Michelle Petix, Executive Director: Michelle’s passion is working with youth, families, and their communities. In addition to a BA in Psychology from Westfield State College, Michelle has over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit and government sector. Most recently she was the Juvenile Diversion Coordinator for the Routt County District Attorney’s Office, 14th Judicial District. Prior to that she played a key role in the ongoing development and implementation of the Routt County Teen Center and has also worked with the Community Youth Corps, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has and continues to serve on many Boards in the community including the Routt County Youth Coalition. Coming full circle, Michelle served as a founding board member of Partners in Routt County in 1996 and was one of the authors of PRC’s non-profit application and mission statement.
Lindsay Kohler, Program Manager: Lindsay oversees all programmatic aspects of the School-Based Mentoring Program including the recruiting, hiring, training, and professional development of AmeriCorps School-Based Mentors. She also functions as a liaison between PRC and the Routt County schools in which AmeriCorps members serve and ensures that all AmeriCorps guidelines and requirements are followed with integrity. Lindsay received a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in the spring of 2007. In 2008 she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, coordinating children’s programming at a domestic violence shelter in rural Montana. Lindsay was a 2009-2010 School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School and the Partners in Routt County VISTA volunteer from 2010-2011. She enjoys sharing her passion for AmeriCorps and serving the youth of Routt County with School-Based Mentors each year. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys rock climbing, skiing, hiking, running, and sitting down with a good book.
Clarice Hubbell, Case Manager: Clarice oversees all aspects of the One-to-One Mentoring Program including Junior Partner referral and intake procedures and Senior Partner screening and training. She also creates and supports our partnerships and coordinates activities for waiting Junior Partners and partnerships as well as ongoing training for Senior Partners. Clarice has a B.A. in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. She has over 6 years of experience working with children and families in various programs and settings, including an orphanage in Mozambique, a pediatrics unit in two different Children’s Hospitals, and a climbing coach for kids ages 6-18. She is a certified Child Life Specialist and enjoys cooking and being outside with her dog “Peanut” in her free time.
B. Torres, Case Manager: B is responsible for creating and supporting one-to-one partnerships between adult volunteers and youth, with an emphasis on serving our Hispanic youth and families. She also oversees our Lunch Partners program, establishing partnerships and supporting them throughout the school year. She attended Colorado College and graduated with a BA in Sociology in 2010. After graduation, she traveled/volunteered in Mexico for about 8 months and returned to work at a domestic violence shelter in Dallas. She moved to Steamboat in the fall of 2012 and has been working to become more involved with Hispanic families in Routt County through her involvement as an Senior Partner as well as serving as an interpreter/translator with Integrated Community.
Becky Slamal, Community Outreach Manager: Becky works part-time as the Community Outreach Manager. Her role at PRC includes increasing visibility and awareness in the community, recruiting new volunteers, producing the bi-monthly newsletter, maintaining the website, social networking, assisting with the coordination of fundraisers and special events, and serving as a representative of Partners throughout the community. After obtaining a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Denver and an M.A. in Counseling, Becky worked as a Case Manager and Program Director for a Denver-based youth mentoring organization for over ten years. Becky served as PRC’s 2010-11 School-Based Mentoring Program Manager prior to taking on this new position. Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Becky is excited to be back in this wonderful community and making a difference in the lives of Routt County youth.
Chris Barton: Chris is originally from Fauquier County, VA and graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA with a degree in English. He is hoping to teach English as a foreign language overseas and is passionate about learning other languages himself. This year Chris is starting with PRC as an intern through the Episcopal Service Corp and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. His hobbies include snowboarding, swimming and movies. Interests include the NHL, Formula 1, travel and just about anything else he can get involved in.
Karin E. Koop, LLC: Karin is the Bookkeeper for Partners. She handles all accounts payable, receivable, payroll taxes, and grant reimbursements. Karin has been an independent bookkeeper for 8 years and has several clients in Steamboat Springs. Karin gained her BS in Business from the University of Southern New Hampshire.