River Bridge Regional Center Board of Directors 
2017

Nancy Allison
President


Pam Szédelyi 
Secretary 
Following a career in the hospitality industry, Pam adjusted her focus to the non-profit world. The Western Colorado Community Foundation and YouthZone Foundation kept her busy for many years. When River Bridge was expanding its Board in 2013, they earned her devotion. Pam has not found a more deserving mission.


Victoria Chester
Victoria Chester grew up in Wisconsin. She moved to Colorado in 2001 and fell in love with the active, outdoor lifestyle. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management and finance. Victoria has volunteered for organizations including the United Way of Eagle County, ECO Trails, Habitat for Humanity, GirlPower and various events via the Vail Valley Foundation. Upon meeting the team and the mission held at River Bridge Regional Center, Victoria knew she had found her calling and was more than thrilled when they expanded the board to allow her to join the mission.

Melissa English


Sonja Linman

Sonja Hendrickson Linman has worked as a youth advocate for over thirty years. She began her career in the mid-80s as an intern at Dane County Juvenile Detention Center, and at an inpatient adolescent treatment center in Madison, Wisconsin. By 1989, she had moved to Colorado where she was a faculty founder of Yampah Mountain High School, an alternative school built on the philosophy that all students can learn best through a personalized learning plan (PLP). Sonja pursued a larger systemic understanding of the interconnectedness of our society by working for a detox center, a local community foundation, venturing into traditional education for a time, sitting on numerous non-profit boards, and running for political office in an attempt to steer more cultural commitment and community will toward wellbeing and health. This web of experience has continually fed her curiosity and research into the complexity of human nature. Throughout, she has maintained a commitment to unlocking the solution to adolescent crisis, and imbalance that results in self-destructive behaviors such as addiction.

Sonja received her bachelors in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a MA in Curriculum and Assessment from Adams State, and an Educational Leadership Principal licensure from Mesa State University, both in Colorado. Sonja also possesses a Colorado Addictions Counseling License and continues to work for kids as a Prevention Specialist in Glenwood Springs, CO. Sonja has thirty years of experience working beside, and standing behind our most vulnerable students and families. She and her family live in the mountains of Colorado where they embrace every day as a gift.


Lynn Shore




Cresta Stewart 
Vice President
Cresta is a Colorado native and has lived in Carbondale for 10 years. After graduating from Colorado State University, she was a high school teacher in Fort Collins for 7 years before moving to Carbondale. Cresta's husband Travis is the owner of Casey Concrete and Western Slope Materials and they have two children, Jackson (10) and Lily (9). Over the past 10 years, she has volunteered for numerous non-profits, been a rotary member and currently co-leads the Carbondale Angel Tree program. Having to report a child abuse case herself, Cresta understands the difficulties and how critical is it to help these children and their families which is why she is passionate about River Bridge.


Mark Groves 
Treasurer 


Charles Cunniffe 


Lindsay Gould
Lindsay Gould grew up on the Western Slope and moved to Glenwood Springs with her husband, Mark Gould Jr. who is a Glenwood Springs native shortly after finishing college at the University of Colorado. They have one son also named Mark. Lindsay works in her husband’s family business in a finance role as well as manages other small family entities. Lindsay has had volunteer experience over the years at Lift Up, a local organization providing emergency food to those in need, The Glenwood Center of the Arts fundraising for the annual Wine Brew fest benefiting the arts programs. Lindsay was formerly a Carbondale rotary member and is now a Sunset Rotary member. Lindsay and fellow board member Cresta Stewart organize the Carbondale Angel Tree annually. Lastly, Lindsay is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in the child welfare system.


Marlene Manown
Marlene came to the River Bridge board with a long history of dealing with children and young adults as a teacher and counselor. Marlene was so impressed with both the warmth and the finesse with which the staff at RBRC deal with their clients.



Jennifer Wright