Paula brings her people skills, energy and enthusiasm to everything she does. Whether it’s inspiring kids through mentorship training, or being an advocate for the program. It’s her dedication for helping others, especially youth, that drive her to bring people together to improve lives of the youth in surrounding communities.
If Paula’s not out on the course helping kids meet their full potential, she can be found fostering the growth of The First of Denver. Under her direction, programs have expanded, the Board of Directors has become an affective group that furthers the organization’s mission and kids in the program have consistently have better grades, attitudes and attendance to show for their participation.
As Director of Operations, Dan has the responsibility to ensure the organization runs smoothly, whether that’s preparing budgets, designing program schedules, or introducing new programs, such as the Club Building Program. He brings his 15+ years’ experience and expertise to this program where he teaches kids to build their own clubs, but more importantly valuable math and science lessons that they’ll keep long after they outgrow their club.
Kristan is a teacher at her core. Whether that’s in a classroom or on a golf course, she brings valuable experience that allows her to connect with kids. She started her career with The First Tee of Denver as a summer instructor and then stayed involved as a volunteer, once becoming a middle school teacher. However, the desire to help a larger number of kids lured her back to join the staff full time in 2010.
Kristan brings her deep education training to The First Tee of Denver, which provides invaluable insight into how to present material to kids in the most effective manner, making interactions with kids the best they can be. Additionally her training and experience teaching students with disabilities or English language learners adds another dimension to programming. Her expertise in graphic design, technology and emerging media and marketing communications enhances our marketing initiatives.
Grant works hard to build and maintain a reliable, dedicated volunteer force that strengthen the organization’s relationships with the community. But it’s the relationships he forges with kids that he values most. He makes sure he spends the majority of his time working with kids to help them become better golfers, but more importantly better people. Grant has a passion for kids, but it’s his laid back personality that draws kids from all types of backgrounds to work with him.
Nick will bring his golf talents and desire to help at-risk youth to further enhance The First Tee of Denver’s programming and expand the organization to new courses and even more kids. The only thing that Nick enjoys more than teaching kids golf and the inherent lessons built into the fabric of the game is his two-year old son, Gunnar.