About Us


Our Mission

Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Family Resource Center provides services to strengthen and support families and children in the early years of life.

Investing in Kids and Supporting Families

EVICS is funded in part by the Town of Estes Park, through a partnership with the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) and through generous donations and grants. Our collaboration with ECCLC links Estes Park to the early care and education system of the greater county, providing critical professional and technical support to local early childhood programs. EVICS supports parents as the child’s first and best teacher. Services include parent education, child care referrals and scholarships.

The mission and outreach of EVICS is guided by a local volunteer Board of Directors, and day-to-day operations are managed by Executive Director, Chris Douglas.

Board Members

Jane Stuart, Chair
Jan Boatman, Vice-Chair
Garrett Faillaci, Secretary
Christina Kraft, Treasurer
John Bryant, School District Representative

Lesta Johnson
Kyle Patterson
Kathleen Hursh
Christy DeLorme
Vanessa Solesbee
Melanie Kozlowski

Meet the Team

A passionate team of individuals work together for families with young children in the Estes Valley.

Chris Douglas

EVICS Executive Director Nancy Almond

Executive Director

Chris joined EVICS as the new Executive Director in 2020 after recently moving to Estes Park. She has worked for more than 25 years with children and families in healthcare and in administrative positions in Nebraska and Wyoming. Chris is looking forward to maintaining and creating partnerships with community leaders, continuing successful programs and creating new ones as the needs of Estes Valley families change. She is passionate about the EVICS mission of providing services that strengthen and support families and children in the early years of life.  


Samantha Dolat

Assistant Director

Sam began working for EVICS in 2019 after moving to Estes Park from Boston.  She brings her experience in community outreach, mental health, program planning and coordination.  Sam heads the scholarship program, marketing, manages data collection, and oversees special projects and events.  She holds a Bachelors of Art degree from the University of Connecticut in Political Science and Spanish. In her free time, Sam enjoys hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Daniela Serrano

Family Navigator

Daniela joined our team in 2020 as a bilingual Family Navigator. As an Estes Park native, she is passionate about supporting children and families in our community. Daniela’s interest in early childhood care and education makes her a great addition to our team. She is a dedicated mother to her 1 year old daughter, Valentina.


Erin Gillam

Parent Educator

Erin Gillam brings a wealth of knowledge to the EVICS team. Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and she continued her education to obtain a Master’s Degree in Elementary Teaching. She has extensive child development and teaching experience to share with local young families. She is a proud mother to Theo, her 2 and a half year old.


Patricia Rountree

Bilingual Parent Educator

Patricia is a bilingual Parent Educator and works with the Spanish speaking families. Patricia was born and grew up in Colombia, South America. She went to Graphic Design School in Bogotá. She has experience working as a Para-educator in Elementary and Middle Schools, helping children Learning English as a Second Language and serving as a liaison for their families. She is a devoted mother to her 13 year old daughter, Emma.


Para Español, contactar a Daniela Serrano (office@evics.org o contactar nuestro Educador Bilingüe Patricia Rountree a:  prountree@evics.org. Si desea documentos o servicios traducidos al inglés, contactarnos por correo electrónico o visitar a la oficina.

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EVICS wants to meet the diverse needs of every family in the Estes Valley Community through our programs and events, Daniela and Patricia are often present at our office to assist with translation services.  If you would like translated documents or services at any EVICS programs, please contact us.