Lori Mueller is the Executive Director for YouthZone and has been with the organization since 2006. She brings nearly 30 years of experience as a parent educator and family advocate. Lori earned her degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice Certified, from Colorado State University. Lori is also a certified parenting instructor.
I love working with parents and families at YouthZone because I can see first the struggle and then the excitement of creating a stronger, healthier family.
Phone: 970-945-9300, ext. 20
Nick Croissant, a native of Glenwood Springs, is the Assistant Director at YouthZone. Nick holds both bachelor and masters degrees in Social Work (from Abilene Christian University and the University of Texas Arlington, respectively) and has joined YouthZone in the summer of 2017 after a successful career as a middle school guidance counselor.
Growing up in Glenwood Springs, I always understood the value and need for YouthZone. I’m excited to be part of this amazing team of positive individuals and I look forward to helping create strong relationships within our community that will help build upon the incredible programming already in place at YouthZone.
Director of Development
Robin Tolan is Director of Development. She originally joined the YouthZone team as a Board Member in 2000 and has been employed by the organization since 2004. Robin holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California.
I love working at YouthZone because the staff genuinely care about the kids and families they work with and the positive outcome they have with their clients. This makes it much easier for me to ask community members, businesses, foundations and other entities to support YouthZone.
Clinical Supervisor/Senior Therapist
Tina Olson is our clinical supervisor and senior therapist at YouthZone. She has been employed with YouthZone since 2017 and 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.
Phone: 970-945-9300, ext 13
Grants and Data Manager
Susie Schmitz is the Grants and Data Manager. She joined YouthZone in 2018.
I enjoy working with all the community members who help youth and families by volunteering with YouthZone as restorative justice participants, mentors, board members, and more.
Phone: 970-945-9300, ext. 14
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.
Substance Use Specialist
Kenny Hamburg has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past 35 years and loves Western Colorado. He has more than ten years of experience in substance abuse counseling. Kenny attended the Odyssey School for Addiction Counseling and is a Certified Addiction Counsellor II.
I am passionate about helping my young clients, through group and individual therapy, as I can relate to what they are going through and hope to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
Senior Case Manager
Jennifer Hawks serves as a youth advocate at YouthZone. Jennifer studied Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma and has over 12 years experience in the field. She began working with YouthZone in 2008.
What I love most about working for YouthZone is the opportunity to help kids and families who are struggling and don’t know where to turn. I love being able to give them hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Knowing that I have a part in helping kids regain confidence, self esteem, reconnecting with their parents and having a positive outlook is truly rewarding
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.
Phone: 970-625-3141, ext. 112
Chris Perry has been employed as a YouthZone Case Manager in the Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale areas since 2017. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with Sociology in 2014, he gained experience as a Youth Care Professional in a residential treatment center for teens.
“I love to see hurting people feel empowered and hopeful. I’m very lucky, and I want to help teenagers make it to the other side as well. The only appropriate response to good fortune is to pass it on.”
Director, Pals Mentoring Program
Patty Schaffner serves as the director of YouthZone’s Pals Mentoring Program. She received a B.S. degree in Family Relations from Colorado State University and is Criminal Justice Certified. Patty has been with YouthZone since 1990.
At YouthZone, I work with amazing volunteers, wonderful families and fantastic staff. What’s not to like?
Phone: 970-945-9300, ext. 21
Restorative Justice Coordinator
Lindsay Straka is the Restorative Justice Coordinator. She began working with YouthZone in 2018.
I love working at YouthZone because it gives me the opportunity to work with wonderful volunteers and an amazing staff to help kids and families in our communities.
Phone: 970-274-1049 (cell phone)
Administrative and Operations Assistant
Jennifer Herrera serves as the Administrative and Operations Assistant. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Ecology from Western State University and brings 6+ years of customer experience to the table. She became a part of the YouthZone team in 2018.
“I am blessed to be a part of this team and community. YouthZone is a very special organization that is a jewel to the Roaring Fork Valley.”