Amy 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.
Megan Simila – Past-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!
Janelle Culley – President-Elect
Director, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, University of Idaho
I joined TRIO in 2018 as the Director of the Educational Opportunity Center, and work with an incredible team serving our communities across Ada and Canyon County. My background is in conflict management and organizational development, and understanding the systemic barriers in both social and institutional environments. I love working for a program that addresses these issues and has a lasting impact on our participant’s lives.
Austyn Richards – Secretary
Advisor/Planner, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Idaho State University
Assistant Director, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Idaho State University