Rossein takes volunteering to the next level |

Rossein takes volunteering to the next level

Cat Schmitz
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Katha Rossein

Meet Katha Rossein: a physician, native of New York, mother of two, and an avid reader involved in book clubs. She also enjoys pilates and mountain biking.

“I’d have to say I’m nurturing, kind, loving, and calm-kinda-mellow,” Rossein said in regards to describing her personality. Rossein also has a passion for volunteering and helping the community.

In her past, Rossein was a volunteer involved in helping and giving back to the communities around her and even all over the world. She participated in medical missions to help developing countries. Rossein contributed in these missions by teaching women’s health and awareness.

From spending time with her family to being a physician who likes to read, Rossein still manages to find time to volunteer for the Pre-Collegiate Program to help GSHS juniors find the resources for a good future. The Pre-Collegiate Program is designed to help students that are the first generation in their family to attend college and actually arrive there. This program also helps with setting up scholarships for the students.

“I volunteer teaching a women’s health course for teen pregnancy in Yampah High School,” Rossein said. “The principal saw how much I enjoyed spending my time with the kids, so she went ahead and contacted the head of the Pre-Collegiate Program, and they asked me if I wanted to be involved.”

Rossein has been volunteering for the Pre-Collegiate Program for roughly a month and enjoys being a mentor to GSHS. She mentors five juniors: Jennifer Varela, Courtney Herrell, Josh Galvan, Jake McPherson and Vince Tsosie.

“Katha is so nice, and she’s a great mentor to have. We already have a great group of kids together, and it’s working great,” McPherson said.

According to Rossein, going to college is a pathway for opportunity to learning, growing better attitudes and gaining experience. For her, going to college was a period of intellectual exploration and figuring out what she wanted to do career-wise. As a mentor for the Pre-Collegiate Program she can help teens find the resources they need to go to college and succeed.

“I love being involved with young people. I find pleasure in knowing that I helped them grow and become better people,” Rossein said.

When Rossein was in high school, her main mentors for going to college were her parents. They helped her find applications and narrow down what she wanted to do in life.

Apart from being a volunteer in the community, Rossein is a mother of two sons: firefighter Max Razzore, 26; and businessman Sam Razzore, 21. Her favorite memory with them is making huge family dinners. She enjoys how her family of four meets together to cook, laugh and have a great time.

This native of New York, mother of two, wife and reader continues to find time to be a physician and a volunteer for Yampah High School and the Pre-Collegiate Program in particular. Rossein manages to keep a full plate of activities at bay, and sometimes not even the best multi-taskers can do that.

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