Kent Moe – Executive Director
Kent Moe has worked with Rite of Passage since the organization was founded in 1984. He is also now serving as the Executive Director of Friends for Youth. Kent has been recognized by the State of Colorado with the “Best Practice Award” for developing intense Transition and Aftercare Programming. As the Director of Program Development, Mr. Moe is in charge of Rite of Passage’s non-residential initiatives. Mr. Moe is also the organization’s leader in developing, training and implementing evidence-based practices including the Positive Achievement Change Tool, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Moral Recognition Therapy. Mr. Moe attended Sierra Nevada College where he majored in Psychology with an emphasis on High Risk Youth Studies and completed post graduate certificates at University of Nevada, Reno in Human Resources and Non-Profit Management.
Karl Bruce – Chair
Owner and President, KLB Consulting
Resident of Lone Tree, Colorado
Over thirty-six years of experience in integrated information systems to help organizations become more successful and competitive in their markets; Community Advisory Board Member for Rite of Passage (ROP)/Ridgeview Academy; Mentor in the Success Journey Program
John Greene – Vice Chair
Retired Oil and Gas Geoscientist/Executive
Resident of Silverthorne, Colorado
Over forty years of experience executive leadership, organizational management, and financial management Community Advisory Board of Ridge View Academy; Member of Ridge View Academy Mentoring Committee
Tom Warren – Member at Large
Organizational Development Consultant
Resident of Aurora, Colorado
Over 28 years working in the Petrolium Industry and as an Organizational Development Consultant
Zachary J. D’Argonne
Zachary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Science who began his career as a Child and Adolescent Therapist. After additional experience in Psychiatric Social Work and Tele-Psychiatry Operations, Zachary has taken on a Macro-Level of community change as the Associate Vice President of Outreach Services with HealthONE.
Zachary’s passion is to impact lives and the way our culture views individuals with behavioral and social needs. Zachary enjoys both individualistic care and higher-level advocacy practice.
In addition to his time on the Board of Directors, Zachary is proud to serve as a mentor with Friends for Youth.
Sally Ann Warren – Board Member at Large
Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX Alliance
Resident of Littleton, Colorado
Experience in Business Management, Business Organization, Marketing, Restaurant Development and Commercial/Residential Real Estate Investments.Sally’s dedication and heart for our youth is her lifetime passion.
Carolyn Jenkins-Bower – Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer Rite of Passage
Ms. Jenkins-Bower holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Jenkins-Bower has over twenty years of experience in Finance, including: finance banking, manufacturing and hospitals. As the CFO, Ms. Jenkins-Bower oversees the Finance, MIS, Purchasing and Human Resources Department.
Sgt. Paul Poole – Member at Large
Sergeant Paul Poole is presently a 36 year veteran of the City of Aurora’s Police Department, presently assigned to the “Community Resource Section’s School Resource Officer Unit” (SRO Unit) as a supervisor of SRO Team 1. He has also supervised officers in the department’s “Metro Division,” “Recruiting & Background Investigations Unit,” “Field Training & Evaluation Program.” He has also been a member/officer of the department’s “SRO Unit,” “FTEP Unit,” “Gang Intervention Unit” & “Police Area Representative Unit” all prior to working “Patrol” early in his career. Presently affiliated with the Boettcher Aurora Boys & Girls Club providing life skills instruction. Poole has also worked as a “Private Training Consultant,” “Assistant High School Football Coach,” “Adjunct College Faculty Member,” “KHOW Radio Co-host (Behind The Badge),” “Director-Five Points Eastside Action Center,” “Program Administrator-D.O. Youth Corrections Program,” “Supervisor-Community Group Homes, Inc.” & “Youth Counselor-Community Group Homes, Inc.” Poole is married to his wife, Patty both having reared 3 adult sons.
Ashley Tucker – Member at large
Ashley originally began her career working directly with children and families as a child protective social worker. After several years, Ashley found a passion for public policy and is now pursuing a Masters of Social Work, with a focus on policy and management. Ashley currently interns at Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, which is responsible for providing the Governor with information and recommendations so he can make sound public policy and budget decisions. Ashley views her role as an advocate for social justice and hopes to create positive changes at the policy level.
Sadjo Sidikou – Member at Large
Sadjo started her career as a Strategy Consultant at a Media and Recruitment firm. In her role, she spearheaded initiatives to educate and empower university level students to successfully apply and attain graduate level jobs. Her passion for Science and Technology tutoring activities started from her time spent volunteering in college. She was a member at large on the Society of Women in Engineering outreach local chapter. Sadjo believes that growth in the community starts with the resources and tools that we can provide our youth, to build them up to be pillars of change. She has a masters degree in Chemical Engineering and currently works as a Materials Engineer in the Aerospace Industry.
F. Jerald (Jerry) Adamek – Member Emeritus
FNF Associates, Inc., president/Consultant
Colorado Division of YouthCorrections, Director EmeritusDenver Resident – Colorado NativeB.A. from Regis University
M.C.J. from University of Colorado
Began Juvenile Justice career as Teacher, Counselor, Administrator and Consultant in 1966.