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Tennyson Center for Children Announces New CEO!

Dear Tennyson Community,

Thank you for your continued support of Tennyson Center for Children! We are incredibly grateful to partner with a community of individuals and businesses who are invested in the lives of children and families across Colorado. It is in the spirit of that partnership that I want to share some exciting news with you. Tennyson Center for Children named Mindy Watrous as our next President & CEO!

Mindy is an experienced, compassionate leader with more than 30 years of experience leading Colorado- and California-based nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of children and adults who are at-risk, traumatized, and/or have intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). Most recently, Mindy was President & CEO of Roundup Fellowship, a Denver-based nonprofit organization that provides group homes, day programs, day treatment, and a facility school serving individuals with IDD and co-occurring mental or behavioral health challenges. She also served as President & CEO of Special Olympics Colorado for over 13 years in addition to having experience as a foster parent.

Mindy will work closely with our Board of Directors to guide Tennyson into its next chapter, which will focus on strengthening our existing programs and evaluating future opportunities to meet the unmet needs of children and families in our community. She is looking forward to joining our team and beginning to build Tennyson’s future with our Board, staff, and kids, and families. Our official announcement can be read here.

Mindy will officially join us on July 19th, and James Young will remain at Tennyson through July 30th  to support Mindy’s transition. We will announce additional details about Tennyson’s vision, strategic plan, and programmatic decisions in the coming months after the Board and Mindy have had time to discuss the priorities needed to launch Tennyson into its next phase to best serve the community.

I am confident that Tennyson will be in great hands under Mindy’s leadership, and appreciate your continued support of the organization.


Jody Harper Alderman, Esq.

Board Chair, Tennyson Center for Children

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