Folsom is a prosperous city where family, community, service and generosity are strongly held values. But in the midst of this prosperity there is also great need. Families are broken. Parents are caught in the grip of destructive behavior. And children bear the consequence.

When a child lives in turmoil, just getting through the day is a monumental effort — and things like schoolwork, learning, reading, recreation, nutrition and even basic hygiene (things most of us take for granted in our families) become an afterthought.

Without intervention, these negative early experiences shape a child’s identity well into adulthood. "I experienced something bad" becomes "I AM something bad." The cycle repeats itself, and the dysfunction passes from generation to generation. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Research shows—and our own experiences affirm—that caring, consistent, one-on-one attention can have a transformative effect on the lives of struggling children.

And so Folsom’s Hope is doing just that: mentoring, tutoring, supporting, encouraging and nurturing at-risk students—elementary, middle and high school—right here in our own city.

Salwa Kasabian

Executive Director

    Folsom’s Hope was founded in 2008 by Salwa Kasabian, a mother of three who saw the need firsthand—and felt God’s call to respond—when her children were placed at Theodore Judah Elementary, located in one of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods. Salwa’s story is profiled here in Style Magazine.

    Michael Smtih

    Chairman of the Board

      Mike has worked at the intersection of the technology and energy industries for over three decades. He’s an outdoor enthusiast, US Army veteran, dedicated volunteer, and longtime resident of Folsom.

      Kent Dewey

      Board Member

        Kent is a retired Aerospace and Defense executive who now enjoys spending more time with family and friends. His interests are outdoor activities, cooking, reading and travel. He brings leadership experience and financial skills to the Board.

        Debi Kauffman

        Board Member

          Debi is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently works for Dignity Health at a medical clinic in Folsom.

          Mike Lueken

          Board Member

            Mike is the lead pastor at Oak Hills Church in Folsom. He has a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Ill. and his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. 

            Michelle Nation

            Board Member

              Michelle has a background in project management and has a knack for keeping things organized and getting things done. She currently serves as the Operations Director at Disciples Church in Folsom and coordinates local compassion projects with multiple local non-profits. 

              Jeremy Owens

              Board Member

                Jeremy, a devoted husband and proud father, runs a family-owned, Folsom-based remodeling business.  He brings three generations of construction experience to the board. 

                Jordan Triveri

                Board Member

                  Jordan is a successful real estate professional with a passion for people, a heart for others, and a knack for event planning. She leads multiple fundraisers throughout the year, giving generously back to the community.