SCYC Staff

Mary Jo Standard

Director

Mary Jo came to Durango in 2012 after she and four friends pointed to the map and decided Durango had a great folk and bluegrass scene.  After one fun winter in Durango, she moved to Cortez when her husband got a job with Osprey.  After growing up outside D.C. and going to school in Pittsburgh, the wide-open spaces of southwest Colorado have been the perfect change!

Mary Jo started working with youth while in college through Girls on the Run and teaching youth outdoor skills at Philmont Scout Ranch. After moving to Durango, she started working in the school districts and Osprey until she happily landed at SCYC.  Her favorite activities include: running, backpacking, climbing, reading, and spending time with her husband, two little girls, and two crazy dogs.

Kristen Tworek

Assistant Director

Kristen Tworek came to Cortez in 2012 after deciding it was time for a life change. Leaving behind a corporate accounting job on the east coast, she took an AmeriCorps position with The Bridge Emergency Shelter. Though it was a vast change from her former life, she quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Southwest and the Four Corners community. Kristen is passionate about building and strengthening her community.

Angela Adams

Program Coordinator

Angela joined the SCYC team in the fall of 2017. She was attracted to the organization’s mission and vision and the opportunity to work hands-on with youth. Angela began working with youth in 2001 through a year of national service with AmeriCorps. After moving to Cortez with her husband in 2005, Angela went into the education sector. Angela was a dedicated Montessori preschool and kindergarten teacher in Cortez for 12 years. Angela originally hails from Florida and is a graduate of Florida State University.

 

She enjoys spending time with her wonderful daughter and amazing family and friends, swimming in natural bodies of water, listening to music, dancing, cross country skiing, reading, and watching movies. Angela loves to travel! She looks forward to future adventures, and treasures time spent in her home state. Angela has found a real sense of community here in Montezuma County however and is honored to continue to work with the wonderful young people in our area.

Coordinating: Youth Leadership Council, Show Me The Money, Parent Engagement & Voter Engagement. 

 

Current Collaborations: Communities That Care (CTC): Youth Activity Calendar

Marinda Harrison

Program Coordinator & Media Manager

Marinda Eubanks Harrison was born in Cortez, Colorado, as a sixth-generation to the area with ties back to 1884. She enjoys rock hunting, dinosaurs, gardening, singing, making jewelry, and camping. Growing up in Cortez, she learned various skills. She can rastle cows, build fences, sing heavy metal, and work on vehicles. At age 16, Marinda was faced with the death of her boyfriend to alcohol poisoning. Presented with this harsh reality, Marinda struggled significantly in her youth and was grateful for her role models. Without them, she would not be where she is today and continues to be that positive force for other young people who may be struggling. 

Coordinating: Middle School Life Skills & Jewelry Design

 

Current Collaborations:

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES): Suicide Prevention Youth Engagement

Celebrating Healthy Communities (CHC): Suicide Awareness Sticker Shock & Ride Responsible.

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 Communities That Care (CTC): Positive Community Norming Media Campaign. 

Sabastian Sells

Youth Assistant

ssells@scyclistens.org

(970) 799-9622

Sabastian Sells came to Colorado in 2018 from Ohio. In Colorado, he met many youth leaders and attended many SCYC programs. The SCYC programs changed his life so much so that he decided to apply for a position. Sabastian has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact within our community! 

Current Collaborations: Communities That Care (CTC): Youth Activity Calendar

Skylee Lindsey

Youth Assistant

Skylee Lindsey was born in Cortez and has lived here their entire life so far. They have plans to become a Child Therapist to help communities that suffer from drug addiction and mental health issues. They participate in the Cortez Public Art Advisory Committee and personal art projects and enjoy making anything from functional jewelry to painting and drawing. They are excited to work with their peers in the community to make it the best it can be. The youth are the future!

Coordinating: Jewelry Design Assistant