Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Leadership. She previously practiced with Ray Quinny and Nebeker following her summer internship for Justice Thomas Rex Lee on the Utah Supreme Court.
Yangzi is a strategy consultant with Harmon Brothers, a Utah-based ad agency. She also volunteers on the Suazo Center for Business Development and Entrepreneurship board of directors, is a trustee board member and provides pro bono legal counsel for the Utah Chinese Civic Center, and serves on the Johnson STEM Activity Center board of directors marketing and fundraising committee in Atlanta, Georgia.
She has been honored by the U.S. Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for her service to the Utah Chinese Civic Center and the Chinese in Utah. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Massachusetts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Strategy.