About Denver Kids

Mission

Mission, Vision, & Values

Denver Kids empowers students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options.
Vision
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.
Values
Integrity
We are truthful, equitable, and accountable in words and actions – even when it is hard.
Learning
We foster an environment of continuous learning with a growth mindset and train staff to be their very best.
Excellence
We focus on evaluating and strengthening our impact to be a center of excellence.
Leadership
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

History

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 SEL 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.

As we work through the impacts of an ongoing 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.

In 2021, Denver Kids celebrated 75 years of serving youth in our community. Click on our timeline above to take a walk through the history of our organization by decade, and learn how you can support our next 75 years.

Team

Leadership
Patrick Byrne
CEO
Michelle Maldonado
VP of Development
Phuong Phan
VP of Programs
Sarah Poulain
Chief Operating Officer
Staff
Allegra Bell
Community Engagement Manager
Ariane Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Cameron Manning
Data and Evaluation Manager
Cristian Gonzalez
Educational SEL Counselor
Dat Bui
Educational SEL Counselor
Dia Murillo
Educational SEL Counselor
Estelle Molitor
Development Coordinator
Haley Laidlaw
Educational SEL Counselor
Jayme Jefferson
Educational SEL Counselor
Jessica Gardner
Educational SEL Counselor
Jordan Evans
Program Manager
Josh Segura
Educational SEL Counselor + FYRP
Justin Protentis
Educational SEL Counselor
Kate Kratofil
Program Enrollment & School Engagement Manager
Kendal Osborn
Development & Events Coordinator
Kerry Rhea
Program Manager
Kylee Adolfson
Youth Pathways Program Manager
Lynne Peterson
Program Director
Marcie Smith
Educational SEL Counselor
Mariah Law
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Millicent Ratliff
Program Manager
Missy Hermosillo
Instructional Designer
Nathalie Dupart
Educational SEL Counselor
Rachel Holterman
Educational SEL Counselor
Rosa Castle
Educational SEL Counselor
Tina Cabazos
Educational SEL Counselor
Xavier Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Zuhair Shabbir
Development & Communications Manager

Board of Directors

Leadership
Jason Fellows
Treasurer
RubinBrown, Partner
Craig Mills
Chair
UBS, Senior Vice President
Kristen Roth
Secretary
Perficient, Management Consultant
Members
Blythe Kingsbury
DenCoKID, Director of Development
Bryant Mazzetti
Ex-officio
Powers Brown Architecture, Principal
Danielle Reubenstein
Chair, Data & Evaluation Committee
Bojiwassis, LLC, Owner
Debbie Beasley
Retired, Banking Management Technology
Dillon Rai
HealthONE Swedish Medical Center, Vice President of Operations
Eric Gutknecht
Co-Chair, Development Committee
CharcūtNuvo, CEO
Grace Berman
DaVita, Senior Director Learning & Development
Jason Krause
Ex-officio
Denver Public Schools, Director of Schools
Jennifer VanBerschot
Northrop Grumman, Behavioral Researcher
Jon Underkofler
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Alliance Bernstein, Vice President Research and Investment Manager
Mark Clouatre
Chair, Governance & DEI Committee
Nelson Mullins, Partner
Mary Penny
Quiat Companies, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Macias
Propeller Consulting, Consultant
Nick Lauters
Opus Design Build, L.L.C., Senior Project Manager
Nigel Daniels
City of Denver, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Noel Wickwar
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Senior Vice President
Rachael Gurian
Full Bloom/Catapult
Roy Kim
TNTP, Director of Organizational Strategy
Stephanie McCoy
Wazee Street Capital Management, Chief Operating Officer
Steve Nederveld
Chair, Program Committee
Cherry Creek Schools, Director of Community Partnerships for Crisis Intervention
Ward Cerny
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Executive Director

Young Professionals Council

Denver Kids Young Professionals Council group image
Leadership
Michael Macias
Chair
Propeller Consulting
Kendal Osborn
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids, Inc.
Michelle Maldonado
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids, Inc.
Members
Adam Southall
FirstBank
Amanda Reeves
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Amy Belknap
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles & Big Health
Bryan Pauzé
Snyk
Courtney Garwood
2U
Erin O'Neill
Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher
Fred Hodges, Jr
2U
Gayane Atanesyan
Your Castle Realty
Henry Farrell
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Jade Martinez
Denver Health
Jen Cwik
Colorado Department of Human Services
Krista Mortensen
Invest in Kids
Lauren Wallace
Google
Lexi Dunnells
University of Colorado - School of Dental Medicine
Marcos Caballero
Colorado Legal Services
Matt Treschitta
BellRock Brands
Morgan Schaper
Insperity
Sabrina Raugutt
Cherry Creek School District
Sara Galenbeck
Jefferson County Public Library
Sarah James
Art Students League of Denver
Shayla Jablon
Credit Union of Colorado
Steve Jenks
ResesrchingU and University of Denver
Zach Ward
Serve Colorado
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.
Operations Manager
Denver Kids Reports
Download annual reports, audits, and other financial data for Denver Kids
2021 Strategic Plan
2020-2021 Annual Report
2019-2020 Annual Report
2018-2019 Annual Report
2017-2018 Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual Report