Meet your neighbor: Stacey Mascarenas of Fruita aims to serve her community
Special to the Free Press
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Denise: What is your job?
Stacey: I work for Mesa County. One of my main duties is to manage the purchases and sales of property for the county’s capital projects.
Denise: How long have you lived in Fruita?
Stacey: Although I have lived in Mesa County for most of my life, since 1977, I moved to Fruita 10 years ago. I fell for the community immediately. People like to have fun here. It is also a great place to raise a family. Moving to Fruita was the best move I ever made.
Denise: How long have you been on the Fruita City Council?
Stacey: I was elected to City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. It is very rewarding and it is an honor to represent Fruita. I try to be a voice for the people living here. Serving on the City Council has also opened doors to other opportunities where I can help the community, especially children. I am the Fruita liaison to the Drug Thread Oversight Committee and am the chair of How Are the Children?
Denise: What other organizations are you involved in?
Stacey: I am the chair of the Family Health West Board and I serve on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Commission, Kiwanis Club, Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce I am also past chair of the Colorado Mesa University Alumni Board. They are all such wonderful organizations with worthy missions.
Denise: Wow! You are really involved in the community.
Stacey: My dad was very community oriented, getting involved in local events and buying everything locally. I didn’t really get that until I moved to Fruita. Fruita is where I found my place; it’s where I am meant to be. The nature of my involvement might change over the years, as I plan to get more involved with my daughter’s school activities over the next few years. But I will always be a part of Fruita. I have no intention of ever leaving.
Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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