Our Board of Directors

Attention Homes’ Board of Directors make a three year commitment to guide the organization to a stronger future and may serve multiple terms. Members make financial and professional contributions as well as serve on committees such as Finance, Fundraising, Board Governance, Program Evaluation & Development, and where necessary ad hoc committees. The Board has sought directors from a range of backgrounds in order to ensure diversity and representation from a variety of viewpoints. Board meetings are held monthly to review the organization’s activities, oversee financial reports, set policy and raise funds. A Youth Council made up of current and former clients helps to inform and guide program evaluation.

Fern O'Brien

Fern O'Brien

President

Fern O’Brien is an attorney with O’Brien Law PC, a Boulder law firm. She has lived in Boulder for 20 years and has always been active in the Boulder non-profit community including service on a number of non-profit boards. Fern is married to Morgan O’Brien and has two children both of whom are in their twenties. She is passionate about Attention Homes and its important mission of intervention and support for our youth. Fern is currently the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Amy Helling

Amy Helling

Vice President

Amy joined the Board of Attention Homes in the fall of 2014 and was elected Vice President in 2017. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but moved west for the sun and slopes. In 2005 Amy received her BA in Philosophy from CU. For the past 8+ years she has worked directly with youth and families as Associate Student Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Boulder. She is married to Michael and together they are foster parents for Boulder County. Amy joined the Board as a way to further her community engagement and to work with an age group she knows and loves well. She serves on the Fundraising Committee and Program Evaluation Committee.

Andrew Burwick

Andrew Burwick

Treasurer

Andrew Burwick joined the Attention Homes board of directors in 2016 & now serves as the Treasurer. He 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.

Maureen 'Beanie' Brady

Maureen 'Beanie' Brady

Co-Secretary

Attention Homes has had a special place in Beanie’s heart since 2007, when she had a family member who was helped by the incredible staff and warm home-like atmosphere at Attention Homes. Previously, Beanie served as the Volunteer Director at There With Care and has extensive non-profit experience, including two years in AmeriCorps as a college student. In addition, she was a Victim Advocate in Boulder and Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, she is a proud stay-at-home mom to two girls. Beanie joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves on the Board Governance Committee.

Mary Coonce

Mary Coonce

Board Member

Mary and her husband Tim are long time residents of Colorado. Over the past 25 years, she and Tim raised their family and built their business here. Mary is co-owner and CFO of Porchfront Homes. She and the company have been involved with Attention Homes for over a decade. She has served on the Board since 2013 and is currently chairing the Program Evaluation and Development Committee. Mary is committed to the long term success of the youth served by Attention Homes.

Charlie Kuhn

Charlie Kuhn

Board Member

Charlie believes at least one thing to be true–social connection helps in difficult times. In August 2012, Charlie began working to understand the types of conflicts young people get into. Nine months later, Charlie left his job in the financial industry to work full time with students, parents, and educators. Charlie oversees the strategic vision to develop partnerships with innovative educational institutions and help increase young people’s academic engagement, emotional well-being, and physical safety. Charlie joined the Board of Attention Homes to support Boulder County’s young people.

Nia Wassink

Nia Wassink

Board Member

Nia joined the Board of Directors in February of 2018. She is the owner and principal of Mission Launch, a nonprofit fundraising and governance consulting firm. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Voices For Children CASA, serving children and youth who had been victims of child abuse or neglect. Nia continues to volunteer her time as a CASA, as well as a partner with Social Venture Partners. Nia and her husband moved from Michigan to Colorado and now live in Longmont, along with their loving cats.

Kit Hollingshead

Kit Hollingshead

Board Member

Kit’s deep roots in Colorado go back to his high school years in the Boulder area (Nederland Jr-Sr High ’75) living on land that his great-grandparents homesteaded in 1906. After a stint in the Navy and many years in California, Kit decided that Boulder was a great place to raise kids and packed up his family and moved back to Boulder in 1992. As a Rotarian for over 25 years and past president of the Boulder Valley Rotary Club, service is in his blood. Kit has 3 wonderful daughters that are almost fully fledged.

Natalie Stiffler

Natalie Stiffler

Board Member

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.

Brian Seeley

Brian Seeley

Board Member

As a Boulder native, it was not until Brian returned after graduating from the University of Oregon that he learned of multiple friends in high school that used Attention Homes’ services, unbeknownst to him. The realization of the need for services to assist at-risk youth in Boulder, whether an individual’s community and peers knew it or not, led Brian to get involved with Attention Homes. He now resides in West Arvada, and manages a Credit Analytics Department for FirstBank, where we has worked for 6 years in different capacities. During his free time, he enjoys being outdoors with his dog, playing recreational sports, and everything about summers in Colorado.

Peggy Jessel

Peggy Jessel

Board Member

Peggy’s family moved to Boulder in 1966 where she attended Boulder public schools, the University of Colorado and moved onto law school in CA. While Peggy was in high school, her parents became involved with Attention Homes, providing foster care for a teenage girl. Attention Homes was a favorite nonprofit of the Jessel family. After law school, Peggy worked at the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and then went into private practice representing children and adolescents, followed by another stint at the District Attorney’s Office as a Chief Trial Deputy. Peggy also initiated the County’s juvenile and young adult diversion/restorative justice programs. Peggy previously served on several boards, including Attention Homes, and recently served on juvenile and young adult reform committees in Washington, DC. She is currently a consultant. Peggy still loves Boulder, the outdoors, hiking, skiing, riding horses and dog sitting.

Alex Baris

Alex Baris

Board Member

Alex has been a long time resident of Boulder since she attended graduate school at CU. Her children were born and raised here. Alex first became acquainted with the Attention Homes program in her role as a school counselor in Boulder Valley schools and has been a supporter of their work since then. Alex later returned to CU where she earned her master’s degree in accounting and went on to become a shareholder at Kingsbery CPA’s in Boulder. She now serves on the Attention Homes Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance Committee.

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