Founder & Executive Director
Nick Gonzales resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Alia and 3 kids Aiden, Brynley, and Carter. He was born and raised in Houston, TX and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. Nick spent 13 years as an educator in Houston before moving to Utah. He is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at West Lake Stem Junior High in the Granite School District. Nick is also a presenter for the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Conference and serves as the Western Division Chair for the Music Education Alliance Foster Project which is an initiative that supports Title 1 band programs in under served communities across the country.
Nick's vision for Stone of Hope Youth began years ago when he taught music at a Title 1 School in Houston, TX. He noticed that too many of his students lacked the basic needs in their personal life such as parental support, encouragement, steady family income, and a safe home and community. Nick's passion has always been to speak life, teach and inspire kids to achieve more than they could ever imagine no matter of their home situation. We at Stone of Hope Youth have a desire to help raise young boys to become great men of integrity. A desire that will bless inner city kids with opportunities that are not easily available to them. We will teach, encourage, and mentor our youth while showing them success comes from hard work, dedication, faith in God, and never giving up.
Co-founder, Director of Camps and Development
Casey Spencer resides in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife Emily and their 2 kids: Ada Claire (5) and Graham (2). Casey and Emily were born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas and moved to Salt Lake City in June of 2016. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S. in Marketing Management and was a firefighter for the city of Jonesboro, AR for 6 years prior to moving to Utah. God asked his family to step out in faith and follow His calling on their lives to be in Salt Lake City; to work with youth and to lead others in a growing faith in Jesus. Casey loves his family and being active, which includes: hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and CrossFit. His biggest desire is to use fitness and sports to help youth grow and be more than they ever thought possible.