Staff

Michelle Hartel Stecher
Executive Director

Michelle joined Mountain Youth in February 2011 as the Executive Director, due to her commitment to providing positive youth development opportunities and strengthen.

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Fernando Almanza
Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Education Coordinator

Fernando volunteered with Mountain Youth for several years before he signed on as Graduated Driver Licensing Education Coordinator in 2020. +++ read more

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Amy Baker
Family Education Manager

Amy joined Mountain Youth in 2020. She is the founder of Go Your Own Way Coaching. Since 2006 she has been working one-on-one and with groups    +++ read more

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Betsy Van Beek
Life Skills Educator

Betsy Van Beek joined Mountain Youth in 2018 to teach the Life Skills program to elementary, middle and high school students. She teaches concepts such as

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Samantha Bryant
Life Skills Educator
Jess Christensen
Manager of Safe Driving Efforts

Samantha joined Mountain Youth in 2020 as a Life Skills Educator. Samantha and her family picked up and moved across the country from Florida to Colorado in 2019. They wished they had 

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Jess joined Mountain Youth in June 2020 as the Manager of Safe Driving Efforts, after obtaining her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. Originally from Northern California,

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Mikayla Curtis
Director of Strategic Impact

Mikayla joined the Mountain Youth team in March 2014, bringing a passion for positive youth development and community development. 

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Denise Kipp
Director of Education

Denise began working with Mountain Youth in 2017 as Prevention Manager, although she had worked in partnership with Mountain Youth as the Director of the Red Ribbon Project. 

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Grace Meinberg
Community Mobilizer 
Sandy Schroeder
Director of Community Engagement

Sandy joined the Mountain Youth team in June 2018 with robust experience in education as a teacher and administrator.In her past, she has taught prevention classes, French and special 

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Joslyn Sanchez
Youth Advisor

Joslyn Sanchez joined Mountain Youth in June 2020 as a Youth Advisor. She was born and raised in the Vail Valley. She is passionate about the arts and looks forward to applying creativity into her  +++ read more

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Madison Partridge
Marketing & Communications Manager

Madison joined the Mountain Youth team in late 2019 as an administrative associate. She has a degree in Multiple Disciplines and a minor in Psychology, with emphasis on special education, sign language,

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Michele Zoller
Operations Manager

Michele joined the Mountain Youth team in December 2020 as our Operations Manager after 17 years in the corporate event industry.  Born and raised in Florida and an avid Gator Fan, she fell in love with the Valley and all it had to   

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