Allie Clay: Restorative Justice Coordinator (Lead Member) @ Kiva Montessori & Battle Rock Charter Schools: My name is Allie, and I’m originally from Seattle, WA. I moved to Mancos, CO a year ago to serve with AmeriCorps at Dragonfly Preschool, with a love for kids and nature and a curiosity about the philosophies behind the Waldorf inspired school. I am now the Restorative Practices Coordinator at Kiva Montessori and Battlerock Charter Schools. I am excited to be doing social emotional/relational work with so many amazing students. In the past, I’ve done philosophy with children, worked in outdoor education, and discovered the importance of student voices in learning environments. In my spare time, I like to hike, dance, sing, and eat good food. I’m looking forward to learning more about the SW Colorado region and and building my skills as a facilitator.
Emily Spahn: Prevention Educator (Lead Member) @ Four Corners Child Advocacy Center & Child Maltreatment Prevention Action Team: Hi! My name is Emily Spahn and I recently moved to Cortez from Denver, CO. I am serving with the Child Maltreatment Prevention Action Team (CMPAT) where I get to collaborate with the Pinon Project, the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, the School Community Youth Collaborative, and the Montelores Early Childhood Council. I just finished up my Masters in Behavior Change for Global Health at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and look forward to applying my knowledge in that area to a child abuse prevention campaign that will be rolling out in the winter of this year. I did a lot of work in Malawi with the embassy and one of my biggest pet-peeves was the number of non-profits that were working on similar issues but never worked together and ended up re-doing or un-doing each others work. So, I am so excited to work within the collective impact structure with the Child Maltreatment Prevention Action Team to learn more about this model and how organizations can play off each other’s strengths for a common goal. In my free time I love to climb, ski, mountain bike, read and paint. At the end of the day, I’m down for pretty much anything outdoors!
Eve Hemingway: Food Security Coordinator @ Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry: Hi, my name is Eve! I am from a small town in Michigan, just outside of Detroit. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, I decided to trade in city life for a mountainous adventure here in Colorado. I am incredibly honored and excited to serve at the Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry in Cortez where I hope to offer the community garden fresh produce and culturally relevant food choices as well as locally informed food knowledge. Through equitable food access and distribution, I believe that we can build a more united, healthy, and happy community.
Jamie McCarthy: Academic Achievement Advisor @ Pagosa Peak Open School: My name is Jamie McCarthy. I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from college in Minnesota. I’m now serving in Pagosa Springs as the Academic Achievement Advisor. I cannot wait to start my career in public service and help my community. I love to go on walks, tumble rocks, and snuggle with my cat.
Madi Neukirch: Social Emotional Learning Advisor @ Pagosa Peak Open School: Hello! My name is Madi Neukirch. I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and recently graduated from college there as well. I’m going to be serving in Team UP AC as a Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for Pagosa Peak Open School, and I am very excited to get to develop a social-emotional learning curriculum that best fits the specific needs of the students there. I truly believe that SEL has the power to change students’ lives and ultimately be a force for positive change in the world. I am also an avid rock climber and hiker and have been enjoying getting to know the local crags and trails since moving to Colorado. At home, I take care of fifteen plants; I like figuring out their different needs, observing their growth and appreciating the vast amount of diversity in all living things.
Míceal Munroe-Allsup: Diversions & Restorative Justice Coordinator (Lead Member) @ District Attorney Office, 22nd Judicial District: My name is Míceal Munroe-Allsup, and I was born and raised in Cortez, Colorado. I left for a few years, but ended up missing the SW too much and came back. In my free time, I like to hang out with my ancient cat, get outdoors, and have recently picked up blacksmithing. In the past year or so, I’ve done a lot of work with middle and high school kids in before and after school enrichment programs, and had such a blast! This year, I’ll be engaging with youth through different, but related aspects of their life, as part of the county diversion program. I’m excited to include what I learned about youth enrichment programs into my work with the DA’s Office.
Michelle Salmeron Ramirez: LENA Provider @ San Juan BOCES (Archuleta County): I’m excited to be the new LENA Provider in Pagosa Springs CO. Born in Mexico City, I love to travel and meet people from different cultures. During my term with AmeriCorps, I want to teach my community, especially families with children under 3 years old, so parents can engage with their little ones and help them in their development at their best.
Sophie Russenberger: Housing Navigator @ Housing Solutions for the Southwest: My name is Sophie Russenberger and I am so excited to be a Team UP AmeriCorps member! I grew up in Bend, Oregon before moving to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College. I graduated from Fort Lewis in December 2019. During my time at Fort Lewis College, I competed on the collegiate cycling team and was also a member of a professional cycling team. I hope to compete in more cycling events in the future, when it becomes safe again, but for now I am dedicating my time to serve with AmeriCorps at Housing Solutions. I am excited to work with members of my community and to learn from people with completely different perspectives than mine.
Stacey Schlegel: Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator @ Reaching Out to Community Kids, Students Tackling Unhealthy Decisions, & Dove’s Nest: Hi, I am Stacey Schlegel. I am originally from the Durango, Colorado area but moved to Dove Creek 20 years ago. I have been married for 28 years and have two children who both live in Utah while they’re working and attending college. I am so excited to serve with Team UP AmeriCorps! I am looking forward to working with the ROCK, STUD and Dove’s Nest programs and excited to help start more programs for the youth in our community. I have always enjoyed working with the youth and the families that live in our area. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and reading, and going to the school activities to watch my nieces/nephews play sports.