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.

Nancy Almond

EVICS Executive Director Nancy Almond
Nancy Almond

Executive Director

Nancy Almond has been with EVICS since 2006, supporting Estes Park’s early care and education programs and connecting families to resources. She has over 20 years experience working with, and on behalf of, young children including work as an elementary school teacher, director of children’s ministry, and as a residential camp program director. She has additional work experience with both public and non-profit agencies in promoting public education/information, coordinating training and conferences, and creating collaborations.

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.

Jessica Borries

Parent Education Coordinator

Jessica Borries

Jessica started working for EVICS as the Parent Educator Coordinator after working at Harmony Foundation as a Clinical Case Manager for many years. Jessica has her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Greenville University in IL. As well as a Certified Addictions Counselor. Jessica has worked with eating disorder treatment in St. Louis, MO and with the homeless population in Chicago, IL. She is an Estes Park native and is very passionate about supporting the community.


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/ Early Childhood and Family Navigator

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.