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Karen Klassen
Chair  (Joined in 2018)

I am an Assistant Professor at Salt Lake Community College where I teach a variety of Computer Science courses.  My husband and I have three grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren.  We enjoy camping and hiking during the summer months, during the winter we tend to hibernate and enjoy time with friends.  I also play golf as much as possible when the weather cooperates, and go to see my grand-kids as much as I can.

I grew up in a small town in West Texas, as an only child.  I went to Dallas to pursue my Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems.  While at college I started attending church and after a year or so, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.  God changed my life in many ways.  He has been faithful over the years, even though I have strayed away at times.  I know without a doubt that my Savior lives, he intercedes for me, he loves me and watches over me daily.  I am truly blessed to be alive and placed here at this time.  

I once benefited from a local Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC), I relinquished my parental rights as a parent in December of 1987 and ever since have wanted to be involved in a PRC.  I never found the time to actually engage in a local PRC, due to being a stay at home mom for many years.  Now that I am in a new season of life, I want to invest in the lives of others, especially at a PRC.  Over the years, I have talked with many young people about my choice and have encouraged them in their choices as well.

Joe Albano , MD
​(Joined in 2019)

Since 2007 I have been practicing Regenerative Medicine, using our own body’s stem cells – not those from an embryo – to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis and others. I see the beauty of the wonderful body God has created and the effects that sin has caused in His creation. These cellular treatments at least get us a little closer to the healthy bodies that God intended us to have. I have a passion for life and liberty. Thus, my interest in serving with the Pregnancy Resource Center.

I grew up in Yonkers, NY, just outside of NY City and was raised Catholic. What else would you be as an Italian in NY? Currently, I describe myself as an evangelical Christian who loves God, His creation and these great bodies He gave us. My medical training is in Family Practice (University of Utah) and Sports Medicine (Michigan State University). I served in the USAF and USAF Reserves for 27+ years as a Flight Surgeon flying in the greatest aircraft ever made, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and traveled the world, most of the time to places you wouldn’t choose to vacation.

I am married with two boys and like to do anything physical in my spare time. I’ve played hockey since I was 7 years old and almost every sport since then. My current passion is cyclocross racing.

Marlana Li, MD
​(Joined in 2017)

I am a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated with a B.A. from the University of Utah, received my medical degree (with a Honors in Bioethics) from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and completed my residency at St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency in Westminster, Colorado. I practice full-spectrum Family Medicine, delivering pediatric, maternity, and adult care, and I have special interests in preventive medicine and education.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, going on medical mission trips, hiking, and journaling.

I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), and I am grateful for the faith the Holy Spirit inspired and nurtured in me. I believe Jesus is Lord, Redeemer, Mighty Counselor and the Divine Physician, and it is my duty and joy to honor, trust and obey Him as I seek to use all He has gifted me to serve Him and my neighbor.

I am delighted to serve on the Pregnancy Resource Center Board of Directors, hoping to enhance the center’s ability to deliver the best possible care, while also “speaking the truth in love” to help clients make the healthiest decisions. As science proves, life begins at conception, and I believe every life is precious. “ I want to advocate for those who have no voice, to empower women and men to choose life, to provide support or resources for our clients, and to help relieve suffering, pain, confusion, and other ailments.

Lynette Pacheco
(Joined 2020)

This is a privileged time in my life as I am retired from a very demanding position as director of health information management in a large hospital, and now I have the opportunity to give back time and energy to a cause I believe in, that of valuing and preserving the lives of the unborn.  Many years ago I found myself in an unplanned pregnancy, so I can empathize with those who are in that situation.  I went on to marry and have that child who became God’s enormous gift in my life.  He showed me personally how He takes broken people, broken lives, and makes something beautiful of them.  My first child is now herself a counselor touching a great many lives with the goodness God has given her.  She has told others, “I could have been an abortion” which speaks volumes to the hearers.

I am now a mother of four children, stepmother to five more, grandmother to sixteen beautiful children.  It is a truly special time in my life.  I enjoy studying God’s word,  traveling, gardening, games with friends, and time with family.  I look forward to being part of a team that has eternal ramifications, that of preserving life.

James Soper
​(Joined in 2020)

I am a retired attorney having practiced in both the private and public sectors.  Most recently, I served at the Utah Attorney General’s Office where I held several management positions including Solicitor General.  My wife and I are active in various church groups and service projects, and in our free time, we like to hike, bike and travel with family.

OUR STAFF

George Stewart
Director of Development

George Stewart is an attorney with 30 years’ international experience. 

“I choose to invest my time and treasure in helping those who have no voice of their own. I often wonder, out of the 60 million plus lives lost since Roe v Wade, what has our society lost? What potential great healers, musicians, poets, artists, scientists have we snuffed out before their time? Much like slavery in the19th century, this is a difficult, and divisive issue tearing at the fabric of our nation. But as William Wilberforce once said, “Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.”

A long-time activist for protection of the unborn, George was previously chair of the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills in Pittsburgh prior to joining and serving as board chair for the PRC of Salt Lake City several years ago. George is blessed with two grown children, Sarah and Connor and lives in South Jordan, where he attends South Mountain Community Church. He will be on the road frequently, meeting with our church partners, individual supporters, businesses and community leaders.

Sue Mirgon
Director of Operations

Sue Mirgon has worked in Christian ministry for nearly 30 years.  As a professional in office management, she has extensive experience in operational systems and management.  In addition, she brings knowledge in retail management, food handling and management, human resources, event planning, donor relations and accounting.  “Working in the non-profit space means budgets are critical and wearing many hats require many skill sets.”

Sue joined the PRC in August of 2013 as an executive assistant and has been filling the role of Operations Manager for the past 5 years.  Married to Dan, her best friend of 40 years, they have two grown children, their son Mark, who lives in Arizona, and daughter Deborah with her two kids, Conner and Katherine who live here in Salt Lake.

“I am blessed to be working with the awesome staff and volunteers that God has put together here and I am excited to see what He has in store for us as we look to the future!”

Dr. Marlana Li, MD
Medical Director (Volunteer)

I am a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated with a B.A. from the University of Utah, received my medical degree (with a Honors in Bioethics) from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and completed my residency at St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency in Westminster, Colorado. I practice full-spectrum Family Medicine, delivering pediatric, maternity, and adult care, and I have special interests in preventive medicine and education.
 
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, going on medical mission trips, hiking, and journaling.
 
I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), and I am grateful for the faith the Holy Spirit inspired and nurtured in me. I believe Jesus is Lord, Redeemer, Mighty Counselor and the Divine Physician, and it is my duty and joy to honor, trust and obey Him as I seek to use all He has gifted me to serve Him and my neighbor.
 
I am delighted to serve as the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Director, hoping to enhance the center’s ability to deliver the best possible care, while also “speaking the truth in love” to help clients make the healthiest decisions. As science proves, life begins at conception, and I believe every life is precious. I want to advocate for those who have no voice, to empower women and men to choose life, to provide support or resources for our clients, and to help people who suffer from suffering, pain, confusion, and other ailments.

Dr. Fred Seale MD
OB/GYN - Doctor (Volunteer)

I am an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with the Ogden Clinic and have been in practice in Utah for over 10 years.  I attended Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and did my residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center/Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, as an active duty Air Force Physician. I then spent three years practicing OB/Gyn on USAF active duty at Lakenheath Air Force Base in the UK, prior to separating from the Air Force and starting my practice in Utah.  I am also active in Resident Education with the McKay-Dee Family Practice residency.
 
I am married, with three children, and enjoy cycling, performing music, hiking and reading in my spare time.
 
I am deeply committed to the practice of life-affirming, Christ-centered Medicine, and am very proud to have previously served as the PRC Medical Director and now continuing to assist with reading of ultrasound reports.

Dr. Stephen Lash, MD
OB/GYN - Doctor (Volunteer)

After completing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, I continued my studies at the University of Utah School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1986.  After completing my OB/GYN residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1990, I returned to Salt Lake City and practiced downtown for 23 years prior to moving to my current practice.
 
In my current practice I especially enjoy being able to work with the diverse population of West Valley City and provide care to patients from all over the world.
 
I have been married to my “perfect wife” Tracey for 39 years, and we have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with the family, traveling, and hiking.

Sara Jensen, RN, BSN, CFCP
Nurse Manager

I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and came to Salt Lake for college, completing a BS degree in Psychology and a BS degree in Nursing. Having spent my childhood in Asia, and being exposed to a wide variety of cultures, I have an appreciation and compassion for people of various walks of life. I enjoy helping others, serving women, and those in need. I have been at the PRC since 2013, first as a volunteer, and then as nurse manager. I feel privileged and blessed to use my nursing skills to perform ultrasounds and to serve in a ministry. I married late in life, starting my family in my 40’s. My greatest joy is spending time with my hubby and 2 beautiful children. Some of our favorite things to do are traveling, watching our kid’s sporting events, and family movie nights.

Tammy Hawes, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse

I was born and raised in central Kansas where I also went to college and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Nursing. I then worked in Wichita at a hospital as an OB nurse then later in a clinic setting.
 
I met my husband the first day of college and we have been married 24 years. He has family here in Salt Lake City, and so we moved here to be close to them 16 years ago. We have three awesome teenagers one of which just moved to Kansas to go to college.
 
I was drawn to the PRC by hearing about it at church and through friends. It was an exciting opportunity for me to be able to use my medical skills to minister in my community. Volunteering here at the PRC has had its challenging moments but it is sweet to see how God works and is sovereign. Many times while performing the ultrasounds when I think a good picture is impossible God brings about the perfect one or shows an amazing heartbeat that is just what that mom/family needs to see. It is a great place to be able to work alongside awesome staff who are also passionate about what they do and about serving Christ.I was born and raised in central Kansas where I also went to college and graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing. I then worked in Wichita at a hospital as an OB nurse then later in a clinic setting.
 
I met my husband the first day of college and we have been married 24 years. He has family here in Salt Lake City, and so we moved here to be close to them 16 years ago. We have three awesome teenagers one of which just moved to Kansas to go to college.
 
I was drawn to the PRC by hearing about it at church and through friends. It was an exciting opportunity for me to be able to use my medical skills to minister in my community. Volunteering here at the PRC has had its challenging moments but it is sweet to see how God works and is sovereign. Many times while performing the ultrasounds when I think a good picture is impossible God brings about the perfect one or shows an amazing heartbeat that is just what that mom/family needs to see. It is a great place to be able to work alongside awesome staff who are also passionate about what they do and about serving Christ.

Alicia Toscano
Client Services Manager

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and have lived here most of my life minus a few years in Arizona and Colorado.  I have worked within the medical administrative side my entire career until recently. I felt an unsettling and God calling me to do more.
 
By the time I was 18, I had 2 sons.  I showed up at the doors of the Pregnancy Resource Center in 1995 to confirm my first pregnancy.  I was terrified and uncertain of what to expect.  I was met with love and acceptance that day and I never forgot how impactful that experience was from that visit.
 
I am now happily married, and my sons are 21 and 23 years old.  I truly feel God does use each and every journey to bring beauty from it all.  I am so thankful to be part of such a powerful, life changing center that for me, is very personal.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping and reading a good book.

Jennifer Bluemel
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The Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City Ca is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is fully funded by individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations who want to provide this ministry to our community. EIN: 87-0423659.

2019 Impact

Since the day that the Salt Lake Crisis Pregnancy Center opened its doors in 1986, it is estimated that over 64,000 people have been impacted by our life-affirming programs.

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