Cindy HoustonPYD Coordinator
Cindy came to Colorado in the early 90’s to follow her passion of driving with the windows down and wrangling wild rattlesnakes. Originally hailing from West Virginia, she came west to escape the humidity and chaos of east coast over-population and to play where there is more room to roam. She discovered her passion of working with youth one day while trying to lasso rattlesnakes, realizing that working with youth could be much the same fun and maybe less dangerous. The birth of her daughter helped nudge her away from the wrangling business and into community service, her desire driven by her passion to create possibilities for youth to engage in fun activities. Cindy joined the regional AmeriCorps crew in 2010 and immediately learned the art of pirating and saving sinking ships, an art not considered in the desert southwest. Today she no longer needs to tap into this art as now has a motley crew to support this process. Happily serving as Programs Manager for SCYC, Cindy continues to lovingly raise her daughter, along with her compassionate (and very flexible) partner, and search for the ‘rattlesnake wrangling’ opportunities that empower and enrich the lives of young people in her community. Cindy enjoys hiking in the mountains and deserts, mountain biking, going to music festivals, playing in the snow and rivers and sitting on peaceful mountaintops. She still drives with the windows down.