Staff

Holly Thompson

Holly is a lifetime resident of Washington County and is very active in her local church. Her passion for helping others fits with our mission statement: advocating for the community around physically, emotional and economic health.  Holly believes it is vital to connect people with resources by building strong relationships for a brighter future.

She joined the Rural Communities Resource Center and Washington County Connections team in June of 2013.  Since that time, she has had many roles and responsibilities that she thoroughly enjoys and continues to be an active part of each program.

Holly holds an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, which is her passion, while also holding Bachelors in Elementary Education. Her many roles have included:  literacy activities with childcare providers and preschools in Washington and Yuma Counties and dental screenings in rural schools. She is the current coordinator for healthy schools program, an Incredible Years parenting group facilitator, and a  Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals instructor. Holly enjoys client advocacy work and serves on numerous boards and advisory councils throughout the community to advocate for families.

Holly filled the position of Interim Executive director beginning in June of 2017 and officially accepted the Executive Director role for the Rural Communities Resource Center and Washington County Connections as of December 19th, 2017.  She is very excited about the new challenge and continuing to build strong relationships with funders and organizations.

Jamie Bacon

Jamie started with Washington County Connections in April of 2008. She was drawn to her passion for serving youth in our community.  Jamie started out working at AJ’s the Youth Center in Akron and provided everything from prevention education programs to quarterly celebrations, K-4 after school craft program for kiddos k-4th grades, and youth coalitions.  Since 2008 Jamie has continued to grow her passion for youth while developing professionally and adding more programming and skills to her toolbox.  She has also provided Literacy Activities, Teen baseline, and Health and Safety Fairs in Washington and Yuma Counties.  Jamie is now the senior facilitator and Train the Trainer for the Cooking Matters Program.  She is, also, the Financial Officer for Rural Communities Resource Center.  Jamie has most recently been trained in the Incredible Years parenting curriculum and is excited to start implementing this course for parents in January 2018.

 

Tiffany Rogers

Tiffany has been with Washington County Connections since November 2015. She is the first smiling face you will see when you walk through the door and the friendly voice when you call! Tiffany wears many “hats” at WCC in addition to all the duties assigned to the roles of Administrative Assistant and Family Advocate.  Part of her role is Transcriber and Designer for our monthly meetings including Joint staff, WCC staff, and Action Team. Tiffany is also the Colorado Community Response family advocate on staff. Along with assisting Jamie with the financials she also maintains the in-house Food Bank and co-coordinates the monthly Mobile Pantry offered through the Food Bank of the Rockies. Tiffany grew up and is now raising her family in Akron and would love to give back to the community in any way she can. Some of the ways she is able to give back are being at school registrations, helping with school supplies, and promoting Child Abuse Prevention. Tiffany is, also, training future babysitters of this area by facilitating the B.L.A.S.T program. Most recently, thanks to some great funding, Tiffany took on the role of being the senior facilitator of our new Nurturing Fathers program. She looks forward to creating life-long relationships and memories at Washington County Connections.

Shannon Pardikes

 Shannon is new here at Washington County Connections. Shannon and her husband moved to Akron in fall of 2014 from Denver. They always knew they wanted to live in a small town and here they are! Family and community is their way of life. She is so excited to live in a community where she can help make a difference and get involved. Shannon is the new Administrative Assistant, in this role she will maintain the in house Food Bank and co-coordinate the Mobile Pantry provide by Food Bank of the Rockies. Shannon is eager to get involved with all the great programs Connections has to offer to the community. She looks forward to meeting everyone and creating lifelong relationships within the business and county.