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 and 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 advisory board made up of current and former clients helps to inform and guide program evaluation. A youth representative from the YAB attends quarterly board meetings.

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 the slopes. In 2005 Amy received her BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. For the past seven years she has worked directly with youth and families as Associate Student Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Boulder, CO. She is married to Michael and together they are foster parents for Boulder County. Amy jumped at the opportunity to join 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.

Jeff Foltz

Jeff Foltz

Treasurer

Jeff grew up in Gainesville, Florida and received his BA in Sociology from the University of Florida. Needing to get out of his hometown for at least three years, Jeff decided to attend law school at the University of Colorado and moved to Boulder in 2002. Like many others, he ended up sticking around and now works for the law firm of Hensley & Kennedy, P.C. in Boulder and Longmont. He was a foster parent for Boulder County and learned of Attention Homes through a 17-year-old foster son. He has served on the Board of Attention Homes since 2012 and is on the Finance and Executive Committees.

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.

Baird McKevitt

Baird McKevitt

Board Member

Baird has been on the Board of Directors since 2011 and served as Board President 2015 & 2016. He is a Boulder native and went to Fairview High School. After receiving his undergraduate degree from CU Boulder, Baird also attained an MBA and Masters in Finance from CU Denver. Baird joined the Attention Homes Board as a way to give back to the community where he grew up. Now, with four kids of his own who in no time will be teenagers, his dedication to our mission shines through in his enthusiasm to continue to strengthen the safety net and critical services that we provide. Baird serves on the Executive and Board Governance committee.

Alex Baris

Alex Baris

Board Member

Alex has been a long time resident of Boulder since she first arrived here and 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.

Mary Coonce

Mary Coonce

Board Member

Mary and her husband Tim are long term 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 the past 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.

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes

Board Member

Jim is a Senior Vice President for USI Colorado LLC in Denver, Colorado. He has been on the Board of Directors of Attention Homes for three years and currently serves on the Executive and Development Committees. Prior to joining the board of Attention Homes, Jim served on the board and development committee of another Boulder non-profit for six years. He has lived in Boulder since 1987 with his wife and three grown children.

Herb Kroehl

Herb Kroehl

Board Member

Herb Kroehl, who has been a board member since 2014, is a retired space physicist with NOAA who was active in international scientific programs for over 30 years.  He was recently inducted as a fellow of one of the unions of the International Council of Scientific Unions. Herb has been an active member of The Rotary Club of Boulder Flatirons that has been an enthusiastic supporter of Attention Homes for many years. Herb is married to Lorraine. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. You may see him on hiking trails in the summer or on the slope in the winter.

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 wellbeing, and physical safety. Charlie joined the Board of Attention Homes to support Boulder County’s young people.

Andrew Burwick

Andrew Burwick

Board Member

Andrew Burwick joined the Attention Homes board of directors in 2016. 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.

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

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 (1999-2000), service is in his blood.  Kit has 3 wonderful daughters that are almost fully fledged.

Chris Vincent

Chris Vincent

Board Member

Chris has lived on Boulder Creek for nearly a decade, most of which was spent working in Boulder’s thriving technology community. Now a husband and father of twin boys, Chris spends his working hours primarily on philanthropy, with a focus on organizations addressing addiction and its consequences. He joined the Board of Attention Homes in June 2016 and believes the quality of care it offers is second to none in meeting the needs of its targeted youth population.

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