Board of Directors
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
Danielle Wylie – Government Relations Committee Chair
Director, TRIO Upward Bound, Idaho State University
I joined ISU’s Upward Bound Programs first as an Advisor and Instructional Coordinator in 2020 and as Director in 2021. I am a TRIO McNair alumna and former UB staff member from my home state of Pennsylvania. I enjoy developing and implementing the Upward Bound Programs with my excellent team, as well as using my past experience as a philosophy professor to help Upward Bound students learn what to expect in their college education.
Maurice Pittman – Membership Committee Chair
Advisor/Counselor, TRIO Student Support Services, Idaho State University
My name is Maurice Pittman. I have been with TRIO since 2014 providing services as the SSS Counselor/Advisor at Idaho State University for the past 6 years. I currently serve as the Friends of NAEOP Volunteer Store Manager. I also served as ELI Co-President for 2017-2018, I have volunteered at many IAPT and NAEOP events. I am a TRIO Alum from California State University Bakersfield. I am also actively pursuing my doctorate in Higher Education at Idaho State University.
Hillary O’Brien – Public Relations Committee Chair
Web Specialist, TRIO College Programs, Boise State University
I joined TRIO in 2016 as the Web Specialist for the TRIO Rising Scholars, TRIO Teacher Prep, and McNair Scholars Programs at Boise State University. I have served on the Public Relations Committee since 2017 and took over as Committee Chair in 2018. I have greatly enjoyed putting my background in Web and Graphic Design to good use by helping to highlight and promote all of the outstanding work the TRIO Programs are doing throughout the state of Idaho.
Chewy Garcia – Scholarship Committee Chair
Educational Specialist, TRIO Rising Scholars, Boise State University
Holly Kimbrell – Endowment Committee Chair
Education Advisor & Outreach Coordinator, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, University of Idaho
Leanna Dann – Alumni Relations Committee Chair
Director, McNair Scholars Program, University of Idaho