Success in Education Board

Kathi Garff Board Chairwoman
Garff Enterprises
Richard L. Folkerson
President, Success in Education Foundation
Jesselie Barlow Anderson
Barlow Corporation, Layton, Utah
James S. Jardine
Shareholder Ray Quinney Nebbeker
Nolan E. Karras
Chairman, The Karras Company, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor
Richard Kendall
Educational Leadership and Policy
Patricia Jones
CEO, Women's Leadership Institute
Jeff Stephens
Superintendent, Weber School District
David Petersen
President & CEO, O.C. Tanner
Dr. Dave R Woolstenhulme
Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Dr. Trent Kaufman
Senior Partner and CEO of Cicero Group
Ronald W. Jibson
Retired, Chairman, President and CEO Questar Corporation

Success in Education Staff

Rick Folkerson
Rick received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Utah and his Automotive Management degree from the General Motors Dealer Academy. Rick Folkerson has led Success in Education since its inception, and leads the organization's vision for the success of Utah students.
Erin Trenbeath-Murray
Erin has dedicated her career to educational access and equality through her work as the former CEO of Utah Community Action/Head Start and adjunct professor at the University of Utah. She is an advocate for the underserved and is passionate about promoting the development of students and women.
Rick Clayton
Rick received his Bachelors of Science in Finance at Brigham Young University. His vast experience in start-ups including Hogi Yogi and Teriyaki Sticks has led him to the Success in Education Foundation. Rick provides leadership around raising funds to support the students in our program.
Mallory Santa Cruz
Director of Keys and Road to
Mallory joins Success in Education and is invested in creating inclusive and equitable educational pathways. With an MBA degree and background in nonprofit program development, she enjoys her work developing programs to support the individual growth of women and students in Utah.
Audra Yocom
Director of Technology
Audra Yocom graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Technology & Engineering Education. As a computer science and information technology educator by trade, she is always on the lookout for unique and meaningful opportunities to share with students.
Crystal Martinez
Crystal's belief in the importance of higher education has been the focal point in all her career choices and has led her to an extensive career at Success in Education. Crystal's passion is to assist first generation and BIPOC students achieve success in and out of the classroom.
Kaitlin Dietrich
Grants & Special Events
Kaitlin Dietrich has been the Grants and Events Manager for Success in Education since 2016. She grew up in Virginia where she also got a bachelor’s degree in Family and Childhood Development. She has always been passionate about helping others and loves helping students discover their educational opportunities.
Kassandra Cruz
Kassandra's passion for education and creativity motivated her to pursue a career in the non-profit marketing scene. With her role as the Marketing Manager, she hopes to help spread the foundation's mission throughout the state.
Caitlin Thomas
SME Events &
Caitlin is a graduate from the Master’s in Professional Communications program at Weber State University and is currently working towards a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Therapy. She is passionate about education and helping to provide equal opportunity to all students in Utah.
Shelley Jones
A graduate of Utah State University, Shelley has experience in education, community development, and economics as well as a Masters degree in American Studies and Folklore. Shelley is dedicated to the causes of inclusion, diversity, and sustainability and is excited to be able to bring Success in Education resources and programs to her home, the Bear River Region
Sydney Leiseth
SME Women Who
Sydney developed a special interest for serving and supporting others while studying at Utah State University and serving as an executive chair for the service club. Sydney believes that every student should have equal opportunities to build their futures, so she is thrilled to bring Utah students resources that enable them to prepare for college and career paths of their choosing.
Madeline Park
SME Ken Garff
Maddie Park graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Technology and Engineering Education. While there she represented BYU in programs like the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia and a NASA launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket in Florida. She loves traveling, watching movies, and cheering on the Seattle Kraken.
Anna Halladay
Anna is pursuing her Associate's Degree in Marketing Management at Salt Lake Community College. She has online certifications in Social Media Advertising, Online Marketing, and Digital Marketing Research. Anna is very excited to learn, to grow as a professional, and in the process, to share and promote the benefits of Success in Education.
Amber Stone
SME Road to
Born and raised in Utah, Amber graduated from The University of Utah with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in SPED. She has a wide variety of experience which includes being a reading specialist, working with adults and children with intellectual disabilities, and working in higher education. She is passionate about providing all in Utah with access to education and the resources that they need to be successful.
Evelyn Gomez
SME Events &
Evelyn Gomez was born and raised in St. George, Utah. Evelyn received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Dixie State University and is currently working on her Master's of Public Administration at Southern Utah University. She is passionate about making a difference in her community regarding access to higher education and is thrilled that she now gets to do this across the state of Utah through the Success In Education programs. Outside of work and remote learning, she loves decompressing with a good book, watching Law & Order, or trips to thrift stores.
Jackson Murray
SME Code to
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