Founder and Executive Director -
Hi, My name is Nicole Johnson. Together with Melissa Juliano, I set up the Community Treehouse in 2019. I felt Bayfield needed a place where families could connect with their community in a fun and relaxing way. A place where parents could find support from their peers and kids could make new friends. I am originally from the Netherlands and moved to America when I was 16 years old. You might hear that accent once in a while. I have worked with children for over 30 years; but my true passion is supporting our parents. I was a preschool teacher in Italy as well as in California prior to moving to Durango and working as the Family Center of Durango coordinator from 1998-2006. I have been the program leader for the Tumbling Tots program at Sun Ute since 2007. I also love to teach infant massage. Bayfield has been my home for the last 17 years , where I live with my husband and my 12 year old daughter. Some of my favorite moments at the Treehouse are seeing parents exchange phone numbers, kids coming in the Treehouse so excited to see their friends , or parents working in the Parent lounge while their kiddos are playing in the Treehouse. It has been an amazing journey to build the Treehouse for Bayfield these past two years. WE have had some challenges through the pandamic but I feel our mission has become more clear. We are all working together to strengthen our community, one family at a time!
Joe Poynter received his Director Qualification in 1986 from the University of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. Additional education is BSL from Ozark Christian College, Masters of Art from Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and Montessori AMS Certification accredited through the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1990 Joe worked as Director/Principal of Valley Christian Academy into Albuquerque, NM. Valley Christian Academy this is a toddler through K-6 preschool and elementary school. In 1998 Joe became the Director of NE Montessori in Denver. This site was chosen by CNN to be broadcast nationally as a quality early learning center. In 2002 Joe became the Coordinator of Southern Ute Montessori Early Head Start 0-3 program where he worked for 10 years. At the present time Joe is the acting Executive Director of Bayfield Early Education Programs in Bayfield, Colorado. Some additional information: Joe was selected as a Fellow with the Children’s Defense Funds in Washington D.C. It is the world’s leading child advocacy organization. As a child advocate Joe has lobbied several years in D.C. for child related issues.
My name is Kristin Dallison and my family moved to Bayfield in 1990 when I was only two-years old. I attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Bayfield School District, graduating from high school in 2006. I was appointed to the Town Board in 2016 and I was re-elected to serve a four-year term as the Mayor Pro Tem in April, 2020. I am also the Town Board representative for Pine River Senior Center and Board liaison for Bayfield Parks and Recreation. I have 2 children that I stay home with; my three-year old son, Samuel, and my one-year old daughter, Sophie. From the very first day that we joined the Treehouse, I knew it would bring joy and connections to our lives. Everyone says that “it takes a village” to raise children and The Treehouse makes that village available to those of us that need it. The Treehouse fills a large void that families in the community were missing and I’m very happy to be a part of that!
Jamie van Houten
Jamie has a passion for creating space for community and connection. So naturally, she was an excellent fit for the Treehouse when she moved here with her husband and four kids (ages 11,10,7,&4). Having first heard about the Treehouse when someone recommended they check out our support group for caregivers and families of children with special needs, she was quick to make friends and get involved - volunteering her time to help with events and fundraisers. You will often hear her say, “I wish I had the Treehouse when my older ones were little!”
Jamie grew up in Southern California but has moved and traveled a ton. She has lived in Nevada, Ohio, North Carolina, Mexico, studied abroad in Germany, and visited her most favorite place of all, Italy. Traveling, non-profits, and living life on mission with her values and passions by bringing people together is what drives her.
Many hats have been worn by Jamie; mom, being the most important. Others include event planner, banquet manager, care coordinator, merchandiser, office manager, baker, server, missions leader, and youth mentor. She loves to go big and is all about the details. Being well-rounded and having love, compassion, and an understanding heart that woos you is part of what makes her such a fantastic asset to the Community Treehouse.