Our people are everything. Many of our coaches have masters degrees and accomplished careers in their fields. From pastry chefs and architects to certified public accountants, collectively we are a powerful resource for youth.
— Kirsten McDaniel, Executive Director


Kirsten McDaniel

Founder & Executive Director

Following a career in the chemical industry, Kirsten became involved as a volunteer and Board Member of Computers for Kids Foundation in 2005, which later evolved to become Youthentity. In 2006 she became the Executive Director and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.  


Kirsten holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from DePaul University. Inspired by Youthentity’s ProStart program, Kirsten is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University.


Naomi Peters & Korra

Operations Manager; Director of Morale

A Carbondale native, Naomi participated in Youthentity’s first ProStart program as a student before joining the organization as Youthentity’s operations manager. She is currently enrolled at Colorado Mountain College, where she is working towards a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting, and plans to complete her CPA license. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her cat Chance and three-legged Aussie shepherd mix Korra, Youthentity’s Director of Morale.

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Financial Literacy Program Manager

Stephanie is a recent Colorado transplant, and grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. She is passionate about personal financial literacy, and received her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University where she majored in finance and banking with a minor in non-profit management. Prior to joining Youthentity, Stephanie held positions in banking and youth development. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, and trail running.


Meghan Wright

& Frank

Communications & Enterprise Development; Head of Security


Peter Barclay

Career Academy Program Director

Peter Barclay joined Youthentity in the summer of 2019 and is tasked with developing Youthentity’s high school career exploration program, Career Academy & YE University. Originally from the UK, Peter has a background in school administration and nonprofits.

Peter lives in Aspen with his wife and young daughter, and is always up for a rugby match.

Meghan joined Youthentity after moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in May of 2018. With a background in marketing and business development for small businesses and startups, Meghan directs Youthentity’s branding, communications and enterprise development efforts. Outside of Youthentity, Meghan spends her time skiing and mountain biking with her husband Jay and their boxer-hound mix, Frank.

Frank The Tank oversees Youthentity’s office security, guarding the staff against suspect mail delivery and potentially hazardous fallen food crumbs.

Program Staff

Matt Maier, Chef Instructor

Gail Shannon, Financial Literacy Program Manager

Thomas Ball, Kiara Christianson, Alicia Crandell, Paul Hilts, Ellie Kershow, Tela Forehand, Catie Haines, Brenda Peters, Sydney Van Dyke-Reis, Heather von Hortenau - Financial Literacy Program Facilitators


Board of Directors

Jan Koorn, Chair

Steve Bellotti

Jack Bergstrom

Robert Blattberg

Jonathan Fillman

Mark Gould

Tom Kenning

Dick Kipper


Gerry McDaniel

Kirsten Petre McDaniel

Matthew Owings

Gino Rossetti

Roger Sheffield

Lucy Smythe

Lucas Warth