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    The Moab Valley Multicultural Center recently expanded staff, certified an additional medical language interpreter, and received accolades for the impactful work the nonprofit performs.

    Salt Lake City-based nonprofit Holy Cross Ministries awarded the center “Innovative Agency of the Year” for their immigration legal services. Rhiana Medina, executive director of the MVMC, attended an awards luncheon in Salt Lake City to receive the honor on behalf of the center on May 30. 

    Medina said, “I’m honored that the center is being recognized on the Wasatch Front by such distinguished colleagues. We will continue to work diligently with partner organizations locally and statewide to meet the needs of our community.” 

    The MVMC was also awarded the UNA Nonprofit Organizational Credential Badge in Advocacy and Civic Engagement with the help of Programs Coordinator Zaida Agreda. This badge recognizes the time commitment, staffing capacity, and organizational alignment that the MVMC demonstrates in completing their mission. The MVMC was honored to receive this award, noting that since 2015 UNA has only awarded 114 badges in a state with over 10,000 nonprofits, said Medina.

    Education Coordinator Quincy Masur underwent a 40-hour training and exam to become MVMC’s newest certified medical interpreter. “MVMC staff continues to provide invaluable language access services throughout Moab and the surrounding area. To this end, MVMC welcomed two new staff members in June,” said an announcement from the organization. Liz Donkersloot was hired as housing resource coordinator and Juliana Rey was hired as a new programs assistant. Rey hails from Colombia and Donkersloot is originally from Michigan. “Both bring a wealth of experience working with children, education, and nonprofits to the Multicultural Center,” said Medina.

    To learn more about the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, visit their website at or stop by the nonprofit at 156 North 100 West.

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