Jaywalker Lodge, Carbondale
Retired Banker, Grand Junction
Harold “Hap” Young, M.D.
Mountain Radiology, Glenwood Springs
Conquest Development LLC, Grand Junction
Our Philanthropy Team
My role as Development Officer with Mind Springs Foundation is to support all development functions of our organization, as well as build upon our outreach and partnerships in our local communities. I love that my job allows me to work on such a diverse number of projects. You might find me working on our annual fundraising campaign, planning special events, cultivating relationships with community leaders and other local non-profits, as well as building upon our own internal employee giving campaign at Mind Springs. While my background is in secondary education, my involvement and passion for philanthropy has led me to accept this position working in fundraising and development. Over the past 10 years, I have served on a number of boards in positions of leadership and have worked with many local non-profits helping them to grow their fundraising potential.
I joined Mind Springs because I wanted to work for an organization that makes a direct positive impact in our local communities. Coloradans are increasingly facing mental health challenges every day- both with mental illness and addiction. Either directly or indirectly, these crises of epic proportions are impacting every single one of us. However, with compassion and partnership, we can be STRONGER TOGETHER.
Amber Delay O’Connor
Amber Delay O’Connor joined the Mind Springs Foundation team in March of 2023 with several years of experience working with community-based nonprofits to improve the health and wellbeing of Colorado residents. Mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery are areas of personal passion for Amber.
Amber previously served as executive director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, which led substance use prevention efforts for youth in Grand, Routt, and Moffat County over the past 30 years. Under her leadership, Grand Futures joined forces with Partners Serving Youth, another local youth-serving nonprofit, to serve youth more effectively in the region using evidence-based strategies.
In 2015, Amber graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in English and writing, and in 2019 graduated with a Master of Arts in grant writing, evaluation, and management. Amber also served as a grant writer for Josephine County Public Health Department and program manager for Routt County United Way, helping to leverage resources for public health and health and human services.
Amber joined Mind Springs Health because she wants to dedicate her career to helping fellow Coloradans access critical services for mental health and substance use disorders so they can live full lives. Outside of the office, Amber enjoys teaching yoga and spending time outside with her husband and their two dogs.
Philanthropy Coordinator, Grant and Donor Relations
Laura Brown has worked primarily with arts & museums for over 30 years, and she is proud to support mental health programs and treatment across the Western Slope. Her interest with mental health surrounding youth and families has grown and she wants to support about the importance of breaking stigma surrounding getting help for mental illness. Laura enjoyed living in more rural areas, working for small nonprofits while trying to find better resources to accomplish larger goals.
Laura has a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has lead marketing, operations, event planning, and development work in addition to serving as an executive director of a unique music festival in Moab for 10 years. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and sitting outside and watching the world go by with her husband when she is not attending her children’s plethora of activities.