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). 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 an agency Director, Nancy Almond.


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
Chris Douglas

Executive Director

Chris joined EVICS as the new Executive Director in July 2020.  She has worked more than 25 years with children and families and in healthcare administrative positions in Nebraska and Wyoming.  She has recently moved to Estes Park and is eager to lead with an open ear and heart as a “a lifetime learner, a hard worker, and works to help others succeed”. She 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. Chris is excited to continue to support EVICS Family Resource Center as it continues its mission to “provide services that strengthen and support families and children in the early years of life”.  


Samantha Dolat

Assistant Director

Sam has began working for EVICS in 2019 after moving to Estes Park from Boston.  She brings her experience in community outreach, 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.


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 16 months old child.


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 12 year old daughter, Emma.


Support EVICS…

EVICS is completely supported through grants and donations. Make an impact on our community through your 100% tax-deductible donation today! Donate Now

EVICS wants to meet the diverse needs of every family in the Estes Valley Community.  At our programs and events, our Bilingual Parent Educator is often present.  If you would like translated documents or services at any EVICS programs, please contact us.

Para Español, contactar a nuestro Educador Bilingüe Patricia Rountree a:  prountree@evics.org ó visitar la oficina de EVICS Lunes y Miércoles de 10am a 2 pm.