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Five of the 11 staff members of the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers (RFFRC) have recently received their Family Development Credential. The Family Development Credential, developed by Cornell University, is based upon a philosophy that focuses on families’ strengths rather than their deficits, and results in families’ increased self-reliance and involvement in their community. RFFRC staff can now be certain they are assisting students with proven, effective, evidence-based family support practice. For the past 16 years the staff at the school-based Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers (RFFRC) have worked to make sure that students who need help from a doctor, dentist, optometrist, counselor, or tutor receive those essential services. With locations in the schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, the centers are ideally positioned to meet the needs of families in the Roaring Fork School District.”Our resource coordinators partner as a team with students, school staff and families, helping families set their own goals for health and success, breaking down each individual action required to meet those goals, and sometimes, walking with them every step of the way,” states Janet Earley, program director for the RFFRC.”Funding for the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers comes from a variety of sources, and we depend on local contributions to meet the health needs of children in our community,” reports Administrative Director Jenny Lindsay. “We are very excited to announce that we have received a matching challenge grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. This grant will match every dollar, up to $2,500, donated to the Family Resource Centers. Today we challenge the Roaring Fork Valley community to help us reach that goal.”To support the work of the Family Resource Centers, tax-deductible donations can be made easily online via the RFFRC website: http://www.rffrc.org or by calling Development Director Kerry Ach at (970) 384-5696 or by e-mailing kerrya@rfsd.k12.co.us. To speak with a resource coordinator about services available, please call 384-5855 (Basalt), 384-5746 (Carbondale), or 384-5616 (Glenwood Springs).

Debbie Wilde has been elected to chair the Colorado Restorative Justice Council. Debbie is the executive director of YouthZone.The Colorado Restorative Justice Council advances restorative justice principles and practices throughout Colorado by providing a gateway to information, networking and support.In 2007, the Colorado Legislature approved HB 07-1129. which created the Colorado Restorative Justice Council. The council’s mandate is to provide assistance and education related to restorative justice programs in the state of Colorado by supporting the development of restorative justice programs, serving as a repository of information for those programs, and providing restorative justice education, training and technical assistance. The committee has appointees from all areas of Colorado government – the juvenile justice system, division of youth corrections, department of public safety, judicial department, nonprofit restorative justice groups, district attorneys, victim’s advocates and the department of education.

Karen Skelly of Karen Skelly Photography in Rifle has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission.Skelly earned this designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring her artistic and technical competence. The Professional Photographic Certification Commission currently recognizes less than 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers.The Professional Photographic Certification Commission is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. Certified Professional Photographers must complete a written examination and an evaluation of 20 images that must be technically correct for exposure, lighting and posing and agreed upon by all of the judges, as well as adhere to a stringent code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.



Colorado Mountain College hosts a new series of Saturday workshops exploring the latest trends that businesses are using to generate more clients and more revenue.The first workshop in the series, “Building Your Business Social Media Strategy,” demonstrates how to use blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more for marketing, promotions and public relations. This workshop is Saturday, Jan. 29, and is taught by Roy Brandt, a trainer who has helped many individuals and businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley create and build a web presence.On Saturday, Feb. 12, Susan Linden teaches “The Secrets of Growing Your Business on a Shoestring Budget.” Linden is a marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience helping national, regional and local businesses grow. Her workshop includes tips for spending limited marketing dollars in the most effective ways.Upcoming workshops in March and April include “Growing Your Business through Networking and Partnering” and “Sales Basics.”All workshops meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CMC’s Glenwood Center (1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs). The cost of each workshop is $60 and advance registration is required.For more information regarding the workshops or registration, please call 945-7486.

Betts Williams completed her massage certification at the U.S. Career Institute in Fort Collins this past summer and has passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam in October. She is licensed by the state of Colorado in massage therapy. Betts is also a Reiki master and has studied with John F. Barnes on his techniques for myofascial release. Betts is known for her calm demeanor, her strength of spirit, and her ability to connect with people of all ages. She believes every person needs time and space to “just be,” and slow everything down. Through a combination of all these practices, she can help people to get back to their true selves, balanced, peaceful and centered. Betts is now taking appointments for massage, hot stone massage, Reiki and myofascial release. She practices in Silt. Call (970) 876-0876 for an appointment and additional information.



J.L. Haneke Financial & Insurance Services Inc. would like to congratulate staff member Kelly Gabehart for passing the Colorado Life, Accident, & Health licensing exams this month. These exams are required by the state of Colorado in order to sell insurance such as group or individual health, life, disability, accident, travel medical or Medicare supplement policies. These exams are very difficult and take a great deal of preparation in order to pass. Kelly has been working with us as customer service representative for more than one year and has been a fantastic addition to the staff. She has been helping clients with billing, claims resolutions, and any other issues they may have after their policy is in force. She is extremely service oriented, and we are very excited that she can now assist clients in an even greater fashion after passing her exams. We are very proud of her achievement. Great job, Kelly! Learn more about J.L. Haneke Financial & Insurance Services Inc. at http://www.jlhaneke.com.

Please join us for Business Women’s Network on Wednesday morning, Jan. 26, from 7:15-9 a.m., at the U.S. Bank (by Safeway), 1901 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. “What Will Keep You Exercising for Life?” will be presented by Judy Haynes and John Norton of Accelerate Human Performance.BWN is a committee of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. For more information contact Joni at 945-6589, ext. 104, or e-mail joni@glenwoodchamber.com


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