Tu Casa's dynamice 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 has begun working with Tu Casa, Inc. as the Bilingual Victim Advocate/Hotline Coordinator since May 2014.  Consuelo completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Adams State University in Sociology with emphasis in Social Welfare and Criminology.  She had 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 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 Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) Coordinator
Shelly has been with Tu Casa for just over a year. She 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 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, 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.

Michelle Resendiz, BA. Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator
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 the Rio Grande County Department of Social Services for six years before being hired by Tu Casa, Inc. in 2017.  Michelle has been a member of the Rio Grande County SART team and is looking forward to transitioning into her role as the SART coordinator.

Manuelito Casias, Youth Representitive 
Manuelito has been an employee at Tu Casa since June of 2015. He provides prevention education as he promotes healthy social norms in schools, and holds boy council support groups. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 2017 and now attends Adams State University where he plans on majoring in Education and is also a member of the wrestling team.