Adult Board

Katie Payer

Katie Payer is the Vice President of Communications at Young Americans Center for Financial Education. She manages major marketing campaigns for all aspects of Young Americans Center, coordinates media outreach, designs memorable events to create an impact, and ensures that stakeholders and the community hear Young Americans’ story in an engaging way.

She currently holds positions on several boards, including the TEDxMileHigh Women’s Advisory Board, the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program Charter Schools) Advisory Board, and the Gordian Fund Board of Directors, where she is the Vice Chair of Grants. Mrs. Payer is also the Chapter President for her university alumni association.

Mrs. Payer graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and a minor in Communications from Santa Clara University in California.

Joel Allen

Joel Allen spends his life creating opportunities for people to intellectually and emotionally connect to facts. He latched onto this teaching model while a National Park Ranger. There he was discovered by students of Colorado Academy and decided to switch teaching venues. He currently teaches Biology, Geology, and Astronomy. He returns to Bryce Canyon National Park most summers, tours other parks, teaches others to be global citizens, and improves upon what it means to be an adult.

Kelly Cote

Kelly Cote was raised in Littleton, Colorado and resides in Denver. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. While at Metro State, Kelly volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club of Denver and The Tennyson Center for Children. Through these experiences, she recognized her passion for empowering young people to overcome life challenges. She then went on to work at The Haven’s Mother’s House, a therapeutic community for pregnant women and mothers of young children working to overcome substance abuse. Kelly obtained her Level II Certification as an Addictions Counselor; and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University in Denver. During her graduate program, she interned at Excelsior Youth Center, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy to adolescent girls experiencing a variety of social and emotional problems.

Currently, Kelly works with youth at Urban Peak and the Urban Peak STAR (Starting Transition and Recovery) program. In this position, she helps youth who are experiencing homelessness and struggling with a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance abuse disorders, work towards a life of recovery and self-sufficiency. She is also working on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and aims to reach this goal by the summer of 2014.

In her down time, Kelly enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, snowboarding, snowshoeing, traveling and practicing yoga.

Katie DePonty

A native of eastern Washington, Katie DePonty attended college in southern California at The University of Redlands where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, she started her college admission career at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. The beauty of the mountains drew Katie back to the Northwest, where she spent six years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, most recently as the Associate Director of Admission. Katie is the Associate Director of College Counseling at Colorado Academy and also advises a group of students in the class of 2016.

Lori Pippitt

Lori has the honor of being Lexxa’s mother. Her support for AngelTracks is infinite. She wishes to keep youth informed about substance abuse and safe from its consequences.

Bruce Larson

Bruce is Lexxa’s father. He was born in Rockford Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. He has lived in Colorado for nearly 30 years and enjoys all sports, with golf being his favorite. Presently, he works in the communications industry as a sales representative for Motorola and Kenwood.