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.
Megan McCord, AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring Program Manager: Megan graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with her Bachelor’s degree in English. In 2011 she moved to Steamboat Springs as an AmeriCorps School-Based Mentor. She fell in love with working with at-risk youth and was struck by the Yampa Valley curse. Megan stayed on a second year as a School-Based Mentor at Soroco Middle School and continued to develop her passion for working with youth and being part of the Partners team. She then continued with both Partners and AmeriCorps as the VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) Development Assistant and helped Partners develop their capacity by writing grants, tracking and cultivating donors, and spearheading social media efforts. To merge both her love of working with non-profits and working with youth, Megan then joined the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition as a Program Director where she assisted in passing policies limiting youth access to tobacco products, launched multiple media campaigns to raise awareness of substance abuse issues, and worked with community partners and advisory board members on strategically branding across the board drug policies and messaging with youth-serving organizations. Now, Megan is excited to be back with Partners in Routt County as their AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring Program Manager. Megan has experienced the incredible change this program has in the lives of AmeriCorps members and the impact they have on the youth in Routt County. She greatly values the importance of the program and truly believes in the Partners slogan, “Become a mentor, change TWO lives.”
Clarice Hubbell, Lead 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.
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.