Women Who Lead: The School to Prison Pipeline

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Please join Chair Daisy Thomas for the second installment of our conversational series Women Who Lead. This installment will focus on the effects of the School to Prison Pipeline and will feature the following panelists:


Representative Sandra Hollins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been a Salt Lake City resident.  for the past 27 years.  She and her husband David currently reside in Fair Park and have two daughters, Jaynell and Canice.  

Rep. Hollins is a licensed clinical social worker, and the primary focus of her career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population.  Sandra received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

As the first Black American woman elected to the Utah House of Representatives Sandra proudly serves District 23.  She serves as the House Minority Caucus Manager, and is a member of the Social Services Appropriations Committee, the Health and Human Services Standing Committee, the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee, and the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel.  Notably, she sponsored HB460, the School to Prison Pipeline bill, which requires cultural training for student resource officers. Sandra is a member of the graduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute, and has served on numerous boards and councils.  


Verona Sagato-Mauga is the Director of Renew Wellness & Recovery a women’s only residential addiction treatment center in Herriman, Utah. Previous to Renew Wellness, Verona spent 6 years as the Program Director of Live for Life working with teenage males in the Juvenile Justice System. Verona is most passionate about the work she does within the community. She currently serves on the Executive Board of MANA Academy Charter School, she is the State Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus and is the Director of Civic Engagement and Policy at the National Tongan American Society. Her greatest accomplishment and pride and joy is her family. She is married to her best friend Apollo Mauga, they are enjoying life together with their 14 year old son Loimata Mauga.


Stephanie Pitcher is a proud resident of Sugar House and has lived in House District 40 for over nine years. After receiving her MPA she decided to pursue her passion in law, and graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She works as a Deputy District Attorney and prosecutes a variety of criminal offenses, including financial crimes, drug distribution, theft, burglary, domestic violence, and cases involving child abuse. Stephanie previously worked as an Associate City Prosecutor in Salt Lake City. Throughout her career, Stephanie has been an advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system.

Stephanie is a tireless advocate for social justice and inclusive policies that lift the most vulnerable in our community. In 2015, after observing a critical need for collective action on women’s issues at the state legislature, Stephanie started the Utah Women’s Coalition (UWC) – a statewide, nonpartisan group working to advance the status of Utah women through public policy.