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!