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 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.


Patrick Byrne
Phuong Phan
VP of Programs
Sarah Poulain
Chief Operating Officer
Allegra Bell
Community Engagement Manager
Ariane Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Blanche Ndoutou
Development Assistant
Cameron Manning
Data and Evaluation Manager
Cara Burke
Educational SEL Counselor
Cristian Gonzalez
Educational SEL Counselor
Dat Bui
Educational SEL Counselor
Deborah Dawson-Thomas
Educational SEL Counselor
Jayme Jefferson
Educational SEL Counselor
Jessica Gardner
Educational SEL Counselor
Jordan Evans
Program Manager
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
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
Tina Cabazos
Educational SEL Counselor
Xavier Brown
Educational SEL Counselor
Zaynab Berety
Educational SEL Counselor + Enrollment

Board of Directors

Jennifer Bowlds
Self-Employed, Jennifer Bowlds: Independent Consultant
Stephanie McCoy
Board Chair
Wazee Street Capital Management, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Fellows
RubinBrown, Partner
Danielle Reubenstein
Vice Chair
Bojiwassis, LLC, Owner
Bryant Mazzetti
Powers Brown Architecture, Principal
Cesar Cedillo
Denver Public Schools, Associate Chief of Schools
Craig Mills
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
Propeller Consulting, Consultant
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
Michael Macias
Propeller Consulting
Kelsey Grayson
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids Inc.
Lauren Wallace
Matt Treschitta
Amerita Home Infusion
Sarah James
Art Students League of Denver
Kendal Osborn
Staff Liaison
Denver Kids, Inc.
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
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
Suejin Ahn
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.
Community Partnership Coordinator
Educational SEL Counselor + Enrollment Support
Bilingual Educational SEL Counselor
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