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Partners Northern Colorado Community Event

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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 Staff

Heather Vesgaard, Executive Director

Heather Vesgaard

Executive Director
Vanessa Lewis, Resource Development Director

Vanessa Lewis

Resource Development Director
Shayna Kefalas, Community-Based Program Manager

Shayna Kefalas

Community-Based Program Manager
Bailey Dutko, School-Based Program Manager

Bailey Dutko

School-Based Program Manager
Kylie Massman, Development Manager

Kylie Massman

Development Manager
Abby Rains, Community-Based Program Coordinator

Abby Rains

Community-Based Program Coordinator
Nathan Dewey, Responsible Association Of Retailers (RAR) Director

Nathan Dewey

Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) Director
Katherine Chu, Prevention Education Program Manager

Katherine Chu

Prevention Education Program Manager

Greeley Staff

Rebecca Moore, Community-Based Program Coordinator

Rebecca Moore

Community-Based Program Coordinator
Brandon Lagunas, School-Based Mentoring Program Coordinator

Brandon Lagunas

School-Based Mentoring Program Coordinator

Estes Park Staff

Kathy Whitacre, Estes Park Program Coordinator

Kathy Whitacre

Estes Park Program Coordinator

Board of Directors Executive Committee

Kim Johnson, Chair
Account Manager, Verified Volunteers

Nicholas Hoogendyk, Incoming Chair
Enrolled Agent, Black Mountain Tax and Consulting

Devon Beitzel, Treasurer
Risk Advisor, Flood and Peterson

Jennifer Houska, Secretary
Houska Automotive

Travis Savage, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Renaissance Insurance

Career Opportunities

Staff Positions

Temporary ID Compliance Checker Northern Colorado

Advisory Council and Committee Positions
We are currently seeking volunteer Advisory Council Members in both Greeley and Estes Park. We also have positions for community members on our event committees. If you are interested in more information, contact us.

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