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FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT®
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M. Kent Meyer
President/CEO
Kent began his YMCA career in high school as a camp counselor for Camp Carson in Indiana.  He also served as Director of Camp Hope, Director of Camp Chief Ouray, Center Director of Snow Mountain Ranch, and became President/CEO of the Association in 2001. Kent has his B.A. in Secondary Education, his M.A. in history, and is a Retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is active in the Presbyterian Church and enjoys spending time with his wife Betty, their two children, and their three grandchildren.

Courtney Hill
Director of Development
Courtney began working at the YMCA of the Rockies in 2004 and can’t imagine being anywhere else.  Courtney has been involved in fundraising for more than a decade with several local nonprofits and the Americorps*VISTA program.  She and her husband Kelly have two young children who take up the majority of their time.  In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Tristan Cada
Member & Donor Relations Director

Jinetta Zentmire
Alumni Association Coordinator
Jinetta began her adventure with the YMCA of the Rockies in October 2010 starting out in Guest Services.  She began her new adventure as Alumni Association Coordinator on Ground Hog’s Day 2011, taking it to be a sign that this job is “meant to be.”  Jinetta loves working with people and what can be better than working with alumni?  She follows in the footsteps of both her children, who worked at the Y for several years.  Justin, 23, and Kelsi, 20, now live in Fort Collins, where Jinetta’s husband Brian works for the Postal Service.  Jinetta has been married to Brian for over 25 years and they still can’t spend enough time together.  Jinetta loves to spend time with her family and friends, reading, movies and working on the house, appropriately named “the money pit.”

Karen Johnson
Membership Coordinator

 

Rick Taylor
Planned Giving Officer
Rick first came to the YMCA of the Rockies as a seasonal employee fresh out of college in 1974.  After leaving to serve YMCAs in Denver and Houston in program director and branch executive positions, he returned in 2005 to work at the Y of the Rockies as a seasonal volunteer.  Rick and his wife Janet now divide their time between Estes Park and Houston.  When in Colorado, Rick is an avid hiker and in Houston he bikes and swims.

Bryon Hoerner
Museum Director
Bryon is new to the museum, but not to the YMCA.  His first summer at the Y was in 2005 as a wrangler for Jackson Stables after which he returned home to finish school and receive his B.A. in History from Kansas Wesleyan University.  Since the fall of 2007 he has been back in Estes Park working various jobs both on and off camp.  Bryon is grateful for (and humbled by) the legacy of the museum that he has taken over and is excited for the future possibilities.  In his spare time Bryon loves to be outdoors hiking and climbing.

Marty Ferguson
Camp Director, Camp Chief Ouray
Marty started his camp and YMCA career in 1992 when he was a counselor at YMCA Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, MI.  He was looking to move out west later in his college career and discovered Camp Chief Ouray in 1995.  Since then he has worked in various capacities for Camp Chief Ouray and Snow Mountain Ranch and was promoted to Camp Chief Ouray Director in 2003.  Marty has a BS in Math Education, is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, loves to hike and ski in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado, and is humbled by his opportunity to work with so many great people in his role with Camp.

Katie Block
Program Director, Snow Mountain Ranch

Jeff Mabry
Program Director, Estes Park Center

Jeff started his journey with the YMCA in 2004 in School-Age Programming in Indianapolis.  It wasn’t long before he realized a career path with the YMCA was an important part of his life.  Jeff worked for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for 7.5 years and worked in School Age Programming, Day Camp and Residential Camping while he was there.  Jeff joined the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center in 2012 and looks forward to the future of the Estes Park Center.  Jeff Graduated from Anderson University in 2004 with a BA in Christian Ministries.  He lives in Estes Park with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters. 

Rev. Steve Peterson
Chaplain, Snow Mountain Ranch
Steve became the Chaplain at Snow Mountain Ranch in April of 2008.  He has been in ministry for over 20 years working with youth, young adults, people in recovery, and missions.  He has a Master’s Degree in Adolescent and Family Counseling from Minnesota State University and an Master’s of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary.  He loves hiking, camping, dog sledding, fishing, and simply encountering Christ in the challenges and the beauty of the outdoors.  Steve is married to Shelby and they have five daughters and two grandchildren.

 

For youth development

To promote youth development, YMCA of the Rockies offers day camp and overnight programs that enable kids to learn, grow and play together. While kids are at camp,parents have time to themselves and kids have the opportunity to create healthy relationships with their counselors and peers in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.

For healthy living

To promote healthy living, YMCA of the Rockies offers miles and miles of hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails on our properties. Adventure programming, sports facilities, outdoor education and youth conferences all add to our youth development focus. The Program Departments’ varied offerings include group and family activities to engage guests’ entire spirit, mind and body.

For social responsibility

To promote social responsibility, YMCA of the Rockies is committed to diversity and respect for all people by utilizing more than 50,000 volunteer hours every year, hosting more than 2,500 outdoor education students to instill in them stewardship of our earth, promoting global awareness through the international trainee program and supporting the Chaplains Departments’ religious education programming for youth and adults. Additionally, YMCA of the Rockies endeavors to operate its centers in an earth-friendly fashion with active recycling programs, sustainable architecture in new construction and active natural resource management plans.

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