STAFF

MichellecroppedMichelle 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. 

Julia Luciano, Lead Case Manager:  Julia 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. Julia has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Julia has worked with children and families since 2000 teaching swimming in Steamboat, mentoring at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Collins, and assisting with a youth literacy program in India. Since graduating in 2014, she facilitated sexual violence prevention education programming to youth and schools in Fort Collins. She has been with Partners since 2017. 

Alejandra Segovia, Case Manager: Alejandra is responsible for creating and supporting partnerships between adult volunteers and youth, with an emphasis on serving our Hispanic youth and families. She also assists with partnership activities and trainings and oversees our Nexus program.  Alejandra is from Columbia.  She attended Politecnico Gran Colombiano, Bogota, Columbia where she earned a BS in Business Administration in 2005. Her experience ranges from sales and banking to education and case management. She moved to Steamboat 2008 and in addition to her position at PRC she is also a Spanish Interpreter/Translator for Integrated Community.  Alejandra has been employed by Partners since 2017.

Kezia Zuber, Program Manager: Kezia oversees all programmatic aspects of the School-Based Mentoring Program including the recruiting, hiring, training, and professional development of 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.  Kezia is a 4th generation native of Routt County and has been a student advocate and educator since 2003.  She has served at-risk youth extensively across various populations and cultures in both Colorado and Arizona. In 2014, Kezia was hired by the Ministry of Education in Bhutan to facilitate improvement in professional competence, inclusive education and ongoing knowledge exchange in rural Bhutan.  Kezia has her BA in Sociology from Colorado State University as well as her teaching licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12, with endorsements in both Behavior Intervention and English as a Second Language. She has been with Partners since 2017.


profile picBecky 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. She has been with Partners since 2010. 

Karin E. Koop, LLC: Karin is the Bookkeeper for Partners. She handles all accounts payable, receivable, payroll, and grant reimbursements. Karin has been an independent bookkeeper since 2006 and has several clients in Steamboat Springs. Karin gained her BS in Business from the University of Southern New Hampshire.