TRiO Student Services

TRiO Staff

Director | Support Staff | Educational Talent Search | Student Support Services
Upward Bound Math Science | Upward Bound | Work Study Employees

Director

Sari Byerly

Sari Byerly
TRiO Director
Sari Byerly has worked for TRIO since 2002 starting her journey working with Upward Bound at the University of Utah. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Social Psychology at the University of Utah and her doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of Idaho. She has been fortunate to find a home working for TRIO. Idaho State University TRiO programs are about serving the students, meeting them where they are at and providing students access and opportunity to education. "I believe strongly in TRiO, the positive impact TRiO programs have on peoples' lives is without question extraordinary. As the first person in my family to receive a college degree I remember the trials of a first-generation student. Great people help you along the way. I have been given amazing mentors, friends, and family to share my wonderful journey. My work with TRIO allows me the opportunity to show others similar precious moments. There is nothing better than loving your job each and every day."

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Support Staff

Rose Jones

Rose Jones
Administrative Assistant II
Rose brings over 27 years of office experience to the TRiO Program. She received a Baccalaureate degree from Idaho State University. In her spare time, she likes to read, camp and skydive. She is the mother of six children and thirteen grandchildren. Rose is an advocate for the Victimís Rights Organization and helped to pass the Idaho Victimís Rights Act in 1994.

Shanna Kopetzky

Shanna Kopetzky
Office Specialist II
Shanna has worked with TRiO for 6 years now. She graduated from ISU college of Technology with an Accounting Clerk certificate. She enjoys getting to know our students and seeing their success is very rewarding experience. She loves spending time with her family which includes and 2 beautiful Siberian Huskys.

 

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Educational Talent Search

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor
Coordinator/Advisor
Blackfoot & Snake River
Mike has worked for the TRiO Student Services in the pre-college programs for 22 years as a Tutor/Mentor and Coordinator. Mike believes that all students should have the same access to education and TRiO provides services that makes students' dreams come reality. Mike works with students from Snake River and Blackfoot high schools and is also the contact for non-traditional students looking to return or start college at ISU.

Mike's School Visits

Monday - Blackfoot High School
Tuesday - Blackfoot High School
Wednesday - Snake River High School
Thursday - Non-Traditional Students
Friday - Office

Jolene Welker

Jolene Welker
Advisor
Pocatello
My name is Jolene Welker and I have been with ETS since January 2012. I LOVE working with my students at Pocatello and Highland High Schools! I graduated from ISU in 2010 with a degree in Training and Development. I am currently working on my Masters of Training and Development. I am happily married and have four children. I am excited to help students realize the opportunities that education provides for them and to encourage them to reach their full potential.

Jolene's School Visits

Monday - Pocatello High School
Tuesday - Pocatello High School
Wednesday - Highland High School
Thursday - Highland High School
Friday - Office

Maria Lemos

Maria Lemos
Advisor
Minico, Twin Falls, Burley, & Jerome
I graduated from Idaho State University in 2012 with my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work, with a Spanish Minor. I enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors with my fiancť, as well as spending time with my family & friends. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals. As a proud TRiO Alumna of ETS and SSS, I can say firsthand that TRiO works! I am excited to be able to assist students in achieving their goals and prepare for their future endeavors.

Maria's School Visits

Monday - Minico
Tuesday - Burley
Wednesday - Minico
Thursday - Burley
Friday - Office

Mary R. Smikle Peoples

Mary R. Smikle Peoples
Outreach Coordinator
Idaho Falls
Mary R. Smikle Peoples comes to ISU after a twenty-year career in higher education. She worked in several respected institutions across the country, including: Garrett Community College, Trocaire College and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. Mary thoroughly enjoyed her role as Director of Financial Aid. It was a pivotal function for helping students realize their dreams of attaining an education. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mary resided in Columbia, Maryland for sixteen years. Pocatello, Idaho is now her home. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Canisius College and a Masters in Management from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. An Avid fitness buff, Mary spends many hours in local parks and on trails biking and walking. She also enjoys reading mysteries, listening to all genres of music and dancing.

Mary's School Visits

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Student Support Services

Maurice Pittman

Maurice Pittman
Advisor/Counselor
Maurice hails from the great State of California. Were he earned his Bachelorís degree in Psychology and Communications and his Masterís degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs and School Counseling from California State University Bakersfield. Maurice currently works as a TRiO Advisor/Counselor at Idaho State University and loves working with college students helping them to write their own chapter in the Book of Life. As a TRiO alum, Maurice knows that TRiO Works!


Diana Guerrero

Diana Guerrero
Advisor/Counselor
Pocatello
Diana Guerrero has worked for the TRiO program for 19 years. She is an Advisor/Counselor for Student Support Services program on the Idaho State Univeristy Campus. Diana has her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master's in Human Resource Training and Development.

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Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science

Cheryl Zimmer

Cheryl Zimmer
Assistant Director

I have been involved with TRiO for 17 years first at the University of Wyoming and now Idaho State University. During that time I have developed a deep appreciation for the mission and goal of TRiO. I love the work I do with students and hope to help many of you work towards your goals.

Upward Bound Math Science

Jon Emery

Jon Emery
Advisor
Idaho Falls
As a former Upward Bound student in Southwest Missouri, TRiO changed my future and taught me to get the most out of education. After graduating from the University of Missouri, I taught English in Ukraine in the US Peace Corps. For four years after, I ran a UBMS program in Missouri before joining the ISU TRiO team as UBMS advisor. I love my work and everything for which TRiO stands and my wife and I enjoy Idaho Falls -the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts!

Jon's School Visits

Advising Schedule
Monday - Shelley High School
Tuesday - Firth High School
Wednesday - Idaho Falls High School
Thursday - Bonneville High School
Friday - 8:00am - 5:00 Office Hours at ISU - University Place (Idaho Falls)

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Upward Bound

Luis Carrillo

Luis Carrillo
Advisor
Pocatello
Hello my name is Luis Carrillo I am a TRiO SSS alumnus, proof that TRiO WORKS! I graduated with a Bachelorís degree in Business Administration from Lewis-Clark State College. I consider myself to be humorous and easy going. I believe education is the key to a better life and love working for TRiO because of the opportunities the programs provide to their students. I have been fortunate to have great support from my wife, family, friends, and co-workers. It is a privilege to come to work and be surrounded by great mentors and a passionate TRiO professionals.

Luis's School Visits

Monday - Pocatello
Tuesday - Blackfoot
Wednesday - Snake River
Thursday - Sho Ban
Friday - Office


Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper
Advisor
Pocatello
I graduated from Idaho State University in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. As a former Upward Bound Student I know firsthand how impactful TRiO can be in studentsí lives. I am excited to again have an opportunity to be a part of TRiO and help students reach their goals.

Heather's School Visits

Monday - Century
Tuesday - American Falls
Wednesday - Aberdeen
Thursday - Highland
Friday - Office

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College Pathways Interns

Steven Moldenhauer

Steven Moldenhauer
Career Pathways Intern

Steven has been part of our TRiO SSS program since he began his career, here at ISU. He has recently joined our team as a Lab Technician, and has participated in TRiO events, such as the 2012 Leadership Summit for Idaho high school students. Steven is pursuing a Bachelorís of Arts in Theatre. "I will not conform myself to the stereotypes of this days world. I will not restrict my abilities to what seems possible. My mind is a powerful tool, and I can disproove theories and exceed expectations that are set to restrict me. My future is what I make it, and will always be." - Steven Moldenhauer

Misty Prigent

Misty Prigent
Career Pathways Intern

Misty is an Idaho State University master student in Anthropology and she is also obtaining a GIS certificate and a TESOL certificate. She was born and raised in Pocatello, but during and after her undergraduate degree lived in France while teaching English as a foreign language. Misty is a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Anthropology as well as a Trio Student Employee.


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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209