Sarah has lived in Chaffee County for eight years with her two fabulous sons. She has been a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator for the past six years and is passionate about the Nurturing Parenting Program because of the positive impact it has on families and the community. “Building up families is an important and necessary effort in order to have strong, engaged communities. When our parents feel connected, valued, and safe they are able to grow, and they raise confident and empathetic children. Raising children is the most difficult job, and we want families in our community to know they are not alone, and that there are resources to help them grow and feel supported.”
Sarah has over 14 years of experience working with families and individuals in the social work field. She holds a BA in Spanish from Eastern Washington University and is currently working towards her MSW through Colorado State University. In her free time Sarah enjoys outdoor activities, pillow fights, and performing on stilts with the Salida Circus.
To contact Sarah Green, Nurturing Parenting Program Coordinator, call 719-530-2579 or email Sarah.Green@state.co.us
Kenny and his wife have called Salida home beginning in 2002 after trading in the cornfields of Iowa for the mountains of Chaffee County. It would seem that there must be something in the water as their family has grown to include four boys since their arrival to the high country. During the summer of 1999 Kenny worked as a camp counselor for children and youth in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Halfway through that summer, Kenny changed his major from pre-veterinary to camping ministry. He hasn’t looked back. After earning his bachelor degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, he has served as a marriage counselor, youth director, and managed a financial assistance program for those in need. He also helped develop and create the Garage Band Teen Center in Salida. Kenny is passionate about helping people realize and engage their potential. In Kenny’s spare time you are likely to find him coaching the Salida Cross Country teams, climbing a mountain or reading a children’s book as recommended by one of his boys.
To contact Kenny Wilcox, Mentors and Youth In Action Coordinator, call 719-530-2581 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsten Love, LCSW is a Colorado native. She received her BA at Fort Lewis College and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Kirsten has been serving at-risk and high-risk youth since 2008 in rural Colorado and came to Chaffee County in 2014. Kirsten enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming and camping in our amazing county.
“Working with youth and their families serves us all to create a healthier community with more productive members… I love my job!”
To contact Kirsten Love, Mentors Coordinator, call 719-530-2584 or e-mail email@example.com
Miki is a returning alumni to the FYI Team. She brings a positive track record of over 15 years in youth and family program development, coordination and successful fundraising. When she’s not at work Miki enjoys being a mom, playing on the river or skiing fresh powder with her family.
“I’m so excited to be working with the Communities that Care model that will support guiding our County through a proven five-phase change process. Using prevention science as its base, CTC promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes, and reduces problem behaviors.”
To contact Miki Hodge, Communities that Care Coordinator, call 719-530-2575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Donna Golden, Family Resource Coordinator, call 719 530-2576 or email email@example.com
Dibby joined FYI in September 2013. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of New Mexico with a BS in Zoology and teaching endorsement in Secondary Science. She worked at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque for almost 20 years as a middle school coordinator, science teacher, and associate director of admission.
Continuing to put her people skills to work in Salida, Dibby works with the FYI Communities that Care and Youth @ Crossroads Program. Dibby also has a long history of working with animals, both wild and domestic, and currently works with both therapy and service dogs and sees the benefit of their presence daily.
To contact Dibby Olson, Youth @ Crossroads Coordinator, call 719-530-2577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam has been partnering with youth and families to build strong communities for the past 20 years. She earned her Master Degree in Psychology from Walden University, her Bachlor Degree in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College, and her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Virginia Community College. She has enjoyed Salida as her home since 2005 and joined FYI Team in 2017.
When she is not working Sam is a busy mom trying to keep up with her kids, husband, and dog on the river, slopes, and trails.
“I am humbled and honored to work with this amazing team of passionate professionals to continue to strengthen our community.”
To contact Samantha Barron, FYI Program & Grant Manager, call 719-53-2583 or email email@example.com
To contact Monica Haskell, Supervisor of Youth, Family and Adult Services, call 719-530-2511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org