Susie Baird
Managing Director

Susie Baird Grand Futures

Susie Baird is orginally from Western Nebraska, but moved to Granby earlier this year from Alaska.  In AK she was the assistant director for a rural campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Susie will be working out of the Granby Office and looks forward to continuing the good work that characterizes GFPC.

Contact Susie: 970-819-7805,


Desirae Pearcey
Moffat County Director

Desirae Grand Futures

As a long-time resident of Moffat County, Desirae is excited to give back to the community through the Grand Futures mission. Desirae holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Johnson & Wales University and a Master’s of Science in Criminology from Regis University. Previously Desirae worked for Advocates- Crisis Support Services in Craig as well as the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Her past experiences make her very passionate about helping build the awareness in the community concerning substance abuse and prevention. Desirae is hopeful that she can make an impact in Moffat County and help the youth be above abuse. Her office can be found at the Bell Tower in Craig for further assistance.

In Desirae’s spare time she enjoys riding horses, playing sports, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her two dogs Johnnie and Kash.

Contact Desirae: 970-824-5752,

Katie Gibson
Grand County Director

Katie Gibson

Katie earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver while living and working in Winter Park and was accepted to law school but decided she wanted to get out in the world and make a difference.  She also earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University.  Katie has a passion for working with young people in a way that betters their futures and has proved her commitment to making a difference in the world through her long list of volunteer and community service.

In her spare time Katie enjoys skiing, hiking, running, cooking and spending time with friends and her dog Lola.

Contact Katie: 970-887-9655,


Tara Owens

Grand County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator

tara grand futures

Tara has recently joined Grand Futures as the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator in the Granby office.  She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Criminal Justice.  She worked as a domestic violence victim’s advocate out of the Weld County District Attorney’s office for several years. More recently she has worked in the Emergency Room at Middle Park Medical Center while she attended school to further her education.  She has a passion for fitness and enjoys promoting and motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle.  Tara is excited to come on board at Grand Futures and looks forward to working on the Grand County Tobacco Awareness Project.

She is married to Lenny and has two children Austin and Bailey. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family such as dirt bike riding, running, wakeboarding along with reading and sewing.

Contact Tara: 928-200-7903,


Kate Elkins
Routt County Director

Kate Marshall

Kate has been with Grand Futures since November 2010 and is beginning a new direction in her career.  Prior to her position at Grand Futures, Kate worked in the hospitality industry in many different and challenging roles.  She holds a B.S. in Hospitality Administration at Boston University, where she also worked as a Resident Assistant in upper-classman housing. As a student, Kate was constantly involved in her community, working with her local DARE program and a Teen Health Advocacy program.  She has recently started to volunteer as a mentor to youth through Partners of Routt County.  Kate also sits on the steering committee for the Routt County Bridges Initiative, which aims to reduce generational poverty in RC.

Kate has lived in Steamboat Springs since July 2008 and spends time hiking, skiing, crafting and blogging.  Kate and her husband, Matt, have recently rescued an amazing dog named Ella, whom they love to spend time with too!

Contact Kate: 970-879-6188,


Karin E. Koop, LLC.

Karin is the Bookkeeper for Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. She handles all accounts payable, receivable, payroll taxes, and grant reimbursements.

Karin has been an independent bookkeeper for five years and has several clients in Steamboat Springs, including several non-profit organizations such as Partners of Routt County and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Karin gained her B.S. in Business from New Hampshire College.

Contact Karin: 970-846-6216,