Our Team


Brian Swan

Brian is the President of Stringham Schools after being hired on as the Director in 2014. Having obtained his own real estate license in 2003 from Stringham, Brian had a successful career as a real estate agent. He returned to Stringham in 2007 and earned his Broker’s license. In 2010, he allowed his license to expire and left Utah for law school in Cleveland, Ohio. After law school he returned to Utah and opened his own law office in 2014 where he successfully litigated cases involving real estate agents and contract issues. While at Stringham he has sought to improve the overall student experience by integrating legal cases into the course curriculum to help the students understand how the issues they learn in class operate in the real world and lead to lawsuits. He’s also updated and cited the course textbook, instituted the student online study group and recorded webinars, and oversees the personal tutoring program.

Aside from a strong real estate and legal background, Brian has a wide range of interests. He’s a movie buff who makes it a point to slip in a movie quote in most conversations with unsuspecting coworkers and friends, loves sports and competitive games, and enjoys spending time with his family. When he’s not in the office, he can be found in the gym reliving his glory days to ’80’s music videos with Uncle Rico.

Assistant Director

Rachel Jaar

Rachel is the Assistant Director of Stringham Schools. She attended Stringham as student in 2013 to obtain her real estate license and has been an active agent since. Rachel received her law degree in 2017 from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. She practiced law as a full-time attorney for a year before joining Stringham.

Rachel was born and raised in Hawaii, and although misses the beach, considers Utah her home. She loves learning, traveling, weightlifting, and spending time with her 3 sons.

Assistant Director:rachel@stringhamschools.com

Office Manager

Cressie Larson

Cressie is the Office Manager at Stringham Schools and she has been a part of Stringham since January 2009. She graduated from Brigham Young University and hopes to one day return to school and earn her Master’s Degree. She enjoys music, attending sporting events, and traveling.

Student Advisor

Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins has been a Student Advisor for Stringham Schools for a little over 7 years now. She joined the team in July of 2009. She helps with assisting students with their questions, Enrollments, and scheduling our Instructors. Annie loves interacting with our students, and is passionate in helping them succeed in their Real Estate journey.

Annie is a Murray High School Graduate, and also Graduated Beauty College in 2004.  She loves anything hair and makeup. She has a passion for baking and crafting, and when she is not working here, she is usually at home in the kitchen creating all kinds of sweet treats. Annie also illustrated a children’s book that was released in 2016, and loves drawing and photography.

Student Advisor

Sky Utley

Sky is a School Administrator for Stringham Schools and joined the team in January 2018. She is passionate about helping others and loves assisting students with their Real Estate adventure.

She was born and raised in Utah but hopes one day to have the opportunity to move out of state to experience new cultures. Her dream is to spend a summer or more backpacking in Europe. She is a travel & food enthusiast and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her Fiancé and her Australian Shepherd.

Creative Director

Kelton Davis

Kelton has been with Stringham Schools for a year now and has enjoyed overseeing the creation of Stringham’s new and innovative online video classes. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Media Arts program. He also worked for BYU as a Radio Engineer & Announcer and as a Video Producer for BYU Independent Study.

Kelton has also worked as a Cinematographer in Utah Valley University’s broadcast department, a Video Producer and Counselor for DIY.org’s online youth education series, and an editor for Kaleidoscope Pictures. He was a Director, Cinematographer, and Editor for the docuseries, Beehive Stories on KBYU, along with many other entertainment and commercial projects.

Kelton is a movie enthusiast, singer, composer, husband, theatre performer, and incredibly bad basketball player. Traveling the country and the world with his family is both his favorite thing to look back on and favorite thing to look forward to.

eLearning Manager

Baden Brewer

Baden has been in the eLearning industry since 2012 working with multiple billion-dollar companies. He is an outdoors enthusiast who loves riding dirt bikes, snow bikes and fishing. He spent 6 months living in an RV with his wife and baby traveling around the Pacific Northwest. Now, father of 2 boys he’s joined Stringham Schools as the eLearning Manager and is excited to be part of the Stringham team.


Anne Forester

Anne Forester is an actress, author and freelance journalist. She studied broadcast journalism, graduating with honors from Southern Utah University. Anne has written for several newspaper publications and worked as an investigative producer and general assignment reporter for a local news station. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and featured on NBC’s Dateline. Anne joined Stringham Schools in April 2014 and enjoys filming On Scene segments for online video courses.

Anne has landed roles in film, TV commercials and national print campaigns such as Wrangler Workwear and Intel. In 2015, she appeared as a contestant on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”. Anne loves to write and published her first children’s book in 2016. In her free time, Anne loves to explore Utah with her family.


Deena Marie Manzanares

Deena has spent many years creating and performing onstage. A member of Actors Equity Association and represented by TMG agency, she is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in NYC.

Deena’s recent theatrical highlights include leading roles in productions of the classics, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hedda Gabbler.

She’s built a name for herself locally over the years being named “Face of Utah,” “SLC’s Community Celebrity,” and “SLC Sweetheart.” She’s also been the recipient of Salt Lake Magazine’s “Best of the Beehive,” and City Weekly’s “Best of Utah” awards.

She’s appeared on local morning news as a fill-in feature reporter, celebrity impersonators, and guest host. Deena also conducts her own entertainment segment on KUTV2 every Thursday morning called, “Deena on the Local Scene”.

When she’s not in the spotlight and hosting notable events such as, SLC’s 2016 TEDx event, or interviewing the stars of American Idol in LA, she enjoys acting as a brand ambassador for local fashion shops and designers.

She and her husband have recently welcomed the addition of their first baby.


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