Executive director

Jennifer McAtamney moved to mountains of Summit County from the wilds of New York City in 1999.  From landing here in 1999 she has loved the ability to make an impact in this community since her first volunteer gig in 1999 with the BOEC.  Since that time, she has put her talents in marketing, fundraising, convening, creating programs and partnerships to work on behalf of the residents of Summit County.  Whether on the Breckenridge Town Council where she served 2 terms or as a Board member for a local non-profit, or working on behalf of families in the community through our local schools or county wide child care program Jennifer brings problem solving, strong communication and a down to earth approach to creating solutions that to make our community a better place.  As the Executive Director at Building Hope Jennifer has turned her attention and passion to destigmatizing mental health and working to provide access for all to this vital health service.
 

Mental health Program Manager

Kellyn Glynn has been working and living in Summit County fulltime since 2012 after spending the previous three years as a front range weekend warrior. Born in Buffalo, NY and growing up in Michigan, Kellyn has a love of sports, the outdoors, and laughing! Summit County provides the best of all these worlds to her, where she can be found on the trails, biking, running, hiking, skiing, or endlessly cheering for the Buffalo Bills. She has a background in mental health and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Prior to joining Building Hope, Kellyn has worked in numerous roles and organizations within the community, including Youth and Family Services/Public Health, Summit Community Care Clinic, and owning her own private practice counseling service. Kellyn has made great relationships in the community and has always valued the work and collaboration that is done within the organizations and community members for our residents and visitors. She has expertise in the field of mental health, community organization, program development, and the nonprofit sector. As Program Manager, Kellyn hopes to build upon the framework that has been created, while continuing to grow and enhance all that can be offered to the Summit community.

 

Mental health Program Coordinator

Ravi Jaishankar joined Building Hope in April 2019 after a long corporate career with AT&T. Originally born in India and raised in NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University with a triple major in IT, Psychology, and Religion. Ravi arrived in Breckenridge in late 2016 to pursue his passions, deepen his commitment to health and wellness and discover meaningful life. He enjoys snowboarding, skiing, biking, motorcycling, backpacking, and has worked to cultivate a meditation practice, teach yoga philosophy, meditation classes, and facilitate mental health support groups. His goal is to discover the applications of yoga/meditation to psychotherapy and develop a practice integrating the two. 
 

Spanish Language Coordinator

Milena Quiros joined Building Hope part time as its Spanish Language Coordinator in May 2019. She has been a permanent resident of Summit County since 2001 and is originally from Costa Rica. A mother of 4 wonderful young boys, she considers Summit County to be her home simply because her most beloved treasures were born here and her family was formed here. This motivates her to pursue self-growth on a daily basis and take seriously her responsibility to teach her children to be good citizens and human beings. She is also very passionate and works hard to make sure that immigrants and their families have a voice in Summit County. 

Milena's commitment to education, values and principles are keys to her success, which is why she volunteers prolifically and collaborates with several different organizations. She is a board member of several local agencies: Summit Advocates for Victims of Assault, Parent Teacher Association Board (PTSA), Summit-Lake Dillon Optimists, and the District Accountability Committee (DAC). She is the co-founder of Growing Together, a non-profit she started in 2016 alongside Building Hope's birth, which addresses the Latino population's mental health needs and serves them in their own language with cultural competence. She is very happy to align her strengths, passions and dedication in her work with Building Hope to provide support to the Spanish speaking community in Summit County, and to break all the barriers that exist around mental health in the Latino population. 
 

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Nicole Maynard joined Building Hope part time as its Events and Volunteer Coordinator in November 2019. A Colorado Native, Nicole was raised on the front range before making a home in Summit County. Nicole found Building Hope as a resource to support her own mental health as well as a way to connect with community members. 

Nicole’s passion is spreading the word about Building Hope and helping others support Building Hope in meaningful ways. Nicole is a graduate of Colorado University of Colorado Springs with aBachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Nicole also holds an MBA. Her professional work has centered around complex program and project management in the commercial and defense industries. 


Special Writing Projects 

Suzanne Acker has more than 40 years of experience in communications, development and marketing. Her career has been dedicated to advocacy work around homelessness and affordable housing, substance use disorder, mental health, higher education and the arts. Six years ago, she and her husband helped their son, a 9-year recovering alcoholic, launch Fit To Recover, a nonprofit gym and community center for people in recovery from drugs and alcohol in Salt Lake City. Understanding the connection between mental health issues and substance misuse, Suzanne began volunteering for Building Hope in 2017, and now writes the monthly newsletter and other special writing projects. Suzanne has been in and out of Summit County since 1962, when her father began the early development of what is now the Peak 7 area in Breckenridge. She moved to Breck permanently in 2015.

 

Adminstrative assistant

Sierra Andrews joined Building Hope part time as its Administrative Assistant in February 2020. She was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Summit County after graduating college, eager to enjoy all that mountain life had to offer. Sierra enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing and most importantly skiing.  Sierra became involved with Building Hope as part of her journey into the social services field.  She started interning with the organization as part of her Masters in Social Work program and now works as an Administrative Assistant. Sierra is passionate about mental health and social service and is eager to continue to learn and grow within the organization. 

Sierra graduated from the University of Vermont in 2016  with a Bachelor’s in Psychological Sciences and a Minor in Special Education. She is currently in the second year of her graduate program at Colorado State University. She will graduate in 2021 earning her Masters in Social Work with the goal of becoming a LCSW. 

 

Youth Program Coordinator 

Carol Craig has lived in Summit County since 1994 when she started working as the Town of Breckenridge Event Director and Public Information Officer.  After leaving the Town of Breckenridge in 2002, Carol began working in a variety of roles within and outside of the Summit community in marketing as well as non-profit and corporate events.  Carol brings a breadth of experience not only through local organizations and business relationships, but also a unique perspective gleaned from working with large corporations.  As the Program Manager for The HYPE youth connection at Building Hope, Carol is hopeful that just one small event connection can change the trajectory of someone’s mental and emotional health. 

 

Social Media 

Courtney Kenady discovered Summit County during a road trip in 1988, and in her heart, she knew one day she would live in this beautiful place. That time came in 1992 when she landed in Breckenridge after leaving broadcast journalism career in California. Courtney loves being outdoors more than just about anything else. Summit County provides a perfect backdrop for all her favorite outdoor activities; running, mountain biking, hiking, boating, snowboarding, and skiing. For nearly 20 years, Courtney’s talents and expertise have been focused on real estate sales, digital marketing, and project management roles. She joined the Building Hope Social Media and Marketing team in June 2020 and is delighted to be part of an organization that is committed to the betterment and mental wellness of our community. Courtney is passionate about communication that educates, empowers, and enlightens. She enjoys creating and sharing content that is engaging and informative too many different audiences.

 

Board of directors

Building Hope has a dedicated Board of Directors which meets monthly and provides specific guidance around programmatic decisions and strategic direction of Building Hope. 

  • Tracy Bartels - Vail Resorts
  • Jeanne Bistranin – Executive Director, Summit Foundation
  • Tim Casey – Patti Casey Memorial Fund (Board Chair)
  • Cassie Comeau – Behavioral Health Director Summit Community Care Clinic
  • Cary Cooper – Community Advocate 
  • Tamara Drangstveit – Executive Director, Family Intercultural Resource Center
  • Jaime FitzSimmons - Summit County Sheriff
  • Shannon Haynes – Town of Breckenridge
  • John Warner - Former Mayor of Breckenridge, Community Advocate (Vice Board Chair)
  • Amy Wineland – Director of Public Health, Summit County Government

Advisory Board

Building Hope has a robust Advisory Board including representatives from all major community partners, local advocates, and mental health consumers with lived experience. We are very grateful to all of our Advisory Board members for their contributions and service to Building Hope. 

  • Steve Acker - Community Advocate
  • Tracy Bartels - Vail Resorts
  • Jeanne Bistranin – Executive Director, Summit Foundation
  • Gini Bradley - Community Organizer/Consultant
  • Lucinda Burns - Early Childhood Options
  • Tim Casey – Patti Casey Memorial Fund*
  • Cassie Comeau – Behavioral Health Director Summit Community Care Clinic
  • Cary Cooper – Community Advocate
  • Tamara Drangstveit – Executive Director, Family Intercultural Resource Center
  • Deb Edwards – Breckenridge Grand Vacations
  • Jaime FitzSimons – Summit County Sheriff
  • Father Tema Godwinnnamezie – Centura, St Anthony’s Medical Center
  • Shannon Hayes – Town of Breckenridge
  • Gary Martinez – Community Advocate
  • Elizabeth Edgar Lowe – Director of Communication and Engagement, Summit School District
  • Oyuki Munoz – Community Advocate
  • Lorri Hueck – National Alliance on Mental Illness High County Chapter
  • Karn Stiegelmeier – County Commissioner
  • Sarah Vaine – Assistant County Manager, Summit County Government
  • John Warner – Community Advocate, Mayor
  • Amy Wineland – Director of Public Health, Summit County Government
  • Carrie Wolfe-Brown - Community Advocate

 

 

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible"

- George Chakiris

 

"I have always believed that hope is the stubborn thing inside of us that insists that despite all evidence to the contrary, something better awaits us"

- Barack Obama

 

" Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."

- Emily Dickinson

"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen, there will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be given wings to fly."

- Patrick Overton

 

"The biggest lie to buy into is to think that you’re alone... You’re not. Hope is always closer than you know. You’re more loved than you feel. And you’re stronger than you realize."

- Bethany Morris

 

"Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you’re not alone".

- Unknown

 

 

"Small acts, when multiplied by millons of people, can transform the world."

- Howard Zinn

 

 

"Ah, kindness, what a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world."

- Anonymous

"I realized that there are a lot of other people out there who can relate to what I’ve been though. So I’ve become more comfortable with sharing some of my story and letting people know that I have been through hardship too."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)

 

"I struggle, but I continue to choose the high road. When I share I feel a little bit lighter because I’m being honest with myself."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)

"Life is fragile and I now know it is also unpredictable. Glenn’s death has underscored a core belief of mine that we are able to overcome most all of what life throws in our paths by acknowledging it, accepting it, feeling it and knowing that we will, with time, feel the warmth of the sun and another beautiful day."

- Marsha Cooper (Faces of Hope)

"I think the point of ‘normalizing’ it (mental health) is that many many others feel that shadow so we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. It doesn’t mean that myself or anyone else suffering has done something wrong. It just is."

- Sam Higby (Faces of Hope)

 

"Nothing missed and no regrets. Live on in peace, health and happiness. Look for meaning where you can and cherish the mystery when you can’t."

- Same Higby (Faces of Hope)

"I have come to terms with the diagnosis and don’t let it affect my self-worth. Its not any different than any other illness that can cause a chemical imbalance such as high blood pressure or diabetes. When it’s our brain, it's just a little harder to understand."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

"You might feel that nobody can understand what you’re going through, and I believe you are right. Nobody else can really understand what you’re thinking or why you’re feeling a certain way. But I think its important to know that you are loved."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

 

"There is help out there – you just need to ask for help first and truly seek and accept the help that is offered, even if you don’t really understand how you are going to get better. But have the faith that you will."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

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