Janelle Culley – President
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.
Sarah Ritter – President-Elect
Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program, Boise State University
Sarah Ritter began working with Boise State’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program in 2015 as the Program Coordinator and is now the Assistant Director. Her favorite part of working for the McNair Program is helping students pursue their dreams of becoming scientists. In that effort, she has helped over 65 students get into graduate school and eight students receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. Sarah has a B.A in English Literature and Creative Writing, a M.Ed in English as a Second Language, and is ABD (all but dissertation) in an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation research, Discontinuity in the Pedagogical Relation Between Teachers and Refugee Students, arose from her experiences in the Boise School District teaching students with refugee backgrounds for four years. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, walk her dogs, and work in her garden.
Amy Christensen – Past-President
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.
Austyn Richards – Secretary
Advisor/Planner, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Idaho State University
Storm Jansson – Treasurer
Assistant Director, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Idaho State University