MEET THE TEAM

Heather Paulson

Executive Director

Mrs. Paulson joined the River Center in 2013, but was volunteering in the school outreach programs prior to that. She was promoted to the Executive Director position in 2016. Prior to The River Center, Heather worked in the graphic design field for 15 years.

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Liz Gabuardi

Assistant Director

Mrs. Gabuardi moved to Colorado in 2001 from California and has been a New Castle resident since 2007. She dedicated her time to the New Castle Cub Scouts as the Committee  Chairman for three years. She began volunteering for the River Center in 2016 and joined the River Center staff in January 2018. Prior to the River Center, Liz had worked retail for over ten years in customer service, including two years in Human Resources.

Lisa Detweiler
Life Assistance Facilitator

Lisa has lived in New Castle since 2007, and enjoys working in the community where she lives.  She joined the River Center staff in June 2021.  She has worked in administrative and office management positions in private and public non-profits in Garfield County and elsewhere.  Much of her volunteer work over the years has been with Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade nonprofit retail organization.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kayla Towes, President

Laura Barbieur, Treasurer

Angela Meraz, Secretary

Troy Feese, Member

Emily Jack-Scott, Member

Brenda Kaiser, Member

PARTNERS

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  • Catholic Charities

  • Salvation Army

  • The ROC (Reach Out Colorado)

  • Feed My Sheep

  • The Lions Club

  • Kathryn Senor Elementary

  • Elk Creek Elementary

  • Cactus Valley Elementary

  • Riverside Middle School

  • Coal Ridge High School

  • City Market

  • 88 Grill

  • Two Corona's

  • New Castle Chamber

  • New Castle Gardens

  • Talbott Enterprises Inc.

  • New Hope Church

TESTIMONIALS

"MAY THE RIVER CENTER BE BLESSED ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR NOT LETTING ANYONE FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS"

"THANKS SO SO MUCH. THE HELP FROM YOU ALL IS SO SWEET. IT MEANS THE WORLD TO US, YOU HAVE NO IDEA! YOU MADE OUR MONTH!"

"I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU AGAIN! FOR EVERYTHING!! YOUR TEAM IS AMAZING! THANKS TO YOU WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE OUR BOY A LITTLE CHRISTMAS. NOT MUCH BUT IT WAS SOMETHING. WE ACTUALLY SHOPPED AFTER CHRISTMAS...TOLD HIM SANTA WAS RUNNING LATE BECAUSE SOME OF HIS ELVES WERE SICK. SAVED A TON OF MONEY ON CLEARANCE CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT CITY MARKET. THANKS TO YOUR TEAM AND THE HELP YOU'RE PROVIDING WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN OUR HOME"