Leadership Staff


Erin Porteous joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver in 2006 and has been a vital part of the organization’s leadership, improving the scale and quality of its programs while exceeding its revenue goals. She was named CEO in October 2016. She brings a deep experience and commitment to serving low-income youth and developing strong community partnerships to the organization.  Prior to being named CEO, Erin served as the Chief Development Officer leading all fundraising, marketing and communication efforts, and special events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Under her leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs has continued to improve both the scale and quality of the special events and marketing programs while exceeding revenue goals annually. Prior to working at Boys & Girls Clubs, Erin had an established tenure in the non-profit sector working for the University of Colorado, and also Frederik Meijer Gardens, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Erin has a deep passion for serving those in need both here in Denver and also globally, including her participation in long-term volunteer projects in Brazil and South Africa.


Kathy's career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver began in 1980 as the receptionist after completing a business program at Parks Business College. Kathy continually took on new challenges, roles, and positions and has worked in nearly every department of the organization during her career at BGCMD. In 2004, Kathy was selected to be Vice President of Development and in 2006 she was named Chief Operating Officer. Kathy served as the secretary of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Professional Association from 1983 to 1987 and has served on several national committees for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


Phil began his career with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver in July 2005. Prior to that, he has held positions with Holben Cooper Christian CPAs LLC, The Colorado Trust, and the University of Colorado Foundation. Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western State College and a Master of Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Chief Program Officer: Jacky Noden

Jacky Noden has dedicated her career to public service, particularly the advancement of young people through empowering programs.  Prior to joining Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Jacky focused on the promotion of girls as leaders in her role as Chief Operating Officer with Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO).  During her time with Girl Scouts, Jacky lead volunteer, girl and program operations, and focused on developing more efficient and effective ways to support volunteers and girls.  The systems and structures she created at Girl Scouts became a model for councils throughout the country.

Before her role with Girl Scouts, Jacky held leadership positions in employment and public assistance services.  A significant responsibility in this role included development and oversight of state and federal youth employment programs focused on engaging and serving at-risk youth.  During her tenure, Jacky developed youth summer jobs programs that served a more than 2,500 young people and was recognized by the Department of Labor.  

Jacky holds BA and MA degrees in history, with a concentration on the American Civil Rights Movement.


In the role of Chief Human Resource Officer, Brynja is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy to support the strategic direction for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Brynja began her career at Boys & Girls Clubs in 2009 as an AmeriCorps volunteer. In 2013, Brynja graduated from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and then worked in education policy and labor relations. In 2015, her passion for serving the kids who need us most led Brynja back to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.


Kendall Córdova has built her career in the social sector focusing her efforts on supporting youth-serving organizations. In 2004, soon after completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, she got her start working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado as a Team Lead Program Specialist helping to implement new programs, hiring and training new employees and providing case-management to volunteer mentors and youth. In 2006 she moved from the program team to the development team as the Events and Communications Manager, where she oversaw large multi-media campaigns, streamlined and increased fundraising event efforts, and managed all communication outlets. Kendall’s final two years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, in 2009 through 2011, were spent working as the Director of Corporate & Community Relations securing all corporate gifts, working with the various boards and managing the community relations.

From 2011 through 2016, Kendall continued to refine her fundraising skills serving as the Senior Manager of Corporate Giving at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. There she secured over a million dollars in corporate gifts annually. With over a decade of experience, Kendall’s broad skill-set brings a wealth of knowledge to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.