Staff and a Half

Faith SandlerCommunity, Impact, Words of Faith

Scholarship Foundation staff members, challenged to be still long enough for a photograph.

Recently, our staff took 90 minutes for a “good news only” staff meeting amidst an application cycle harder than any other we have experienced (and if you’re wondering why, click here for a word from April 15). We took a team photo after three-minute reports of department accomplishments (advancement, advocacy, finance, IT, and program) and a remarkable round of “anonymous affirmations” in which we provided each other assurance that we each uniquely belong and are strong enough to succeed. We were reminded that together we make the work of The Scholarship Foundation matter all the more in the community and the lives of our young people.

Please take a moment to meet the staff of The Scholarship Foundation by way of our names, titles, and a few words about each of us that one of our colleagues anonymously offered as affirmation.

FRONT ROW, left to right

  • Thurman Young, Awards Manager
    Mysterious and kind. I look forward to seeing Thurman every day.”
  • Dominesha Newton, Senior Student Advisor
    Great energy, best dressed, a great friend, thoughtful, a young legend.”
  • DeVonte’ Jackson, Student Advisor
  • Liliana De La Garza, Bilingual Student Advisor
    Great energy, easy to talk to, dynamic, supportive.
  • Jamie Wilger, Development Coordinator
    Kind to everyone
  • Tameka Herrion, Senior Director of Program
    Patient, thoughtful, leads with soul and spirit. Finds good where others miss it.”


BACK ROW, left to right

  • Jess Dewes, Communications Specialist
    So, so grateful for Jess’ energy and joy. Her humor makes work feel less like work.
  • Rob Foley, Director of Information Technology
    What would we do without Rob? Love his sneaker game. #fire
  • Karina Arango, Director of Advocacy
    Grateful for Karina’s light and spirit. She keeps it real and makes others feel encouraged to keep going when sh*t is hard.”
  • Catherine Hill, Director of Finance and Controller
    I value Catherine’s capacity to balance professionalism and snark artfully.”
  • Faith Sandler, Executive Director
    Faith inspires me to stay vigilant when I want to give up.”
  • Kim Howse, Accountant
    Cool, calm, and collected.”
  • Ricky Hughes, Student Advisor
    ENERGETIC – Ricky’s passion for life is infectious! What an honor to experience.
  • Laura Keeton, Data Specialist
    Says what’s on everyone’s mind! Keeping it real!
  • Terri Brown, Repayment Manager
    A quiet observer with a dry and sly sense of humor.”
  • Jenny Weber, Director of Advancement
    Able to roll with the punches – and very considerate of others.”
  • Grace Carlson, Student Advisor
    Always seems to be CALM and is a positive influence on those around her.”


  • Heather Mudd, Office Administrator
    “Heather is like a duck on the water.”
  • Teresa Steinkamp, Director of Advising
    The loveliest, smartest, kindest and strongest person I know.”
  • 32 Active and Engaged Members of the Board of Directors

Behind the work of the staff and board are 1,000 generous donors, 2,000 students in the process of applying for funding, and countless roots in this community spanning 104 years. It’s hard to picture all that people-power, so you’ll have to just take it on faith.