The Children’s Center Utah Connection

March 2022 | Vol.6

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your steadfast support and compassion for the young children and families we serve and our team!

January and February brought, yet again, challenges navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team and families adjusted even more quickly. We continued serving our young children and families without skipping a beat.

The pandemic continues to take its toll on the mental health of children and adults. In December, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health. The advisory underscores the urgent need to address the nation's youth mental health crisis with a swift and coordinated response.

The pandemic and other emerging world events, such as the war in Ukraine, compound pre-existing challenges that America's youth face. The Surgeon General's topline recommendations include actions individuals, families, community organizations, technology companies, governments, and others can take to improve the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Thank you, again, for standing with

The Children’s Center Utah. Together, we will continue to enhance the emotional well-being of Utah children and their families.

Very Best Wishes,

Rebecca J. Dutson

President and CEO

Surgeon General's Recommendations:

  • Recognize that mental health is an essential part of overall health

  • Empower youth and their families to recognize, manage, and learn from difficult emotions

  • Ensure that every child has access to high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent mental health care

  • Support the mental health of children and youth in educational, community, and childcare settings. And expand and support the early childhood and education workforce

  • Address the economic and social barriers that contribute to poor mental health for you people, families, and caregivers

  • Increase timely data collection and research to identify and respond to youth mental health needs more rapidly. This includes more research on the relationship building technology and youth mental health, and technology companies should be more transparent with data and algorithmic processes to enable this research

Click here to read the full advisory:

Your investment matters more than ever. Your generous gift helps us continue our mission to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

Make a Donation

Held December 15, 2021

in Partnership with

Governor Cox


First Lady Abby Cox

Brought Leaders and

Stakeholders Together

The 2021 Ready! Resilient! Summit was held virtually to present policy and program recommendations made by the Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Working Group.

The working group represents cross-sector leaders and key stakeholders, which focuses its expertise and energy on addressing change needed to further strengthen early childhood mental health in Utah.

The working group continues to prioritize and propose solutions to the issues identified in the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute study, Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah. The recommendations made by the working group are intended to guide policy and program decisions and align related and/or new efforts throughout the state.

Following the summit, First Lady Abby Cox hosted a small group at the Governor's Mansion to deepen the conversation. Thank you, First Lady Abby Cox!

Missed the Summit? Watch the broadcast here!



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Last Call to Join Us for our 9th Annual Jewelry Luncheon!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Little America Hotel

500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Tickets and tables are available here.

Vaccines or proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required. COVID-19 Protocols are subject to change.

Jewelry Collection is ongoing!

Donate your new or gently used jewelry to

The Children's Center Utah

350 S 400 E SLC, UT 84111

For more information e-mail Mary Burchett

[email protected] or visit


All donations made during the day of the event will be matched up to $25,000 by the

Jeffrey S. and Helen H. Cardon Foundation


If your donation is a first-time gift or an increase from your last gift (or if it’s been more than a year since your last gift) our Challenge Grant Champions will match all increases or new gifts dollar for dollar + the event matching gift triples your investment in young children and their families.

Register Now!

Join Us Friday, June 3, 2022!

Save the date and we will see you in person on June 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm!

Tickets and Tables are available here.


Call Mary Burchett at 801-578-2326

Presenting Sponsors

Grandeur Peak Global Advisors

McKell and Ben Lowe

Benefactor Sponsors

Andrea and John Miller

Champion Sponsors

Shiny Shell Car Wash

Patron Sponsors

Soltis Investment Advisors

Friend Sponsors

Bridge Investment Group

Table Sponsors 

America First

DAI Utah

Love Communications

Ruth and Steve Lowe 

PLH Advanced Engineering

Ray, Quinney, & Nebeker

U of U Department of Pediatrics

Wasatch Global Investors

Challenge Grant Champions

Dave Baldridge and Dee Munson

Beck Family Foundation

Jeffrey S. and Helen H. Cardon Foundation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Thomas and Candace Dee Family Foundation

Florence J. Gillmor Foundation

Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

The Mark & Kathie Miller Foundation

The Jerry and Shari Seiner Family Charitable


James Lee Sorenson Family Foundation

Register Now!


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Round Up For Love

Last September, Amare Global successfully launched its Round Up for Love charity program benefiting The Children's Center Utah.

Since launching the partnership, Amare and its customers continue to excel! To date, we have received more than $40,000 by inviting customers to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar!

"Love and service are two of our company's core values. To see our entire Amare community rally to support this cause fills us with hope, optimism, and belief that together we are making a difference!" - Jared Turner, CEO of Amare Global and TCCU Board of Director


Dancers with a Purpose

On March 10, The Children's Center Utah was the beneficiary of Danch Tech Studio's 9th Annual Benefit Dance Concert at Ecker Hill Middle School in Park City.

Over $2,300 was donated that night to help support our mission of providing comprehensive mental health care to enhance the well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

Thank you, Dance Tech Studios, Dancers with a Purpose, and all family and friends who donated to TCCU!

Are you inspired by Amare Global and Dance Tech Studios?!

Contact Joni Clark to learn about how your company can get involved in raising awareness and/or funds during May's Mental Health Awareness Month.

[email protected] - 801-201-6082



Employee Appreciation

In January, we took the opportunity to celebrate the successful toy drive our team held for our children over the holidays. Not to mention, the team's hard work that made 2021 successful!

The Donut Kabob truck visited TCCU on a lovely day and helped us thank the staff! They say it's hard not to smile when you are enjoying something so amazing. That is how we felt about the donuts and our staff's accomplishments!

One of our President and CEO's favorite books is Sucess, The Original Handbook, authored by Joey Reiman. As part of that book, we celebrated one of our favorite days, March "Forth!" This year, it happened to coincide with Employee Appreciation Day! We thanked our team for their commitment and dedication to making TCCU an awesome place to work and the best place for our children, families, and caregivers to find hope and healing.


Utah Business Magazine's

Forty Under 40

Congratulations to McCall Lyon, Teleconsultation Director, for being named as Utah Business Magazine's Forty Under 40!

We are in awe, and incredibly grateful, for all of the work McCall does with our children, their families, and her colleagues.

Thank you, McCall, and from the bottom of our hearts...we appreciate you!

Meet the Forty Under 40


Congratulations to Ze Min Xiao!

Ze Min Xiao was named Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging at EDCUtah!

The Center serves as the private sector commitment to work alongside government and communities of color to advance the principles outlined in the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Ze had a 13-year career with Salt Lake County. As the Mayor’s Office for New American Director, Ms. Xiao guided immigrant and refugee integration strategies on the local, state, and national levels. Her work is featured in national and international publications including, Bloomberg Associates, Boell Foundation, and Artplace of America.

Ze holds a Master of Art in Community Leadership from Westminster College. She is a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network and a member of The Children's Center Utah's Board of Directors. In her free time, she loves to garden, fish, and spend time with her husband, two teenage boys, four dogs, and five chickens. 

Thank you, Ze, for all you do for

The Children's Center Utah (TCCU) and the community! Congratulations!

Welcome Christian Gardner!

TCCU is thrilled to welcome Christian Gardner to our Board of Directors!

Christian Gardner is President and CEO of Gardner Company, a full-service real estate firm that specializes in the development of corporate office, retail, industrial and medical buildings.

He is the co-founder and chair of rPlus Energies, a subsidiary of Gardner Company, focused on building a robust utility scale renewable energy infrastructure across America. Gardner received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Christian is active in many community and charitable causes, including serving as Chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, Climate and Clean Air Executive Committee, United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and on the board of directors of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Trustees of the Economic Development Corporation Utah. He is married to Marie Gochnour and has 6 children. 

Welcome, Christian!

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