Leanne Maxwell - Director
I love the Upward Bound program, and I am thrilled to be a part of it! I was actually a low-income, first generation student, raised in the small southern Utah town of Glendale. I learned early from my parents that education is very important, so after I graduated from Valley High School, I was one of the few girls in my high school graduating class who went on to graduate college. I received a BA in Family and Consumer Science at Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University). I moved away from Cedar City for many years, but I returned in 1992 and immediately began taking classes to obtain my teacher certification in Home Economics. I continued on to complete a Masters in Education in May of 2000. I am thrilled to have a position with the SUU Upward Bound project because I love education and want all the UB students to love it too. I have been Director of Upward Bound at SUU since 1995 and I enjoy working with high school students because I believe that gaining an education is one of the most important things a person can do with their life! I'd like to see every student go to school after high school. I truly believe that the only thing more expensive than education is not obtaining an education!!
Brian Fullerton - Assistant Director
After finishing a degree at Southern Utah University, I moved to Ohio where I worked with urban youth in an after-school setting. This work opened my eyes to the importance of education. There are many young students out there who don’t have access or the necessary support to achieve a higher education. And there are countless studies that show how important a college degree is: not only for our financial well being, but for our personal happiness as well.
Julie Wilcox - Student Secretary
I grew up in a small town in Colorado where we had very few opportunities to learn about college, much less earn college credit. My family moved to Cedar City when I was in eighth grade, where I have been blessed with several great opportunities to help me succeed. I took several concurrent enrollment classes throughout high school, which definitely gave me a leg up as I started college at Southern Utah University. I am working toward my bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and then plan on earning my master’s of Business Administration shortly thereafter. Although I enjoy business and the challenges it offers, my real love is sewing and designing my own clothes. My big goal is to start a company that makes modest dresses for young women. I love that I have the opportunity to work for Upward Bound, since it is such a great program. I’m excited to learn more and help students have some of the wonderful opportunities that I was able to have.