Jami Hayes is the Executive Director for YouthZone and has been working with youth and families throughout her career. Jami has spent the last 14 years working with the Roaring Fork School District, leading and working to improve the education experience for local families.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES
Keith Berglund joined the YouthZone team as the Assistant Director in 2019. He earned a degree in Marine Biology from Occidental College. His first job as a middle school science teacher and basketball coach launched him on a career path that provided more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, youth mentor, public servant, nonprofit manger and Love and Logic Facilitator.
I have long admired the important work and the success of YouthZone, and I am very excited be a member of this amazing team! As a result of my own bumpy journey through adolescence, I possess a strong and heartfelt connection to the work of empowering young people to become the best possible version of themselves.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Carol Wolff is Director of Development. Carol brings to YouthZone years of experience as Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado, for 11 years, and then of the Colorado Honor Band Association in Denver, Colorado, since 2015. Carol’s degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Carol has been with YouthZone since March 2020.
To be part of a team that is such an important part of this community is an honor. I look forward to being an ambassador of Youth Zone’s mission.
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR/SENIOR THERAPIST
Tina Olson has worked at YouthZone as the Clinical Supervisor and Senior Therapist since 2017. She is a licensed professional counselor specializing in children and families.
YouthZone is where I’ve chosen to work with youth and families because it’s remarkable to be a part of assisting them in unlocking their own potential and creating change for themselves.
CYDC/SENATE BILL 94 COORDINATOR
Airen is the CYDC/Senate Bill 94 Coordinator for the 9th District. Airen holds a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Airen’s background and skills include mental health counseling, crisis intervention, restorative justice, and mediation. Airen moved to Colorado from Utah and started working with YouthZone in August, 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing in the outdoors.
I feel privileged to be a part of YouthZone’s amazing work.
TRAUMA AND YOUTH SPECIALIST
Courtney Dunn works as YouthZone’s Trauma and Youth Specialist. She is a therapist and specializes in trauma and youth. She has a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters of Social Work from Denver University. Courtney is also responsible for taking overflow youth advocacy clients.
YouthZone has always held a special place in my heart because the YouthZone team is incredible at building relationships and supporting youth in our community, while also having a lot of fun together. I have chosen to make a career out of helping young people because youth are our community’s future. There is nothing more important for me to invest my time in.
Phone: (970) 930-6533
YOUTH ADVOCATE II
Sharlene Salinas is YouthZone’s Youth Advocate II. Sharla has a passion for mentoring youth and has always been intrigued by the criminal justice system. She believes that her diverse work history in education, legal work and health services will be an asset to her as she builds a foundation for her work at YouthZone. Sharla graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology.
I believe YouthZone is a great opportunity to mentor and assist youth to learn from their mistakes and stay out of the system.
Linda Green is one of YouthZone’s administrative assistants. She attended 2 years at Colorado Christian University, then known as Rockmont College, and also attended Front Range Community College and Colorado Mountain College. Linda worked 10 years at West High School in Denver, Colorado. Linda worked at YouthZone from 2000 to 2012, then rejoined the staff in 2014.
I couldn’t think of any place I would rather work then at YouthZone. The total commitment that each staff member has working with the kids is amazing. I feel bless to be working with such dedicated people and love the interaction with the kids.
Mary Bess Bolling
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COORDINATOR
Mary Bess Bolling has joined YouthZone as the Restorative Justice Coordinator, where she facilitates and guides clients and community members through the restorative process. Mary Bess has worked with YouthZone since 2019 and brings the skills of a journalist and digital marketing expert to the job with eight years of experience as a teacher, writer, and marketing specialist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University.
In my own life, the bumps in the road almost always provide me an opportunity to grow and learn – whether I’m aware of it or not! I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that sheds light on that opportunity for youth and families in our community, empowering and connecting them with resources and support. It’s such a gift to be a part of an organization that truly works to live its core values: integrity, no judgments, stewardship.
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR, GLENWOOD SPRINGS OFFICE
Tania Beltran grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from RFHS back in 2009. She has a wonderful son (Santiago) with whom she loves spending her free time with.
I choose to work with Youthzone because I love being a part of a team that focuses on building strong families and providing a safe community for our youth. I am blessed to work with such a caring organization.
SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
Michelle Lopez has a bachelor's degree in Human Behavior and is currently enrolled in a graduate program for Mental Health and Wellness with Grand Canyon University. Michelle’s background includes working in schools and substance work in the mental health field.
I happy to be at YouthZone as I love working with youth and families. It’s also a privilege to be able to give back to the same community that I grew up in and gave so much to me in my youth years.
Chelsea Portz is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado with a concentration in Family Studies and Multicultural Education. Chelsea’s background and skills include Case Management, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid and trauma informed care. She began her career in public service in education - which is at the heart of the work she does as a Youth Advocate. Chelsea holds gratitude in her ability to step outside and be surrounded by the things that bring her to life - she enjoys camping, hiking, paddling, fly fishing, and live music. Chelsea is also an avid sports fan!
I chose to work at YouthZone because I believe in the value of empowering youth and supporting families through a collaborative, individualized approach. By honoring the strengths, voices, and culture of our clients we have the potential to build stronger, more inclusive communities.