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.
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
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.
ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL MANAGER
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.
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 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.
Internship Program Manager and Program Coordinator
970.879.2135 ext. 103
Liz Doby-turned-Hartstein came to us after 10 years of working in the outdoor education and guiding world. 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 part-time ski patroller, rafting, competing in skimo events, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors with her husband and toddler.
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.
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 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.
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Assistant Conservation Corps Program Manager
970.879.2135 ext. 111
Sarah first joined RMYC in 2019 on a whim. Since that transformative first summer, she has completed three more seasons with the Adult Conservation Crews as an Assistant Crew Leader and Crew Leader. Sarah grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and fell in love with outdoor recreation during her summers in the Adirondack mountains in New York. She has a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University and a background in automotive repair. She developed a passion for youth development during her time as a Resident Assistant (RA) in college. She enjoys playing pond hockey, woodcarving, and hanging out with her many RMYC friends in her free time. Sarah is excited to set crews up for success!
Youth Programs Manager
970.879.2135 ext. 102
Carlyn has the Yampa Valley Curse wicked bad. She arrived for the first time in 2012 to crew lead for RMYC and couldn't help but return for more! Carlyn loves to get involved and volunteers as the board President for Routt County Youth Services Coalition, as the secretary for the Social Justice Coalition of Routt County, and is a senior partner at Partners of Routt County. Carlyn is a trainer for Positive Youth Development, Substance Abuse Prevention Training, is a Recovery Coach, teaches CPR/First Aid, and has almost completed her CPSII. Hailing from Massachusetts, she is a snowboarder who misses surfing but can't stay away from the Rockies! Carlyn has been working in youth development since 2012 and is passionate about helping young people learn how to find community, confidence, and experiences that will stay with them forever and also her two pups and two kitties- all of whom are named after Star Wars characters.
Assistant Youth Program Manager
970.879.2135 ext. 109
Meghan found her way to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in the summer of 2019 as an Assistant Crew Leader for the conservation corps. She loves RMYC because her two passions of growing community and nature melded into her everyday work here. Her interests in nature started in the foothills of Colorado where she grew up playing in the prairies and skiing in the mountains. She continued exploring her interests at the University of Colorado where she studied Ecology and Evoutionary Biology and German. Since college, Meghan spent time as an Environmental Educator, worked on the trail crew at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and worked as a ski rental technician. She most recently finished exploring Maine's beautiful landscapes and helped the city of Portland start the Portland Youth Corps. When not at work, you can find her hiking or backpacking with friends, practicing her birding skills, exploring new desert spots, and doing random art projects. She is stoked to be back at RMYC to help young people find their community and passions in the outdoors.