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 assists in the planning and implementation of the Group Recreational Programming for our Junior and Senior Partners. 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 is thrilled to continue her involvement with Partners and the wonderful School-Based Mentoring program.
Clarice Hubbell, Case Manager for One-to-One Mentoring Program: Clarice is the One-to-One Case Manager for PRC. She handles all Junior Partner referral and intake procedures as well as Senior Partner screening and training. Clarice also creates our partnerships and monitors all unmatched Junior Partners as well as first year and alumni partnership caseloads. 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.
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 2010-11School-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.
Nathan Allen, 2012 – 2013 AmeriCorps VISTA, Development Assistant: Nathan’s role at PRC during his year of service is to increase capacity building through fundraising, donor coordination, grant writing, developing a new life skills curriculum for mentors and mentees and assisting in special events and community outreach. Nathan graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. in 2009. In 2012, Nathan finished his Master’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Nathan is excited to officially be part of the Partner’s family and Steamboat community and plans on spending his free time running, skiing, climbing, backpacking, fly-fishing and spending as much time as possible in the Colorado sunshine.
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.