Summer 2018 Staff
Lisa S. Thomason, M.Ed., BCBA, Executive Director:
Lisa has worked for non-profit organizations throughout most of her adult career. She comes to Voyager with a BA in psychology, a Masters in Education, and is board certified as a Behavior Analyst. She has also been Vocational Education certified in Early Childhood and Director Qualified in Child Care. She provided alcohol and drug evaluations for the Colorado State Judicial System for several years. She has been a consultant/contractor for Early Intervention Colorado, and was President of the Colorado Division for Early Childhood (2014-15). Lisa continues to practice Behavior Analysis as a contractor and in private practice.
Danelle Hughes Norman, Program Manager:
Danelle has returned to work for Voyager after thirteen years and after adding to her proverbial toolbox a CDE License, BFA in Art Education, managerial experience, and countless hours of working with children through Ouray County schools, Weehawken Creative Arts, Ah Haa School of the Arts, and Telluride Ski School. Danelle has an artist's soul and a teacher's heart. She sees beauty in the common as a celebration of life by which she finds fulfillment in sharing that inspiration with children and adults.
Alex Durham, Teen Site Leader:
Alex is an active member and a long time resident of Ouray County. For the last two years, she has had the privilege of coaching middle school and high school volleyball for Ouray Schools. More than just a coach to the girls, she is viewed as a role model and someone they can confide in. Believing that coaching can be used as a tool for teaching valuable life skills, she takes extra time to share information with the team about developing healthy habits and creating a balanced lifestyle. Having grown up with an older brother who has autism has taught her patience and compassion from a very young age and driven her to help people and children learn to be respectful of their peers.
Patty Ray, Site Leader
Patty has had a love of teaching from childhood when she would sit her two sisters and four brothers in a semi-circle and be the “Teacher.” Born and raised in Northern California, Patty moved to Montrose, Colorado in 1995, to continue her lifelong love of learning and education in early childhood at Colorado Mesa. She has worked with children for over 28 years in the capacity of Mother, Home Childcare Provider, Childcare Director of a large facility, Grandmother, and Foster Parent. Now living in Ouray with her husband and adopted children, Patty enjoys working with children as well as their parents through the Voyager Youth Program.