Michelle Petix, Executive Director: Michelle was a founding Board member of PRC from 1995-2000. Prior to coming back to PRC in 2012, she was the Juvenile Diversion Coordinator for the Routt County District Attorney’s Office and also held leadership positions with the City of Steamboat Springs’ Teen Programs and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Her current job responsibilities include developing strong agency capacity, developing and maintaining effective community partnerships, planning for sustainable resource development, and ensuring quality programming and effective program evaluation. Michelle earned a B.A. in Psychology at Westfield State College. Her experience working with youth is varied and spans over 20 years.
Sydney Congdon, AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring Program Manager: Sydney 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. Sydney has BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Religious Studies and Cultures of Asia and she went on to earn her MA in Social Studies Education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York. She has a passion for youth education and mentoring, with first-hand experience as a teacher and also as an AmeriCorps school based mentor for the City Year program in Philadelphia. She joined our team in 2016.
Clarice Atkinson, 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. She has been with Partners since 2012.
Erika Torrejon, Case Manager: Erika is responsible for creating and supporting partnerships between adult volunteers and youth, with an emphasis on serving our Latino youth and families. She also assists with partnership activities and trainings and oversees our Nexus program. Erika is from Peru. She attended Tec de Monterrey University in Mexico where she earned a BA in Industrial Design in 2011. Erika was manager at an organic farm in Cusco, Peru, where she discovered her passion and talent for working with youth and their families. She moved to Steamboat in the summer of 2015 with her husband and worked with victims of domestic violence prior to joining the Partners’ team in 2016.
Becky Slamal, Community Outreach Manager: Becky’s focus is on increasing visibility and awareness of PRC in the community, recruiting new volunteers, producing the bi-monthly newsletter, maintaining the website, overseeing social media, assisting with the coordination of fundraisers and special events, and serving as a representative of PRC 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. Prior to her current position, Becky served as PRC’s 2010-11 School-Based Mentoring Program Manager.
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.