About Us

Advancing The Common Good In Routt County

Routt County United Way (RCUW) creates solutions that advance the common good in Routt County. We’re improving education, strengthening financial stability, and making our community healthier. Our community-led solutions focus on four goals to make the greatest impact in our community: giving children a strong start through early childhood education, providing youth a safe, healthy and nurturing environment to promote successful youth, improving the financial stability of all Routt County citizens, and promoting access to mental health and crisis services. We mobilize change by funding local nonprofits through grants, encourage ideas and connection through partnerships, and foster initiatives that directly support RCUW’s values in the community through our programs.

RCUW is the leader in health and human services. We are a community builder, leader, unifier, and champion.

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OUR VISION

We envision a county where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through access to education, opportunities to improve financial stability, and support to lead healthy lives.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to unite people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good in education, financial stability, and health.

How We Make Our Impact

The Team That Makes It Possible

Kate Nowak

Executive Director

Kate started with Routt County United Way in October 2013. Previously her 11 years of nonprofit work included Yampa Valley Data Partners and the International Erosion Control Association. Kate and her husband, Jim, have been in the Yampa Valley for 20+ years. Kate is passionate about serving people through United Way.

Lacey Manzanares

Operations Manager

Lacey joins Routt County United Way with a degree in Human Services. As operations manager, she uses her healthcare experience and passion for helping others to support the nonprofit sector in the community. Lacey has lived in Routt County for more than 30 years. She and her husband Sonny enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their two small dogs.

Jennifer Bruen

Community Impact Coordinator

Jen is a native Michigander. With an education in cultural anthropology, regional planning, and historic preservation, she’s built a 20-year career heavily focused on equitable, inclusive, and sustainable community and economic development. She’s worked with communities nationally and internationally on innovative projects in collaboration with universities, regional planning organizations, non-profits, businesses, and local governments. She loves the outdoors, traveling, volunteering and spending time with her family.

Our Board of Directors

We are governed by a Board of Directors, whose responsibilities include: reviewing and guiding organizational direction, ensuring effective management and financial stewardship, representing RCUW in the community, bringing the community’s voice to our decision-making, and maintaining the community’s trust in the organization.

Ciara Bartholomew

Finance/Business Manager, South Routt School District

Ciara Bartholomew is a Colorado native, born in Leadville and raised in Eagle County. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado-Boulder (Go Buffs!), Ciara embarked on an 11-year journey in our Nation’s Capital where she worked for a management consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. and a brief stint for a middle-market investment firm during the 2007-2011 financial crisis. Returning to her roots of Colorado, she now spends her time as the Finance/Business Manager for South Routt School District. Ciara holds a masters in finance from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado. You can find Ciara skiing, mountain biking, rafting and enjoying the fresh air of the Colorado mountains with her husband, their toddler, and the family favorite Homer (the dog).

Leslie Gibson

Sales & Marketing Special Projects Supervisor, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

Leslie has been an integral member of the Steamboat Ski Resort team since 2009 in a variety of roles in both the Mountain Operations and the Brand and Resort Strategy divisions. Before working at the resort, Leslie attended the Art Institute of Colorado and worked as a cabinet designer at Rustic Woodworks. Leslie is a second-generation leader at the resort.

As a Routt County native, Leslie has huge respect and admiration for the history and traditions of the Yampa Valley community and that is what drew her to the United Way Board. She hopes that through her work with United Way, she can make a positive difference in our community and beyond through serving, advocating, and empowering others.

Karen Goedert

Director of Employee Engagement, Big Agnes/BAP

Karen Goedert currently holds the job of Director of Employee Engagement with Big Agnes/BAP located in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She joined Big Agnes, BAP and their sister company Honey Stinger in March of 2019 and is currently responsible for all employee engagement functions, recruiting, training, employee retention, benefit administration and current COVID deputy for Big Agnes and BAP. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Regis University as well as the SHRM HR Generalist certificate, SHRM- CP certificate and the CIR (Certified Internet Recruiter) certificate. Current active HR Affiliations include memberships in the Society for Human Resource Management, the Colorado Human Resource Association and High Country Human Resources Association. 

A few of her accomplishments with her work with Human Resources/Recruiting include:

  • Managing director/owner of Columbine Consulting, LLC offering HR services to resort businesses
  • Managing director/owner of Resort Recruiters, working as a talent acquisition expert assisting resort businesses in sourcing professional employees for their resort businesses. Resort Recruiters offer headhunting searches, advertising opportunities, interview assistance, background screens and “match-making” assistance between the employer needs and the employee’s qualifications. 
  • Building unique HR systems for new businesses (small and large)
  • Resort Management experience developing operating procedures and driving corporate culture for five-star resorts in resort locations. 

Eron Haubert

Assistant Principal, Strawberry Park Elementary

Eron Haubert moved to Steamboat eight years ago with her husband and two girls and began working at Strawberry Park Elementary as a 4th-grade teacher. She is now the assistant principal and utilizes her 24 years of educational experience to support the amazing students, staff, and community that make up the district.  She is excited and can’t believe that her daughters are old enough to start middle school and high school next year. Her entire family is deeply involved and invested in the community and is so grateful for the many opportunities that are available in this tremendous town.

Given this opportunity to serve the community at an even deeper level by being on the board of the Routt County United Way, is something Eron is very thankful for and is committed to in order to ensure that her expertise is utilized to continue to grow the already enriching programming in place. She has seen her school and students directly benefit from all the support that United Way has been able to provide to various programs, and to be a part of continuing this connection is an honor.

Carrie Helmcamp

Attorney, Klauzer & Tremaine
Carrie moved to Steamboat in 2016 and joined the United Way Board in April 2019. After practicing law in Texas for over 20 years, Carrie and her husband (and their dogs) relocated to the Yampa Valley in 2016. A strong believer in United Way’s mission to “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community,” she looks forward to becoming more deeply involved in programs supported by Routt County United Way and its community partners.

Carrie practices law with Klauzer & Tremaine LLC in Steamboat, is a CASA Volunteer with Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, and enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and fly-fishing.

Dave Kinnear

Community Member
Dave Kinnear grew up in Minnesota and received his degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. Dave held two different positions with the State of Minnesota before beginning a 34-year career with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After leaving Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dave has been pursuing an active retirement, which includes skiing, biking, hiking, photography and travel.

Dave has been a supporter of the United Way for many years and has volunteered with a number of organizations in the Milwaukee area and beyond.

Since moving full-time to Steamboat Springs in 2017, Dave has been involved with the Steamboat Springs Over the Hill Gang, for which he currently runs the web site and leads bicycling outings.

David Lundeen

Community Member
David moved to Steamboat in 2013 after over 35 years in the Oil and Gas Business where he managed large international projects in numerous countries. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He has supported United Way in many communities where he has lived around the country.

David joined the Routt County United Way Board to serve the community and help Routt County be a great place to live for all people. He has one child at Steamboat High School and two grandchildren in the Steamboat school system. He is an active member of Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church and enjoys golf, tennis, fishing and plans every year to do some mountain biking.

Debra Sauermann

Community Member
Debra Sauermann has been behind the scenes for 5 years, since Kate has been working at RCUW. With a BA in math from Austin College in Sherman Texas, and an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School, she worked 25 years at Exxon (1985-2010). After leaving ExxonMobil, she consulted at SGV International, her husband’s company.

For the past five years she’s worked with RCUW to do donor outreach in and beyond Routt County, and has researched low income populations in Routt to support the collective impact initiative. She and her husband Roland have a son who lives in New York. She lives the majority of the time in Houston, Texas;. her second home is in Steamboat Springs, which she bought in 2007. But because her extended family is from Steamboat (her cousins all graduated from SSHS), she’s been coming to Steamboat for most of her life.

Robin Schepper

Communications Consultant, Wayfinder Inc.

Robin Schepper uses her background in public policy, communications, events and campaigns to develop comprehensive strategies for her clients. She is an experienced and dedicated manager who develops communications and public affairs strategies; facilitates meetings and retreats; trains and coaches executives; provides organizational and communications counsel and writes numerous types of documents for her clients.

Over the past 25 years, Robin has worked in many arenas. She worked on three Democratic presidential campaigns and in the Clinton Administration, organizing trips and events like the 1997 G-8 Summit and the 50th Anniversary of NATO. She was a small business owner, co-founding Pyramid Communications, a Seattle-based public affairs company that specializes in environmental, health and Native American issues. She served as staff director for the Senate Democratic Technology and Communications Committee under Senator Daschle working with the Democratic Caucus on their TV, Radio and Internet strategies. Robin spent four years working as a consultant to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games providing communications expertise; building their press office; and serving as a spokesperson and advisor to the President of the Athens Olympic Organizing Committee. Robin also was the first Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s children’s anti-obesity initiative, Let’s Move!

Alan M. Sidman

Community Member
Alan is a former finance executive having worked for Arthur Andersen & Co after receiving a degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. He has also worked at ITT Grinnell, Altria and Instrumentarium in finance capacities. Alan has acted as a Data Base Consultant to major money center banks in the Chicago area as well as Not-For-Profit and Education organizations.

Alan has been a supporter of United Way in other parts of the country since early in his business career. Now, with time availability, volunteering with Routt County United Way is an opportunity to make a direct and positive contribution. Alan moved to Steamboat in 2014 and enjoys skiing, hiking, golf and reading.

Maggie Taylor

Director of Youth and Connectional Ministry, Heart of Steamboat

Maggie is a Nashville, TN native who moved to Steamboat a year ago to join the ministry team at Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church. She is the associate pastor and focuses on youth and connectional ministry. She completed her undergraduate in psychology and religion at Martin Methodist College and her Master of Divinity at Boston University.

Maggie is passionate about advocating for the active involvement of young people in their communities and co-chairs the Division on Ministries with Young People for the global United Methodist Church. She enjoys CrossFit, baking, hiking, and spending times with friends and family.

Adam Wilson

Market President, Vectra Bank
Adam Wilson is the husband to Mary, father to Parker and AJ, and the Market President for Vectra Bank in Steamboat Springs. Adam graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs. Adam was fortunate that his 10+ year banking career brought him and his family to Steamboat Springs in December 2018. Before that, he lived in SW Ohio and Denver. Adam has a long history with United Ways in Denver and Ohio and brings his passion for helping others to Routt County United Way. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing in the trees, mountain biking, the Cleveland Browns, traveling, and serving the community.

Tom Valand

Program Coordinator, Fatherhood Program of Routt County

Tom Valand is the Program Coordinator for the Fatherhood Program of Routt County (FPRC) and has lived in Routt County with his wife and 2 children since 2016. Prior to his tenure with the FPRC, he spent four years with Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment where he conducted population-based work in the realms of violence and injury prevention as well as marijuana education.

Tom is a board member of the Colorado Fatherhood Network and is active on with the Routt County Youth Services Coalition where he has helped plan local events, including the annual Parent Connection Summit. He has an MBA from the University of Denver and is working on his MSW through Colorado State University. He passionate about working with fathers and collaborating with the family-serving organizations with this great county. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, biking, camping and exploring with his family and friends.

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