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About Us

We are your local community foundation providing scholarships and grants to non-profits. We also collaborate with regional non-profits by investing their endowment funds and earn market rates of return.

Onward! is currently managing over 62 funds with total assets over $3.1 million.

Guiding Principles

Invest donor funds responsibly to preserve capital, provide growth, and earn income for grant making.

Create and encourage methods for philanthropic giving to meet financial goals for a variety of donors.

Identify, improve, and assist in addressing the needs of the Four Corners' communities.

Foster understanding and cooperation among diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Onward! Staff


Chuck R. Forth

Executive Director

Chuck graduated from London Central High School, England, attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned a BA in Mathematics while completing Air Force ROTC. After serving in the Air Force at Nellis AFB for four years, he separated and went to Fort Lewis for classes towards a CPA. In 1999, Chuck earned his CPA and later formed Forth & Associates, PC. He was a founding board member of Onward! in 2002 and become the Executive Director in 2008. Chuck is married to Tess Montano Forth, and they have two beautiful girls.


Carolyn Witt

Outreach Director

Carolyn (Decker) Witt grew up in Montezuma county, spending the majority of her adolescence in Mancos. After graduating from MCHS she pursued her education, graduating from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) and completing her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management (Colorado Springs, CO). A desire to be closer to family brought Carolyn back to the area in 2007 where she meet and later married Jason Witt in 2012. She and Jason are both passionate about serving in their community. Carolyn brings to Onward! a decade in financial investment services and another 12 years in business/project management.


Tharimae Jones

Executive Assistant

Tharimae has worked with Onward! since 2012 and has a background in bookkeeping & accounting.  In addition to working with Onward!, she also works for Forth & Associates, PC.  Born in Shiprock, NM, she has lived in Cortez since she was 2 years old. She is mother to one daughter & recently had the joy of sending her out to seek her own adventure. Tharimae enjoys decorating cakes, painting, and arranging flowers. If you see her away from work, she probably has her nose in a book. Her favorite types of novels include mysteries and suspense.


Rebecca Tevault

Staff Accountant

Born and raised in Missouri, Rebecca graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City, MO. She moved to the four corners area in 1998 and worked for an oilfield & power generation construction company in Farmington for 21 years before moving to Cortez with her husband, Ed. Rebecca also works for Forth and Associates, PC as a staff accountant. She and Ed enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Outside of work she can be found on the back of Ed's motorcycle traveling and exploring (especially visiting Lake Havasu, AZ, where she and Ed were married).

Onward! Board of Directors


Pete Montano



M.B. McAfee

Vice President


Robby Henes



Youvonne Neeley



Laura Herrick



Stephen Hanson


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David Coit



Jessie Farias


Onward! Investment Advisory Committee


Pictured left to right:
Andrew Cuckie (financial advisor), Byron Maynes, Doug Greene, Chuck Forth, Tom Helms (financial advisor), Marty McKean, Joe Turner (not pictured: Walt Henes)