About Us

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Get to Know Us

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

Noah Davidson

School-Based Program Manager

Abby Rains

Prevention Education Program Manager

Ethan Reese

Program Manager

Julie Carr

Community-Based Program Coordinator

Currently Open

School-Based Program Coordinator

Marilena Francisco

School-Based Program Coordinator

Risha Hoag

School-Based Program Coordinator

Mandy Volz

Prevention education Program Coordinator

Greeley Staff

Christopher Briotte

Greeley Program
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Savannah McSwain

School-Based Program Coordinator

Estes Park Staff

Kathy Whitacre, Estes Park Program Coordinator

Kathy Whitacre

Estes Park Program Coordinator

Board of Directors Executive Committee

David Finkelstein, Chair
Bank of Colorado

Kevin Ward, Past Chair
Wick Trautwein 

John Friesmuth,  Incoming Chair
Flood and Peterson


Eli Kolodny, Treasurer
Odell Brewing 

Rachel BomgaarsSecretary
The Group Real Estate

Teal Gordon, Member-at-Large
Otter Products


Career Opportunities

Prevention Education Program CoordinatorWeld County

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

Fundraising 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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