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.
Our Board of Directors
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.