Parent Engagement Network

Through PEN parents engage with each other, school staff and administrators, and collaborators as they enroll in the process of creating positive solutions to support parents, schools, the community, and youth. Donations help sustain, and help grow parent resources in BVSD and potentially beyond.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
2
Contract Staff:
1
Volunteers Annually:
100
Retention Rate:
100%

Paula Nelson, Program Director
Start Date: 2009

Paula's vision is to address the underlying issues impacting the health and well-being of youth and families, rather than employing a bandaid approach to problems.
As a co-founder and a member of the initial task force addressing increased substance use issues in Boulder, Paula led efforts to establish PEN as a strength-based organization that capitalizes on family strengths and builds protective factors.
To Paula, this is at the core of PEN's work. Paula is also a co-founder and member of the HOPE Coalition of Boulder. She served as a board of the Second Wind Fund of Boulder, been a PEN school team leader, and been active on SIT and PTOs at all school levels since 2001. She is the mother of 3 grown children and hopes that PEN's legacy will continue on as a support for families in the future.

Shelly Mahon, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Shelly is passionate about supporting parents in navigating the challenging, emotional, and rewarding experience of having a loving, lasting relationship with their child.
She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Prevention Science and specialties in adolescent development, program development and evaluation, and parent-child relationships.
As the Executive Director, Shelly is responsible for the oversight and direction of the organization, fundraising, advocacy, and managing external relationships and collaborations. Shelly believes that PEN provides a context in which parents can both celebrate their accomplishments and have constructive conversations when real issues arise.
She has been with PEN since 2007, first as a parent volunteer, then as a consultant and board member. Shelly has been the Executive Director since Jan. 2015.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
12
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
7
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
7

Board Demographics:

Female:
6
Male:
1
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
7
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

5

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

84%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Executive
Finance
Fundraising
Inclusiveness
Marketing
Parents
Program / Program Planning

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