Who is Mancos United? YOU are!

Mancos United is all about “we”. Who we are and what we do.

In Mancos, we take care of each other. 

Mancos United started with a recognition that things have changed and we weren’t everything we needed to and aspired to be. Somehow, with everything going for us, we were still losing kids. We are pretty amazing but it was time to adapt.

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.

Board of Directors (left to right): Katie Calvert, Doty Shepard, Lisa Stone, Emily Hutcheson-Brown, Ivy Dalley, Todd Cordrey, Angela Sayler, Jessica Randell, Tim Hunter, Tigo Cruz, Travis Greenlee, Jamie Higgins. Not Pictured: Genevieve Vannest, Katy Maxwell

Our Board of Directors

  •  Angela Sayler

    My name is Angela Sayler and I have lived in Mancos for 5 years and have worked in Accounting for over 20 years.  I am currently a Substitute Teacher with Mancos Schools, on the Board for the Mancos Library, member of Montezuma Youth Pride and a Zumba Instructor.  Like Whitney Houston, I believe that children are the future and I want to spend what extra time I have to support all children with all the things that they need, no matter what that is.  Growing up we didn’t have a lot and I watched my mom struggle to meet basic needs.  I vowed to do what I could, to make sure that all kids have the essentials and opportunities to grow into extraordinary humans.    

  • Doty Shepard

    Doty Shepard is the co-founder and executive director of Resilient Colorado | Cultivate Resilience, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the well-being of our communities by educating about the impacts of trauma and ways to enhance personal and community resilience. TEDx speaker, in-demand national trainer and workshop leader, Doty earned a Master of Arts degree specializing in support for youth and families and cultural transformation, then spent the next twenty years working in the field. She specializes in helping organizations infuse trauma-sensitive practices into all they do while cultivating the resilience of both staff and clientele.

  • Emily Hutcheson-Brown

    Born and raised in southwestern Colorado, Emily experienced a childhood exposed to various outdoor activities and adventures. She was also actively involved with a family business for much of her high school and college years. She graduated high school in Mancos, CO and then attended Mesa State College (now CMU) in Grand Junction, Colorado and received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in business management, minor in human resources.

    After graduating, she moved to Arizona and established her roots in the sunshine state, where she dedicated several years to the not-for-profit industry, working for both Childhelp, USA and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. She then found herself working alongside founder & entrepreneur of V’s Barbershop, Jim Valenzuela, and has spent the last twenty years growing the V’s Barbershop Franchise brand into a nationally recognized barbershop and men’s grooming brand with 55 locations across the country. Serving as COO of V’s Barbershop, Emily has utilized her background and passion for small business and entrepreneurship to continue the growth and success of the company, most recently in the e-commerce space and in the cultivation of a V’s product line. Emily serves as Vice President of the Board for The International Salon & Spa Business Network (ISBN) in an effort to further the men’s grooming industry and often works towards legislative change and bringing the grooming industry both education and awareness through this organization.

    As native of Colorado, Emily returned to primary living in Colorado in 2014, where she spends the majority of her time raising her son, Rhett, and enjoying the mountains and small-town living. She also loves spending time with her friends and family, supporting her sons’ passion for competitive swim, reading, and she also serves on the Mancos RE-6 school board and is very involved with school activities.

    She recently joined the Board of Directors for Mancos United as well, in an effort to continue to support and bring together community members and services in the Mancos community.

  • Genevieve Vannest
    Genevieve Vannest

    I have had the pleasure of living in Mancos for 8 years now with my husband and our three teenage boys (who are extremely active in the school and in sports). I love camping and snowmobiling in the mountains, boating in nearby lakes and exploring the country in our RV. I have recently opened up a nonprofit preschool and childcare center in Mancos after being in the early childhood field for 12 years. While in Mancos I have had the pleasure of being part of Mancos PTA, Mancos Youth Sports and the Mancos Booster Club.

  • Ivy Dalley
    Ivy Dalley

    Ivy Dalley grew up in a small dairy town in Wisconsin. She now lives in Mancos with her husband and her two children. Ivy is a teacher within the Mancos School District and a local business owner. Her passions are teaching and supporting our local youth. She is excited to be on the board of Mancos United so she can make a positive influence within our community.

  • Jamie Higgins
    Jamie Higgins

    Jamie Higgins and her family moved to Mancos Colorado from Oklahoma in 2020.  She currently works for the Town of Mancos as the Town Clerk/Treasurer.  Jamie served in the US Air Force where she met her husband.  After her travels they eventually settled down in Oklahoma.  There she was the Town Clerk/Treasurer, worked with multiple homeless shelters, and served on many booster clubs and school committees for her two children.  Jamie is excited to be a part of Mancos United and hopes to help better serve her community.  

  • Jessica Randell
    Jessica Randell

    During her 8 years living in Mancos, Jessica has discovered a new pace of life; one that is balanced with outdoor adventure, time spent with loved ones (including her partner, new baby boy, and dogs), and a passion for creating positive change for kids and families in Montezuma County. Through her work with The Pinon Project Family Resource Center, and Team UP collective impact, she has learned about our community, its struggles and triumphs, and the non-profit realm. Jessica finds immense value in her time in nature: grounding, presence, wonder, and joy and is excited to share these values with the community through her work at Medicine Horse Center. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the Mancos United board and learn and grow through her participation.

  • Katie Calvert
    Katie Calvert

    Hi! I’m Katie Calvert. I am originally from Northern Minnesota and have moved all over the western US, most recently moving here from Jackson, Wy. My husband and I have lived in Mancos for 6 years and built a house and have two crazy kids now. I love pizza, swimming, golfing, snowboarding, hiking, quiet time, cooking, eating, and……pizza.

  • Lisa Stone

    Advocating for children and families has been my life’s work. I pursued a degree in teaching because teachers filled in the gaps for me and instilled a love of learning. Education gave me more opportunities than I ever dreamed possible. I’ve served many organizations from public schools to the YMCA to Google to Head Start. Regardless of economic status, families from all walks of life struggle to support and raise their children. As a society, we have not valued affordable, accessible child care for working families, our teachers, paid parental leave, and other support systems. I look forward to working with Mancos United to build a stronger and more united community in Mancos with a focus on the next generation.

  • Tigo Cruz
    Tigo Cruz

    Hello, my name is Tigo Cruz. I’ve been in the area for the past 5yrs. I am a husband to the amazing Shanda Cruz and a proud father of Daphne Dalling.  I am currently the head cider maker/product manager at Fenceline Cider, where I’ve worked for the past 4 years.

  • Tim Hunter

    Tim has lived in the Mancos Valley for 20 years and is a scientist by education and a builder by trade. He served on the Mancos School Board for 10 years, on the Montezuma County Planning Commission for nine years, is a 4-H Shooting Sports leader and has served on the Southwest Basin Roundtable for eight years. Tim has been involved with MVR for six years.

  • Todd Cordrey

    In addition to two decades as an entrepreneur, I have gained valuable experience from being a public educator. My educational experience includes earning licensure as an Elementary Educator, Secondary Teacher in Business and Marketing, Career and Tech Educator in Marketing, and School and District Administrator. My unique background in the private and public sectors has allowed me to view our educational system from economic, political, and social frames. As an educator, I feel an affirmative responsibility to ensure that every student succeeds at her highest level, regardless of resources or societal barriers. I believe in uplifting our students’ unique journeys rich in our community’s traditions and culture. In addition, I have 19 years of K-12 educational leadership experience ranging from being a sixth-grade teacher, college faculty in the Principal Licensure Program at the University of Colorado and Fort Lewis College, Board President of a large urban school district, Executive Director of a title one charter school, and most enjoyably as a Superintendent of two rural public school districts in Colorado.

  • Travis Greenlee

    Travis currently serves in several different roles within our community.  He sees these roles as opportunities to live out his passion of helping others become the best they can be through sport and building relationships.  Travis serves our community as the Maintenance and Facilities Director, Athletic Director, Safety and Security manager, and Coach for the Mancos School District.  Travis is also very active with FCA  where he serves as the Mancos Huddle Coach and Southwest Colorado Coaches Ministry Ambassador.  Outside of the school Travis is the Pastor of Southwest Cowboy Church.  When not on campus or at a sporting event he spends his down time hanging out with family and friends.


    When asked why? Travis’ answer is, “I believe my purpose is to love and serve others and I look for every opportunity to do this in the life God has blessed me with.

Katie lives in Mancos 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 (9), son Clive (6), and 9 quirky ducks at 7,000 feet in Weber Canyon. They all enjoy learning, playing in the dirt, and connecting with family and friends.

Meet Our Lead Administrator: Katie McClure

You know those things that happen in your life that make you forever view the world differently? Well, one of those things for me occurred early on in my healthcare career when I received a lot of training in “process improvement”. This ruined me… I now ‘peel the onion’ wherever I look and have found that the root cause of a problem/challenge is usually far out of reach of whomever is ‘in charge’. I realized that truly improving the health of Americans was not going to happen within the current healthcare industry model and certainly not with the current insurance model.

Realizing I wasn’t alone in this thinking, I began to work with visionaries, storytellers, and amazing humans from many industries, communities, and tribes around the world drawing from neuroscience, social science, and indigenous knowledge. I realized that we’ve way overcomplicated most of our solutions. Creating conditions that make it easier for people to thrive is much easier than we think… in most cases, we just need to open our eyes to what really matters to people and then get out of the way. But when we are trained to do things one way or we only have authority / responsibility over one piece of the puzzle, it’s hard to see where we’ve over-engineered something.

I love working with people who can see the potential beyond their bottom line, beyond their market value, beyond finding a way to match a funding opportunity…. people who are humble and eager to learn from other industries and cultures and politics to create good in the world. Mancos United is full of these people and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you.


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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