Colorado Odyssey is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization and administers the Odyssey of the Mind program in Colorado for students by promoting and organizing the program, supporting participants, and conducting workshops and tournaments, all to provide Colorado students an opportunity to practice and develop teamwork, creative problem solving, and life skills.
Colorado Odyssey has been a Chartered Association of Odyssey of the Mind since 1983 and is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization run by all volunteers. Our Volunteer Leadership Team consists of our Association Director, Regional Directors, Problem Captains, Judge Coordinators, Tournament Volunteer Coordinators, Merchandise Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator and Controller.
We also have an oversight/governance Board of Directors to ensure we are serving our mission, to conduct outreach with our prospective members and schools, to administer the Julie Farr Scholarship process and to ensure we are meeting and exceeding our fiduciary responsibility as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Calla Pott is the State Association Director and she began her involvement with Odyssey of the Mind in 2000 as a parent of an OMer then joined her husband Rick as a coach of their sons’ team the following year. From the start, Calla was hooked watching her children go beyond their comfort zone to learn new skills, collaborate with team team members and become creative problem solvers. The pinnacle of their coaching experience was when the team won World Finals in 2005, Problem 4, Division II and their daughter's team placed 13th in Problem 4, Division I. After hanging up her coaching hat in 2006, Calla served as a volunteer, judge and Spontaneous Problem Captain before turning her volunteer efforts to be the Association Director starting in 2009.
Longs Peak Region
Longs Peak Region is led by Jen Curry who has over 12 years experience with Odyssey of the Mind and is an Odyssey alumni and parent of an alumni. In addition to being a RD, she has served as a coach, building coordinator, judge, volunteer coordinator, and member of the Board of Directors. Her favorite part of Odyssey is seeing the excitement and pride in the kids' eyes when they're showing off their hard work at the tournaments. The Longs Peak region encompasses schools and community groups in the following school districts: Eaton, Gilcrest, Greeley, Johnstown-Milliken, Platte Valley RE-3, St. Vrain, Thompson, Valley RE-1, Windsor, and in general districts east of St Vrain. You can reach Jen at email@example.com
Mt. Evans Region
The Mt. Evans Region is led by Paula Avis who has over 14 years involvement with Odyssey of the Mind. A former Middle School Science Teacher (now retired), Paula has served Odyssey since 2008 as a Coach, Building Coordinator, Mt. Evans Regional Director and now Regional Outreach. She quickly recognized what a positive lifelong impact Odyssey had on her students, watching them solve multifaceted problems while igniting their own ingenuity, discovery and creativity, leading her to serve Odyssey even after retirement. The Mt. Evans region encompasses schools and community groups in the following school districts: Academy 20, Buena Vista, Jeffco, Lewis-Palmer, Littleton, Pueblo 70, Westminster, Woodland Park and in general, districts south of St. Vrain. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org
Poudre River Region
The Poudre River Region is led Catherine Pawlikowski who was introduced to Odyssey as a college sophomore when she volunteered at a local tournament. Catherine was assigned to Spontaneous and watched as a team of 1st graders walked into the competition room and solved a problem they had never seen within minutes. Instantly hooked, she went on to be a volunteer, coach, OM parent, and school coordinator before stepping into the role of Regional Director from 2011-2017. After some quality time with her teenagers, she is excited to return to the role of Regional Director in 2022.The Poudre River region encompasses schools and community groups in the following Poudre School District boundary area. You can connect with Catherine at email@example.com