Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado

The relationship between educational failure and poverty creates a vicious cycle that affects many children in our communities and negatively impacts our entire society. With an investment in each scholar's ability and promise, Boys Hope Girls Hope breaks the cycle of poverty through education.

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Ashley Smith, Academy Manager
Start Date: 2016


Anna Froehlich, Academy Manager
Start Date: 2018

Anna Froehlich joined Boys Hope Girls Hope this fall and comes to BHGH from being a director in TRiO, BHGH's roughly-equivalent federal program. Anna's goal in working with students is for them to know there is one person cheering them on to reach beyond their dreams.

In her decade with TRiO, Anna has helped hundreds of students successfully get into and graduate from college. Anna has a Bachelor of History with a minor in communications from the University of Texas Pan American. She recently moved to Colorado from Texas with her husband and daughter in tow. In her spare time, she loves to read, engage in photography, and experience the outdoors.

Emily Falkner, Academy Manager
Start Date: 2017

Emily joined Boys Hope Girls Hope in 2017 to oversee the daily operations of the Academy Program as the Program Manager. Duties include everything from recruiting scholars to providing after school tutoring to helping aspiring collegians navigate the complicated process of researching and applying for colleges and scholarships. Emily is passionate about education, mentorship and student and community engagement. Prior to her employment with Boys Hope Girls Hope, Ms. Falkner taught high school English for four years and received the "Young Educator of the Year Award" from the Tempe South Rotary and the "Distinguished Educator Award" from the Flinn Foundation. She also has professional experience in journalism and marketing. She holds a BA in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary, an M.M.C in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University and certifications in English and History Secondary Education from Rio Salado College.

Laura Conti, Program Director
Start Date: 2014

The Program Director manages both the Residential and Academy programs. Responsibilities include recruitment, training, and supervision of staff, volunteers, and contractors. She recruits and selects new scholars by creating strong ties to community agencies, school districts, and advocacy groups. She is responsible for the scholars' educational plans, intervention services, and college advising. Ms. Conti joined Boys Hope Girls Hope in the fall of 2014. Prior to joining us, she worked for Denver Public Schools creating successful transitions for resettled refugees as well as training and coaching teaching fellows in turnaround schools. Ms. Conti holds a Colorado Professional Teacher License as well as a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She earned a MA in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in education and communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kelsey Boeckermann, Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

Hello, my name is Kelsey Boeckermann, the Program Coordinator at Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado, is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of College of Mount Saint Joseph, she received her Bachelors in Liberal Arts with a minor in Non- Profit Leadership and Religious Studies. After college, she was an AmeriCorps Volunteer in eastern Kentucky working with Christian Appalachian Project for a year. For six months she rebuilt participants' homes and the other six months, she was a volunteer recruiter. After that year of service, she went back to Cincinnati to work for the Cincinnati Boys Hope Girls Hope Affiliate as a residential educator. She loves the mission behind BHGH and is so excited to start this new journey in Colorado.

Mary Frances Tharp, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2009

The Executive Director is responsible for all fiscal and program aspects of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall development and oversight of the program, acting as initial liaison with the Board of Directors and leads the strategic planning process. Mary Fran joined Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado as the Development Director in early 2003. She became Executive Director in 2009. Prior to joining Boys Hope Girls Hope she worked as an elementary school teacher, and then with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Colorado Business Committee of the Arts.


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