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.
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