Utah Department of Corrections

David Loden
Interim Director of Institutional Programming Division


David Loden is the Interim Director of Institutional Programming at the Utah Department of Corrections.

lodenOriginally from Waukesha, WI, Loden attended the University of Utah on a football scholarship. After graduating with a degree in physical education, he took a job at the Salt Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. He eventually became a supervisor over the intake and living centers before moving into Youth Corrections (now Juvenile Justice Services) in long-term secure programming. He was the Treatment Supervisor for the first level 8 juvenile sex offender program.

Loden obtained his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah and later became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

He was the Superintendent of the Genesis Youth Center, a residential work program located on UDC property in Draper. He was promoted to the Associate Program Director of Juvenile Justice Services, where he had oversight of five state operated and two privately operated, secure correctional facilities. He retired as the Deputy Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services.

After leaving JJS, He became the Superintendent for the Salt Lake Valley Juvenile Detention Center. Later, he became the Executive Director for the Family Counseling Center, Utah’s oldest non-profit agency. 

He and his wife Kara have two daughters, Abby and Kathryn.

 Chyleen Richey
Deputy Director


Chyleen Richey serves as the UDC Deputy Director overseeing the Training Bureau, Planning and Research Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Facilities Bureau, Finance Bureau, Utah Correctional Industries and the Clinical Services Bureau, as well as assisting with Legislative work.

Richey was appointed in November 2018. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English (1994) and a Master of Public Administration (1996) from Brigham Young University, and received her Ph.D. in Political Science (2004) from the University of Utah. She worked as a criminal justice policy analyst for the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel from 1997-2003 and then as an assistant professor for the Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU from 2003-2010. Richey was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Parole by Governor Gary R. Herbert in February 2012. On Nov. 1, 2017 Governor Herbert appointed Richey as Chair of the Board. 

Dan Blanchard
Adult Probation & Parole Director



Dan began his career with the Utah Department of Corrections in 1997 as a correctional officer at the Utah State Prison, and later at a community correctional center.

In 1999 he became an agent with the Division of Adult Probation & Parole in the Provo office, and later as a supervisor of intake and field teams.

In 2013, he became an assistant regional administrator in the Salt Lake office at the Fortitude Treatment Center and field supervision teams. Dan was appointed to deputy director with AP&P in 2015.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

 Travis Knorr
Training Academy Director


Travis Knorr was appointed Director of the Training Academy in March 2019. 

Knorr started his career with the UDC in 1997. He was assigned to maximum security where he spent the next 10 years. During his time in maximum security he served in several different units as an officer and sergeant.

In 2007 he transferred to the Security Threat Group intelligence unit - the UDC's Gang Unit. Knorr promoted to the Firearms Training Coordinator position with the Training Academy in 2012 and then to Firearms Training Manager in 2013. Since then he has worked with all divisions throughout the department.

Sarah Adams

Law Enforcement Bureau Chief


sarah adams


Sarah Adams was appointed as Chief of the Law Enforcement Bureau in December 2017.  Adams previously served as a Supervisor in LEB and has worked for the Department since 2004.

She started as a Correctional Officer in Community Correctional Centers and then moved to AP&P where she served as an AP&P agent from 2005 to 2012. She was promoted to AP&P supervisor and spent two years in the position before moving to LEB as an Investigator in 2014.  In 2017, she was promoted to LEB Supervisor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University.

Sarah approaches all her responsibilities with tenacity and brings well-rounded experience to the role with her understanding of field and facility work. She has been serving as a member of VFAST and had tremendous relationships with our public safety partners.