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.
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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!
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Heidi joined the Grand Futures/Partners staff as the Routt County Youth Development Coordinator in September 2021 and transitioned to the Prevention Director 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 her work at Grand Futures, 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 is thrilled to become part of the Steamboat Springs community, and spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Coco.
Spanish Speaking Case Manager:
Laurymarie is responsible for creating and supporting partnerships between adult volunteers and Latinx youth in the Community Based Mentoring Program. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in English and Spanish. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Anthropology. For more than 10 years she worked in customer service in the Hospitality Industry. Since 2016 she has dedicated her energy to working for non profit organizations. Laurymarie spent two years working for Horizons, then worked as a Special Needs paraprofessional in high school and elementary levels. Laurymarie is honored to give back to the community and put her heart and soul to help others as she was helped before.
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School Based Mentor Program Manager:
Shannon oversees the School Based Mentoring Program which strives to create and maintain a bond between adult mentors and children within the school itself to further support students in order to achieve both academic and social success.
Shannon grew up in Steamboat and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School. She then went to school at CU Boulder with an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a BA in Psychology. She served in the Navy as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F/A-18 Superhornet, completed several deployments, and was an instructor in various fields. Shannon recently moved back to Steamboat with her three children. Shannon is enthusiastic about enriching the school experience for all youth in the area as well as helping create strong bonds with incredible adult role models in their lives.
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Moffat County Youth Coordinator:
Mackenzie is our Moffat County Youth Coordinator. 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.
Prevention Program Coordinator:
Merrily joined the Grand Futures/Partners team as the Northwest Coordinator for the Strengthening Families 10-14 program in September, 2021. She has a background in community involvement as the Family Representative in the Interagency Oversight Group. Merrily is dedicated to working with adults and families healing from addiction, separation, and societal stigmas. She has a deep passion for giving a voice to struggling families and uses an empathetic and open minded lens in her work. Merrily believes it is possible for families to heal through communication, bonding, understanding, and community support, regardless of their past. Merrily has strong interpersonal skills and is able to work effectively across diverse, challenged, and multigenerational populations. Merrily was born and raised in Steamboat Springs and has two wonderful children. She loves animals and connecting with others, and enjoys participating in a unifying workplace that encompasses a common goal towards helping others in our community to sustain a useful, inclusive, and content community.
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 5 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 Daisy Troop leaders. Alexa is finishing her Communications degree at FRCC and believes better communication is the key for a better world.
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Community Education Coordinator:
Sarah joined the Grand Futures team in September 2019. She first moved to Steamboat in 2010 and is a proud victim of the Yampa Valley curse after seasons spent in Alaska and California. She grew up in Los Angeles, California; she earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. She brings 15 years of experience working in the diverse fields of youth leadership, education, program management, and non-profit service. Her hobbies include snowboarding, camping, road-tripping, foraging, baking, making art, and volunteering for two creative organizations.
Bookkeeper: 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.