Lindsay is responsible for developing strong agency capacity, developing and maintaining effective community partnerships, planning for sustainable resource development, and ensuring quality programming and effective program evaluation. Lindsay originally joined the Partners team in 2009 as an AmeriCorps School-Based Mentor. She then worked in the Partners office as an AmeriCorps VISTA before spending four years as the Partners School-Based Mentoring Program Manager. Lindsay earned her Masters in social work from CSU and was most recently the school social worker for Hayden School District. Lindsay is thrilled to return to the Partners team and to continue supporting youth and families in this community.
970.879.6141 ext 308
Mentoring Programs Director: Erin oversees all aspects of Mentoring Programs - Community Based & School Based Programs and staff. Erin is a Steamboat local who moved back to the Yampa Valley in 2018. She has a BA in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After graduating college Erin volunteered in youth programming for 7 years and then worked as an Area Director abroad for Young Life in Munich, Germany for 6 years. Erin is currently the Vice President of Routt County Youth Services Coalition, on the Mentor Colorado Advisory Board, the Program Quality Board for the Partners Mentoring Association and the local Brown Ranch Steering Committee. Erin is passionate about assisting youth and adolescents in their holistic development by creating ways for them to have positive adult role models in their life. Email Erin to learn about how you can be a Mentor over a cup of coffee!
970.879.6141 ext 305
Education & Empowerment Program Director:
Heidi joined the Partners team as the Routt County Youth Development Coordinator, and transitioned to the Education & Empowerment Program Director role in December 2021. She has experience working with families and youth of diverse backgrounds, and her passion lies in empowering youth to live fulfilling and engaging lives. Heidi graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Political Science. Prior to moving to the Yampa Valley, Heidi provided multi-generational, community-based programming for refugee and immigrant youth and their families through her position at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver. Heidi currently serves as the Board Secretary for the Routt County Youth Services Coalition.
970.879.6141 ext 311
Moffat Youth Development Coordinator:
Mackenzie is our Youth Development Coordinator in Moffat County. She was born and raised in Craig and relocated to Wyoming for college where she earned her Associates of Applied Science Degree and Radiologic Technologist Licenses. She is a loving mother to two boys and hopes to show them and the youth she works with that they can do anything they set their minds to with encouragement and empowerment from a positive influence. Her goals are to make a positive impact on the youth in Moffat County and on her community.
CBM Lead Case Manager:
Alexa is responsible for creating and supporting partnerships between adult volunteers and youth in the Community Based Mentoring Program. She is a mother of 3 and has lived in the Yampa Valley for 6 years. She enjoys getting to know the community and is a volunteer with Advocates in Routt County, is on the Yampa Valley Pride committee, and is one of her daughter's Brownie Troop leaders. Alexa is finishing her Communications degree at FRCC and believes better communication is the key for a better world.
970.879.6141 ext 301
CBM Bilingual Case Manager:
Gaby was born and raised in Venezuela. Although Spanish is her mother tongue, she has been improving her English since she became a part of the Steamboat Springs community four years ago. She graduated from Arturo Michelena University in Venezuela with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Gaby has always been passionate about serving children and adolescents, as she believes they often lack the necessary tools to lead a fulfilling life. However, she also believes that young people still have time to become great individuals for themselves and society. Gaby is also excited about the opportunity to bridge the language barrier between Hispanic families and mentors.
970.879.6141 ext 304
Hayden Youth Development Coordinator
Sarah has experience working with youth from kindergarten to college age from many different walks of life and backgrounds. She worked as a high school librarian for several years in Pennsylvania, followed by teaching elementary students at an after-school program in North Carolina. In 2020 Sarah became the Site Coordinator at a middle school program that housed students on their virtual days just outside of Charlotte. Once the grant for that program ended, she moved from North Carolina to Steamboat Springs to become the Teen Director of the Boys and Girls Club in the summer of 2021.
Sarah graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Information and Library Science, followed by her Master's of Science in Library and Information Science with a K-12 teaching certificate. She loves anything involving water (swimming mostly), caring for animals, and creating art and/or hands-on projects. Sarah currently owns and operates a pet-sitting business out of Craig full-time. She is excited to join the Partners team and pursue her passion of empowering youth.
Karin handles all accounts payable, receivable, payroll taxes, and grant reimbursements. Karin has been an independent bookkeeper since 2006 and has several clients in Steamboat Springs. Karin gained her B.F. in Business from New Hampshire College.
Laurie assists with grant management, requirements, tracking and reporting. She oversees and supports operational needs related to the Partners Alliance Center. Laurie is a Colorado native and has been in the Yampa Valley for over 20 years. She earned her BA in Sociology and Social Sciences from Western Colorado University.
School Based Mentor
Wendy is a Colorado native. After graduating college she traveled the world spending a year in Australia before exploring New Zealand, Mongolia, Scotland, and more. These experiences instilled a passion for travel and adventure! Wendy is excited to work with Partners for Youth at the Steamboat Springs Middle School as a school based mentor. When not at the school, you can find her riding horses, frequenting bookstores, grabbing a coffee in town, or at the brewery with her two dogs. A self-declared extroverted introvert, she loves having friendly conversations with just about anyone, so do not hesitate to come up and say hello if you see her out and about!
School Based Mentor
This is Suzy's second year as a SBM and feels like the luckiest girl in the world that she gets to work with the students at SSHS! High school students are totally her jam. After college, Suzy moved to Steamboat Springs and worked with youth in the community for two years. During this time in Steamboat is when she discovered her interest in working with high school students. Suzy's masters work at University of Northern Colorado followed. There she received a MA in Special Education & School Psychology. In the years that followed, she fell in love with her husband and they had 3 children. Suzy and her family have lived in Greeley, Chicago, Denver and are now back in the magic of the Yampa Valley. She looks forward to this year at SSHS as a SBM working with the students.
School Based Mentor:
Jenny moved to Colorado from Wisconsin over 5 years ago with her husband, 2 children and dog, Chalupa. She loves video games, a self proclaimed Trekkie, diehard Packer fan and a pop culture trivia nerd. She loves living in Colorado and the small town charm of Craig. Jenny looks forward to getting to know the Craig Middle schoolers this year and feeling extremely grateful for this opportunity!
School Based Mentor:
Life started in Vermont for Cheryl and is where a huge chunk of her heart stays with family and friends, but at age 18 she left to check out the world a bit more. After traveling around the globe a little, living from coast to coast, she then took a job at a fly fishing lodge in Meeker, CO, which then landed her in Steamboat. Cheryl has called Steamboat home now for 21 years and shares her life with her husband, 2 children and a handful of pets. She worked in restaurants since age 17, but after having children and Covid, Cheryl's passions took a different turn. She focused on how she could be fully involved in her kids' lives, help protect them and their friends, and where she could be more of a service in this community for the youth as a whole. Like most Steamboaters, Cheryl finds great peace when out in the nature surrounding us. She is grateful everyday she landed in this community and has the privilege to call it home!
Makena will help lead the Steamboat Springs Teen Council. As a dedicated member of Steamboat Springs Teen Council for the past four years, she’s taken on a bigger leadership role as President of the Executive Committee. A junior at Steamboat Springs High School, she worked to orchestrate last year's Teen Council initiative to train the Steamboat Springs School District staff in administration of Naloxone. This year, Makena hopes to continue the initiative, expanding it and the people reached. Makena is excited to take on the role of Youth Intern to execute initiatives and to have a more direct role in supporting the community. Outside of Teen Council, she is studying as a dually enrolled student at Colorado Mountain College. She hopes to become a theoretical cosmologist and study the mechanics behind the Universe.
Hailey has spent her whole life in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Sharing many interests ranging from reading and writing to rodeo and animal care. With lots of love for engaging and leading others to what they strive to do. Hailey is a junior at Astrvo Online Academy after spending her first years in MCHS. Making the switch has helped her strive to influence others into making the decisions they find the most fit for themselves. She enjoys spending all of her free time with her beautiful horses and energetic dog. Hailey has been a dedicated member of Moffat County’s youth action council for the last four years. She is excited to take on this new role in supporting our youth and the community.