Chris has more than 25 years of experience creating opportunities for young people to thrive. Since starting his career working with youth as an Outward Bound instructor, Chris has worked with over 12,000 young people across the country. His passion for unlocking the potential of young people led him to Attention Homes in 2007, where he has served as program manager, program director and deputy director until assuming the role of CEO in 2018. Under Chris' leadership, Attention Homes has launched a multitude of programs, including a drop-in center and emergency shelter for youth experiencing homelessness; a street outreach program; a transitional living program; and Colorado's first LIHTC-funded permanent supportive housing building specifically for young adults. All of these programs have secured federal funding and international accreditation.
He currently serves on the board of the Youth Collaboratory — a national thought leader in the youth services field — as well as multiple committees and task forces to promote better outcomes for youth and young adults. With a deep understanding of the challenges facing youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness, Chris has been integral in the crafting of legislation and advocacy efforts to bring policy change and funding to homeless youth programs across the country. Chris’ work has led Attention Homes to earn recognition from the Colorado Governor’s office, the National Equity Fund Award and as the Downtown Boulder Partnership 2020 Non-Profit of the Year. He is now turning his focus to replicating these successful programs in other communities to assure that any episode of youth homelessness is rare, brief and will not happen again.
With a unique background in project management, sales, marketing and operations, Kristine Edwards strives to create opportunities for marginalized people to shine. Kristine’s extensive experience includes marketing and administrative coordination roles, serving for five-plus years
as the director of operations and development at Intercambio, a local nonprofit organization providing cultural integration and English classes to immigrants, and time spent as the CEO of a successful startup organization. Over the years, Kristine has led high-performing teams with
employees from around the world, hosted events featuring Grammy-winning artists with 2,000-plus attendees, managed the capital campaign, renovation and grand opening of Intercambio’s flagship school in Longmont and much more. Her efforts have earned her a number of awards, including the Multicultural Award from the Boulder County Community Action Program and a Boulder County 40 Under 40 Award. Kristine bring a wealth of organizational operations prowess to Attention Homes as we work to change the lives of youth in crisis.
An educator, advocate and experienced program manager who is deeply passionate about creating more just, inclusive and connected communities, Elly Johnson has dedicated her life to creating social justice, facilitating self-sufficiency and empowering everyone that she works with. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit industry, Elly has gained a wide range of experience in program management, compassionate nonviolent communication, advocacy, volunteer recruitment and management, group facilitation, community engagement, sustainability and leadership, having spent much of her life advocating for various causes. During the course of her career, she recognized the vital role education has in creating awareness and affecting positive change, especially when it comes to valuing, engaging and supporting our youth. Leveraging her extensive experience, Elly helps the Attention Homes team lead, implement and oversee impactful and life-changing programming aimed at building diverse, resilient communities for at-risk youth.
Claire Cronin, she/her LPC NCC RPT-SClinical Director
Claire Cronin is passionate about working with the young people at Attention Homes. After leaving to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her Phd in Counselor Education and Supervision, Claire is delighted to be back working at Attention homes. Claire's clinical and research interests include: social justice in counselor education, adolescent and young adult mental health, resilience within minority communities. Claire is a registered play therapist supervisor, and loves to use art, play and creativity in therapy. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, trail running, and cooking. Claire is constantly in awe of the resilience of our clients and our community, and feels profound gratitude for the work she does at Attention homes.
An experienced nonprofit professional with a desire to serve marginalized populations, Alex Bergland leverages more than a decade of community volunteer and professional experience that has helped her develop a clear understanding of the complexities of poverty and homelessness as well as a passion for alleviating its effects in our community. Prior to working at Attention Homes, she served in various roles at Lutheran Family Services, Hunger Free Colorado and Share Our Strength, helping coordinate health services, food security and volunteer programs and communicating with all organizational stakeholders. At Attention Homes, Alex is responsible for the development and management of communication strategies, executing campaigns that include (but are not limited to) email, direct mail, social media presence, website and digital marketing. She is also a core member of the development team, managing a small team of professionals focused on development support, donor acknowledgment, volunteerism and community outreach. Alex is an essential part of telling the Attention Homes story to the individuals who matter.
Keeley Stokes, she/herDirector of Research & Evaluation
A motivated change agent with exceptional written and verbal communication skills, Keeley Stokes enjoys the opportunity to work with a socially conscious, innovative organization focused on making a meaningful, sustainable difference. Keeley's extensive experience includes a broad range of international and domestic research, monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, strategic coaching and learning techniques, and a background in multiple software programs, data packages and cloud-based applications. Prior to joining Attention Homes, she taught a diverse range of courses at CU Boulder and contributed to the formation and development of the SEED@CU initiative, an interdisciplinary, multigenerational team established to research, teach and practice social entrepreneurship. At Attention Homes, Keeley is responsible for managing all grant writing and reporting. She also manages the organization’s internal evaluation process in order to foster learning, adaptation and program improvement. During her tenure, Attention Homes’ grants budget has tripled, including landing three federal grants over the past two years. Keeley’s efforts are vital if we hope to effectively respond to the evolving needs of youth facing homelessness in our community.
A certified nonprofit professional with more years of professional fundraising experience, Ashley Brooks aims to inspire positive lasting change in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness by working alongside donors and community members and embodying a commitment to kindness, community and the many missions that strike fire to philanthropy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and nonprofit administration from the University of Montana and a master’s in philanthropic studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Understanding the value a tight-knit community can have on philanthropic initiatives, Ashley strives to cultivate an environment that encourages donors, community members, volunteers and businesses to give in support of our incredible cause. Leveraging mission-focused marketing, event planning, public speaking and customer service skill sets, Ashley’s role as donor engagement officer relies on her ability to foster relationships with Attention Homes donors, further propelling the organization’s vision of a world in which every
young person has a safe place to live and the attention they need.
A reliable, highly motivated and energetic professional with more than 11 years of personal and professional experience, including over a decade at Attention Homes, Megan Bruce has developed an in-depth understanding of victimization and is trained in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing and informed supervision. She believes that every young person she works with has the potential to accomplish any goal they set their mind to. As a result, she relishes the opportunity to empower these individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary to break the cycle of homelessness by making every instance of youth homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. As housing program manager, Megan helps clients find housing, works with residents on budgeting, provides ongoing case management and compliance monitoring, develops behavior plans, sets goals and objectives and much more, ultimately creating a community where all are welcome, safe and invited to contribute.
Introduced to Attention Homes while studying psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, Beca McIntosh fell in love with our organization's mission and values, joining the team nearly five years ago. A loyal and optimistic individual committed to ending youth homelessness and showing up every day for the people we serve, Beca has held numerous positions at Attention Homes and is inspired by watching young people successfully exit our program. During her time as transitional case manager, over the course of a year, she helped 13 individuals move into safe and stable housing in the community. In her role as RHY program manager, Beca oversees staff needs, program needs, youth needs and facility needs, supervising all staff and the functionality of the program. Beca’s work is crucial in our endeavor to provide prevention, intervention and solutions for youth homelessness.
Tamora Tanniehill, she/herResidential Program Manager
Tamora Tanniehill discovered Attention Homes in 2014 when she was interning at a domestic violence shelter. It was there she grew to love working with the young people she met and decided to focus her life’s work on serving that population. A creative, accountable and flexible individual, Tamora holds the youth we work with to high standards and ensures she’s always helping find solutions to the unique problems young people face. Throughout her time at Attention Homes, Tamora has had the opportunity to work with youth in a multitude of different capacities and in several settings, and she is fulfilled by helping them grow — no matter how long they work with us. She earned her master’s degree while working full time, and she enjoys teaching young people and helping them discover something new. As RHY case manager, she is responsible for developing goals with the youth and creating transition plans to help them exit into safe and stable housing whether that be returning home to family or living independently. Through case management, Tamora works with clients on a variety of goals, including employment, education, pro-social activities, mental health, housing and life skills, helping move youth from the streets and unsafe living situations into independence and self-sufficiency.
Before working for Attention Homes, Emma was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, and she completed her MBA in Global, Social & Sustainable Enterprise at Colorado State University in 2020. Emma was also a co-founder of a pop up nonprofit that quickly served those who found themselves in need of delivery and financial assistance when the Covid-19 crisis hit. She's passionate about using data monitoring and evaluation techniques to improve the impact of innovative social enterprises and nonprofits like Attention Homes. Having spent years as a summer camp counselor, she's thrilled to get to work with youth again, and is deeply passionate about giving Attention Homes clients the attention they deserve, and need to thrive. In her free time, you can find Emma on a solo backpacking trip, snowboarding with her partner, listening to Christmas music before everyone else is, or playing with her foster kittens.
Ashli Becher, she/herSenior Residential Case Manager
A Colorado native who has always enjoyed working with young people, Ashli Becher has always wanted to help people — and working at Attention Homes is an incredible way to do that. Having spent her career working with children in an educational setting before transitioning to at-risk youth, Ashli is inspired by the resiliency and strengths of the youth we work with every day. An Attention Homes employee since 2014, Ashli has been promoted from direct care staff to case manager and has fostered stronger relationships between our organization and other community organizations to provide more streamlined resources for our clients. In her current role as senior residential case manager, Ashli facilitates communication between youth/families and counties, ensuring needs are being met and services are in place while working toward more permanent placement for the youth. It is now her passion and privilege to develop safe, nurturing relationships with those at Attention Homes who are finding their way.
Kelly was born and raised in New York and recently moved to CO. Their favorite parts of Colorado are the mountains, fresh air and laid back nature. One thing Kelly loves about themself is that they can still climb a tree. Using empathy & being goofy are both big parts of who Kelly is. Kelly wanted to work at Attention Homes because the mission is imperative. The homeless youth in our community deserve all resources available. They say they are grateful to help provide an atmosphere for the youth to worry less about survival, so they can focus on their life goals.
Ashley moved to Colorado this year, seeking adventure, a challenge, and a nonprofit that really sticks to it's mission and addresses an issue within it's community. She found Attention Homes after being here for about a month and is very grateful to work for such a strong hearted, mission-driven organization. Ashley has always had a strong passion for youth and their resilience and loves that as a Drop-In Coordinator she gets to spend everyday with the youth that attend The Source. She says she is amazed everyday by these youth and excited for the opportunity to get to support them in their daily lives. In her free time Ashley enjoys exercising, hiking, and hanging out with her pups!
Becca is excited to leverage her skills in fundraising, event management and community engagement to open doors for youth who are experiencing homelessness in Boulder County. She excels at connecting people, and develops relationships to cultivate awareness through Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Colorado. Locally, Becca has leveraged corporate philanthropy to bicycles and helmets to kids in low income communities. In rural Africa, Becca facilitated access to clean drinking water, healthcare and education in over 8 countries. In addition to 10+ years of international and domestic nonprofit experience, she brings passion and focus that propelled her through NCAA ski competitions and a 12-year professional mountain bike career. An East Coast native, Becca attended Killington Mountain School in VT and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Colby-Sawyer College.
Sally is originally from the South Denver area, where she lived before moving to Boulder in the fall of 2005. She has been with Attention Homes since 2011, and says she has enjoyed her years working for an organization that provides a great service to the youth of Boulder County and beyond.
Mo grew up primarily in the Washington DC area but completed several years of high school in Breckenridge, CO which instilled her love for the mountains. She has worked closely with volunteers in various capacities at non-profits for the past eight years around issues of affordable housing and food insecurity. Mo enjoys getting to know volunteers and is always impressed by their service and dedication to the organizations that they serve. She loves to spend her weekends adventuring in the mountains with her husband or out in the garden getting her hands dirty.
Ashley grew up in Northern Colorado and is enthusiastic about making a difference in the world. She studied Anthropology at Fort Lewis College and graduated with her BA in 2014. She has been looking for rewarding work to be involved in ever since, and luckily she has found that here at Attention Homes. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Payton and their husky puppy, Leo. On the weekends they all enjoy getting outside and hiking, backpacking, or hitting the slopes.
Cidnee recently moved from Oklahoma and thoroughly enjoys living in Colorado. With a genuine passion for working with people to achieve their personal goals and live independently, she was excited to have the opportunity to work with Attention Homes. Cidnee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has over eight years of experience working for nonprofit organizations and feels that every person deserves an opportunity to live their best lives. One of her favorite experiences has been helping formerly homeless people obtain housing and overcome barriers they felt were immovable. In her free time, Cidnee loves spending time in the mountains and exploring new areas of Colorado.
Carly has been working with Attention Homes since 2018 and feels that our work has had a profound impact on her life. Carly has always been passionate about working with people with diverse life experiences and feels like she has met her match with Attention Homes. Moving from the RHY program to the Attention Homes Apartments has allowed Carly to continue being a part of each youth’s journey, offering guidance and support along the way. Seeing our youth turn their challenges into successes is what continues to inspire her. Carly’s favorite aspect of her job is that no two days are ever the same!
During Fiona’s degree in human geography from CU-Boulder, she specialized in affordable housing in Boulder County through a position at a local non-profit. Through that experience, she learned the great need for appropriate and effective solutions that can arise through community collaboration, action, and creativity. She has always cared deeply that all people have access to resources, opportunities, and attention that will allow them to thrive, not just survive. In the past ten years, Fiona has worked as an office manager, executive assistant, and event manager for various companies that are committed to improving community health and well-being. She has also been a business owner and sees the value of bridging business skills with the non-profit model in order to cultivate lasting change on our community’s greatest needs. In Fiona's free time, she loves to dance, eat lots of cruciferous veggies, listen to the birds, and play around outside with loved ones.
Kevin has been with Attention Homes for over 5 years. His main responsibility is to ensure The Source has 3 meals a day coming out of the kitchen to feed young people in our programs.
Ed has made his home in Colorado for over 25 years, and is a systems engineer at Qualcomm. As part of Social Venture Partners, Ed worked with Attention Homes from 2015-2018, and joined the BOD shortly thereafter to remain involved with its mission. When not working, Ed enjoys the outdoors year-round with his wife, two daughters, dog & cat.
“Ever since I learned about Attention Homes and the pivotal role it plays in our community, as well as meeting the amazing staff and board, I’ve wanted to get further involved. I welcome the opportunity to join the Board, and help this segment of our Boulder County youth.” – Ed
Natalie is a transportation planner for the City of Boulder. She grew up in Fresno, California, and was raised by her parents who devoted their 30-year careers to educating and empowering economically disadvantaged youth. Their passion for bettering the lives of children and their families is what inspires her to do the same in this community. Natalie lives in Boulder with her wife, daughter, and two dogs.
Jayneanne has always been passionate about improving the lives of young people and kids because they are the future. She is the Community Relations Director at Realities for Children – Boulder County, and previously was the Lead Organizer for project Foster Power; a state-wide, youth-led, advocacy and organizing group for current and former foster youth. Jayneanne and her husband both grew up in Boulder County and are proud to consider Boulder home.
“I am thrilled to join the BOD for Attention Homes because as a young person I am passionate about helping provide support to the young people in our community who need it most. I am even more eager to join this team of warriors since I participated in the Sleep Out. I just can’t stop thinking about how cold my toes were even with two pairs of wool socks and a sleeping bag and I am even more determined to help end youth homelessness in Boulder County.” – Jayneanne
Colby was born and raised in Boulder with only a handful of his adult years spent up north and overseas. His wife and three teen-aged children have also grown up in the Boulder area. His professional career spans corporate, investment, and entrepreneurial work primarily within technology, financial, and manufacturing industries. He has an undergraduate degree from CU, Boulder and a graduate degree from The Wharton School. Colby joined the Attention Homes Board to be part of an incredible collection of humans that are serving a community that shaped and created opportunity for me.
Andrew Burwick joined the Attention Homes board of directors in 2016. Before becoming the Chair in 2019 he served as the Treasurer. Andrew is a senior researcher with Mathematica Policy Research, a private research and evaluation firm, where he conducts studies to better understand how human services programs can support vulnerable families, children, and youth effectively. He lives in Boulder with his husband and two children.
An accomplished media and marketing executive, Jon has led a number of initiatives and departments at AIM since joining the company in 2007. As Chief Innovation Officer, he worked with teams across its 50 brands and 75+ websites to develop new products and services, while launching AIM's video, marketing services, online education, and book publishing businesses. Prior to that, Jon managed the company’s outdoor, skiing, and healthy living brands. In the early 2000s, Jon was editor-in-chief of Backpacker, leading a brand reinvention that produced five National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence for both print and digital. Jon serves on several professional boards and is the current president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. He previously served as president of the board of Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit provide wilderness mentoring to urban teens.
Stuart Lord, the President, and CEO of Delta Developmental, organizational solutions for leadership development, is well versed in higher education administration and leadership, Organization development, Institutional diversity and inclusion, and business operations. He brings over 25 years of senior executive leadership in strategic planning, leadership development, and executive coaching.
Recently, he has spent his time in guiding universities and companies at Interstate Restoration, FirstonSite, Wheelock College, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Dartmouth College, The Kingston Bay Group, and the Fox Institute. The end result has been leveraging assets, enhancing institutional diversity and inclusion, exceeding financial revenue targets, and helping executive leaders address their most important leadership needs.
In higher education he has served as university president, interim president, deputy to the president, associate provost, vice president for diversity and inclusion, associate dean of academic affairs, university dean, and executive director for the White House President’s Summit on America’s Future in the Clinton Administration.
I’m Niki Thomas. Mother to Monroe, 5, and wife to Anna. What makes my life most meaningful is laughter. I believe in the good in people, I know that when people show up with kindness, incredible things tend to happen. I am looking forward to working with this talented bunch of individuals.
(From left to right: Niki, Monroe, and Anna)
Born and raised in Chile. Immigrated to the US in 1980 and continued studies in Architecture/Design, graduated from CU 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design. Stayed in Boulder, married, had 3 children who went through various schools at BVSD. Became involved with all schools as volunteer and noted demographic changes in the area, regarding incoming second language learner population and increase in low socio-economic levels. Divorced in 1994 and worked as an Interior Designer in the Metro Denver and surrounding areas for ten years, while continuing to volunteer at schools and at the Boulder Library (ESL classes through the Outreach Program). My interests and social justice engagement grew to the point where I decided to switch careers, gaining employment at the Boulder Valley School District since 2000, while going back to CU and earning a Master's Degree in Multicultural Education in 2009. I've held various positions within BVSD, and currently I am the McKinney Vento Specialist (tending to students undergoing a lack of fixed, regular or adequate nighttime situation/challenge) and Child Welfare Liaison (tending to students in foster care). I have been a board member of Reading to End Racism and later the YWCA, which further empowered me to support my community and the under-represented segments of the population. I am currently a board member for "Impact on Education" and I'm delighted to be a new member of "Attention Homes". I have aligned my professional and personal values, interests and efforts in a very cohesive manner. I enjoy being an active member of my community, and engage by participating in various endeavors, programs, initiatives, etc. I enjoy my three adult children and my 3 grandchildren, who have remained in the area. I like cooking & baking, listening to all kinds of music, visiting mainly art museums and socializing with various groups of dear friends. It truly is an honor and a privilege to be a board member for Attention Homes!
Michael’s first teaching job included two one-room school houses in Keith County Nebraska (& serving a nine-county area by car). He says he shares this this not to underscore his age, but to demonstrate how far services have come since 1972 (Snickers were only $.10 then). As a Speech Pathologist & Special Education teacher for special needs students, Michael has worked in public schools, including Navajo Education Projects in Arizona before transitioning to administrative positions. Much of his work in the field of developmental disabilities involved providing residential services and management of housing and properties. Leaving that field after 30 years, a transition to real estate was a natural path, in which he’s enjoyed working on numerous successful projects (& still working at). Now, taking a small pause from those endeavors, Michael is dedicated to give time to an organization with which he has some affinity. Michael has lived in Boulder with wife Cammie Cloman and son Cody for 23 years.
Sandy moved to Boulder in 1974 as a single mom with a 4 year old daughter. Almost as soon as she arrived, she got involved in construction having never previously held a hammer or a skill saw. Initially she worked in cabinet shops, then working for a General Contractor she moved into the office to learn the business side of construction. In 1997 Sandy founded Blue Spruce Construction Services. Now with two grown children and a teenage grandson, Sandy continues to run Blue Spruce. Sandy has long believed in the importance of giving back and being part of the community. To that end she has served on several Non Profit Boards and provided construction services for many local Non Profit organizations. She looks forward to her board service with Attention Homes as the impactful work of Attention Homes is near and dear to her heart and values.
Etan works as an Investment Specialist for Seven Two Partners. He leverages his investment research background to play an integral role in liaising key areas of focus including client advisory, business development, and communications. Etan earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Hamilton College, where he also served as an Executive Board Member for the Hamilton College Investment Club. In 2013, Etan was named a Levitt Scholar (one of 11 students selected by Hamilton College faculty members for their outstanding research and communication skills). Etan volunteers for Attention Homes on a weekly basis, and was honored as Attention Homes’ 2017 Chase House Volunteer of the Year, and in 2019 started serving on the BOD. He is also a member of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum) & serves as the Vice Curator for the Global Shapers Boulder Hub.
Tom Romine is the founder and visionary behind
Cultivate, the leading virtual and on-site gift experience company within the meetings and incentive travel industry. At the core of his career is an ability to connect with people on a personal level – whether it’s with a prospect, client, vendor, employee, peer, or mentor, Tom has the curiosity and humility to work with all.
Tom and wife Natalie live in Boulder, CO, where they spend their time chasing their two children, Bennett (age 11) and Parker (age 14), from one activity to another. Tom is an active golfer, basketball player (when not nursing an injury), and handyman (just ask him about the treehouse he built for his kids in his backyard).