IATP Board Members

Megan Simila, IATP President-electMegan Simila – President
Educational Specialist, TRIO Upward Bound, Boise State University

I joined the TRIO family in 2014 as an Educational Specialist for Boise State University. Since then, I have observed the power of TRIO in a person’s life and the importance of continued advocacy for staff and students.  Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Public Policy that researches questions regarding first-generation and low-income students because TRIO shows systemic inequality can be impacted with effective policy. TRIO works!


Staff photo of Amy ChristensenAmy Christensen – President-Elect
Director, TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, Idaho State University

Amy Christensen has been supporting the educational aspirations of adult learners for more than a decade across different programs in higher education. Amy currently supports the successful transition of veterans into post-secondary education as the Director of Veterans Upward Bound at Idaho State University. As a first generation student herself, Amy is guided by a curious and persistent approach to post-secondary education, and enjoys being able to advocate with and for students at a variety of levels. Amy attained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in 2010 and she is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-S) and board certified supervisor in the state of Idaho. 



Photo of Arielle Horan, IATP President

Arielle Horan – Past-President
Director, Silver Valley Upward Bound, University of Idaho

I’ve worked with TRIO since my husband and I moved here in 2012, and have had the opportunity to serve under some incredible leadership both at my institution and within IATP. I direct the Silver Valley Upward Bound program at the University of Idaho and am currently pursuing a doctorate focused on educational technology and rural populations.



Austyn Richards staff photoAustyn Richards – Secretary
Advisor/Planner, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Idaho State University





Heather Maib, IATP TreasurerHeather Maib – Treasurer
Director, Benewah Latah Upward Bound, University of Idaho

Heather Ebba Maib has more than fifteen years of experience in student services in higher education and has been working in federal TRIO programs since 2008. She is currently the director of Benewah Latah Upward Bound at the University of Idaho and is working toward a PhD in Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership with a focus on trauma and higher education. Outside of work, Heather stays busy chasing her sons who are 8 and 3 years old.

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