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.

    Curtis Alling

    Chairman of the Board

      A career environmental planner, Curtis has sought to improve stewardship of our natural world and build communities. Also devoted to service, he leads the Community Outreach Ministry at his church.

      Susan Didriksen


        Susan is a financial advisor with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, investment strategy and risk management. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of Folsom Lake College and Ashford University.

        Shawn Cooper


          Shawn is a husband, father of four, and a senior project manager with more than 15 years of experience in the commercial construction industry. He enjoys coaching youth sports in the community and being outdoors.

          Brad Franklin

          Board Member

            Brad Franklin has been serving and nurturing Folsom for over 30 years.  Brad and his wife, Donna, started Lakeside Church in 1987 with a phone list, an open invitation and a spirit of generosity and love.

            Debi Kauffman

            Board Member

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

              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. 

                Valerie Owens

                Board Member

                  A dedicated Kindergarten teacher, Valerie is passionate about creating supportive, nurturing, engaging environments that help kids thrive in school and in life.  She's also a loving mom to three incredible kids of her own - Aubrey, Shelby and Andrew.

                  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.