Who We Are

Executive Director - Adam Robe Email: Adam
Adam joined Families First as Executive Director in 2013. He previously served as CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America, an advocacy organization focused on improving outcomes for children and families involved in the foster care system. Adam holds a BSW from the University of Central Missouri and a MSW from the University of Kansas. He brings to the Executive Director position his own experience in the foster care system. Adam was first introduced to foster care and its many challenges at the age of five when his mother placed Adam and his two siblings into foster care. He spent six long years in the system before finally being adopted into a "forever family". As part of his life's work, Adam has helped hundreds of foster children and their families adjust to the tough life challenges associated with foster care. He is a nationally recognized professional trainer and, throughout his career, has been a well-regarded keynote speaker in the industry. Adam is also a published author, developing the highly acclaimed Robbie Rabbit™ book series in 2008. These unique books are useful tools for child welfare professionals and the foster or adoptive parents charged with childcare. The adventures of Robbie Rabbit are also entertaining and educational subject matter for the children and families who embrace the series.

Administrative Team

Diana Larson – Director of Operations Email: Diana
Diana has been with Families First since 2013 and currently oversees the Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities Management, and Payroll/Benefits functions as part of her role as Director of Operations. Diana segued from a successful career in the for-profit sector, primarily leading teams and initiatives focused on quality assurance, process improvement, and customer service, before transitioning into the nonprofit arena. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and received an MA in nonprofit management from Regis University in 2011. Diana has worked and interned for various nonprofit organizations in both Colorado and Nebraska, in capacities ranging from development and grant writing, to volunteer management and program evaluation.

Po Higgins – Administrative Assistant Email: Po
Po directs all incoming calls and visitors to the agency. She is the registrar for all the parent education classes offered by Families First. Po joined Families First in 2003.

Communications and Outreach Team

Rosa Huber – Communications and Outreach Director Email: Rosa
Rosa joined Families First in 1995 in the Family Support Services program, where she developed the children's program for Families First. She has over 25 years of experience in direct service to families with an expertise in child development, strengthening family systems, and program development. Rosa was named Director of Communications and Outreach in January, 2015 and currently directs all communications activities, builds external relationships, and develops social media and marketing plans for the agency. Rosa has developed the outreach plan for the agency, including the implementation of rebranding, redesign of materials and revision of the mission and vision. She is a National Trainer for Circle of Parents®, Circle of Parents® Children Program, and was a member of the team that created the Circle of Parents® model. Since 2003, she has trained multiple facilitators and children's program leaders in the Circle of Parents® program model. Rosa designed a curriculum for teaching parents and teenagers communication and boundary development skills. She has conducted leadership training for youth at the National Lead the Cause conference for 3 consecutive years. She serves on the board of directors for Douglas County Youth Mentors, and is a youth leader for Legacy Youth Ministry donating 10-20 hours per week.

Melissa Haenchen – Resource and Outreach Coordinator Email: Melissa
Melissa coordinates the resources and outreach for the agency by supervising Families First Support Line, organizing outreach efforts and presentations, marketing materials and social media management. She supervises volunteers for the support line and outreach. Melissa joined Families First in 2015

Family Support Services Team

Jennifer Richardson – Family Support Services Director Email: Jennifer
Jennifer began her career with Families First in 1987 as a part time staff member for the Children's Residential Treatment Center. At that time, she was completing a Master's degree in counseling from the University of Denver. Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in child psychology and family systems from the University of Minnesota and has worked in adolescent treatment centers as a family therapist and substance abuse counselor. She became the first director of the Family Support Services in 1990. As part of her body of work, Jennifer designed a curriculum for teens dealing with substance abuse disorders. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor as well as a national trainer for Circle of Parents®. Jennifer represents Families First championing children and families on the Colorado Children's Justice Task Force and the Douglas County Parenting Coalition.

Lesa Nesbit – Early Childhood Coordinator Email: Lesa
Lesa is the coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Parents as Teachers (RMPAT) home visitation program. She received her BA from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has experience in program management, public health and early childhood education. Previously, she has worked with the Early Head Start program as a Child Family Home-based Educator. In addition, Lesa is a certified Childbirth Educator and provides educational services to families on a variety of childbirth and parenting topics for several hospitals through their parent education programs. Lesa joined Families First in 2016.

Maria Soto – Spanish Family Support Services Coordinator
Email: Maria Servicios de Apoyo a las Familias - Español

Maria coordinates the operation of the services offered in Spanish to the community by teaching classes, attending community events, answering the Consejos para Familias, support line and collaborating with the Spanish Advisory Council. Maria joined Families First in 2013.

Bert Singleton – Fatherhood Coordinator Email: Bert
Bert facilitates the Colorado Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families – a statewide group of professionals who work together to support fathers and families. This happens through training, networking and resources available on ColoradoDads.com. His thirty plus years of work in the nonprofit sector has always focused on assisting individuals and families with the belief that they can make positive changes, if given support and guidance. Bert joined Families First in 2015.

Children's Treatment Center Team

Ann Afton – Children's Treatment Center Director Email: Ann
Ann joined Families First in 2001 as the Children's Residential Treatment Center Director. She received a BA from the University of Colorado and holds a MA in Psychology, from the University of Tennessee, specializing in child development and behavioral interventions. She has 30 years of experience in child abuse prevention and intervention in homes, schools, and clinical settings. Ann held positions in Boston as director of a residential treatment program for adults leaving psychiatric hospitals and as director of an adult day treatment program. Ann is a trained mediator focusing on family issues and divorce mediation and is the author of publications on child behavior and intervention.

Claire Poole - Clinical Director Email: Claire Claire
Claire joined the staff of Families First in 1991 to lead and supervise the organization's Children's Residential Treatment Center, where he is now Clinical Director. He holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a PsyD degree from the University of Denver. Claire has maintained a private practice in clinical psychology for over 30 years, focusing on children, teens, and families and has provided consultations to the Juvenile Diversion Program through the Adams County DHS, Juvenile Division, 18th District. The consultations have included topics such as early attachment intervention, sexual abuse treatment, and older child adoptions. Claire teaches graduate level courses at the University of Denver where he has served on several dissertation committees and as a presenter at CAFCA and other provider agencies. Claire has also provided annual training to the East High Angels, a group that facilitates one-on-one college-prep tutoring for disadvantaged and minority high school youth and has offered his expertise in training for the Guardian ad Litem and Juvenile Public Defenders offices.