Who We Are
Executive

Executive Director - Adam Robe Email: Adam
Adam holds a Master's degree in Social Work from The University of Kansas and brings over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare system. Adam has authored a series of children's books aimed at improving the communication between children and their families in foster care and through adoption. He co-authored a book for teenagers on change and transition. Adam joined Families First in 2013.

Administrative Team

Diana Larson – Director of Operations Email: Diana
Diana is responsible for the IT, human resources and facilities management for the agency. She holds a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management. Diana joined Families First in 2013.

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.

Children's Treatment Center Team

Ann Afton – Children's Treatment Center Director Email: Ann
Ann directs the operations of the children's residential treatment center. 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 joined Families First in 2001.

Claire Poole - Clinical Director Email: Claire Claire
received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1983 from the University of Denver where he serves on the adjunct faculty. In addition to his work with Families First, he has experience with individual and family therapy, child protection, hospital and residential treatment, juvenile corrections, teaching, and adoptions. He has led and supervised the treatment aspects at the Children's Treatment Center since 1991.

Communications and Outreach Team

Rosa Huber – Communications and Outreach Director Email: Rosa
Rosa has over 25 years of experience in direct service to families with an expertise in child development, strengthening family systems and managing programs for children and youth. Rosa directs all communications plan activities, builds external relationships, and develops social media and marketing plans for the agency. She supervises the Resource and Outreach Coordinator, managing the Families First Support Line, resources and outreach. Rosa manages the Volunteers for the agency and supervises Volunteer Administrator. Rosa joined Families First in 1995.

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

Development Margot Griffith West - Director of Development Email: Margot
Margot has been a not-for-profit development specialist for over 30 years and holds a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Tennessee, College of Arts & Sciences. Her professional specialties include: creative, person-to-person fund development, major gift acquisition, capital campaign administration, grants management and fundraising to support services for the elderly and school-age youth.  Margot's body of work includes the cultural arts, civil legal services for victims of domestic violence, family speech and hearing services and basic human needs administration for people living in chronic, multi-generational poverty. She is an active member of the Denver Women's Giving Collective, providing year-round support to qualifying charities throughout the year. Margot joined Families First in January of 2016.
Family Support Services Team

Jennifer Richardson – Family Support Services Director Email: Jennifer
Jennifer directs the support services offered to parents and families. This includes supervision of the parent education programs for Families First; including collaborations with community organizations and ensuring the quality of parent programming. She supervises the Parent Educators, Early Childhood Coordinator and Spanish Family Services Coordinator. Her professional credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor (CACIII). Jennifer joined Families First in 1987.

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.