Gretchen van de carr

Chief Executive Officer


970.879.2135 ext. 107

Gretchen Van De Carr has served as Chief Executive Officer 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, and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. Gretchen currently serves as a board member of the Governor’s Marijuana Education Oversight Commission, Routt County Human Resource Coalition, Routt County Youth Services Coalition, NW Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days Interim Steering Committee, Routt County Communities That Care Coalition, 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 “Grassroots Leadership Program”. Gretchen was recognized by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation as a 2009 Livingston Fellow. As CEO of RMYC, Gretchen has supervised the management of millions of dollars of federal, state, local, and private funding for RMYC. In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys skiing, river trips, camping, playing drums, and traveling with her husband, Pete and two teenage boys, Otis and Oliver.

Mark Wertheimer

Chief Operating Officer


970.879.2135 ext. 108

Mark joined RMYC in 2005 and leads the organization's partnership development and operations. He serves on the Colorado Youth Corps Association Board of Directors, The South Routt School District Board of Education, and is the 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 cultivate positive change in the lives of thousands of young people. Mark is often outdoors with his wife, Kim, son, Henry, daughter, Alice, and dog, Sunday. He enjoys rafting, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, hunting, and fishing. 

Contact for partnership development


Chrissy Lynch 

Chief Financial Officer


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.





970.879.2135 ext. 112

Lauren made her way to Colorado from Rochester, New York almost ten years ago, driven by her love for the mountains. Lauren discovered the paradise that is Steamboat Springs when she took a seasonal summer gig with The Home Ranch back in 2008, where she realized her passion for the outdoors and the part of the country she would eventually call home. In 2010 Lauren graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a B.A. in Communications Studies and English Literature and promptly made her way back west to begin a new chapter in Steamboat. Since that time Lauren has worked for such local organizations as Yampa Valley Bank, where she performed the roles of Teller, Loan Administrator and Credit Analyst, and Yampa Valley Medical Center as an Accountant. In addition, she has provided bookkeeping services to several small businesses in town. Lauren enjoys running, hiking, cross country skiing, gardening and spending time with her husband, Cole, and their 5 fur babies. Lauren couldn’t be happier to have joined the team at RMYC as it continues to cultivate a deep appreciation for the outdoors in our youth.


Kate Warnke

Development Associate


970.879.2135 ext. 104

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. 


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 his daughter Beatrice 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. 


Liz Doby

Internship Program and Human Resources Manager


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. 



Education and Evaluation Manager


970.879.2135 ext. 110

Lauren grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania where she developed a love for the outdoors and earned her B.A. in Secondary Earth Science Education from the University of Delaware. She spent much of her early twenties facilitating environmental education and outdoor leadership programming for young people in Delaware, New York, Alaska and Tennessee before calling Colorado home. In 2013, Lauren moved to Steamboat Springs to participate in an AmeriCorps term of service in the Steamboat Springs Middle School through Partners in Routt County. Steamboat drew her in and she worked for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps as a Service Learning Crew Leader and Yampa Valley Science School Resource Specialist before coming on as the Regional Youth Program Manager in 2015. Lauren is delighted to be a part of the RMYC team once again as the Education and Evaluation Manager. In her free time, she can be found trail running, climbing and exploring with her adventure buddies, Jimmy & Eisley.


Christina Elderkin 

Conservation Corps Program Manager


970.879.2135 ext. 101

In 2014, accompanied by Bruce Springsteen on the radio, Christina headed west for a summer and fall season with RMYC as an Assistant Trail Crew leader. Captivated by the transformative power of service, and a life out of doors, she returned to lead the RYC crew with RYMC in 2015. She would go on to work in environmental education in California, conservation in the Pacific Northwest, and wilderness guiding and operations management in Alaska. As much as she enjoys getting off the grid and into the mountains, she has upgraded from a backpack to a real closet. Christina is passionate about stewarding the connection between people and their environment.  



Assistant Conservation Corps Program Manager


970.879.2135 ext. 113

Ashley got her start in the corps world in 2017 after a post college job didn’t pan out. With a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, she was looking for more tangible impacts in environmental work and stumbled upon conservation corps. After holding positions with RMYC as a Trail Crew Leader and Field Coordinator, she is back full time as the Assistant Conservation Corps Program Manager. Ashley is excited to get others engaged with their public lands through meaningful work and empowering people to become stewards of their environment! In her spare time she can be found entertaining her dog Benson, camping, climbing, biking, or playing in the snow, depending on the season. 


Pete Kraska

Office, Warehouse & Facilities Manager


970.879.2135 ext. 111

Pete first joined RMYC in 2007 as a Crew Leader for Community Youth Corps (CYC), then as CYC Field Coordinator in 2008 & 2009 and Yampa Valley Science School Camp Manager in the fall of 2008 & 2009.  He then moved on to pursue a 10 year career in the outdoor industry working as a sales rep for local Steamboat Springs companies, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger.  In 2020, Pete rejoined the RMYC team as the Office, Warehouse, Facilities Manager and is thrilled to be back in the corps world!  With a BA in Recreation Management and minor in Business from Appalachian State University, Pete is eager to combine his personal and professional skills to bring even more efficiency and organization to the RMYC campus.  When he’s not in the office or warehouse, Pete is typically riding his mountain bike, backcountry skiing, climbing peaks, or spending quality time with his wife Morgan and daughter Kya. 


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. 


Hannah Clune

Assistant Youth Program Manager


970.879.2135 ext. 109

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 in ski instruction. In 2015 she made Steamboat Springs her home and began teaching on the Ski Mountain during winter months. 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.




Physical & Mailing Address:


991 Captain Jack Drive

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487







©Rocky Mountain Youth Corps 2020

RMYC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization 


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