An extensive background in working with youths, fundraising, board development and strengthening community bonds made Jonathan Godes an easy choice to oversee Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, organization officials said Tuesday.
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is a nonprofit substance abuse awareness and prevention organization that serves Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.
Godes replaces former tri-county executive director Sandy Visnack, who resigned from her post in February. Godes will start his Grand Futures job March 19.
On Tuesday, Godes said he is eager to continue working with youths in Northwest Colorado after spending the last five years working with the Boys & Girls Club of America.
"Having the opportunity to continue being involved with the kids and the community was an exciting opportunity for me," he said.
Godes most recently worked for 2 1/2 years as the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. He also worked for the Boys & Girls Club in Colorado Springs.
Godes is from Iowa and earned a degree in recreation administration from the University of Northern Iowa before obtaining his master's degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Colorado Springs.
John Thrasher, president of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's board of directors, said Godes was chosen from a pool of about six applicants. Thrasher said Godes rose to the top of the list because of what he accomplished with the Boys & Girls Club.
"We found that Jonathan really fit the specific things we we're looking for currently," Thrasher said. "He's proven successful at fundraising, board development and community collaboration, which are three things Grand Futures is really focusing on."
Godes also said he is eager to continue working toward goals Visnack had put in place during her time with Grand Futures.
"Collaborative efforts are essential to setting a program up for success," he said. "Sandy did a great job of reaching out to many of these groups, and I hope to build upon our successes."
Services provided by Grand Futures include participating in the Steamboat Springs Police Department's alcohol compliance checks, holding substance-free events for teens and providing educational programs and materials to schools and other community groups about substance abuse and prevention.
Godes anticipates splitting most of his time between Routt and Moffat counties and taking occasional trips to Grand County.