The mission of Partners is to promote the healthy growth of young people through its One-to-one mentorship program and other supporting services.
Gunnison Country Partners is an affiliate of Partners Mentoring Association supporting Youth Mentoring in Colorado. Gunnison Country Partners is a youth mentoring organization which was founded in 1990 by a group of citizens who believed that caring adults can make a positive and tangible difference in the lives of youth. Since its inception, Gunnison Partners youth mentoring has continually expanded its role as the only mentoring organization in the Gunnison-Hinsdale area to serve an increasingly diverse population of youth with a variety of positive, alcohol-and-drug-free programs and services.
Gunnison Partners believes that every child deserves a mentor.
The hallmark of Partners’ growth has been its dedication to working in a collaborative and cooperative way with community organizations and agencies whose missions include serving youth and their families.
Since opening its doors in 1990, Partners has provided directly, or financially supported, services to over 2,400 Gunnison Country youth.
Our Dedicated Staff
Tina has been with Partners since 1997, first as a case manager and now as Executive Director. She is incredibly awesome at what she does and with her rock star attitude, she has developed a beautiful vision and foundation for Partners.
She enjoys hockey, cycling, running and everything else that can be done outdoors, and some indoor things too, like dance. Her love and passion is extended to her two boys and is seen in everything she does.
Please contact Tina about donations, fund raising events, board of directors questions and any other Partners business related questions.
Megan has been with Partners since 2006. As a Case Manager and Program Manager, she is responsible for the overall coordination of the direct services to youth and programming responsibilities for staff. Megan has a passion for working with youth that will never burn out.
Megan loves working for Partners because of the enormous positive impact it can have in a youth’s life! She has an incredible ability to attract volunteers into the mentor program and when you meet her in person, you too will decide to be a mentor!
Megan enjoys time with her husband, Paul and their daughter, Kinley. She looks forward to connecting with anyone who may have the slightest desire to be a mentor.
Julena came to Partners in 2008 after volunteering with the organization for over a year. She began as a Camp Counselor for the Summer Youth Program and quickly jumped at the Case Manager position she now holds when the opportunity came.
She loves getting to know the kids, encouraging community to get involved, and making a difference in the lives of all involved.
You can still find her running with the kids during the Summer Youth Program and roaming the halls of our schools as she sets up In-School Partnerships.
Julena is a mom to little Roman and enjoys time in the Gunnison Area every chance she can get.
Johnna has been a Case Manager with Partners since 2009. She is growing the Crested Butte area partnerships; both Community Based and In-school and she coordinates the High School mentoring program as well.
She has always wanted to find a way to help kids and Partners is a perfect fit.
Johnna enjoys the outdoors with her husband and two kids– they are avid skiers, hikers, bikers and enjoy family time in general.
“I love Partners for the difference it is making in children’s lives and the smiles we see on the kid’s faces.” Please contact her for more information about getting involved in Crested Butte!
Matt Kuehlhorn joined Partners in 2009. He works in developing the High School Mentoring program–a collaboration of Elementary Students who are matched with High School and College Students–while also developing community and in-school partnerships.
Matt is an outdoor educator who has studied experiential education throughout his career. He is a facilitator for the local Restorative Practices Organization, Coaches the Gunnison Cowboy Cycling Team and creates curriculum for educators to use in the classroom that assist in building community.
He enjoys time with his wife and daughter every chance he can.
Matt loves to see the light shine in kid’s eyes when they connect with their partner. He has been an active mentor, both school-based and community-based, since 2006.