About Us

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Partners has been serving youth and families since our organization was founded in 1978. Through the years we have continually sought to best meet the needs of our community, and have expanded our programs, service area, and mission to do so.

Our Community-Based Mentoring Program was established as an intervention strategy for youth entering the juvenile justice system in Larimer County, and has evolved to more of prevention-based approach to serve kids who are facing risk factors at an earlier stage. When it was clear that we should expand to have offices in Estes Park and Greeley, we did so. When we saw there was a need for more adult support in schools, we created our School-Based Mentoring program in conjunction with local school districts. When our community was at-risk of losing important universal prevention education services, we expanded our mission and programming.

"When a mentor believes in you, you can turn around and believe in yourself. And when you believe in yourself, you can do just about anything."

- Partners Board Member

Make a Commitment with Partners and Help Youth Realize Their Potential for Greatness


Fort Collins/Loveland Staff

Heather Vesgaard

Executive Director
Shayna Kefalas, Community-Based Program Manager

Shayna Kefalas

Program Director
Vanessa Lewis, Resource Development Director

Vanessa Lewis

Resource Development Director
Nathan Dewey, Responsible Association Of Retailers (RAR) Director

Nathan Dewey

Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) Director

Tana Myers

Resource Development

Abby Rains

Prevention Education Program Manager

Danielle Smith

Program Manager

Julie Carr

Community-Based Program Coordinator

Noah Davidson

School-Based Program Manager

Marilena Francisco

School-Based Program Coordinator

Sara Hughes

School-Based Program Coordinator

Risha Hoag

School-Based Program Coordinator

Ignacio Martinez Grille

School-Based Program Coordinator

Mandy Volz


Greeley Staff

Christopher Briotte

Greeley Program

Kaelah Hamman

School-Based Program Coordinator

Estes Park Staff

Kathy Whitacre, Estes Park Program Coordinator

Kathy Whitacre

Estes Park Program Coordinator

Board of Directors Executive Committee

Travis Savage, Chair
Renaissance Insurance

Nicholas Hoogendyk, Past Chair
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Kevin Ward, Incoming Chair
Wick Trautwein 

Rachel BomgaardsSecretary

The Group Real Estate

Nate Brock, Treasurer

Teal CollinsMember-At-Large



Career Opportunities

Administrative Assistant, Part Time — Fort Collins

ID Compliance Checker — Northern Colorado

Ambassadors, Advisory Council, Internships, and Committee Positions

We are currently seeking engaged and committed community members to serve a variety of organizational needs. If you are interested in more information on any of these positions, please  contact us

Committee Positions
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Committee Member

Greeley Ambassador

Estes Park Advisory Council Member

Events Committee

School-Based Intern

Youth Advisory Council Members
We are starting a Youth Advisory Council and youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to inquire with us

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