Mountain Family Center

Linda Crane, Administrative and Family Development Coordinator

​​Linda joined Mountain Family Center in the Fall of 2015. Originally from California, as a youngster she spent many family summer vacations at her grandparents’ cabin overlooking Lake Granby. After graduating from Fresno City College with an A.S. in Secretarial Science she worked clerical and secretarial positions in the fields of retail, banking, insurance, and telecommunications. She had an enjoyable 30 year career with Pacific Telephone & Telegraph/AT&T, retiring as a Service Representative-Business at the end of 2008.

Linda and her husband, Kelly, made the move to Grand County in late 2009. She likes high-altitude vegetable gardening, making soy candles and knitting.

Sarah Ross, Senior Sales Associate

Sarah was born and raised in the college town of Tuscaloosa, AL. In the summer of 2012, with a heart full of hope and a car load of possessions, she made her way out to Colorado. Starting out in Colorado Springs, she worked as a Customer Service Specialist at a high end salon and completed the cosmetology program at Toni & Guy in 2014. After meeting her fiance, Jess, she moved to her hometown of Grand County! They are looking forward to their wedding in the fall of 2017.

Sarah was very excited to join Mountain Family Center in opening their new thrift store, Main St. Thrift in March 2016. She enjoys working with the community and having the opportunity to connect with locals.

Katie Stuvel, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Katie was born and raised in Littleton, CO but fell in love with Grand County when she started visiting Winter Park in 2006. She and her husband, Andrew, made the big move up to the mountains in the fall of 2009 when Andrew accepted a job as an Electrician at Winter Park Resort. They (along with their dog and two cats) are now proud to call Tabernash home! Katie has always been interested in helping people find the resources they need to work towards a more sustainable and self-reliant existence. She studied International Agriculture at CSU in Fort Collins, with the goal of helping people in developing countries implement more productive and sustainable farming methods. After graduating, doing some traveling and working for the USDA in North Dakota for a few years, Katie ended up in Grand County! The mission and programs of Mountain Family Center appealed to Katie, and she joined the team as a Marketing and Events Coordinator in October of 2016.

Molly​ Bruchez, Program Specialist

As a program specialist with Mountain Family Center, Molly coordinates nutrition and wellness efforts in West Grand through programs such as Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), Cooking Matters, EatPlayGrow and Exploring Foods. Molly is a registered dietitian with a passion for helping others improve their health through real food. She received a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and a Master's degree in Nutrition from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As a dietitian, Molly has worked with individuals of all ages and in many different settings including schools, universities, nonprofit health care centers and hospitals. 
Molly is both personally and professionally committed to optimal health. In her free time she enjoys running, biking, yoga and experimenting with new recipes. She lives on a ranch in beautiful Grand County with her husband and their three dogs.

Nancy Strohecker, Administrative and Development Coordinator

Nancy has lived and worked in Grand County for over 30 years.  She joined Mountain Family Center Staff on a part time basis in 2014.  She has had a long career in Administration with the Winter Park Resort where her background, education and experience in administration suited her well to work at Mountain Family Center where she provides front office, data base, program manager, thrift store, food pantry, fundraising and Board support.

Alex Landa, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Alex was born and raised in Grand County. She grew up in restaurants which has given her a good foundation for her current work. In 2009 she traveled the states working for various non-profits with Americorps NCCC. Alex then moved down to the front range to attend college. After completing a year long internship with Mountain Family Center and graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services/Nonprofit Administration, she was welcomed to the team and moved back to her home town.

Lydia Bloem, Nutrition & Wellness Program Manager and Family Development Coordinator

Lydia was born and raised in a small town in Michigan, and her family vacationed in Silverton, Colorado many times while she was young. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature, Lydia moved to Denver to be closer to the mountains and pursue a career in Elementary Education. As a kindergarten teacher she gained valuable knowledge and skills which prepared her for her work at Mountain Family Center. In June of 2015 Lydia was hired as a Nutrition and Wellness program manager with a focus on coordinating the Weekend Totes program, Cooking Matters, Exploring Foods, and Eat Play Grow classes in East Grand County. Working at Mountain Family Center has only encouraged Lydia’s natural inclination to help her neighbors. In early 2017 Lydia began training as a Family Development Specialist to further expand her knowledge and skills in the non-profit field.  She is excited to have this opportunity to learn more about the work that Mountain Family Center does, and to continue to serve her community through such a wonderful organization.

Our Staff

Terry Sidell, Health Advocate Program Manager

Terry is a retired Grand Lake, Colorado Elementary School Principal. She has a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Remedial Reading. Terry is one of two part-time managers who oversee programs that include various health assistance programs, Grand County Totes Program, MFC’s Community Gardens, and Cooking Matters.

Mandi Schott, Assistant Director, Family Development Specialist & Thrift Store Manager

Mandi has lived in Grand County for over twelve years and has been working for Mountain Family Center for over five years. She has an extensive knowledge of local resources and has completed a Family Development Credentialing Program offered by Cornell University through CSU. Her education also includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University in Colorado.

Helen Sedlar, President & Executive Director

Helen joined the Mountain Family Center team in January 2013. Helen has an ABJ degree from the University of Georgia. Helen's background offers 24 years of nonprofit experience in Grand County. She was Development Director at Kremmling Memorial Hospital, Development and Marketing Manager at Grand Foundation, Development and Marketing Manager at Grand County Rural Health Network, and Customer Relations Manager and Special Events Director at the National Sports Center for the Disabled.