Director of Go2Work Programs:
Jill Ziemann began working for Colorado Mountain College in January 2008 as Director of the Wo/men In Transition-Gateway programs, which work with parents; primarily single mothers on public assistance to obtain the skills and education necessary to become self-sufficient. In 2009, Go2Work was created to meet the needs of all unemployed workers in the CMC district which encompasses 12,000 square miles in the Rural Resort Region of Colorado. The Go2Work Programs provide assistance to nearly 500 participants each year in Garfield County. The Go2Workshops are a partnership between CMC, Garfield Department of Human Services and the local Colorado Workforce centers to address the needs of the unemployed and individuals suffering from the recent economic downturn. With two co-founders and funding from the Garfield County Economic Development fund and the Colorado Women’s Foundation Jill facilitated the opening of GarCo Sewing Works an industrial sewing training and design center in Rifle.
Prior to working at CMC, Jill worked for Catholic Charities-Western Slope in Glenwood Springs, CO for eight years in a variety of positions including facilitating a Rural Initiative grant from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She came to Glenwood Springs when her husband retired from the Air Force after many years of overseas service.
Jill has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baker University and a Masters of Education degree in Post-Secondary and Agency Counseling from the University of Kansas.
Business Manager of GarCo Sewing Works:
Sarah Bates is the mother of Cora, 10 years old. Sarah came to GarCo Sewing Works in September 2015. With her degree in Psychology and her background in sewing along with 5 years of retail, she is a great addition to GarCo Sewing. As a single parent who has had to use the helpful services of Jefferson County and Garfield County, she has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to overcome the struggles of a single mom and how to become self-sufficient. She works with Sandy and Jessica to make prototypes for customers as needed. She is in communication with current and prospective customers on design ideas.
GarCo Sewing Works Floor Manager:
Jessica Lowry is the mother of Richard, 4 years old. Jessica came to GarCo Sewing through Garfield County TANF Gateway Program. After completing Link to Success classes and her GED, Jessica began doing work experience & training at GSW and found she had an affinity for sewing. She quickly showed leadership potential and within 3 months of training, was offered the floor manager position. She has obtained 4 certifications in Welding offered through Colorado Mountain College but prefers to work at GSW training and supporting other single mothers on their pathway to self-sufficiency. Jessica’s professionalism, even temperament and positive attitude have made her a great fit for this vital position contributing to the success of the program.
GarCo Sewing Works Sewing & Design Instructor/Prototype developer:
Sandy Geisner came to GarCo Sewing Works as a work-study student through CMC’s financial aid office. A lifetime sewer, she loved that she could fit her work study hours around her full time classes. Sandy has had a lifetime of nontraditional jobs but mostly earned a living as a long distance truck driver. Finding herself single in her early 60s, she chose to relocate near her daughter and grandchildren in Silt, CO. Semi-retired; she decided to complete a college degree – a lifelong dream. When a part time position came up instructing in traditional sewing and design, Sandy was a perfect fit. She also works alongside Beth making prototypes for customers as needed.
GarCo Sewing Works FOUNDER and past Business Manager:
Beth Shaw, Past CMC Dean of Business & Industry/ Executive Director of Customized Business Services joined Colorado Mountain College (“CMC”) after fourteen years of owning BRUBAKER-SHAW training associates, inc. which provides public and private sector organizations with customized training programs.
BSta specializes in leadership, supervisory skill development, performance management, and customer service. Prior to BSta, Beth developed Business & Industry services departments for both Community College of Denver and Front Range Community College in Ft. Collins. Armed with a M.A. in Spanish and English, Beth taught ESL in migrant camps in Florida and California, GED programs for juvenile offenders, and Freshman English, Reading, and study skills at Auraria Campus. She also built and sold Phoenix Sales, a manufacturer’s rep company, which she owned for nine years.
While at CMC, Beth developed two corporate universities, one for Roaring Fork Transit Authority and one for Garfield County. Over three years more than a thousand employees received training in twenty topics from Workplace Violence to Excel 2010. Beth managed a team of professionals who call on public and private sector businesses to assess and customize a wide variety of programs from executive coaching to computer and language skills upgrades for frontline workers. Beth is a lifelong seamstress and conceived the original idea for GarCo Sewing Works. She is now semi-retired living in Prescott, AZ with her charming husband Malcolm. E-mail: email@example.com
Doreen Herriott One of the founders of GarCo Sewing Works
Doreen provided invaluable “industry knowledge” without which, we would never have opened our doors. She provided support and oversight on some of our first production orders. We are indebted for her guidance and hours of volunteer work during our first year. Doreen now works for Garfield County overseeing the County Fair and operations. THANKS DOREEN!!
Doreen Herriott started sewing Barbie clothes, by hand, at the age of 7 from her mother’s Christian Dior Barbie patterns and scraps of fabric. She continued to hone her skills in her Clothing 4-H project winning numerous awards and competitions. Her passions led her to major in Home Economics in high school and college. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles. Skills she developed included pattern making, draping, tailoring and other advanced clothing construction techniques as well as the basics of textile chemistry. Her studies enabled her to attend a fashion tour of New York and a semester in Paris, France. Visiting the original Chanel boutique in Paris was a dream come true. Doreen completed Fashion Merchandising and Illustration courses with UCLA extension services to acquire skills not offered at CSUN. She also minored in French and Business Administration. Before graduation, Doreen started working in the industry with fabric wholesalers and manufacturers. She worked for 15yrs in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles. While she became well-versed in all phases of garment production, she discovered her forte was in the pre-production phase of manufacturing. Working in the inception phase of the product enabled her to prevent the many mishaps that can plague production of finished goods. She excelled at pattern development, costing and sourcing, construction techniques that translated well to the factory floor and the production of sales samples for buyers and reps with often impossible deadlines. Her passion now extends to creating jobs in the industry within Colorado while producing affordable, domestic products.