Partners Staff

Curtis Hearst, Executive Director

Curtis joined Partners in 2013 as a case manager. In 2015 he accepted the role of Executive Director. Along with his administrative duties, Curtis assists with monthly activities and leads the Partners' Teen Advisory Board. Curtis has mentored two youth in the program including is current mentee Marky. Outside of the office Curtis is passionate about the outdoors including fly fishing, hunting, camping, rafting and biking. Curtis and his wife Leah have a son and two energetic dogs. - 249-1116

Betsy Shepherd, Program Director & Delta County Case Manager

 Betsy has worked for Partners since 1996 in all positions, except accounting. She is now Program Director and supervises all the case managers in the organization. She is also the case manager in Delta County. She has mentored 10 young woman in the program. Betsy and her husband, Kurt enjoy the outdoors; rafting and horse ownership take up their recreational hours when not working. - 864-4661

Lissette Riviere, Art Partners Case Manager

What I like best about my job is knowing I have a hand in making a positive change in the lives of our youth. It is rewarding to provide them with opportunities they might not otherwise get to experience and seeing their smiling faces when they succeed. I also like helping mentors navigate through relationships with their mentees and seeing the joy they receive from being a mentor. Outside of work I love to play with the grand babies, golf (look for my golf balls), read and hang with my friends. I am always trying to find time for my stained glass art. - 249-1116

Susie Schulz, Montrose Case Manager

Susie joined Partners in June of 2016 as the Case Manager for Montrose County. Four days into moving to Colorado from Madison, Wisconsin she walked her resume over and has been with Partners ever since. Susie works directly with both youth and our esteemed volunteers doing anything from intakes to rafting down the Gunnison with them! When Susie’s not at work she enjoys mountain biking, going to the hot springs with friends and spending time with her two kitties! Susie is recently engaged to Hollis and planning their wedding for Fall of 2019! - 249-1116

Board of Directors


Brad Switzer, Attorney at Law, Co-Chair
Wendy Crank, Ouray and San Miguel Juvenile Diversion Services, Co-Chair

Sally Johnson, Montrose County Historical Museum
Sheena Yehling, Community Banks of Colorado
Steve Kelley, KelliCo. Supply
Laura Byard, The Center for Mental Health
Taylor Blanscet, Delta County Sheriff Dept.
Bob Page, Hamilton and Page Builders
Ron Nichols, Montrose Printing
Danielle Angotti, The Arc West Central Colorado & Parent