Key Staff

Key Staff

  • Joy Hudak

    Executive Director

    Joy has been with REC since 2006. She has a background in business, insurance, and genuinely believes we can change the world through education.

  • Leslie Eslava

    Program Director

    Leslie comes to us from School District 51 where she worked as an in school suspension paraprofessional at OMMS and BMS...

  • Susette Montoya

    Office Manager

    Susette was born in the Philippines and moved to Grand Junction in 1993. She has ties to REC through her family and has always believed...

  • Robbi Grimm

    Elementary Program Coordinator

    Robbi grew up in Berlin, Germany. He earned his Masters of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and in Physics from Freie Universitaet Berlin...

  • Jill Waugh

    Development Specialist/Communications

    Jill has a long history with REC and has filled many roles over the years.

  • Kristen Lummis

    Special Projects & Development Specialist

    Kristen joined the REC team in 2019 to coordinate career and college readiness support. With a background in journalism, marketing, and public policy, her responsibilities are diverse and ever-changing. Kristen is gratified to work for REC, an organization which makes positive changes in peoples’ live every single day.

  • MacKennea Broyles

    Development Specialist/Grantwriting

    MacKennea grew up on the Western Slope (and even volunteered at REC as a high schooler!) before pursuing degrees in English Literature and Composition and Elementary Education from CU Boulder.

  • Alan Anderson

    Snack Manager

    Alan has been a teacher for over 35 years as well as a coach. Alan has taught everything from Kindergartners to high school students....

  • Greg Bolotin

    Program Coordinator (High School/Post Secondary, Youth Leaders)

    Greg graduated from CSU with a degree in Natural Resources/Environmental Science. He has worked with local youth in Partners’ Western CO Conservation Corps...

  • Cindy Haerle

    Community Outreach Coordinator

    Cindy has taught in School District 51 since 1992, working mostly with at-risk students. She has also worked with children and adults with...

  • Jack Curry

    Program Coordinator (Middle School, Outdoor, and Social/Emotional Learning)

    Jack came to REC with a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. He has worked in the non-profit world for several years both in his hometown...

  • Jan Meister

    Rocky Mountain Elementary Site Manager (RME)

    Jan is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught grades 1-3 for 31 years in School District 51...

  • Alex Fuentes

    Fruitvale Elementary Site Manager (FE)

    Alex was born and raised here in Grand Junction. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.A. in Counseling Psychology from CMU...

  • Amy Ashcraft

    Dos Rios Site Manager

    Amy worked in Child Protection Services for five years and then School District 51’s Pathways drug intervention program...

  • Rachel McCarthy

    Grand Mesa Middle School Site Manager (GMMS)

    Rachel grew up in Denver and spent 8 years in Omaha, NE ultimately earning a dual masters in Social Work and Public Health at University of Nebraska, Omaha...

  • Brant McConnell

    Central High School Site Manager (CHS)

    Brant is originally from New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Psychology...

  • Edgar Corona

    Grand Junction High School Site Manager (GJHS)

    Edgar has deep roots in REC. He first came to REC when he was in fifth grade, continued participating through Middle and High school...

  • Deanna Swetnam

    Bookcliff Middle School Site Manager (BMS)

    Deanna worked at Taylor Elementary for 11 years and in sales 14 years. She is a CASA member and brings her knowledge of resources for at-risk youth...

  • Andrea Stanton

    Orchard Mesa Middle School Site Manager

    Andrea is originally from Oregon. She attended OSU and earned a BS in Child and Adolescent Health and Behavior...

  • Dixie Wilkinson

    Dual Immersion Academy Site Manager

    Dixie worked for School District 51 for 31 years, the last 14 years as a teacher, before retiring in 2015. After working for Ariel Clinical Services for several years, she realized how much she missed student/teacher interactions....

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