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.
21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Coordinator
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.