Heather Savalox, Founder/Outreach Coordinator
Works full-time as a Senior Environmental Health Specialist with the Routt County Department of Environmental Health. Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College in their Restaurant & Culinary Management Program. Heather has two totally awesome kids who love making a difference with It Takes Courage.
Olivia volunteered with It Takes Courage for over two years, she's now a junior at the University of Denver.
Another key player, Jaelyn volunteered with It Takes Courage for over two years, she's now a junior at the University of Colorado.
Attends Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs where she has managed to maintain a high enough GPA to make both the Dean's and President's Lists at CMC. Her future plans include attending Colorado State University to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and do her graduate work on the east coast. Outside of volunteering for It Takes Courage, she works full time at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill as well as the Old Town Hot Springs. In her free time she loves to telemark ski, kayak, write, and explore the outdoors.
A strong volunteer with It Takes Courage for over two years, Kayla is now a junior at Western Washington University. Watch Kayla's inspirational story here.
Abby is a senior at Steamboat Springs High School. She enjoys gymnastics and cheerleading and is a key member of the SSHS Competition Cheer Team.
Gina Toothaker, Mental Health Director
Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor III, has worked for Mind Springs Health for over 18 years, a Program Director for past 10 years. Member of REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), advisory board of Grand Futures. Native of Steamboat, active with Steamboat Dance Theatre since 1986. Married with two teenagers.
Katy Thiel, Grief Counselor
Katy has worked in the field of grief and loss for more than 20 years, as a grief counselor, social worker and co-director of the hospice program for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Steamboat Springs. There, Katy started the Poogie's Place Program, which teaches children how to cope with loss and provides peer supports using creative expression as a mode for coping.
Jeff Roth, Artistic Director
Mike and Kathy Diemer, Restaurateurs
Mike and Kathy Diemer came to Steamboat Springs in 1988 and opened Johnny B. Good's in 1994, a family-friendly diner where kids can be kids. They are both active participants in It Takes Courage presentations and have opened up his Diner to kids who feel they have no one to talk to. Mike and Kathy have two wonderful children, Jack and Charlie Diemer.
Bridget Roth, Web Designer
Bridget is a professional archaeologist for the USDA Forest Service. She loves all things outdoors, textiles, history, technology and coffee. In addition to building websites for ITC, Bridget currently serves on the board of Historic Routt County, and is a commissioner on the Historic Preservation Commssion for the City of Steamboat Springs.
Together Jeff and Bridget have two sons, two dogs, and one cat (that rules them all).
Brent Bessey, Contributing Photographer
Brent is a professional photographer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His work can be viewed at www.brentbesseyphotography.com.