Current Members

Allie Clay (she/her) – Lead Member

Restorative Practices Coordinator @ Kiva Montessori and Battlerock Charter Schools

Allie is originally from Seattle, WA.  She moved to Mancos, CO about two years ago, and has served three previous terms with Americorps.  This is her second year as a Restorative Practices Coordinator at Kiva Montessori and Battle Rock Charter School, and she is excited to build community and work out conflicts with so many amazing students and teachers.  In the past, she’s done philosophy with children, worked in outdoor education, and discovered the importance of student voices in learning environments.  In her spare time, she likes to hike, dance, sing, and eat good food.  She recently moved to Cortez after having lived in Mancos for the first two years, and is looking forward to exploring and learning what it’s like to live in this new town.  She’s excited to build her skills as a facilitator and support a shift in the culture of the schools and community to be more restorative.

Fun fact:  Allie has learned to be ambidextrous due to injuries, so she can write with her left hand and sometimes even tries to write with her feet.

Stacey Schlegel (she/her) – Lead Member

Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator in Dove Creek

Stacey is originally from the Durango area but moved to Dove Creek 21 years ago. When not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two adult children, reading, and going to school activities to support her nieces and nephews. She is no stranger to working with youth and families, having spent the last 25 years as a volunteer, early education teacher, and full-time substitute teacher where she taught and worked with children from ages 0-18. Stacey is excited to serve with Team UP AmeriCorps for her second year! She chose to continue serving as the Youth and Family Engagement Coordinator with the ROCK, STUD, and Dove’s Nest program to help implement new programs in her hometown community of Dove Creek, Colorado.

Fun Fact: Stacey is the oldest child of eight siblings and has over 40 nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews!

Nicole Feldman (she/her)

Youth Development Specialist @ Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County

Nicole was born and raised in Highlands Ranch , Colorado . She enjoys spending time hiking and has one older brother . She chose the Youth Development Specialist position because it is a great opportunity to broaden her experience working with youth in a non-profit setting .

Fun Fact: Nicole enjoys creating metal jewelry.

 

 

Dylan Pierce (he/him)

Diversion & Restorative Justice Coordinator @ District Attorney Office, 22nd Judicial District

Dylan is originally from Seattle, Washington and has spent the past two decades living in the Pacific Northwest with his dog and friends. After graduating with a BS in History, he moved to Southwest Colorado with hopes to apply his education towards the betterment of local communities through his AmeriCorps service. He plans to utilize his passion for justice reform and human rights through his position as the Diversion and Restorative Justice Coordinator in order to foster safer and more supportive communities for the people of Southwest Colorado, with the goal of introducing new programs based on the successes of past labor and civil rights movements.

Fun Fact: Dylan is an avid skateboarder who spends the majority of his free time rolling around on four wheels, either down mountain roads or at the local skatepark; and is always happy to share his knowledge of skateboarding or history with those looking to learn.

Hallie Venaglia (she/her)

Food Security Associate @ Good Food Collective

Hallie is currently a graduate student at Prescott College studying Sustainable Food Systems and Business Leadership.  Hallie has spent the better part of the past decade exploring the Southwest and calling Durango home.  With a background in education, Hallie has taught internationally and at small charter schools here in Colorado.  She is excited to be serving as a Direct Service Americorps member with the Good Food Collective where she can continue to build and strengthen community through improving our regional food system.  When not serving her community, you can find Hallie riding single track or digging in her garden.
Fun Fact: Hallie lived on a sailboat for her formative years, however, she cannot swim to save her life.

 

Lisa Tallent (she/her)

LENA Provider @ San Juan BOCES

Lisa grew up in Boulder, Colorado. After college and working with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana, moved to southern Colorado with her husband and children. She received her B.S. in Communication Disorders as well as K-6 teacher certification from the University of Colorado. She received her M.A. in Education / Community Counseling of “at-risk” youth from the College of Santa Fe. After a career of counseling and working with youth with disabilities, she is energized to serve for AmeriCorps and use her training and experience to help families of newborn to three-year-old children develop early language skills for future success. She likes to swim with her grandchildren, design tiles, and travel.

Fun Fact: Lisa canoed the Colorado, Salmon, and Rio Grande rivers with a women’s canoe group!

Kerri Taber (she/her)

Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator in Dove Creek

Kerri is a resident of Southwest Colorado and has called it home most of her life. She enjoys camping, side by side riding, watching her kids in many sports, and enjoying all the things beautiful Colorado has to offer.
She has been a part of the Dove Creek school system for many years because children are her passion. When the opportunity to serve for AmeriCorps occurred, she had no hesitation. Having kids, she understands all of the issues they are facing today. She hopes that in her role of the Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator she will be able to help someone.
Fun fact: I live in Colorado, but have never explored Mesa Verde!

 

Mare Kinsel (she/her)

Housing Navigator @ Housing Solutions for the Southwest

Mare is originally from Flagstaff but mostly grew up in Farmington. She would like to move from the area soon but plans to come back to be with her family. Mare finished a degree at Fort Lewis College in Environmental and Organismal Biology. She is currently waiting to apply to Occupational Therapy schools. Mare‘s overall goal is to work with individuals with autism to help them gain independence. Team UP is Mare‘s second AmeriCorps term of service. The first was as a summer school teacher for communities negatively impacted by Covid. She is now a Housing Navigator with Housing Solutions. This position will give Mare the experience she needs to be a successful and understanding Occupational Therapist. Mare hopes to provide a different view that can best serve the people in our community.

Fun Fact: Mare wants to be one of the first Navajo Park Rangers at Yosemite. That is her next goal before (hopefully) getting into Occupational Therapy school.