Child advocate named to lead LiftUp
Steamboat Springs — Suzanne “Sue” Fegelein, an attorney who has been advocating for children in Northwest Colorado who are caught up in difficult family circumstances, is the choice to replace Laura von Boecklin as executive director of LiftUp of Routt County.
Fegelein began her post-high school education by earning an associate of arts degree from Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs in 1997 with a 4.0 GPA. She went on to get her law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2005.
Most recently, Fegelein was the executive director of Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates, serving a three-county region, with offices in Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Moffat County.
Steamboat Today reported that Fegelein assumed her leadership role with Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA in late 2014, after practicing family law in Northern Idaho, a role that frequently led to her working with CASA staffers In Idaho.
Court-appointed advocates work on behalf of children who have suffered abuse. During nine years in her family law practice, she was named guardian ad litem and attorney for numerous children.
“It’s important because kids are among the most vulnerable people in our society,” Fegelein told Steamboat Today of the work Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA does. “They need all the assistance they can get. It’s important for them to have a voice.”
In her new role at LiftUp, Fegelein will be responsible for a growing nonprofit that has a newly expanded food bank with an emphasis on providing families here with fresh food as opposed to just canned and dried food. LiftUp, at its headquarters at 2125 Curve Court on Steamboat’s west side, also has a flourishing second-hand store that generates significant revenue.
LiftUp board President Bob Schuellein told Steamboat Today in January that the organization is also intent on its Power-Up program, which provides scholarships to people working low-paying jobs to further their education with technical skills to help them earn a living wage.
LiftUp also provides more than 300 healthy snack bags a week to school-age children.
Fegelein met her husband in Steamboat Springs and enjoys snowboarding and outdoor adventures with her own children.
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