Staff

Michelle Stecher Head ShotMichelle Hartel Stecher, Executive Director
mstecher@eagleyouth.org

Michelle joined the Eagle River Youth Coalition team in February of 2011 as the Executive Director. Her commitment to providing positive youth development opportunities attracted Michelle to ERYC. Prior to her work with ERYC, Michelle managed experiential learning programs for SOS Outreach, taught at an emergency preschool in Boulder, and served with underprivileged families in diverse environments throughout North America. Michelle is eager to strengthen the collaborative efforts of the Eagle River Youth Coalition to improve the already impressive youth services in Eagle County. Michelle holds a Certified Prevention Specialist, Level 2 certification, and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention, Mental Health First Aid, and Substance Abuse Prevention, and is a certified trainer in the 40 Developmental Assets and SafeTALK Suicide Intervention. Michelle enjoys chasing her young children around at the park, planning adventures with friends, cooking and gardening.


Mikayla Curtis Head Shot
Mikayla Curtis, Manager of Strategic Impact
mcurtis@eagleyouth.org

Mikayla joined the Eagle River Youth Coalition team in March 2014 as the Resource Development Coordinator. She is very much committed to seeing community-wide development and support of youth and families to make Eagle County one of the best places to raise youth and see them exceed expectations. Previously, Mikayla oversaw leadership development programs in outdoor adventure settings for SOS Outreach, managed high school afterschool programs, and managed a community resource office providing information and health referral services for families in Orange County, CA. Mikayla is a native of the community and stays connected by being involved in Upward Bound, Rock Climbing programs at the Gypsum Recreation Center, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue and Salvation Army. Additionally, Mikayla is on the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Board and is a volunteer for her alma matter’s Admissions Committee Alumni Council. Mikayla received her MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding and looks forward to bringing that education as well as her interest in Sustainable Leadership studies to the community. Mikayla is trained as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. In her free time she enjoys being with friends and family, being outdoors and active, many artistic hobbies, speaking and reading Spanish, photography, and great music.

Carol Johnson head shotCarol Johnson,Community Engagement Coordinator
cjohnson@eagleyouth.org

Carol joined ERYC in August, 2015 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. An Eagle County resident since 1989, Carol has held a variety of marketing and public relations positions for several organizations including Vail Resorts and Slifer Designs. Currently, as a mother of three teenagers, Carol brings personal experience and passion to Eagle River Youth Coalition. She has also worked directly with local youth in various settings including: Beaver Creek Resort Children’s Ski School, Eagle County School District, Vail Valley Soccer Club and most recently with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. With a penchant for creativity, Carol brings a wealth of experience, energy and knowledge to ERYC. She looks forward to collaborating with the ERYC team and the community at-large to empower local youth and parents to reach their full potential. Carol is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in Art History. Carol enjoys spending time at her home in Edwards in addition to biking, hiking, skiing, and rafting with husband TJ, and children Anabel, Tess and Tommy.


Sara Amberg Head ShotSara Amberg, InteGreat! Strategic Director
samberg@eagleyouth.org

Sara sees her career as a journey that could only lead to collective impact work. After finishing graduate studies at the University of North Carolina, Sara began teaching writing and journalism courses across the mountain range, eventually working with students at six diverse universities and colleges. This experience supported her Fulbright award in 2001 at the University of Tirana in Albania, leading the country’s first student journalism efforts. While in the Balkans, Sara also contracted with UNESCO, monitoring elections in the rural areas of Albania and Kosovo. After returning to the U.S., Sara lived on a farm and worked at a greenhouse until she moved to Tulsa, where she could be closer to family and return to the classroom. Her experience with student journalism led to a position at the Tulsa World in 2006 in their Educational Services Department, where she helped schools incorporate the newspaper into their curriculum and inspired students to find their voice through writing. Her experience with a wide service area and a diverse population came in handy when Sara joined the area food bank as the Manager of Agency Capacity Building. She assisted more than 350 anti-hunger agencies across 24 counties in their efforts to grow and collaborate to better serve those in need. Sara also engaged in state and federal advocacy and public policy initiatives, administered the national Hunger Study, and collaborated with the University of Oklahoma on several research projects and corresponding grants. For the past two years, Sara has worked as a grant writer and consultant; her funding expertise is in the areas of immigration and refugee services, women’s empowerment programs, health and wellness, youth development, and food insecurity. Sara and her husband, Doug, have two children, ages eight and 10. They moved to the valley in January in search of more a healthier, greener life. Every day they are grateful for this mountain community.



Molly Hadley
Molly Hadley, Communities That Care (CTC) Coordinator
mhadley@eagleyouth.org

Molly joined the Eagle River Youth Coalition in September, 2016 as the Communities That Care Coordinator. Previously, Molly worked for the Larimer County Public Health Department in Fort Collins as a Health Educator focused on both reproductive health and immunizations. Her experience working with youth started in the outdoor education industry as an Adventure Trip Leader for a surf camp in coastal North Carolina. From there she worked for a NPO in Fort Collins called Educo Leadership Adventures, which challenged youth to discover their innate leadership during extended outdoor adventure trips. Her passion for substance abuse prevention started during graduate school research focused on binge drinking in the freshmen college population. She also was a part of the Marijuana Prevention Partnership in Larimer County whose goals were to educate youth on the harms of early marijuana use and work towards debunking health myths commonly promoted by the marijuana industry. Molly received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education. She is excited to start a new chapter of life in the Eagle Valley. She is an avid mountain biker, backcountry and downhill skier, and enjoys running away on backpacking trips to the mountains or desert.


Gloria Cueva
Gloria Cueva, Collaborative Management Program (CMP) Coordinator
gcueva@eagleyouth.org

Born and raised in Texas, Gloria moved to Colorado to be closer to family with the aspiration of getting connected to a smaller community where people know you by name. Gloria holds a BA in Mass Communications and a certificate of nonprofit management. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector having served in multiple agencies as executive director, communications director and program manager. In her nonprofit work she has delved into social services around basic needs, youth prevention, adult literacy, homelessness prevention and chronic homelessness. Prior to joining ERYC in February 2017, Gloria was a program manager overseeing a collaborative of homelessness providers in Austin, Texas. Working with this collaborative led to a passion for facilitating and managing groups that can truly change lives. In accepting the CMP Coordinator positon at ERYC, Gloria felt an instantaneous connection to the local community and its efforts in improving and impacting youth services. Gloria considers it her mission in life to serve others, so her career in the nonprofit world continues to be an energizing and rewarding adventure.


Heather Hower
Heather Hower, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
hhower@eagleyouth.org

Heather Hower joined ERYC in September 2016 as the events and marketing coordinator. Heather has a wealth of nonprofit experience, working at the Vail Valley Foundation, YouthPower365 and the Red Ribbon Project over the past few years. She realizes that the best way to impact youth is to team up with businesses and other nonprofits, fostering strong relationships and creating inspired, fun events. Heather also is a writer with a passion for taking on new topics. As the mother of two girls, Heather is involved with many community and educational events. Heather graduated from Providence College before Facebook and SnapChat ever existed, thank goodness! She loves to read, run, hike, bike and bake, and go on adventures with her husband and two daughters.





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Ruby Black, Youth Advisor & Project Assistant
rblack@eagleyouth.org

Ruby joined the ERYC team in the fall of 2016. She recently graduated from the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA) this past May. While in high school, she served on ERYC's Youth Leaders Council (YLC) as well as her school's student council. While currently taking a gap year before college, Ruby plans to work and help the community grow as a whole. She will be entering Northern Arizona State University as a freshman in the fall of 2017.

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