Salida and Buena Vista Mentor




The Chaffee County Mentors Staff


Natalie Moore

Natalie joined the F.Y.I. team in April 2010 as Chaffee County Mentoring Program Coordinator and Youth in Action Program Coordinator. Natalie received her Bachelor of DSC_0737Fine Arts from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2004, followed shortly thereafter with her Art Education K-12 teacher licensure in January 2005. Natalie has taught Art Education K-12, has worked with non-profits including the Center for Visual Arts, Denver Public Housing and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County.  Within these organizations she has explored the creative connection between youth and mentors.  Exploring each child’s potential by offering guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing a strong sense of character. Natalie loves to travel and has worked for a European travel company.  Natalie lives in Buena Vista with her husbandand cat, Buenie. You can also find her skating and playing roller derby with the Ark Valley High Rollers

To contact Natalie Moore, Mentors Program Manager, call 719-530-2582 or        e-mail




Kirsten Love

Kirsten Love, LCSW is a Colorado native. She received her BA at Fort Lewis College and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Kirsten has been serving at-risk and high-risk youth since 2008 in rural Colorado and came to Chaffee County in 2014. “Working with youth and their families serves us all to create a healthier community with more productive members… I love my job!”

Kirsten enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming and camping in our amazing county.

To contact Kirsten Love, Mentors Plus Coordinator, call 719-530-2584 or e-mail



Kenny Wilcox


Kenny and his wife have called Salida home beginning in 2002 after trading in the cornfields of Iowa for the mountains of KennywebChaffee County. It would seem that there must be something in the water as their family has grown to include four boys since their arrival to the high country. During the summer of 1999 Kenny worked as a camp counselor for children and youth in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Halfway through that summer, Kenny changed his major from pre-veterinary to camping ministry. He hasn’t looked back. After earning his bachelor degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, he has served as a marriage counselor, youth director, and managed a financial assistance program for those in need. He also helped develop and create the Garage Band Teen Center in Salida. Kenny is passionate about helping people realize and engage their potential. In Kenny’s spare time you are likely to find him coaching the Salida Cross Country teams, climbing a mountain or reading a children’s book as recommended by one of his boys.

To contact Kenny Wilcox, Mentors and Youth In Action Coordinator, call 719-530-2581 or e-mail




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