We care about our communities and about kids. We know how hard it is to raise children even when you have lots of support. We believe that we are all better off in strong communities with healthy families. We want to make high-quality evidence-based education and support available to every parent in Denver and in Colorado.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Katie Krebs MPH
Katie holds a bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. Katie has extensive clinical and social/behavioral research experience and a passion for research and medical ethics. Katie trains cancer researchers as the Education and Development Coordinator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and devotes her spare time to women's health advocacy and teaching childbirth education. Katie believes that ALL families deserve access to high quality, evidence-based education and resources delivered with compassion and is honored to work with Kith Colorado to make this a reality. Katie lives in Centennial, CO with her partner and two hilarious kids.
Secretary: Ishmeet Kalra
Ishmeet holds a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from San José State University. She moved from California to Colorado in 2008 and fell in love with Colorado’s vibrant culture and natural beauty. She gave birth to her daughter in 2010 and decided to take a break from her career to focus on her family. During her journey as a parent, she has realized how crucial support is for parents before, during, and after birth. Ishmeet believes each family is unique and all children can benefit from positive parenting. She is excited to be part of Kith Colorodo and supporting families with evidence-based education so they can develop strategies and tools for a more positive parenting experience. Ishmeet lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Highlands Ranch, CO.
Treasurer: Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently pursuing her Certified Management Accountant certification. Jessica has worked in public accounting, performing audits on private companies and non-profit organizations. Then she worked at Noodles and Company as the Treasury Manager. She currently works as the Accounting Manager for Red Dot Storage, managing the operational accounting for over 40 storage properties. After the birth of her daughter, Jessica recognized the importance of support for new parents. Jessica lives in Broomfield, CO with her husband, dog, and little girl.
Rebecca Hartsough Brentin
Rebecca is a self-described farm kid from Indiana who watched cats, pigs and dogs give birth. She is a singer/scientist who ended up mastering out of a PhD program and is now a sales rep for molecular biology reagents. She didn’t realize how much parents are underserved and families are unsupported until she had her two kids, who are 2 and 4 now. It was huge struggle for her to find accurate birth education, information about perinatal disorders, breastfeeding support and recovery after childbirth. She is really passionate about breastfeeding support and supporting new families, because starting a new baby is incredibly hard.
Kellie Ramirez has an MA in Human Rights with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies. She is passionate about working with refugees and immigrants and in her 15 years of experience working with these populations in Nebraska and Colorado she has seen the enormous challenges these families face. After starting her own family and experiencing the typical demands of parenting in today's society she recognized how the additional barriers of language, culture, socioeconomic status and trauma must impact these refugee and immigrant families, preventing them from thriving. With this in mind, Kellie is very excited to be a part of Kith Colorado with its mission to provide quality support services to underserved families. Kellie lives with her husband and three kids in Aurora, CO.
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
Sarah Branion, BA, MPA
Sarah Branion, President and owner of Sarah Branion Consulting, is a nonprofit executive leadership consultant wearing many hats and juggling many passion projects. She is currently serving as Director of Development and Interim Executive Director for two Colorado nonprofit organizations. Both organizations are dedicated to youth empowerment and character development.
She is also passionate about the world of pregnancy, birth and families. She is a Professional Labor Doula, certified in 2015 through CAPPA, with the philosophy that birth can be inspiring and transformational for the person laboring, their partner and family. Through informational, emotional, and physical support, Sarah strives to leave her clients feeling empowered to experience the birth they desire.
She owns Wonderstruck Doula Service which provides Sleep Coaching Support as well as Labor Doula support to families wherever Skype or Facetime can take her.
She holds an MA from the University of Minnesota in Spanish Studies and an MPA from the University of North Dakota. Prior to her involvement with Kith Colorado, Sarah served IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado as board member and Vice President. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, travel, water sports and spending time with friends and family.