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 BA in Psychology at Westfield State College. Her experience working with youth is varied and spans over 20 years. Michelle has been employed with Partners since 2012.

Cait Bambenek, School Based Mentoring Programs Manager: Cait oversees all programmatic aspects of the School Based Mentoring Programs including the recruiting, hiring, training, and ongoing support and professional development of School Based Mentors. Cait moved to Steamboat Springs from Phoenix, Arizona, where she served children and families in a variety of agency settings, most recently as the Social Emotional Learning Specialist at a Middle School in Glendale, Arizona. Cait received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Montana-Missoula and completed her Master’s in Social Work, with a focus on School Social Work, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. Cait is bilingual in Spanish/English. Cait has been employed with Partners since 2018.

Julia Luciano, Community Based Mentoring Program Manager:  Julia oversees all aspects of the Community Based 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 BS 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. Julia has been employed with Partners since 2017. 

Alejandra Segovia, Community Based Mentoring Spanish Speaking 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 Colombia. She attended Politecnico Gran Colombiano in Bogota, Colombia 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 in 2008 and in addition to her position at PRC she is also a Spanish Interpreter/Translator for Integrated Community. Alejandra has been employed with Partners since 2017.

Willa Seybolt, Communications and Operations Manager: Willa’s primary focus is on increasing the visibility and awareness of Partners in Routt County. She is responsible for recruiting volunteers, managing the organization’s online presence, assisting with fundraising and special events, and representing Partners throughout the community. Willa came to the nonprofit world through an interest in international development, starting her career with internships at the World Bank in DC and at a school in Morocco. She realized she could have a stronger impact at the local level and decided to explore organizational development and marketing, first at the United Way in Boston and then for a solar start up. Having spent time in Colorado as a ski instructor and ranch guide, Willa was called again to the mountains in 2018, and she moved moved back to west to coordinate marketing and operations for Steamboat Whiskey Company. Willa received her BA in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2015.   Willa has been employed with Partners since September 2019.

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.