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Lisa Carr- Executive Director


Lisa's educational background is in Early Childhood Development and Accounting. Working as the office manager for 16+ years and now as the Executive Director has helped her develop a unique skillset that is one of the most important assets of the San Juan Foundation. Additionally, she has nurtured educational development in others as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Parent Teacher Association, and the Blanding Rotary Club.  She has been a supervisor and recruiter of volunteers for the AmeriCorps VISTA and Foster Grandparent programs. Each of these volunteer experiences has provided unique training and valuable networking opportunities throughout San Juan County.

Cheryl Bowers- CFO


Cheryl was previously the Executive Vice President for Air Medical Resource Group for over 18 years where she lead the Accounting Department and supervised over 300 employees in Human Resources, Medical, Dispatch and Compliance. Cheryl is a City Councilwoman in Blanding, UT, serving a 4-year term and voluntarily manages the Utah Mobile Food Bank in Blanding. She has a Business Management degree and is Certified as a Medical Transport Executive, through the Medical Transport Leadership Institute in Wheeling, WV. Cheryl has 5 children and enjoys spending time with her family and singing.

Shara Lyman- Program Coordinator/Advisor

San Juan High School-

The most important thing I learned before high school was whom I surrounded myself with matters. I needed to choose friends who wanted the best for me and inspired me to be the best I could be. I started working for San Juan Foundation/GEAR UP in 2018. The most inspiring part about my job is helping someone reach their potential. We are often our worst critics and being able to help someone see that they are capable of doing so much more than they ever thought they would is what sparks the fire in me. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that most things don't matter. It doesn't matter what you wear, what someone says, what music you listen to, or even what someone thinks about you. It doesn't even matter where or how you were raised. What matters is who you choose to become.


Sara Hall- Data Specialist


I was born in Murray, UT, and moved to Blanding when I was 4, and have grown up here ever since. My favorite types of people to be around are those who are funny and positive. I also love Italian food. The most important thing I learned before high school was to not give up on my dreams.The best piece of advice I've ever been given to just be myself. I have worked for San Juan Foundation for 5 years and if I were to write my own job title I would call myself the Data Master. The most inspiring part of my job is meeting all kinds of new people and learning something new on a daily basis.


Tracie Fallis- Advisor

Wayne Middle School-

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  My parents, Sam & Sally, thought that the best way to keep their four daughters out of trouble was to keep-them-busy!  I played softball, basketball, took dance and gymnastics, I cheered, ran track, I played volleyball and was part of the Peace Games traveling to Canada, I was on the Junior National Tennis League, I was a percussionist and in a marching band, I went to church camp, band camp, basketball, volleyball, and leadership camps and I loved it all. I attended Ball State University, Indiana University/Purdue Universe at Indianapolis. A move from the Sandy/Draper area to Torrey, Utah led to: working for the Natural History Association in Capitol Reef National Park, joining the Unified Fire Department of Wayne County, and working as a para-educator for Wayne Middle School which has led me to working with the San Juan Foundation and GEAR UP. The most important thing I learned before high school was to be a good friend, to be my own person, and to stand up for those who are having a hard time, standing up against bullies.  I had been the subject of bullying when I was twelve and that experience gave me greater insight for the values, ethics, quality of character, and overall person I chose to be.


Daisha Tolth- Advisor

Whitehorse High School-

I grew up in a small town, Aneth Utah.  I worked in a local community clinic before working with Gear Up. I've always loved helping people and working beyond my job title has allowed me to grow and don't ever stop learning new things. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is "Tough times don't break you, They make you". The most inspiring part of my job is watching a student accomplish goals that they thought weren't possible.  I have worked for San Juan Foundation for two years as an Afterschool Tutor, Substitute, and now a Gear up Advisor. 

Andrea Chamberlain- Advisor

First Year Services-

I was born and raised in Heber City, Utah. I lived there my whole life in the same house and everything until I moved to Logan to go to school. I grew up with 4 older sisters (Yes, my poor dad being stuck with 6 girls). I grew up on a farm. I spent a lot of time hauling hay, feeding cows, changing sprinklers, and building forts in the barns. The most important thing I learned before high school was to be involved! It was important to do a lot of things. Go to the sports events, hang out with friends, etc. It made for a lot better of a high school experience- that's for sure. I plan on getting my masters degree in the next couple of years so that I can be a school counselor. This is my third year working with San Juan Foundation. If I could write my own job title for what I do it would be, “Chasing those darn kids”. The most inspiring part of my job is helping students see their potential. They doubt themselves and don't realize how amazing they truly are! It's fun helping them see just how good they are and what they can accomplish. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that if you don't ask you already have the no. I have pushed myself a little more knowing that I already have the no on things if I don't ask. The worst thing people can say is no. One of the most fun things I have done are four wheeling trips. My family does a campout every year in the middle of the desert and we take our four wheelers. We always go on some crazy adventures and it gets my adrenaline going!

Kate Goble- Advisor
Monticello High School-

I grew up in Monticello, graduated from MHS, moved away, but came back about 5 years ago to raise our family. You can't get the opportunities and experiences you can have in a small town anywhere else! Growing up, I was able to do drill, cheer, band, volleyball, choir and a few other things, but my heart belonged to dance! I started working for GEAR UP in the fall of 2021. I love being around the students and seeing that they can become so much more than they think they can. I hope to bring that into my interactions with them, because I really do believe in all of them! My favorite advice is from one of my favorite books: "It matters not what someone is born, but what they choose to be" - Albus Dumbledore. I graduated with my bachelors from the University of Utah. I have been married for almost 14 years and have 4 amazing kids.

Autumn Benally- Advisor

Albert R. Lyman Middle School and Navajo Mountain High School-

I grew up in Blanding and always have loved living in this area. I enjoy the rural landscape, hiking, camping, fishing, and being outdoors with my family. I think the best things in life are the little moments you can cherish forever. Being able to love what I do is also a great life experience. My main goal in life right now is to go back to school for a Masters of School Psychology. I just finished my Bachelor of Integrated Studies and focused on Psychology. The motion of helping students succeed in their educational goals is such a huge commitment. You are not just helping them, you are encouraging and motivating them in their educational pathways. The connections you have with students and watching them grow into a person they want to become is always the greatest feeling. I became a GEAR UP advisor because being able to be that person a student looks up to is enlightening. I have become the person I needed when I was younger. Someone to steer me into the right direction and know there is so much in the world you can try and accomplish. I want them to know there is so much out there and so many opportunities to be offered. I am pleased to work with GEAR UP

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