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 (except for July & August) and are open to the public.

Sharon Taramarcaz, President (Bank Manager)

Traci Busse, Vice President (Restaurant Owner)

Mike Gierut, Secretary (Sales)

Amanda Brackett, Treasurer (Business & HR Manager, CPA)

Robin Cash (Higher Education – Retired)

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

Michael Meeuwsen (Physician)

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;

*Julia Brazell – Business Manager;

*Deena Burke – Thrift Store Manager;

*Nancy Lakiotes – Operations Manager;

*Kim Rish – Day Program Manager;

*Kirsten Sanders – Residential Program Manager;

*Brian Smith – Supported Living Services Manager;

*Nicole Daigle – Service Provider

*Nancy Dean – Service Provider

*Heidi Dickson – Service Provider

*Erin Fogo – Thrift Store

*Art Glesky – Thrift Store

*Emily Hale – Service Provider

*Jonny Jenkins – Service Provider

*Joe Miller – Service Provider

*Samantha Patzelt – Service Provider

*Stacey Pickett – Thrift Store

*Nicole Real – Service Provider

*Diana Riddle – Thrift Store

*Holly Rios – Service Provider

*Joseph Salmon – Day Program Support

*Alyssa Schmidt – Service Provider

*Margaret Schneider – Administrative/Services Support Specialist

*Kate Simmons – Supported Employment Specialist

*Jenny Smith – Thrift Store/Day Program Assistant

*Chris Telling – Service Provider

*Kyle Tharp – Service Provider


Six Points Family

Six Points Family