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.
Restorative Justice Specialist
Michelle Lundin, YouthZone’s Restorative Justice Specialist, was born and raised in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education and environmental science at the University of Northern Colorado, and completed a master’s in special education from Mesa State University. Michelle is licensed in mediation. She has spent the last eight years working in the Roaring Fork School District. When she is not spending time with her husband and baby boy Nolyn Rio Lundin, she enjoys hiking, camping and being on the river.
As a community, we have always been strongly rooted through our relationships with one another. When we make mistakes, and we all do from time to time, it is important that the opportunity is given to repair harm through positive and honest communication. It is an honor to be part of YouthZone’s Restorative Justice program, because we’re able to work with the youth in our valley to provide opportunities to allow youth to grow and thrive.
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.
Mary Bess Bolling has joined YouthZone as the Administrative Manager, where she coordinates and schedules for the organization and provides operational support. Mary Bess 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.
YOUTH ADVOCATE II
Katie Westcott is YouthZone’s Youth Advocate II. Katie previously worked as a family meeting facilitator at YouthZone and has returned in her new capacity to help with case management in Rifle. She began working with Garfield County families in 2014 doing emergence assistance at the River Center in New Castle. Katie has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Colorado State University and completed her master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in health in 2018 from Grand Canyon University.
I’m excited to stay at YouthZone in a different capacity. I enjoy the people I work with, I love what we do with the kids, and I’m encouraged by the heart-work that reaches families in Garfield County.
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.
Restorative Justice Intern
Patrick Settle joined YouthZone this fall to serve as an intern with Restorative Justice. Patrick earned a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His work at the Women’s Resource Center inspired him to consider a career that would create environments where others can thrive. He recently moved to Glenwood Springs to start his Master’s in Social Work through the University of Denver Western Colorado program. He will graduate in 2021, and would like to obtain his LCSW.
Rather than defining someone by a mistake, YouthZone empowers individuals and allows them to grow on their strengths. “Everyone else’s opinion is none of my business.” “How are you going to love another person if you can’t love yourself.” – RuPaul “Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde