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 am in my second year of working for San Juan Foundation/GEAR UP. 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.
Andrea Chamberlain- Advisor
San Juan High School-
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. I plan on getting my masters degree in the next couple of years so that I can be a school counselor. This is my second 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 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 do is say no.
Justina Lameman- Advisor
Albert R. Lyman Middle School-
I grew up in Bluff, UT and went to school at ARL, then graduated from San Juan High School. I got offered a job at ARL for the Gear Up Advisor and I've been in love with it since. I've now worked at San Juan Foundation for about 3 years now and it's been one of the best jobs! I never would have thought I would be working at my old middle school working with teachers that taught me but you never know where life takes you and I don't regret it one bit! The most important thing I learned before high school was to KEEP UP ON YOUR GRADES and PAY ATTENTION. The most fun thing I have done...... There are so many but one of the biggest things is Traveling I love to go to new places and get away from life for a while and enjoy the moment.
Marti Brewer- Advisor
Monticello High School-
I was born and raised in Monticello, Utah. I attended Monticello High School and after graduation, I started my associate degree at Snow College in Ephraim. I didn't want to go to a big University at first, because I felt more comfortable in a small town environment. The best piece of advice I have given is, "If not now, When?" Don’t spend your time procrastinating, live in the moment! The most inspiring part of my job is being able to truly and effectively help students be successful and follow their dreams! When I was a young child, I was crippled with shyness. I remember sitting at my desk at school and crying because I was so scared to ask the teacher for help. It was a horrible time in my life! I struggled for a long time with my shyness, until about the time I got into 5th grade and I had a wonderful teacher who made me feel like a million bucks! He helped me feel safe to ask for help, he helped me feel strong to finally get up in front of my peers and give reports, he mentored me, helped me increase my self-esteem, and he helped me succeed! This was a significant time in my life. I grew that year in ways I can't describe. Because of my 5th grade teacher's love and encouragement, I have enjoyed being able to help others be successful, shoot for things beyond their reach and overcome personal barriers! I love my job!!!
Rose Atene- Advisor
Monument Valley High School-
Teancum Chamberlain- First Year Specialist
I was born and raised in Blanding Utah. I have lived in Montana for a couple of years after high school doing a service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also attended Snow College and got my associate's degree from there. I am now back in Blanding doing schooling. I have been with San Juan Foundation for a total of almost 2 months now. I may not have lots of experience yet, but I am very excited to be here and working! The most inspiring part of my job is realizing that the work I do is to help others. I get to be a part of the process of people succeeding through life. My father has given me the best advice which is to be happy and optimistic. Life is hard enough already and looking at life with a pessimistic view will do you no good. I now try to have an optimistic view and it has changed the way I see life as well as other people.
Larene Reynolds- Advisor
Wayne High School-
I was born in Milford, Ut. the oldest of 9 children. We moved and I went to school in St. George where I was the first female student body president. ( Which I did so I could get scholarships for college. I couldn’t wait to be in college!). I feel something important I have learned in life is the power of our thoughts. What we focus on grows, we manifest into our lives with what we think about. Looking at life through a positive lens opens up many great opportunities for us! I have worked in higher education for most of my career. I love being around students, as I feel I am still one of them. I have worked with GEAR UP for 2 years now. I feel my job description would be; Advocate and Cheerleader for my amazing students who have to deal with adversities and I hope to give them a friendly face and safe place to feel support...even if I can’t help them with math. ;)
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.
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.
Morgan Chamberlain- Data Specialist/Auditor
I was born and raised in Payson, UT until my Junior year of high school, when I moved to Ephraim and graduated from Manti High School. From there I went to Snow College and got my associate's degree (and a cute husband). Soon after, we moved to Blanding, UT where he is from which is when I joined the San Juan Foundation crew. We now have a little girl who is the best thing in our lives. I love being crafty, and while I don't get to help the students directly, I'm glad that I get to do the behind the scenes work so that our advisors can do great things! The best advice that I have is that if you want to do something, just go for it! Don't let your fears hold you back. While I'm not the best at taking this advice, I know that it can make a huge difference.