Corry Higbee, Executive Director
Start Date: 2018
Prior to being appointed as the Executive Director at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, Corry served as a case manager for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to this position he retired from higher education and now enjoys taking on challenges that bring hope to people in need. Corry is a Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church and has worked in diverse business sectors over the course of his life. Initially serving as a private consultant and successful business owner, Corry went to work for Boettcher & Company, a mainstay provider of financial services in Colorado. Corry remained with Boettcher & Company through multiple acquisitions, eventually working his way to Associate Vice President of Everen Securities, now Wells Fargo Advisors. Completing his doctoral studies in Leadership, Corry is married, and he and his wife Nancy have three daughters and eight grandchildren.
Mona Montoya, Director of Operations
Start Date: 1992
There are times throughout life when hardship and suffering are inevitable. It is in those times of despair that we seek kindness, compassion and a helping hand. That helping hand belongs to one of the most selfless and devoted women in the world today, Mona Montoya. Born and raised in Pueblo, Mona is no stranger to adversity. Along with her family she survived the devastating flood of 1965 as they lost everything. That did not deter her parents as they cared for and fed the less fortunate while facing their own struggles. This lesson was internalized by Mona and is now reflected in her values today as she strives to end the suffering of the sick and poor. She has the vision of a philanthropist and a heart of gold. Mona is a true advocate for the welfare of others which is reflected in her many accomplishments. Mona along with her late sister Marcie opened the doors to the current Pueblo Cooperative Care Center facility and has remained at the center since its opening. The food pantry is named "Mona's Pantry" in her honor and in tribute to her never ceasing acts of kindness. Mona's unwavering commitment for the past 26 years to the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is a true testament to her authenticity, high standards and care for humanity. It is her dedication in assisting and guiding the less fortunate that makes her an exceptional woman and an integral component to Pueblo Cooperative Care Center and the greater Pueblo community.
Stephanie Walker, Finance Manager
Start Date: 2019
Stephanie was born and raised in Colorado and has been living in Pueblo since 2015. When she first moved to Pueblo, she joined in a Bible study where her teacher asked her if she would consider volunteering at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center. Stephanie agreed and volunteered as an Interviewer for over two years while learning many aspects of the organization including its mission and values. When the opportunity to assume the position of Finance Manager was presented to Stephanie, she graciously accepted. Stephanie enjoys serving the Pueblo County community and has plans to continue in service for many years to come. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology, with a specialization in Project Management from Colorado State University Global. She additionally earned multiple achievement awards and received endorsements in Ethical Decision Making, Creative Problem Solving and Effective Communication. In her professional career, Stephanie has worked for the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors and GE Supra, but her heart lies in social work and helping individuals who are less fortunate. Stephanie and her husband have two daughters. They enjoy being close to the Colorado Rocky mountains and the beautiful weather Pueblo and southern Colorado provide.
Trini Muniz, Administrative Assistant
Start Date: 2019
Originally from Denver, Trini retired from a long career in international travel in 2014 and moved to Pueblo, CO. Trini began working with Senior Employment Resources (SER), an organization designed to place senior citizens back into the workforce. Trini was assigned to Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in 2018 and was trained to perform Intake, Interviewing and Data Entry and Reporting tasks and responsibilities. Trini was employed by Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in 2018 based on her high levels of performance and exceptional quality of work. Trini has proven to be a valuable asset to the organization and her client service skills and communication abilities with at-risk populations are above reproach. Trini holds a degree in Travel and Transportation from Parks College and is a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA), helping both elderly and disabled populations as her schedule allows.
Juree Dowd, Administrative Assistant
Start Date: 2018
Juree started working at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in 2009 and served as chief administrative support staff until 2017 when she retired. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center convinced Juree that she needed to return on a part time basis as she was needed in multiple areas. Stan, her spouse was convinced by Juree that he needed to volunteer in the Pantry. Both returned to Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in March of 2018. Juree believes strongly in the mission of the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center and has made a tremendous difference in every aspect of operations. There has never been a job that she has refused to do!
Sedro Martinez, Warehouse Supervisor
Start Date: 2013
Sedro, or 'Chilo' as he prefers to be called has helped Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in multiple volunteer capacities since early 2007. Retiring from the department of corrections, Chilo went to work part-time at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center through SER, Senior Employment Resource agency. He was assigned to work at Pueblo Cooperative Care Center and was formally hired by Pueblo Cooperative Care Center as the Warehouse Supervisor in 2013. Chilo is highly organized, meticulous and very detail oriented. Chilo has a heart for serving God and people in need. These attributes are evident in his daily activities and the actions he takes.
James Curtis, Facility Services
Start Date: 2019
James was a truck driver for a long period of his professional career, shifting to working in security for the State of Colorado prior to his retirement. James came to Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in 2018 through the Senior Employment Resource agency and was hired into a part-time position in 2019. James is responsible for maintaining the facility and works directly with individuals from senior employment agencies, community reintegration programs, volunteers and staff. James is a quality supervisor and an exceptional leader who prides himself on a job well done.