Lori Mueller

Executive Director

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6545

Email: lmueller@youthzone.com

Keith Berglund

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6544

Email: kberglund@youthzone.com

Robin Tolan

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. 

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6543

Email: rtolan@youthzone.com

Tina Olson

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6541

Email: tolson@youthzone.com

Jennifer Hawks

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

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6531

Karen Barbee

Restorative Justice Coordinator

Karen Barbee  is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the RJ program at Youth Zone.  She taught for more than 20 years in the RE-1 School District and offers mediation and nonviolent communication through her business.

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”  Albert Einstein’s words reflect perfectly the motivation behind my work with youth, their families, schools, and the community through Restorative Justice.  We grow stronger as a society when there is a path to learn from mistakes, when forgiveness is offered, and healing for the one harmed is held with care.  It is an honor to work at Youth Zone and to offer Restorative Justice! 

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6539

Email: rj@youthzone.com

Airen Goodman

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-625-3141, ext. 112

Email: agoodman@youthzone.com

Amanda Longhurst

Family Support Partner

Amanda Longhurst has been with YouthZone since March 2018 as a Family Support Partner. She graduated from Mesa State College in 2003 with a BA in Social/Behavioral Science and Elementary Education. She worked with children and their families as a teacher in Colorado and Oregon for the last 15 years.

What I love the most about YouthZone is knowing that I am part of a program that has long served Garfield County. I remember participating in YouthZone events while growing up in Rifle, and I am incredibly proud to be able to come back and work for a program that continues to reach families. 

Contact

Email: alonghurst@youthzone.com

Ashley Nicole Atencio

Restorative Justice Specialist

Ashley Nicole Atencio grew up in Minturn, Colorado. She has her BA in psychology from Fort Lewis College and will graduate with a Master’s in Social Work through Denver University in June 2019. She has four years of experience as a case manager in child welfare. She is YouthZone’s Restorative Justice Specialist.

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6535

Email: aatencio@youthzone.com

Glenda Cortez

Financial Manager

Glenda Cortez is YouthZone’s Financial Manager. Glenda joined YouthZone in 2010. She has an Associates of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Colorado Mountain College.

 

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6542

Email: gcortez@youthzone.com

Susie Schmitz

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6540

Email: sschmitz@youthzone.com

Linda Green

Administrative Assistant

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.

Contact

Phone: 970-625-3141

Email: lgreen@youthzone.com

Chris Perry

Case Manager

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.”

Contact

Phone: 970-930-6533

Email: cperry@youthzone.com

Andie Scott

Andie Scott, CMP Coordinator, has been with YouthZone since 2016.  Andie received a MA in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University and a BS in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College.

Contact

Phone: 970-945-9300

Email: ascott@youthzone.com

Bailey Allison

Trauma and Substance Specialist

Bailey Allison serves as the Trauma and Substance Specialist. She is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley. She graduated from Denver University with a master’s degree in Social Work. She has extensive experience working with children and families as a therapist, case manager and in a residential milieu. Bailey joined the YouthZone team in 2019 and provides substance and trauma services. She enjoys spending time with her husband camping and hanging with their 3 cats.

I am excited to work with a team that treats their employees and their clients with a universal love, acceptance, and positive human regard. Working with children and families is the most effective time to provide support because change occurs more easily when we are young and if it happens within a family system.

Contact

Phone: 970-945-9300

Email: ballison@youthzone.com