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 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.

Team

Leadership
Patrick Byrne
CEO
Susan Duncombe
VP of Strategic Initiatives
Phuong Phan
VP of Programs
Staff
Ariane Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Blanche Ndoutou
Development Assistant
Cameron Manning
Data and Evaluation Manager
Dat Bui
Educational SEL Counselor
Deborah Dawson-Thomas
Educational SEL Counselor
Jessica Gardner
Educational SEL Counselor
Jordan Evans
Program Manager
Justin Protentis
Educational SEL Counselor
Kate Kratofil
Program Enrollment & School Engagement Manager
Kelsey Jacobs Grayson
Senior Development & Marketing Officer
Kendal Osborn
Development & Events Coordinator
Kerry Rhea
Program Manager
Kylee Adolfson
Educational SEL Counselor
Lynne Peterson
Program Director
Marcie Smith
Educational SEL Counselor
Michelle Maldonado
Director of Development
Millicent Ratliff
Program Manager
Missy Hermosillo
Instructional Designer
Nathalie Dupart
Educational SEL Counselor
Rachel Holterman
Educational SEL Counselor
Rosa Castle
Educational SEL Counselor
Roxanne Carter
Operations Manager
Tina Cabazos
Educational SEL Counselor

Board of Directors

Leadership
Jennifer Bowlds
Secretary
Self-Employed, Jennifer Bowlds: Independent Consultant
Stephanie McCoy
Board Chair
Wazee Street Capital Management, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Fellows
Treasurer
RubinBrown, Partner
Danielle Reubenstein
Vice Chair
Bojiwassis, LLC, Owner
Members
Adam Massaro
Ex-officio
Akerman, Partner
Cesar Cedillo
Ex-Officio
Denver Public Schools, Associate Chief of Schools
Craig Mills
Chair-Elect
UBS, Senior Vice President
Dillon Rai
HealthONE Swedish Medical Center, Vice President of Operations
Ebonii Lachea
The Brand Therapy Team Lendio Atlanta, (Serial Entrepreneur) - Consultant, Small Business Lending
Eric Gutknecht
Chair, Development Committee
CharcūtNuvo, CEO
Grace Berman
DaVita, Senior Director, Learning & Development
Jennifer VanBerschot
Northrop Grumman, Behavioral Researcher
Jon Underkofler
Chair, Development Committee
Alliance Bernstein, Vice President, Research and Investment Manager
Kristen Roth
Perficient, Inc, Management Consultant
Mark Clouatre
Chair, Governance Committee
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Partner
Mary Penny
Quiat Companies, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Macias
Ex-officio
FirstBank, Vice President
Nick Lauters
Opus Design Build, L.L.C., Senior Project Manager
Noel Wickwar
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Senior Vice President
Roy Kim
TNTP, Director of Organizational Strategy
Steve Nederveld
Chair, Program Committee
Cherry Creek Schools, Director of Community Partnerships for Crisis Intervention

Young Professionals Council

Denver Kids Young Professionals Council group image
Leadership
Michael Macias
Chair
FirstBank
Kelsey Grayson
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Lauren Wallace
Google
Matt Treschitta
Amerita Home Infusion
Sarah James
Art Students League of Denver
Kendal Osborn
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids, Inc.
Members
Amanda Reeves
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Amy Eskola
Messner Reeves
Gayane Atanesyan
Denver Home Investments
Grace Mattingly
Stage 1 Financial
Henry Farrell
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Jade Martinez
Denver Health
Jen Cwik
Lake Middle School, STRIVE Prep
Jenny Thornton
Messner Reeves
Jensen Lawless
EF Educational Tours
Lauren Chung
Contentful
Lexi Dunnells
University of Colorado - School of Dental Medicine
McKain Williams
Tennyson Center for Children
Sara Galenbeck
Volunteers of America
Shayla Jablon
Credit Union of Colorado
Steve Jenks
2U
Suejin Ahn
2U
Zach Ward
Reading Partners
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.
Educational SEL Counselor + Enrollment Support
Bilingual Educational SEL Counselor
Educational SEL Counselor + FYRP
Educational SEL Counselor - Far Northeast Denver Community
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