Six Points Evaluation and Training

About Us

Mission Statement:  The mission of Six Points is to provide education, training, assistance and support to all adults with special needs and their families in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties, such that these individuals reach their highest functioning levels and become integrated into our society as independent, productive, contributing citizens. Further, our mission is to advocate for these individuals and increase the awareness of all residents concerning the special needs of the disabled in our community.

Vision: In Six Points’ ideal world, all of those with special needs will be fully integrated and respected in the community. The business of meeting their needs will be self-sustaining and this vision will be supported by the entire community.


  • Integrity
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Compassion and Respect
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Highest Quality of Services and Care
  • Integration Between Clients & the Community
  • Environmental Responsibility

Alicia and Mark Kristin and Jeffrey Gerald and Heidi

History:  In 1972, a group of local citizens and parents were concerned about a lack of services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Gunnison County and they volunteered their support to address this issue.  After many meetings with local and state officials regarding the structuring of services, the Six Points Association was officially formed in 1975 with the primary goals of providing vocational habilitation and employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled in the area. In July 1981, Six Points Evaluation and Training, Inc. filed its first Articles of Incorporation with the State of Colorado.  The Six Points Thrift Store opened its doors for business in 1985 to provide employment opportunities for Six Points’ clients requiring assisted employment.  The Residential Support Program was added in 1989 to provide housing and in-home personal assistance for clients, thereby enabling them to live on their own.  In 1998, the Supported Living Services program was introduced which provides eligible clients with services and supports to enhance their ability to remain in living and employment situations that are least restrictive.  Today, the Thrift Store serves as a critical resource of affordable household goods for the low income population of the area, offers a regional venue for donating second-hand merchandise, and especially, continues to provide employment for many Six Points’ clients.  Since both the Thrift Store operations and client programs were desperately short on space to fully accomplish all of the organization’s goals, in September 2009, the Six Points Board of Directors (Board) purchased with cash two commercial lots directly west of the Gunnison Recreation Center.  Construction on a new 9,000-square-foot facility commenced in April 2013.  The new permanent facility opened to the clients and public on December 15, 2014.

Board of Directors: Six Points is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from Gunnison and Crested Butte.  Board members are from diverse backgrounds and are committed to furthering the mission of Six Points, as well as serving as advocates for the developmentally disabled.  Board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month and are open to the public.

Sharon Taramarcaz, President (Bank Manager)

Traci Busse, Vice President (Restaurant Owner)

Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell, Secretary (Higher Education)

Treasurer, Vacant

Robin Cash (Higher Education – Retired)

Brooke Christopherson (Student Representative)

Ricky Glatiotis (Six Points Client Representaive & Thrift Store Processing Clerk)

Enid Holden (Piano Teacher)

Canyon Mueller (Student Representative)

Kathy Norgard (P/T Psychologist, licensed in AZ)


Staff: The Six Points’ staff is dedicated to administering the programs, policies and operations adopted by the Board of Directors in support of the developmentally disabled.

*Daniel Bruce – Executive Director;

*Jennifer Champ – Business Manager;

*Nancy Lakiotes – Day Program Manager;

*Kirsten Sanders – Residential Program Manager;

*Brian Smith – Supported Living Services Manager;

*Heidi Dickson – Supported Living Services Provider

*Erin Fogo – Thrift Store

*Art Glesky – Thrift Store

*Emily Hale – Service Provider

*Christian Ingrum – Thrift Store

*Jonny Jenkins – Thrift Store/Residential Program Services Provider

*Amelia Patzelt – Thrift Store Processing Clerk

*Samantha Patzelt – Supported Employment Specialist

*Esther Pfaff – Thrift Store/Service Provider

*Holly Rios – Service Provider

*Kim Rish- Service Provider

*Joseph Salmon – Day Program Support

*Margaret Schneider – Supported Living Services Provider/Administrative Assistant

*Kate Simmons – Residential Program Services Provider

*Jenny Smith – Thrift Store/Day Program Assistant

*Chris Telling – Residential Program Services Coordinator

*Kyle Tharp – Residential Program Services Provider


Six Points Family

Six Points Family