We provide hope and help toward skillful living, confidence in parenting, and connections to social, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial resources.
Executive Director, Program & Marketing Director, B.S. in Human Services and Child & Youth Advocacy, Community Liaison, Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator, Supervised Visitation/Safe Exchange Provider, TANF and Community Service Coordinator
Liz is married to Mike Alley who works for LPEA, and has seven children, three daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. Together they have 11 children and 14 grandchildren. Both Liz and Mike are very active in volunteer work in the community and are currently Campaign Chairs for United Way. “Our love for Pagosa Springs and families is the driving force behind why we do what we do.” Both have lived in Pagosa since 1994/95, but did not meet until years later and eventually married in 2011.
A family resource center has been a dream of Liz’s for many years. “Acquiring the present building on Rosita Street has been such an amazing experience, with exciting things happening every day. My staff and I continue to expand our goals and are always amazed at the evolution of the Nurturing Center, and exponential support from folks who share their visions for a healthy, safe, and self-sustaining community; knowing that educating and supporting individuals and families will plant seeds toward healthy growth in all areas of their lives. We are so excited to experience this collaboration with the dynamic people who live here,” says Liz.
R.N., Director, Nurturing Parenting Program Consultant, Advocate and Trainer, Supervised Visitation/Safe Exchange Provider, Co-parenting and Divorce Consultant and Facilitator
Lily is married to Alex Tarbet, musician and our wonderful Nurturing Center handyman. They are also blessed with many wonderful children, and grandchildren and have a heart toward advocating on behalf of individuals and families.
Lily’s vast education in nursing, alternative health practices, and gardening serves her well with families and individuals who visit the Nurturing Center. She was instrumental in bringing the Nurturing Parenting Program to Archuleta County when she was employed with San Juan Basin Health Department.
Lily is our on-site Salvation Army Emergency Services Officer, which is very helpful for people who are in need of emergency services.
Nurturing Parenting Program and Crianza con Cariño Coordinator, Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician through Colorado Department of Transportation, Bookkeeper
Ramonsita is married and has two children. “I have been baby-sitting for family and friends for years and when I was offered the job of baby-sitting for the Nurturing Parenting classes I thought that I was going to do what I had been doing for years, but I was wrong. We had to follow the same base as the parenting class. So with that said the parents and children learned the same section for the week, but there was a big difference. The parents learned by talking and acting out with other parents and the children learned with puppets and role-play.”
“I was the assistant facilitator in childcare for a year and a half and then I would sub in the parenting class while taking a class to be the facilitator of the Spanish Nurturing class, which is called Crianza Con Carino. I have been teaching this class for almost two years and really enjoy the feedback from our parents. Since I was enjoying helping others, I enrolled in a class to be a Child Passenger Safety Technician, which I greatly enjoy. This has become my passion and I would like to continue helping people with or without our grants.”
Nurturing Parenting Program and Crianza con Cariño Coordinator, Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician through Colorado Department of Transportation
Laurie shares: “I was born in Durango Colorado, September 26, 1979 while my parents were visiting family in Pagosa from Idaho Springs, Colorado. I have 10 year-old identical twin girls and a baby on the way. I have worked in many different places ranging from fast food to in home child care. I landed a job at San Juan Health Department in 2006 after being a patient of the clinic for many years. I worked on a Grant Funded Program, but the job became very demanding of my time so I decided to take a part-time job with the Nurturing Parenting Program as a Child Facilitator.
After the “Pilot” of the Nurturing Parenting program was re-funded, I knew I had found my calling. I am a certified facilitator and teach the Nurturing Curriculum in both English and Spanish. I am also certified to educate parents and caregivers on how to install child safety seats. I work full time for our local community center, and have formed very strong ties to my community both through the Nurturing Center and the Community Center.