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 10 West Main Street, #102

Cortez, CO 81321
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SCYC Staff


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 very 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.

Mary Jo Standard

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Tamara was the first of her family to leave California in 100 years. She has been a research biologist, a long distance hiker, a wildlife rehabilitator, a barista, a teacher, and a mother during her various incarnations. When Tamara fled California, she drew 50 mile radius circles around colleges that offered teacher education programs and chose the one with the highest elevation and lowest snowfall. She has been in Montezuma County ever since. Her children are only able to identify her by her earrings. Tamara currently lives with four cats, four dogs, two birds, two geckos, a turtle, and a pony. 

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Coordinator


Tamara Hamilton

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Cindy came to Colorado in the early 90’s to follow her passion of driving with the windows down and wrangling wild rattlesnakes. Originally hailing from West Virginia, she came west to escape the humidity and chaos of east coast over-population and to play where there is more room to roam. She discovered her passion of working with youth one day while trying to lasso rattlesnakes, realizing that working with youth could be much the same fun and maybe less dangerous. The birth of her daughter helped nudge her away from the wrangling business and into community service, her desire driven by her passion to create possibilities for youth to engage in fun activities. Cindy joined the regional AmeriCorps crew in 2010 and immediately learned the art of pirating and saving sinking ships, an art not considered in the desert southwest. Today she no longer needs to tap into this art as now has a motley crew to support this process. Happily serving as Programs Manager for SCYC, Cindy continues to lovingly raise her daughter, along with her compassionate (and very flexible) partner, and search for the ‘rattlesnake wrangling’ opportunities that empower and enrich the lives of young people in her community. Cindy enjoys hiking in the mountains and deserts, mountain biking, going to music festivals, playing in the snow and rivers and sitting on peaceful mountaintops. She still drives with the windows down.

Positive Youth Development Coordinator


Cindy Houston


Angela joined the SCYC team in 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. She appreciates that Positive Youth Development, the principal through which SCYC operates, shares many commonalities with Montessori philosophy – chiefly that each young person be treated with respect and guided to be peaceful, engaged citizens. 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.

High School Program Coordinator


Angela Adams


Marinda Eubanks Harrison was born in Cortez, Colorado as a sixth generation to the area with ties back to 1884. She enjoys rock hunting, gardening, singing, making jewelry and connecting with people in our community. In 2013 Marinda gave birth to a baby boy and was married in 2016 then becoming a mother of four in a blended family.

Marinda began her journey in philanthropy in 2011 after the loss of a friend to suicide. After being directly affected she helped coordinate Z-go Memorial Skate Competition which then turned into Skate4Life. She left the community group in 2016 and started volunteering for multiple organizations with a positive and supportive message. While in school Marinda struggled and was thankful to have the mentors she did and would like to continue to be that person for others.

Middle School Program Coordinator


Marinda Harrison

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Kristen Tworek came to Cortez four years ago 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. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of The Good Samaritan Center, a staff member at The Bridge Emergency Shelter, along with her work at SCYC. She volunteers as a mentor for the Pinon project and is a board member at KSJD. In her free time, Kristen and her dog, Sam, can be found kayaking, hiking, camping and taking her Ford Focus where no Ford Focus has gone before.

Financial Assistant


Kristen Tworek

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