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.


Jim Goebelbecker
Patrick Byrne
Senior VP of Community Outreach
Michelle Wiley
Vice President of Programs
David Taus
Vice President of Talent and Operations
Ariane Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Audrey Reyes
Volunteer Mentor Program Manager
Brianna Hird
SEAL Intern
Cristina Chacon
Program Director, Enrichment & Community Partnerships
Crystal Ayala
Future Options Coordinator
Curt Spykstra
Educational SEL Counselor
Cynthia Negrete
Program Director, Mobile Team
Darla Harrah
Program Manager – Central Region
Dat Bui
Educational SEL Counselor
Deborah Dawson-Thomas
Educational SEL Counselor
Doen Lee
Enrichment Coordinator
Dwight Gentry
Educational SEL Counselor
Emma Francois
Administrative Assistant
Gabriel Rodriguez
Educational SEL Counselor
Haley Hubbard
Educational SEL Counselor Intern
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
Kelly Wogen
Educational SEL Counselor Intern
Kelsey Jacobs Grayson
Senior Development & Marketing Officer
Kendal Osborn
Development & Events Coordinator
Kerry Rhea
Program Manager
Kyle Erickson
Data Analyst
Kylee Adolfson
Educational SEL Counselor
Larry Walter
Educational SEL Counselor
Lynne Peterson
Program Director, Deep School
Melissa Hermosillo
Educational SEL Counselor
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
Sarah Homan
Senior Accountant
Tina Cabazos
Educational SEL Counselor
Troy Alexander
Program Manager – Far Northeast Region

Board of Directors

Jim Emme
Board Chair
Oil and Gas Executive, Retired
Mary Penny
Quiat Companies, CFO
Eric Gutknecht
CharcūtNuvo, CEO
Al Spies
Community Philanthropist
Amanda Campbell
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Assistant Director of Field Education
Craig Mills
UBS, First Vice President
Grant Guyer
Denver Public Schools, Associate Chief of Schools
Jarrad Jackson
IMA Financial Group, Business Development
Jason Fellows
CBIZ, Managing Director
Jason St. Julien
Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jenna VanBerschot
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Senior Instructional Designer & Training Specialist
Jennifer Bowlds
Community Volunteer
Joan Brennan
Community Philanthropist
Joe Sorrow
FullContact Inc., Talent Acquisition Partner
Mark Clouatre
Nelson Mullins, Partner
Max Gansline
The Staenberg Group, Senior Leasing Representative
Michael Brown
Morgan Stanley, Vice President
Nancy. Felker
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
Grace and Sky Homes, CEO
Ryan Surroz
S&S Star Operating, Vice President
Sanai Fennell
First Bank, Vice President
Sarah Crocker
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Communications Manager
Stephanie McCoy
Wazee Street Capital Management, COO
Stephanie Sullivan
Health One, Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs

Young Professionals Council

Joe Sorrow
FullContact, Inc.
Michael Macias
Vice Chair
Karly Balfanz
Social Engagement Chair
American Jet Industries
Kelly Pretsch
Signature Event Co-Chair
Hays Companies
Kelsey Grayson
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Lauren Styler
Membership Chair
Lidiana Rios
Signature Event Co-Chair
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe
Michelle Maldonado
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Sarah Rappe
Professional Development Chair
The IMA Financial Group, Inc.
Shawna Gustin
Fundraising Chair
Zach Ward
Student Engagement Chair
Reading Partners
Aditya Bhave
361 Capital
Amy Eskola
Messner Reeves
Ashleigh Morgan
University of Colorado Hospital
Austin Blumenfeld
Perlmutter for Congress
Ben Boone
Colorado Symphony Association
Caiti Glasgo
CSU Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
Chris Carry
Nelson Mullins
Clair Bondarewicz
Danielle Roth Serban
Onward Search
Danny Parkinson
CapitalValue Advisors
Glen Gillan
STONE Resource Group
Haley Wallace
DaVita, Inc.
Halie Peddle
DaVita Kidney Care
Jenny Thornton
Messner Reeves
Jeremy Cooper
Vectra Bank
Jodi Meador
Messner Reeves
Kate O'Connell
University of Colorado Office of the President
Kelly Wright
Community Banks of Colorado
Kirill Buzinov
Perella Weinberg Partners
Lauren Wallace
Lucinda Uvalle
Central Street Capital Inc.
Matt Treschitta
Amerita Home Infusion
Mercedes Blea-Davis
Denver Language School
Molly Duran
5280 Magazine
Nick Leone
Davis & Ceriani, P.C.
Suejin Ahn
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 74-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.
Denver Kids does not currently have any career opportunities available.