Routt County Grand Futures to see leadership change |

Routt County Grand Futures to see leadership change

If you go:

What: Open house to say goodbye to Elkins, welcome McCord

When: 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 10

Where: Grand Futures office, 445 Anglers Drive, Steamboat Springs

— Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will see a leadership change this spring, when current Routt County Program Director Kate Elkins steps down and Grand County program director Megan McCord takes her place.

Elkins, who has been with Grand Futures since 2010, is leaving the organization to become a mother, but she said she’d love to return to a similar line of work in the future.

“I’d like to continue working in public health, education or human services in the future but want to take some time off before diving back in,” Elkins said.

Grand Futures staff and board members will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 to say goodbye to Elkins and welcome McCord. The public can also learn more about Grand Futures work at the event, which will be held at Grand Futures’ office, 445 Anglers Drive in Steamboat.

Elkins joined Grand Futures in 2010 after working in the hospitality industry, and she said she’s enjoyed interacting with local youth, including giving classroom presentations in schools.

“I have definitely enjoyed working with young people. I get a kick out of the kids who remember me from a presentation I did in their class or in their after-school program. And, I truly feel like our presentations give elementary- and middle school-aged youth the opportunity to talk about, discuss and ask questions about substance abuse,” Elkins said.

Originally founded in Grand County in 1990, Grand Futures expanded to Routt and Moffat counties in 1995, working to prevent substance abuse through educational campaigns, classroom visits and open dialogue with young people.

“You’d be so surprised to hear all of the questions, comments and opinions I’ve heard over the past four years,” Elkins said.

One of Elkins’ favorite roles as program director is the time she has spent working with high school students through the Steamboat Springs Teen Council, a partnership of the city of Steamboat Springss and Grand Futures.

Created in 2007, the council aims to give teens a louder voice in the community.

“[The students] have given me so much insight into the world of teens these days,” Elkins said. “They have given me many challenges, but they also make my job fun at the same time.”

Elkins will officially step down at the end of March, and McCord will assume the executive director duties April 1.

The new director has been with Grand Futures in Grand County since last May, and said she is looking forward to moving back to Routt County, where she previously lived for three years.

“I’m looking forward to dealing with a bigger population,” said McCord, who will move from Granby to a home she recently purchased in Oak Creek, an area she is specifically looking forward to working in.

“I’m excited to be in that community in particular, promoting change,” McCord said.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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