Upward Bound Staff

Leanne MaxwellLeanne Maxwell - Director
I love the Upward Bound program, and I am thrilled to be a part of it! I love education and I want all the UB students to love it, too. 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 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 returned in 1992 and immediately began taking classes to obtain my teacher certification in Home Economics. I continued on to complete a Master's in Education, graduating in May of 2000. 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 on to higher education after high school. I truly believe that the only thing more expensive than education is not obtaining an education!

Eric Fielding - Assistant Director
I was raised in Cedar City and graduated from Cedar High School and got my bachelor's from Southern Utah University and am currently working towards my Master's of Public Administration. I have been working with high school age kids for the last 20+ years and have seen the importance that education plays in their lives. I had an English teacher that taught me so much more about integrity and respect in life than how to write a paper. I have been with Upward Bound for a year now and see the important role it provides to high school students from low-income, first generation homes. From campus tours, on campus activities, and a summer program that offers college credits for students, free of charge, Upward Bound is second to none. I love this program and love seeing students achieve their goals in education.

Olivia CrowlOlivia Crowl - Administrative Assistant
My family moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Layton, Utah when I was still in Elementary School. Moving to such a new place, our family was low-income for a really long time. That being said, education has always been extremely important to me and my parents encouraged me to apply for scholarships so that I could go to college. I graduated from Northridge High School in 2015 and started at SUU that August on scholarship. I first heard about the Upward Bound program from one of my professors at SUU, and I was hooked from the start! I am an English Education major with a minor in Special Education, so I've always loved school. Having wanted to be a teacher before I even entered kindergarten, the prospect of being able to work with high school students while still in college was, honestly, too good to be true. I fell in love with the Upward Bound after being a T/S during the 2019 Summer Program, so applying for the Administrative Assistant position just made sense! I love helping students reach their goals in high school and preparing them to reach their goals after high school, because, after all, "Learning Lives Forever!"