About Denver Kids


Mission, Vision, & Values

Denver Kids empowers students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options.
Every student graduates. Every student is prepared with life skills, equipped with a greater understanding of self, and empowered to pursue their meaningful pathway post-graduation.
We are truthful, equitable, and accountable in words and actions – even when it is hard.
We foster an environment of continuous learning with a growth mindset and train staff to be their very best.
We focus on evaluating and strengthening our impact to be a center of excellence.
We actively listen with curiosity, welcome feedback, practice empathy and hold each other accountable to bring out the best in others and ourselves.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
We develop respectful relationships by embracing all individuals with their unique backgrounds and contributions on our path towards equity.
Founded in 1946


In 1946, Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the Rotary Club of Denver partnered to form Denver Boys with the purpose of providing academic support, mentorship, and job skills for boys who were dropping out of school to work and provide for their families when their fathers did not return from WWII. Denver Girls was founded in 1970 to follow the same model of academic and mentor support. In 1993, Denver Kids became the merged entities of Denver Boys and Denver Girls to consolidate programs and funding.

Our unique public/private partnership with DPS continues today. Specializing in educational counseling—a one-to-one, relationship-based, long-term approach dedicated to building character, academic achievement, and positive development of the whole child—Denver Kids strives to help students use education and the development of social and emotional skills as tools to create career and college pathways.

The newest chapter of the Denver Kids journey began in July 2019, when fellow youth-serving organization Denver Urban Scholars merged with Denver Kids. With a combined 97 years of experience serving Denver youth with mentorship and academic support, the newly merged Denver Kids is poised to reach Denver youth in new and exciting ways.

As we work through the impacts of a global pandemic, and strive to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students, our model is stronger than ever. And our students need us more profoundly than ever before.


Patrick Byrne
Susan Duncombe
VP of Strategic Initiatives
Phuong Phan
VP of Programs
Ariane Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Audrey Reyes
Volunteer Mentor Program Manager
Blanche Ndoutou
Development Assistant
Crystal Ayala
Future Options Coordinator
Curt Spykstra
Educational SEL Counselor
Darla Harrah
Program Manager – Central Region
Dat Bui
Educational SEL Counselor
Deborah Dawson-Thomas
Educational SEL Counselor
Diana Olivares
Educational SEL Counselor
Doen Lee
Enrichment Coordinator
Jan Maggard
Community Volunteer Manager
Jason Wilson
Educational SEL Counselor
Jordan Evans
Educational SEL Counselor
Julie DeGuardi
Educational SEL Counselor
Karina Weymouth
Student Intake Specialist
Katherine Kratofil
Program Manager – South Region
Kelsey Jacobs Grayson
Senior Development & Marketing Officer
Kendal Osborn
Development & Events Coordinator
Kerry Rhea
Program Manager
Kylee Adolfson
Educational SEL Counselor
Larry Walter
Educational SEL Counselor
Lynne Peterson
Program Director, School Community Team
Melissa Hermosillo
Instructional Designer
Michelle Maldonado
Director of Development
Millicent Ratliff
Educational SEL Counselor
Nathalie Dupart
Educational SEL Counselor
Nikte Contreras
Educational SEL Counselor
Olivia Sutphen
Future Options Coordinator
Roxanne Carter
Operations Manager
Tina Cabazos
Educational SEL Counselor
Troy Alexander
Program Manager – Far Northeast Region

Board of Directors

Stephanie McCoy
Board Chair
Wazee Street Capital Management, COO
Michael Brown
Morgan Stanley, Vice President
Jennifer Bowlds
Community Volunteer
Adam Massaro
Akerman, Partner
Craig Mills
UBS, First Vice President
Danielle Rubenstein
Self Emplyed, Design, Technology, and Fine Art
Eric Gutknecht
Chair, Development Committee
CharcūtNuvo, CEO
Grant Guyer
Denver Public Schools, Associate Chief of Schools
Jason St. Julien
Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jim Emme
Chair, Program Committee
Oil and Gas Executive, Retired
Joan Brennan
Community Philanthropist
Jon Underkofler
Vice President, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Liz Castle
Lead Attorney, Castle & Castle
Mark Clouatre
Nelson Mullins, Partner
Mary Penny
Quiat Companies, CFO
Michael Macias
Nancy Felker
Chair, Strategic Planning
Corporate Finance Executive, Retired
Nick Lauters
The Opus Group, Senior Project Manager
Noel Wickwar
Morgan Stanley, Vice President
Patrick Labbe
JV Bruni and Company, Investment Manager
Rachel Chaparro
Chair, Marketing Committee
Grace and Sky Homes, CEO
Steve Nederveld
Director, Community Partnership for Crisis Intervention at Cherry Creek School District

Young Professionals Council

Joe Sorrow
Past Chair
FullContact, Inc.
Michael Macias
Karly Balfanz
Signature Event Co-Chair
American Jet Industries
Caiti Glasgo
Fundraising Lead
CSU Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Glen Gillan
Vice Chair
Boston Scientific
Kate O'Connell
At-Large Exec
University of Colorado Office of the President
Kelly Pretsch
Signature Event Co-Chair
Hays Companies
Kelsey Grayson
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Matt Treschitta
At-Large Exec
Amerita Home Infusion
Michelle Maldonado
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Alex Rice
DCP Midstream
Amanda Reeves
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Amy Eskola
Messner Reeves
Andrew Walker
Austin Blumenfeld
Perlmutter for Congress
Bill Mauke
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Chris Carry
Nelson Mullins
Chris O'Reilly
Young Americans Center for Financial Ed.
Cody Ostenson
Danny Parkinson
CapitalValue Advisors
Erika Carter
The Harris Law Firm, P.C.
Henry Farrell
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Jenny Thornton
Messner Reeves
Jensen Lawless
EF Educational Tours
Jeremiah Haynes
Jeremy Cooper
Vectra Bank
Kelly Wright
Parkside Financial Bank & Trust
Lauren Wallace
Lexi Dunnells
University of Colorado - School of Dental Medicine
Meghan Montelibano
University of Denver Advancement
Mercedes Blea-Davis
Denver Language School
Nick Leone
Davis & Ceriani, P.C.
Sarah James
Art Students League of Denver
Shayla Jablon
Credit Union of Colorado
Suejin Ahn
Zach Ward
Reading Partners

Enrichment Student Advisory Council

Keiara Fabre
Northfield High School
Samantha Estrada
North High School
Jolette Oseguera-Martinez
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
Coral Leon-Ortiz
North High School
Maria Miranda Miramontes
Kipp Sunshine Peak Academy
Saul Azua
DCIS at Montbello HS
Ha Le
John F. Kennedy High School
Ravyn Meadows
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
Job Openings

Join Our Team

At Denver Kids, you’ll find a team that’s diverse in skills, knowledge, perspectives, and experience – united in its commitment to our students and living our Core Values.
You can expect to be part of an organization with all the right ingredients for growth and success: a powerful mission, a 75-year track record of graduating more than 80% of our high school seniors, a productive partnership with Denver Public Schools, more than 200 volunteers, a committed 40+ person staff, and an active 30-person board.
As one team, we’re making a difference. Join us.
Director of Finance
Denver Kids Reports
Download annual reports, audits, and other financial data for Denver Kids
2021 Strategic Plan
2019-2020 Annual Report
2018-2019 Annual Report
2017-2018 Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual Report