Balleck leaving Moffat, Rio Blanco County's Connections 4 Kids

— After contributing positively to the experience of growing up for young children in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties for two years, Michelle Balleck is moving on to the next phase of her life.

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Michelle Balleck

Balleck, who worked as the Connections 4 Kids early childhood coordinator, worked closely with the Early Childhood Council in a variety of ways and was a staple of the organization's day-to-day operation. She said she will miss the work that she thought was so valuable to the area.

“I loved my time with Connections 4 Kids,” Balleck said. “Knowing we were doing projects that were going to affect the lives of children and their families was rewarding.”

Balleck will take over as the director of marketing and public relations for Middle Park Medical Center in Grand County. MPMC has locations in Kremmling and Granby, as well as in Walden in Jackson County.

Marketing for a medical center was something Balleck had experienced and enjoyed before during a brief stint in Ohio, her native state.

“I love doing marketing and PR work for an organization that’s doing good work in its community,” she said. “Health care is perfect for that.”

Despite the distance to Kremmling and Granby, Balleck and her family will be staying in Craig as she starts the new work. Being able to work from the place she calls home was a key requisite for working with MPMC.

“This is where our family is based, and we don’t have any plans to leave anytime soon,” Balleck said. “That was one of the conditions of employment I worked out.”

She will work remotely most of the time and commute to Kremmling for meetings and events, probably once or twice each week, she said.

Connections 4 Kids knows it is losing a valuable member but expressed its gratitude and well wishes for Balleck.

“She did a lot of good work, and she will be missed,” said Arin Daigneau, the Early Childhood Council chairwoman. “She was very well organized and she was a great people person. She networks so well and sees projects through.”

Connections 4 Kids now is looking to fill its coordinator position as soon as possible and plans on continuing the work it’s been doing in the meantime. Balleck is not worried about them doing the work she found valuable without her.

“We’ve got a strong council, and they’re going to find somebody great and do the same things they were doing with me,” she said. “They’re going to do more.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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