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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.