PEN Staff:


Shelly D. Mahon – Executive Director
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Shelly holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Prevention Science and specialties in program development and evaluation, parent-child relationships, and online parenting education. Shelly’s role requires her to act as the liaison between the board of directors and the rest of the organization, keeping them informed of operational issues and working with them to come up with strategic solutions to challenges. She oversees all committees, and acts as the spokesperson for PEN in the community. Shelly has been with PEN since 2007, first as a parent volunteer, and then as an evaluation consultant and board member.

She has been the Executive Director since Jan. 2015.

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Fawnda Hathaway – Administrative Assistant
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Fawnda has an established career in leadership and business management. She provides vision and focused attention to all aspects of the organization, and is able to quickly identify problems and provide effective solutions that move PEN toward achieving their goals. Fawnda is detail oriented and exceptional with computers, research, project coordination, and the management of internal and external activities. She has been with PEN since 2008, serving as the Outreach Coordinator of our Parent Book Groups throughout the community.

Joel Terrell – Web Design/Support
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Joel is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a B.A. in English Literature. Prior to founding his own graphic and web design business, Falcon Reid Design, he worked at CU on a literacy intervention research team. He is passionate about education, socio-economic development and empowerment issues world-wide, especially as it relates to ending sex-trafficking. Joel and Falcon Reid Design are excited to help PEN with communications via!

Joel’s wife Terri is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other disabilities to overcome communication challenges. They have two dogs, named Daphne and Patience (aka, Irony) who are nearly as smart and just as stubborn and excitable as children. They definitely look forward to having children.

PEN Board:

Paula Nelson

Paula Nelson – Program Director
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Paula is a co-founder of PEN. As 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. Her vision to address the underlying issues impacting health and well-being, rather than employing a bandaid approach to problems, continues to be at the core of PEN’s work. Paula is also a cofounder and member of the HOPE Coalition of Boulder. She has served as a board of the Second Wind Fund of Boulder, been a PEN school team leader, and sat on SIT and PTOs at all school levels since 2001.


Rosabelle Rice – Board Member
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– Acting President of the Latino Advisory Board to the City of Lafayette
– Federally Certified Spanish Interpreter and Certified Medical Interpreter City: Lafayette / County: Boulder
Term end-date: August 1, 2018
Rosabelle Rice is a federally Certified Spanish Interpreter and Certified Medical Interpreter. She manages interpreters and translators in over 20 languages for clients ranging in diversity from Immigrations and Naturalization Services, to Architectural and Medical firms in the Denver and Memphis area. She was a member of Escuela Bilinguel Site Improvement Team (SIT) from 2006-2008, advocating for Spanish speaking parents and helping ensure that interpretation was provided on an ongoing basis. She is past chair of the Parent Teacher Organization chair at Pioneer Bilingual Elementary, Lafayette. Rosabelle contributes translation and interpretation services to PEN.

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Kate Spector – School Support Team Coordinator
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Kate Spector is a licensed school counselor who has worked in BVSD since 2010. As post-secondary counselor in the Adelante program, Kate has helped first-generation students and families from the Latino community navigate the pathway to graduation, college admission, financial aid and career planning. Kate’s skills in research and content creation support the growth and coaching goals of PEN while ensuring the fidelity of PEN messaging.

She has supported PEN since 2003, serving as PEN school leader and developing many of the programs PEN teams currently employ. She has also served on PTOs, SIT, and DPC since 2001

Zachary Moritz – Board Member

Occupation: Nscc/financials Representative
City: Denver / County: Denver
Term end-date: June 30, 2018

Zach Moritz grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended Fairview High School through 2007. After high school, he obtained an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. Finding that his heart rests in the state of Colorado, Zach moved back to Denver and secured a job with ALPS, Funds. In addition to working, he is in the process of obtaining his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University. Zach is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hunting, fishing, skiing, and hiking. He also finds great pleasure in playing the piano, cooking and helping out around the community. He joined the PEN board in August of 2015 to make a difference in the well-being of youth and families in the community in which he was raised.

Mandy Yick – Board Member

Occupation: Immigration Attorney
City: Boulder / County: Boulder
Term end-date: August 1, 2018

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Kathy Valentine

Kathy Valentine – Calendar Committee Chair
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Kathy Valentine is a retired middle and high school counselor. She is involved with Colie’s Closet, a peer education program in BVSD as well as the HOPE Coalition of Boulder County of which she is the chairperson.

She is presently the chair of the calendar committee for PEN.