Meet the Staff
Gretchen Van De Carr Executive Director
(970) 879-2135 ext. 107
Executive Director, Gretchen Van De Carr has served as Executive Director since founding the organization in 1993. Gretchen has a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She was a founding member of Routt County Youth Services Coalition (YSC), Partners in Routt County, the Community Evaluation Team, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, and the Routt County Family and Adolescent Resource Council (FAR). Gretchen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Community Resource Center Board of Directors and as a board member of the Governor’s Marijuana Education Oversight Commission, Routt County Human Resource Coalition, Routt County Youth Services Coalition, Emerald Mountain Partnership, NW Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days Interim Steering Committee, and the Yampa River Legacy Project. Gretchen is a 2005 graduate of El Pomar’s “Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program” and a 1995 graduate of the Community Resource Center’s “Grassroot
Leadership Program”. Gretchen was recognized by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as a 2009 Livingston Fellow. As Executive Director of RMYC, Gretchen has supervised the management of millions of dollars of federal, state, local, and private funding for RMYC over the past 26 years. In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys skiing, river trips, camping, and traveling with her husband, Pete and two teenage boys, Otis and Oliver.
Mark Wertheimer Associate Director
(970) 879-2135 ext. 108
Mark joined RMYC in 2005 and supports all RMYC programs with a variety of administrative work and field support. Mark’s main focus areas include risk management, program development, project procurement and outreach/government relations. He serves on the Public Lands Service Coalition Steering Committee and as Chairperson for the South Routt Recreation Association. After moving to Colorado for college in 1994, Mark found himself at home in paradise! Following years of field-based work in Colorado and Alaska in conservation corps, wilderness guiding, and field-based graduate school, he is honored to work with the amazing staff at RMYC and partner organizations to help create meaningful, positive change in the lives of hundreds of young people. Mark is often outdoors for work and on his time off with his wife, Kim, son, Henry, daughter, Alice, and dogs, Saturday and Sunday. He enjoys rafting, paddleboarding, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding. Mark can also sometime be found playing music at a local pub.
Contact for information on project partnerships for all programs, government relations
Chrissy Lynch Finance & Human Resources Director
(970) 879-2135 ext. 106
Chrissy eagerly started working with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in 2014. Having raised two children in Steamboat who benefited greatly from RMYC programs, Chrissy jumped at the chance to join an organization with a mission to engage young people in the outdoors. With a broad experience in all aspects of financial management, accounting and administration, Chrissy has been fortunate to work in progressive industries such as health care, construction, airline transportation, and real estate. Chrissy started her business career with Arthur Andersen & Co while earning her C.P.A. and then completing her Masters in Business Administration. Previous to her business career, Chrissy spent 7 years competing internationally on the U.S Women's Cross Country Ski Team and was inducted into the Colorado Sports Women Hall of Fame. Chrissy and her family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring the Colorado mountains and wilderness.
Annie Kakela is the epitome of a true “Steamboat Native”. She was born and raised in the Steamboat Springs. In her youth she rode horses, skied with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, attended The Whiteman School (now Steamboat Mountain School), and had many adventures with her family in the backcountry and rivers in Northwest Colorado. Annie attended Dartmouth College and graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies. During her time at Dartmouth she began rowing, and after graduation continued to train and compete with the US National Team which culminated with her competing at the 1996 Olympic Games (4th place). Annie returned to school received her M.S. in Telecommunications from CU Boulder. She worked for Accenture Consulting and then Nokia for 6 years before being drawn back to rowing, this time as a coach at Oregon State and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was asked to join the staff of the US National/Olympic team as a coach and Talent Identifier. Annie Coached many National and World Champions, as well as the Women’s 2- at the 2012 Olympic Games. Along the way, Annie earned a Business Certificate from the
Wharton School of Business. In 2013 she was lucky to be able to return to Steamboat Springs with her
husband to raise their two children, and in 2019 she signed on with RMYC team. She is very happy to
have found meaningful work in a place she loves.
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Kate Warnke joined RMYC in 2015, managing special events, fund development, marketing, and donor relations. Kate obtained her B.A. from Northern Michigan University in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management with minors in Expedition Trip Planning, Outdoor Leadership Certification, and Spanish. Kate has a wealth of youth, teen, and adult program management expertise and event coordination from various roles she held from 2005-2015 working at the City of Steamboat Springs as the Community Youth Corps Director, Teen Program Coordinator, and Sports & Special Events Director. She is often found exploring the outdoors with her husband Skip and sons Miles and Ellis. In addition to hanging out with her family, Kate enjoys skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and camping.
Contact for information on special events and donor relations
Kate Warnke DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Ryan Banks Program Director
(970) 879-2135 ext. 105
Ryan first came to RMYC in 2012 as an Assistant Crew Leader. While here, his life changed forever. He met his best friend and now wife, Caroline and he discovered a passion for conservation and environmental stewardship. He returned in 2013 as a Crew Leader for the Veteran Fire Corps and after stints with the US Forest Service in Idaho and as a Program Manager for an "at-risk" youth program in Portage, WI, he found his way back to RMYC in 2017. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Ryan has a background in Education, Environmental Studies and cheese consumption. The Green Bay Packers and old dogs (Marley) hold special places in his heart. Ryan has found a home here at RMYC. A place to express and be directly involved with service work and a place that shares his steadfast trust in community involvement and the powerful role that youth can have within our communities. He is looking forward to sharing the life changing experience that is the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps with young people of all ages.
Contact for information on general program operations or projects
hannah clune, Assistant Youth Program Manager
Carlyn Lawatsch Youth Program Manager
(970) 879-2135 ext. 102
Carlyn first got psyched on the outdoor lifestyle at 14 after attending a couple outward bound programs. That lead to many a wilderness leadership course and time working on the Appalachian Trail. She moved to Steamboat in 2012 and took a position with RMYC as a crew leader for two seasons. This experience changed her whole view on team work and community. After RMYC, Carlyn spent time working for Mile High Youth Corps and Bridge Over Troubled Waters while finishing a psychology degree at Harvard’s Extension Program. Carlyn can now be found working towards her trad climbing goals, tending to her growing collection of house plants, cooking something a little weird in the kitchen, and buying more books than she can possibly read. She is excited to be back in Steamboat with RMYC to help young people find community, confidence, and an experience that will stay with them forever.
Contact for Information on Youth Corps Crews.
Hannah started working with RMYC in 2017 as the Routt Youth Crew Leader, and in 2018 she became the Youth Program Field Coordinator, and in 2019 joined full time year round as the Assistant Youth Program Manager. Hannah attended Indiana University and graduated with a B.S. in Tourism Management. After graduating she spent two years living and working In Germany where she obtained her certification for ski instruction. In 2015 she made Steamboat Springs her home and began teaching at the Snowsports School on the mountain during the winters. In her free time, you will find her outside skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, biking, or going on a walk with her dog Bruce. Hannah is excited to give the youth of Northwest Colorado the opportunity to get outside and learn about work in conservation.
Contact for Information on Youth Corps Crews.
Rob Duddy Conservation Corps Program Manager
(970) 879-2135 ext. 101
Rob's first experienced the Rockies when he served as a Crew Member with the RMYC in 2011 after receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Boston . He then returned the following year as a Crew Leader, on Mt of the Holy Cross. The months spent there were some of the most defining days of his life. Since then he has worked in Alaska and Colorado working with organizations including the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks, and most recently as a Program Coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps. Rob spends his spare time climbing in the desert, aimlessly wandering in the woods, occasionally dusting off his creative roots to draw and dancing to Curtis Mayfield with his canine companion Diggity. He is thrilled to have returned to mothership (RMYC!) so that he may continue to facilitate the transformative and empowering experience that is Conservation Corps.
Liz Doby Administrative & Intern Program Coordinator
(970) 879-2135 ext. 103
Liz started with RMYC in 2016 as a Field Coordinator and after a 10-year career in the outdoor education and guiding worlds she is thrilled to join the family year-round. She got her B.S. in Exercise Science and Genetics from the University of Maryland before making Colorado her home base. She has since spent her summers working all over the US and Canada running rivers, leading wilderness trips, and teaching science school. Her winters have been spent teaching skiing, coaching swim teams, dog sledding, and ski patrolling. When she’s not in the office she is most often on her bike but could also be found working as a patroller on the ski hill, rafting, competing in skimo events, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors with her husband.
Alan Chapman operations Manager
(970) 879-2135 ext. 111
Alan has been working doing trails, fire and fuel work with Federal agencies and conservation corps since 2007. He started in interpretation with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but after leaving for the summer to work in the wilderness for the US Forest Service, he fell in love with field work. He has since worked for the US Forest Service and National Park Service in North Carolina, California, Oregon, Ohio, North Dakota, Utah and Arizona. He has also worked with the Student Conservation Association leading crews for the Veterans Fire Corp in Arizona and Colorado. He started in 2017 with RMYC as a field coordinator before transitioning to Field Manager. He enjoys spending his off time thinking about work (and also with his girlfriend Sandy, Smore and Milan (the dogs) as well as Smokey and Pancake).