Staff

Nancy Almond, Director

Nancy_2Nancy 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.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Therapeutic Recreation and is a
2010 graduate of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program. As the EVICS Director
since 2006, Nancy supports Estes Park’s early care and education programs, coordinates
training and professional development, and promotes community investment in early
childhood. Nancy also supervises the Estes Park Parents as Teachers Program.

She enjoys living in the mountains, pursuing many outdoor activities with friends and family, and being a part of a small community.

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 cKristenhildren 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!

Adriana Hochstetler,
Bilingual (Spanish) Parent Educator

 

 

Carlie Speedlin Bangs,
Program Assistant & Parent Educator