Nancy Almond, Director
Nancy has over 20 years experience working with, and on behalf of, young children including working as an elementary school teacher, director of children’s ministry, and as a residential camp program director. She has additional work experience with both public and non-profit agencies in promoting public education/information, coordinating, training and conferences, and creating collaborations.
Kristen Berg, Lead Parent Educator
Kristen has her B.S. in Psychology with a child & youth care emphasis from UW-La Crosse, Wisconsin. In addition to her child focused educational experience, she has worked closely with children and families since college. Before graduating she was a volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital in La Crosse as well as a gymnastics instructor.
Upon graduation, Kristen was employed part time as a lead infant teacher in a daycare center and part time at the Children’s Hospital of WI in Milwaukee as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). This was really where her passion for children and “helping” began and her career blossomed. As a CCLS, Kristen worked closely alongside families and children navigating the health care world. She provided them with developmentally appropriate information about what they were experiencing using play based techniques. She was a partner on their medical journey, teaching, laughing and crying alongside them. This was her career for 12 years until recently the Parents as Teachers position came available in her town of Estes Park. Now she is still a partner to children and parents…helping them on their parenting journey! Kristen has a great grasp of child development and how stress and lack of resources can impact a family’s well-being. She has the ability to build trust and rapport with families from all walks of life and this is a key skill in the Parent Educator role. Because of this trust, families lean on her through life’s most challenging..and rewarding times!
Bilingual (Spanish) Parent Educator
Adriana Hochstetler is our new Bilingual Parent Educator. She’s been a part of the Estes Park community for eight years and volunteered at Estes Park Schools. Originally from Mexico, she received a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Tijuana. She has a variety of experiences working with special needs children and professional practice in a special needs public school. She’s married to Adam Hochstetler and has two children, Andrew and Allyson.
Carlie Speedlin Bangs,
Program Assistant & Parent Educator
Carlie’s first job was assisting at a preschool in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was born and raised. She received her BA from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in Environmental Studies, emphasizing in Sociology. She minored in Environmental Education. While in college, she worked at a community center in before and after school care. Throughout her studies, she focused on outdoor educational experiences for children of all ages. She was heavily involved in creating after school gardening programs and wrote curriculum for the program. Her undergraduate thesis was on teacher’s use of outdoor classrooms and school gardens.
Carlie worked in Estes Park during her summers in college where she met her husband, a lifelong Estes Park resident. She moved to Estes Park in 2010 upon graduation and began working at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Outdoor Education Department. In the years she’s resided in the valley, Carlie has participated on a number of committees and boards focused on strengthening communities and providing resources for families. She continues to focus on families and young children in her role at EVICS as the Program Assistant, while also assisting families through the Parents as Teachers program as a Parent Educator.
She enjoys living in our mountain community and you’ll often find her around town with her family. She has two daughters, Ava and Eleanor. They enjoy biking, hiking, and backcountry skiing.