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Grand Futures welcomes Craig native as new director

Lauren Blair

The new director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition's Moffat County chapter, Cassandra Vigil, stands outside her office in the Colorado Northwestern Community College Bell Tower building. A Craig native, she comes to the organization after spending three years working at The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden.

The Moffat County chapter of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition has a new director at the helm, Cassandra Vigil.

Grand Futures' mission is "to create and support healthy, positive lifestyle choices as alternatives to substance abuse for our youth and in our community," according to its website.

A Craig native, Vigil graduated from University of Colorado Denver with a degree in sociology and returned to Northwest Colorado three years ago to work at The Haven Assisted Living facility in Hayden.

Vigil fell in love with working with seniors — and continues to do so at Wellness Wednesdays in Craig — but knew she wanted work with youth since taking her first sociology class in college. When Grand Future's previous director, Kim Maneotis, left the organization in August, Vigil saw her chance.

"When I saw this position was available, I decided to give it a whirl," Vigil said. It fills "that void of always wanting to work with youth .… The opportunity to make a difference in peoples' lives, it's been a blessing."

Grand Futures advisory board member Kathy Bockelman has known Vigil since she was a student at Craig Middle School and cites her enthusiasm as one of her greatest strengths.

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"She's just very enthusiastic and excited about the job and she has a real concern for the alcohol and other drug issues in our community," Bockelman said. "I think she'll relate well to the teen council …. She's already hit the ground running."

While Vigil continues to train and learn the organizational side of her new job, she has wasted no time getting involved with Moffat County's teen council.

"That's really what we have right now is future leaders," Vigil said of the teens. "It's incredible. I really admire these kids. That's what we all could be if we were given the opportunity, a little direction and support."

Reflecting on her own experience as a young person growing up in Craig, Vigil is eager to identify the community's needs and figure out how to address them.

"That's really another reason I wanted to do this," Vigil said. "I grew up in Moffat County. I understand the challenges of living in a small community."

Marci Marumoto, advisory board member, said Vigil's connections to the community will serve her well in her new position.

"That always helps, having someone who's already a part of the community and having someone who knows the dynamics of Craig and Moffat County," Marumoto said. "She is energetic… She's been having to juggle a few different things and she's doing a great job at it."

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.