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Tennyson Center for Children has served Colorado’s most neglected, abused, and traumatized children since 1904. We provide an accredited, therapeutic K-12 school with a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio on our campus and in-home and community services in 18 counties across the state to provide preventive services and therapy to strengthen families with children aged 0 to adulthood.

In 2019, we began leading a statewide collaborative called Rewiring that seeks to ensure that families remain safely together and eventually reduce the number of children and families involved with the child welfare system.

In 2020, we further expanded our programming in order to help more kids and families in new ways by partnering with Families Together, whose volunteer “Neighbors” offer family support, making home life peaceful for children in foster, adoptive, reunified, kinship, and natural families.


We work with every child and family impacted by trauma to realize their infinite possibilities.


Every kid forever.


Be courageous.
Have grit.
Show compassion.
Share joy.
Do what’s best for kids and families.


Our impact department leads programs toward the ability to make better informed decisions that improve quality outcomes. Data drives strategic decisions within our agency, and informs changes and improvements to our programs.


Strategic Framework

Sadly, far too many of Colorado’s youth are healing from the impact of trauma, which severely impacts a child’s chances of succeeding and thriving.

While the roots of childhood trauma are both complex and varied, the impact is clear: those living with it struggle to succeed in school, to maintain relationships, and to give and receive love while in even the most supportive households and families.

The impact of childhood trauma can linger and transfer into adulthood if ignored, as is often the case. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, one of the largest studies investigating childhood neglect and abuse, found strong correlations between childhood exposure to emotional, physical and sexual abuse (as well as household dysfunction), and significant negative consequences for adults, including exceptionally high rates of alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, suicide attempts and severe obesity.

Trauma’s impact doesn’t end there. It’s felt well beyond the child and family; emergency health care providers, first responders and the judicial system often become engaged in the crisis as well.

We are now poised to build on our profound institutional history to play an even more significant role in addressing childhood trauma throughout the state, ensuring that no child living with trauma in Colorado will ever again feel alone, abandoned, lost or broken. We believe that all children experiencing trauma from neglect and abuse must receive the support they deserve, and we are building Tennyson to ensure that this ambition becomes a reality.

Strategic Framework

Our Team

Senior Staff

James Young

Interim President & CEO

Jose Cardenas

Bilingual Family & School Support Specialist
Kari Chapman Headshot

Kari Chapman

Chief Administrative Officer
Nate Harris

Nathan Harris

Assistant Principal

Tiffany Perrin

Accelerator Chief
Meridith Shuman Headshot

Meridith Shuman LPC

Chief of Community Programs
Megan Vogels Headshot

Megan Vogels

Rewiring Chief
Andrea Zediker Headshot

Andrea Zediker

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Management Team

Kim Cini Headshot

Kim Cini

Director of Special Education
Lauren Dartt Headshot

Lauren Dartt

Director of Marketing & Communications

Hope Forti

Director of Foster Together
Allison Harris Headshot

Allison Harris

Director of Denver Community-Based Services
Sandy Hillenbrand Headshot

Sandy Hillenbrand

Director of Operations
Kara Larson Headshot

Kara Larson

Djuana Osby Headshot

Djuana Osby

Director, Life Skills Program
Don Ronyak Headshot

Don Ronyak

Director, Human Resources
Jessica Snider Headshot

Jessica Snider

Director of Development

Zachary Lynott

Director of Development
Doug Tesler Headshot

Doug Tesler

Director of IT


Tennyson Center for Children is dedicated to helping children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect and/or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s story. Our trained professionals have empowered children and families by providing a child-centered, customized approach to healing through our community-based, school, and/or residential programs. The primary goal of all our programs is to reintegrate our children back into safe families, supportive schools, and vibrant communities.

Our positions range from clinicians, to youth treatment counselors, to teachers, to a variety of support staff positions. A full benefits package is offered to employees working over 30 hours per week and includes medical, dental, health reimbursement account, health savings account, vision insurance, retirement/pension plan options, employee assistance program, paid time off and holidays, and optional insurance offerings such as accident, cancer/critical illness, disability and life insurance are offered with this position.

All positions require criminal CBI background check, FBI fingerprint check, State of CO child abuse check, DMV driving record check, pre-employment drug test, pre-employment physical, academic credential verification, and reference check.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tennyson Center for Children invites values, perspectives and contributions of people from diverse backgrounds, and integrates diversity into its hiring and retention policies, training opportunities, and business development methods to provide an equal opportunity for each person to participate, contribute, and succeed within the organization’s workplace. Diversity encompasses differences such as race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical disabilities, appearance, historically underutilized and disadvantaged persons, as well as social identities such as religion, marital status, socio-economic status, lifestyle, education, parental status, geographic background, language ability, and veteran status.

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Board of Directors

Jody Harper Alderman
Board Chair
Alderman Bernstein | Attorney

Justin Apt
Finance Committee Chair
Private Capital Management | Managing Principal

Reggie Chapman
Governance Committee Chair
CRMR (DOC) | Pastor, Lakewood Christian

Matt Baldner
ANB Bank | Regional President, Denver Metro

Audrey Barrios
MarCom Manager | Liberty Oilfield Services

Cody Belzley
Founding Principal | Common Goods Consulting, LLC

Rebecca Franciscus
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Senior Counsel

Brian Miller
Community Partner

Doug Reeb
Plante Moran | Partner

Cameron Richards
Seter & Vander Wall, P.C. | Associate

Remy Spreeuw
Community Partner

Natalie Hopper
Philanthropy Director | Escuela de Guadalupe

Dr. Sheryl Gonzalez Ziegler
The Child & Family Therapy Center at Lowry | Registered Play Therapist


Our corporate and other partners help make everything we do possible. Thanks so much for being part of our team through the years.

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