Tu Casa's dynamic team of staff is dedicated to crossing county-lines and cultural barriers to ensure all child and adult victims have access to our services. 

Patricia Lara, JD, Executive Director
Patricia is the Executive Director at Tu Casa, Inc. and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley.   She oversees grant management, events, and fundraising for the organization, and she creates and maintains relationships with community partners, donors, and supporters. Prior to this position, she had a 20- year career in the criminal justice system as a Probation Officer and Director of the San Luis Valley Community Corrections program.  Patricia received Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Adams State University in 1989 and a law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2007.  

Consuelo Contreras BA, Bilingual Victim Advocate & Hotline Coordinator
Consuelo Contreras is a San Luis Valley native and has the generational background from Mexico and northern New Mexico areas.  She began working with Tu Casa, Inc. as the Bilingual Victim Advocate/Hotline Coordinator in May 2014.  Consuelo completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Adams State University in Sociology with emphasis in Social Welfare and Criminology.  She interned at Options for Long Term Care of Alamosa County Nursing Services and at Intervention Private Probation.  Her experience has given her the passion to work with others to push forward.  Consuelo coordinates the 24 Hour Crisis/Assistance Hotline with volunteers who have the heart and are willing to help others and she is here to help serve the Spanish speaking community.

Carol Wolkow Price BBA, Bookkeeper 
Carol joined the tu casa staff in March 2013 as the part-time bookkeeper. She moved to Colorado in 2011 and lives in the high mountains above San Luis in a house that is still under construction, the combination of which provides abundant adventures. 

Shelly Martinez,BA, Forensic Interviewer & Family Advocate
Shelly has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with Social Welfare emphasis. Shelly worked as a Child Protection Caseworker for eight years before being hired by Tu Casa as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator and Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate. She currently holds the position of Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate at the Children's Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley.  She is originally from Montana but has lived in the San Luis Valley for 20+ years. "I enjoy working with the SLV Community and with the Tu Casa Team."

Theresa Ortega BA, Bilingual Forensic Interviewer, Family Advocate & MDT Coordinator for the SLV CAC Program 
Theresa works with children and families through the SLV CAC Program, and serves as the hub of communication for the many multi-disciplinary partners. Theresa is also a qualified forensic interviewer for children 3 years and up. Theresa worked for the Alamosa County Department of Human Services for five years as a Child Welfare Caseworker before being hired by Tu Casa, Inc. in 2013.  Theresa has a BA in Spanish and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare.  

Jennifer McCoy, BA Victim Advocate
Jennifer McCoy joined the Tu Casa team as a full time employee at the beginning of 2017, but had been a hotline volunteer since October of 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from Adams State University. Jennifer also comes to us with experience as a Family Advocate at RMSER Early Learning where she greatly enjoyed the unique opportunity to service and advocate for Pre-school aged children and their families. She will always cherish the connections made there. Before that she gained experience working for her mother at her juvenile day treatment facility in the Valley, Rocky Mountain Youth Academy, as a para. Jennifer is excited to continue helping people through her position as a Victim’s Advocate at Tu Casa.

Francisca Archuleta BA, Victim Advocate
Francisca Archuleta is a San Luis Valley native and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Adams State University. Prior to becoming a full-time employee, she had interned at Tu Casa, Inc. While interning, she grew a passion for the work the organization does for the community and also enjoyed working with the staff. She holds the title of a Victim Advocate. She is excited to continue helping people and working with the community.

Michelle Resendiz, BA, Community Outreach Coordinator/Prevention Specialist
Michelle is a San Luis Valley native, who received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Adams State College.  Michelle worked as a Child Welfare Caseworker for six years before being hired by Tu Casa, Inc. in 2017.  

Joseph Rhyne, BA, Executive Administrative Assistant
Joe is our Executive Administrative Assistant; he started in October of 2017. He is originally from a small town in Missouri, similar to Alamosa. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Chinese, and lived in China for a year teaching English to students of all ages. He moved to the Valley in 2016 and has fallen in love with the atmosphere and especially the mountains.

Denayea Martinez, Family Advocate

Denayea has an Associates of Arts and Science with an emphasis in Early childhood Education. Before working with Tu Casa she worked as a Preschool teacher and coordinator. She has a passion to help children and families and is happy to continue helping the families of the San Luis Valley along with the great team at Tu Casa.