Who We Are

Management Team

Families First Management Team is dedicated to improving the lives of Colorado families. Each team member brings their own special talent, training and skills.

Adam Robe – Executive Director   Email: Adam

Adam holds a Master's degree in Social Work from The University of Kansas and brings over 15 years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare system. Prior to serving as executive director for Families First, Adam was the CEO of a national advocacy organization that served teenagers and adults who were in and from the foster care system. In that position, he directed efforts to improve the outcomes for young adults who transitioned from foster care. Adam has authored a series of children's books aimed at improving the communication between children and their families and co-authored a book for teenagers on change and transition.

Ann Afton – Children's Treatment Center Director  Email: Ann

Ann joined Families First in 2001 and serves as the Children’s Treatment Center Director. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and brings over 30 years of experience and wisdom to the care and treatment of young abused and neglected children in residence. Ann is a recognized expert in the field of child abuse and neglect and ensures that all decisions are made in the best interest of the children.

Jennifer Richardson – Family Support Services Director  Email: Jennifer

Jennifer joined Families First in 1987 and has directed the Family Support Services since 1990. Her professional credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor (CACIII), and national trainer for Circle of Parents®. Jennifer represents Families First by serving on the Colorado Children’s Justice Task Force, the Kinship Conference planning committee, and the Douglas County Parenting Coalition. She also served as a member of Gov. Ritter's Child Welfare Cultural Competence Action Subcommittee and the Colorado Fatherhood Council.

Claire Poole - Clinical Director  Email: Claire

Claire is the Clinical Director for the Children’s Treatment Center. His experience includes extensive clinical mental health services for children and families for more than 35 years. Claire earned his Doctor of Psychology from the University of Denver where he is on the adjunct faculty and has been leading and supervising the treatment aspects at the Children’s Center since 1991.

Rachel Merkel - Director of Volunteers and Special Events   Email: Rachel

Rachel, recruits and coordinates the activities of over 50 program volunteers. She also works closely with Friends for Families First to plan our fundraising events and promote awareness of our programs in the community. Rachel has been with Families First since 2004.

Diana Larson - Director of Operations  Email: Diana

Diana held various positions in the corporate sector before earning a Master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University and shifting her career into the nonprofit world. She has volunteered and worked for numerous local and international service organizations. Diana joined Families First as the Director of Operations in 2013.

Alice Edwards - Development Associate  Email: Alice

Alice joined the Families First Management Team in 2008 as the Development Associate. She works closely with the Director of Major Gifts to raise funds for our Family of Services. Alice is the editor of our e-newsletter and enjoys presenting Families First's "Family of Services" to service clubs, schools, business and community groups.