Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.


For more information click here.

Active Parenting and Teens in Action

Active Parenting Publishers has provided award-winning, video-based parenting and teen classes since 1983. The Center has created a trauma informed version of the programs that provide parents and teens with information and support after a traumatic experience.

For more info click the Education-Group Programs tab.

The Center Staff

(L to R: Mistalynn, Elena, Melissa, Sydney, Scott, Joan, Tami, Jody)
Mistalynn Meyeraan, Executive Director
Mistalynn, Executive Director, brings a background in marketing, public relations, business administration and public management to The Center at a time when fundraising and brand awareness are crucial to the organization. She most recently worked at Reynolds Polymer Technology and the City of Grand Junction; prior to her move back to Western Colorado she was employed at Winter Park Resort. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and in 2017 received a graduate certificate from the University of Colorado Denver from their Colorado Certified Public Manager Program, School of Public Affairs. Meyeraan is a native to Western Colorado and joined the Center's team in November 2018. 
Tami Hunt, Executive Assistant
Tami, Executive Assistant, has diverse experience in all bookkeeping and accounting functions. She has extensive computer experience in both PC and Macintosh.  Tami has been with the WSCC for over fifteen years and has a vast array of historical knowledge and  expertise about the WSCC and the community.
Joan Mulleady, Clinical Program Director
Joan has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.  With over 30 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children and families in Mesa County, Joan has been associated with the Center for 15 of those years.  Her expertise includes counseling child victims of sexual abuse/trauma and their families, trial preparation for victims and mental health program development at the Center.
Jody Lusby, Development/Outreach Coordinator
Jody has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Colorado Mesa University. She has been an active part of the community here on the Western Slope since 1999. Jody has over eighteen years of experience in Outreach, Public Relations, Event Planning and Education as well as working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Jody joined Western Slope Center for Children in April 2015.
Scott Barks, Family Support Advocate/Forensic Interviewer
Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with good background knowledge in Criminal Justice from Colorado Mesa University. Scott has worked with youth throughout the valley in different programs, primarily faith-based, building a solid foundation and garnering research on how to work with teens in particular. He seeks to relate to clients in order to maximize sessions, showing his passion for those he works for. Scott has had experience in counseling with children on a variety of social topics that affect them in America today, and is dedicated to helping them reach the best possible life outcome. Scott became part of the WSCC's staff in August 2015.

 Elena Lhotka, Family Support Advocate/Forensic Interviewer
Elena has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Psychology Minor from Colorado University, Denver.  Elena worked as an investigator with the Mesa County Department of Human Services for five years and then worked as a Family Support Coordinator at the WSCC from 2004-2008.  Elena has missed working with children and families that come to the Center and is very excited to begin conducting forensic interviews.  Elena has an 11 year old son, Nicholas.  She is also president and fellow skater of her son's inline speed skating team, Junction Velocity.  Elena re-joined the WSCC Staff in May 2016.
Melissa Jefferson, Family Support Advocate/Group Coordinator 
Melissa has a BA in Psychology from Colorado Mesa University and is a trained facilitator of Active Parenting and Teens in Action programs. Melissa co-wrote an equine assisted learning program, Horsepower for Survivors, which she facilitates with the Center’s Clinical Program Director, Joan Mulleady. Additionally, Melissa created a trauma informed version of the Active Parenting and Teens in Action programs specifically for Western Slope Center for Children. She has provided contract services for the Center since 2010, and became part of the WSCC's staff in January of 2018.

Alondra Rodriguez, Billigual Family Support Advocate/Office Coordinator
Alondra is a native Spanish speaker. Her second language is English. Alondra works to be a productive member of the community and gained experience working with higher-risk-youth in diverse cultural groups as a mentor and a youth restitution supervisor. Alondra has been with The Center since September of 2019 where she will continue her work with youth and their families. 

Contracted SANE Nurses: 
Aillen Bowman-Coordinator
Deb Bailey
DJ Anderson
Tanya Kelly
Brittany Coonts
Cindy Neal

CALL 970-242-1211

If you suspect child abuse - or if a child tells you about abuse - making a report is very important! You cannot get into trouble or lose your job for making a report that turns out to be unfounded if you had good intentions when you made the report.

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All calls remain anonymous.
Reports of known or suspected child abuse or neglect should be made immediately to the Mesa County Department of Human Services Child Protection Hotline at (970) 242-1211 or a local law enforcement agency at 911.

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