About Mancos United

In 2021, our Mancos community found itself in the tender place of shock, grief, and uncertainty. Like the rest of the world, we were reeling from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic when we were faced with two devastating youth suicides within 12 months. These tragic losses shook our small town and it made clear that not only our youth, but many members of our community were in need.

This awareness created an impassioned call for more accessible mental health, wellness, and general support. Our dedicated area care providers and organizations quickly rose up, reaching out to the Mancos School District as a potential way to connect the community and reach children and families in need. This is what led to the call for a group of community members and service providers to band together and create the vision for Mancos United.

Join our Board of Directors! Applications Due May 15th.

Email hellomancos@gmail.com for details

Our mission: To be a trusted partner in creating and coordinating an inclusive space for all, collaboration and sharing resources for rich community engagement.

Join Our Board of Directors!

  • Todd Cordrey, Mancos School District Superintendent

  • Emily Hutcheson-Brown, Treasurer of the Mancos School District RE-6 Board of Education

  • Travis Greenlee, Mancos School District

  • Tim Hunter, Mancos Valley Resources

  • 7 Community Member spots available!

After 20 years in Oregon, Katie now lives with her husband Craig, a rope rescue trainer who also teaches at Mancos High School and serves with Mancos Fire. Together they try to keep up with their two kids: daughter Elliot (8), son Clive (5), and 10 quirky ducks at 7,000 feet in Weber Canyon. They all enjoy Mancos, learning, playing in the dirt, and connecting with family and friends.

Meet Our Lead Administrator

Katie is committed to engaging those closest to the issues in creating solutions that have measurable impacts. She is the founder of Uncommon Health Solutions where she works with anyone who wants to create conditions that that make it easier for everyone to thrive.

She moved to Mancos from Central Oregon in 2020 just as the pandemic hit. During the pandemic, she supported a community coalition working to address substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery; supported community interests in Mancos to learn about suicide prevention and launch the Mancos Wellbeing Project; and conceived of and launched www.rethinkreconnect.com as a space to smash silos and come together around solutions that work for all. She also built a yurt with her family and reconnected with her kids through a tear-inducing, failure-riddled but ultimately magical deep dive into how kids learn and thrive. 

Prior to coming to Colorado (and the pandemic), she launched the TRACEs (Trauma Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences) partnership in Central Oregon. By engaging people in 10 distinct (rural, urban, and tribal) communities, TRACEs grew quickly to over 100 partners all learning together and creating conditions that nurture resilience to offset the impacts of trauma.

She launched Oregon Healthiest State in 2014 to engage communities from around the state in a movement to become the healthiest state. She worked in communities around the country with the Blue Zones Project and delivered results like a 40% reduction in the cost of care for employees, 14% reduction in obesity and 30% reduction in smoking community wide. 

Earlier in her career, in the healthcare sector, she oversaw integrated system-wide efforts that included saving $40M while improving patient experience, doubling the number of donors to the community giving campaign, and moving hospital satisfaction scores from the bottom quartile to the top quartile. Interestingly, it was here that she was trained in process improvement that taught her to look always for root causes. This thinking has influenced every step in her career since.

Mancos United Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Mancos United is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Our human capital is our most valuable asset. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our board members, employees, and volunteers invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement of our mission as well. 

We embrace and encourage differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our board members, employees, volunteers, and all affiliates unique.

Mancos United’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all.
  • Teamwork and participation, permitting the representation of all groups and perspectives. 
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate varying needs.
  • Contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.

All board members, employees, and volunteers of Mancos United have a responsibility to always treat others with dignity and respect. All are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other organization-sponsored and participative events.

Any member found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to removal.

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