About Us

MENTOR Colorado is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in Colorado.  Founded in 2014 by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots mentoring organizations in Colorado, MENTOR Colorado leads initiatives that will strengthen communities through mentoring.  MENTOR Colorado provides a public voice, develops and delivers resources, and promotes quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools.  Together with mentoring programs across the state, we strive to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships.

Meet The Team


Lindsey Cali

Executive Director

Lindsey Cali serves as the Executive Director of MENTOR Colorado where she leads a team dedicated to ensuring that every young person in Colorado will have the supportive relationships they need to grow, connect, and thrive.

Lindsey was previously the Associate Director at MENTOR Colorado, where she led the expansion of our TA program and partnerships with government entities.

A former teacher, she has spent her entire career dedicated to youth and ensuring they have access to the support and resources necessary to succeed. Working with young people, specifically in communities that have been traditionally marginalized, has always been her passion. Lindsey is enthusiastically committed to the mission of MENTOR Colorado and dedicated to impacting young people on a large scale by working alongside mentoring programs to increase their capacity and quality.


Sarah Provino

Program Director

Sarah Provino, based in Breckenridge, joined MENTOR Colorado in July of 2021 but has been a part of the organization since its inception, serving on the initial task force, Advisory Council, as a TA provider and NQMS reviewer. Sarah is a strong advocate of the mentoring movement and is passionate about working alongside mentoring agencies to build capacity and expand the quality of mentoring across Colorado. In her role, Sarah works alongside mentoring organizations, providing support, as they engage in the National Quality Mentoring System.


Tanya Simental

Communications Manager

Tanya Simental’s passion for helping others is fueled by opportunities to amplify the mentoring movement—both locally where she resides in Pueblo, Colorado, and statewide. She spent the last several years in the nonprofit sector managing a multi-school based mentoring program and leading a community based mentoring collaborative. She enjoys working on projects that expand her creativity and experience in communications and program development.

Board of Directors

Vernon Jones Jr.

Board Chair

Lesley Martin

Vice Chair
School Principal and Youth Mental Health Director

Bill Peffer

Sherman & Howard

Paul Nocco


Brian Breitenwischer

Jacoway Financial Corp.

Stuart Harrison

Ernst & Young LLP

Vince Luparell

Sherman & Howard

Sandy Mathias

Skratch Labs

Wayne McDonald

Denver South High School

Chad Olivier

LOM Consulting Services

Alexis Perry

Elevation Digital Media

Jennifer Prinz

Donor Alliance

David Anderson

CSU Pueblo Campus Connections

Maria Borrego

Save Our Youth

Letia Frandina

Adams County Education Consortium

Carlo Kriekels

YESS Institute

Elisa Lemack

A Precious Child

Alyssa Lenhart

La Plata Youth Services

Lindsay Lofaro

Buddy Program

Vizier LuQman

Sims-Fayola Foundation

Tina McGuinness

Gunnison Valley Mentors

Erin Miller

Partners for Youth

Shalonda Palmer

STAR Girlz Empowerment, Inc

Melody Parker

Summit County Mountain Mentors

Dr. Rhonda Richmond

Elevate USA

Elizabeth Williams

SOS Outreach

Chad Olivier

Board Liaison

NEW Colorado Youth Action Board

We are thrilled to announce the launching of our inaugural MENTOR Colorado Youth Action Board! We are looking for leaders from our Partner organizations who want to join the Youth Action Board. This community will elevate youth voice and leadership, integrate the expertise of young people into our work, and ensure all we do is rooted in the voice of young people in our state.

Thinking About Joining?

Any high school student connected through the MENTOR Colorado Partnership can submit an interest survey. MENTOR Colorado staff will then follow up. To access the survey, follow this link. 

Access Survey

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