Executive Team

Executive Team


Kristy Chambers

Chief Executive Officer

Kristy Chambers is Columbus’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Columbus, she served as CEO of Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc., better known as Fourth Street Clinic. A certified public accountant for over twenty years, Kristy’s professional background includes public accounting and top level management positions in health care, real estate, retail, and hospitality. Kristy is currently an instructor with the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy and serves on various local and national non-profit boards. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics/Business and has a Master’s in Taxation with honors from the Washington School of Law.

Kevin Keyes

Chief Compliance Officer

Kevin has three decades of experience working in human services. He joined Columbus in 1985 and has served as assistant administrator since 2001. During his tenure, he has served in a senior management capacity during all of Columbus’s major expansions. Currently, he oversees the compliance for Columbus’s residential, day activity, and vocational programs. Since 1999, Kevin has been a surveyor for CARF. In this capacity, he conducts site surveys at rehabilitation organizations throughout the United States and Canada to determine adherence to CARF standards.

Patti Timm, SPHR, SHRM SCP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Patti joins Columbus with thirty years of human resources experience and is responsible for maximizing employee performance in supporting the organization’s strategic goals. She has worked in hospitality, healthcare, arts and social service industries.  Patti earned a Business Administration/Human Resources Management degree from Westminster College, holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM SCP) certifications. She brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including positions at Salt Lake Community Action, Utah Issues, and the Sundance Institute.

Stephanie Mackay

Chief Innovation Officer

Stephanie is the chief innovation officer for Columbus Community Center, a Salt Lake County-based nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for 430 individuals who have developmental and physical disabilities. Stephanie joined Columbus in 2004, and in her role, she is involved in fundraising, donor relations, board development, strategic planning, community events, marketing, and public relations. Prior to joining the nonprofit field in 2004, she worked as a corporate communication consultant and writer in a number of capacities. She started her career at Shipley Associates, an internationally recognized consulting firm that specializes in communication training and customized writing.  Stephanie served as project manager on a number of large documentation projects in a variety of governmental, business, medical and scientific disciplines in both the U.S. and Europe. She received her B.A. from Westminster College, her M.A. from Utah State University, and a Conflict Resolution Certificate from the University of Utah. She serves in volunteer leadership roles for various local nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the Utah Nonprofits Association, the Utah Society of Fundraisers, and the Salt Lake Chamber. Through her professional and volunteer work, she is committed to building strong philanthropic organizations based on sound strategic planning and clearly defined organizational goals. In 2015, Stephanie was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of “30 Women to Watch.” In 2018, Stephanie was  recognized as a finalist for the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.”  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-mackay/0/577/98/

Lin Sorenson

Chief Operations Officer

Lin joined Columbus in 2012. She is responsible for the operation, budget, and financial health of the businesses that Columbus operates to employ people with significant disabilities. Prior to joining Columbus, she served in management, project management and senior management roles in the manufacturing, technology, and publishing fields. Lin has more than 25 years’ experience building efficient organizations and effective teams, as well as process improvement. She enjoys the challenge of growing the Columbus businesses so they can provide more employment opportunities.

Kent O’Quinn, CPA, CMA

Chief Financial Officer

Kent comes to Columbus with almost 30 years of accounting experience in the local community. He grew up in Cache Valley and received his undergraduate degree in Finance/Economics from Utah State University. Later, he received his MBA with an accounting emphasis from Grand Canyon University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). His professional background includes soft drink manufacturing, canned and custom software providers, life and health insurance, and an Internet/virtualization service provider. He looks forward to bringing the organization’s robust information systems up-to-speed and utilizing them more fully.

Safia Keller

Chief Employment Development Officer

Safia comes to Columbus with 10 years of experience in fundraising and 11 years of experience in sales and program creation. She worked at Westminster College as director of corporate relations for 10 years and prior to that was the group and corporate sales director for 14 cities for Broadway Across America for 11 years. She received her BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City and is the current Chair of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle. She sits on several boards in the community including the AFP – Utah Chapter (Association of Fundraising Professionals), the MS Society of Utah/So. Idaho, and the University of Utah Ski Archives.