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Meet The Kids’ Adventures Leadership Team

Leaders in Movement, Nutrition and Mindfulness education for kids

We are a group of innovators, thinkers and questioners committed to living lives of integrity, purpose and meaning. We have different interests, backgrounds, personalities and opinions, but are united under a common commitment:

To offer before and after school programs that are more than just a safe place for kids to go while parents’ are at work. We believe that we can change the world by giving kids the knowledge and resources they need to live happy, healthy, productive lives.


Tom O’Connor
Founder CEO, President

"The two most important days in your life is the day you were born & the day you find out WHY." - Mark Twain

As the CEO and owner of Kids’ Adventures, Tom founded Kids’ Adventures in 2003, with the goal of providing high quality care for students and the families who need it. Over the past 13 years, his vision has grown; he now seeks to help each employee, family, teacher and administrator reach their peak human potential. His legacy will be that he helped inspire others to move more, eat better and to be mindful in each moment.

When he’s not at Kids’ Adventures, you can find him with his wife and four children or pounding the pavement as he trains for his next marathon.


Dara O'Connor
Licensing

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." -Audrey Hepburn.

Dara is passionate about kids! She has four children of her own. Thomas Jr, Patrick, Sunna, and Benjamin. Dara is excited to get to know each member of the KA family, because she wants each KA site to be a safe and enjoyable place for all students and staff. Dara believes that if we all work together we will have a profound impact on the lives of all around us.

When she’s not working, Dara loves to spend time with her family, read, go on long walks, visit antique shops and spend lazy afternoons at their cabin..


Cindy Koch
Business Accounts Manager

"Be the Change you wish to see in this world"-Gandhi

Cindy has passions for business and strong membership.  She is currently a Mindful Life Ambassador, and before moving to Colorado in 2015, she was the Membership Services Coordinator at the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin, a cub scout leader,  a regional manager of Snap Fitness,  and a certified yogi. Her vision for the world is one of gratitude as people recognize and utilize their talents to enrich the world around them.

Her hobbies include being out in nature, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and of course Green Bay Packers football!


Megan Urias
HR Administrator


"Live everyday as if it was your last."

Megan's vision is to help children realize that they are unique. Megan believes that all kids are full of untapped potential for creative thinking and she seeks to use her background in Early Childhood Development for the benefit of children. It is through mentorship they will remain intuitively positive even in tough situations.

When she’s not working, Megan, loves spending time with her family and friends and taking landscape photographs of Colorado.




Sasha Tissot
Managing CCAP Administrator


"Life is to be enjoyed, not endured." -Gordon B. Hinckley

Sasha has over 12 years of experience in the childcare industry and started working as a Before & After School Program Leader for Kids' Adventures, Inc. in 2004. She has filled multiple leadership roles with Kids' Adventures, Inc. and currently assists in the monitoring of the CCAP program. Sasha wants to live in a world a persons’ “social class” does not dictate their value and that everyone is afforded equal opportunities. 

 When She is not working, Sasha enjoys playing tennis, walking her dog, “Joon” and spending time with her loved ones.


 

Chelsea Cortez

Director of Training


  “Live your life for the moments you can't put into words." - Unknown

Chelsea is the Director of Training at Kids' Adventures! Chelsea uses her Exercise Science background to coach sports and teach individuals of all ages about the benefits of exercise on the body and mind. Promoting Health and wellness to kids is a joy that will benefit not only herself but everyone that she meets.   


Chelsea’s interests outside of work include staying staying active, snowboarding, playing soccer, & live music.




Scott Gorsky
Director of Curriculum & Technology


“Action expresses priorities.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

Scott first cut his teeth on curriculum development and implementation when he stepped out of the classroom and became a literacy grant coordinator for Denver Public Schools. Scott believes that teaching kids to appreciate school and make healthy choices will lead to a more fulfilled life. Scott spent almost 14 years working for Denver Public Schools and more than eight years serving on the Englewood School Board. As a strong collaborator, Scott hopes to use data, and creative programming, to show a noticeable difference in the amount of movement, nutrition and mindfulness practices each student is exposed to.

When Scott is not working, he enjoys snowboarding, golfing, hanging out with his beautiful wife and 2 daughters.


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Testimonials

"I just wanted to let you know that Trisha does a outstanding job with Kids Adventures for Landmark!  She is caring and my son Dylan loves her.  She keeps them entertained and cares for them.  She is a asset to the program.  Trisha is organized and keeps the parents informed."

Andrea Cox - Landmark Academy Parent

"The parents are thrilled. The children are thrilled...Kids' Adventures worked closely with our staff to craft a program that would meet the needs of our school and children...[and] our site director is an integral part of our staff."

Beth Morganfield Lawrence Elementary School

"KA provides not only quality care but educational support and social emotional support for each of my daughters."

Garrett Rosa Principal

"I absolutely love Kids’ Adventures. Every time I am there the staff is positive and upbeat. As a working mom, it can sometimes be difficult to drop your kids off before you head to work; but my son is always happy when I drop him off and pick him up, which always just makes the whole process so much more enjoyable. There is always so many interactive things for the kids to do, and I always feel that my child is in professional and capable hands. I would recommend this program to anyone!"

Jennifer Ewing English Department Chair, Palmer Ridge High School

"Kids' Adventures is great! My daughter loves coming to after school care and is disappointed when we pick her up early."

Joy Moore Vanguard Parent

"“We are especially thankful for the summer program schedule that includes field trips, swimming, and sports days. When both parents in the home work this service is invaluable, and keeps our children engaged in their community surroundings. We appreciate the countless hours it must take to coordinate events and services like these for so many children, and absolutely support efforts to continue this process. Likewise, the after school homework program alleviates stressful hours at home working and provides our family with quality time to enjoy each other. In short, we love KA and the impact it has on our children and our family.”"

Kim Ocampo

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Julia, the director of the Swanson program is fantastic.  Glad my child get's to stay with her for the summer.

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Lindsay Arroyo Swanson Parent

"Margo and Tess (sisters) love coming to Kids’ Adventures every day because they get to play and see their friends!"

Margo and Tess Aurora Academy

"When you wake up in the morning and you have butterflies in your stomach because of the exciting day ahead you know you love where you work. You have butterflies because you come in each day and have to find the courage to be vulnerable and lean in to the uncomfortable to grow a little more each day."

Nattiel Pierson

"Nina loves coming to Kids’ Adventures because there is always a new activity planned for each day!"

Nina Aurora Academy

"Kids Adventures provides before and after school care that goes well beyond the scope of a traditional childcare setting. They are committed to supporting core values such as wellness, academics and parent engagement."

Sonia Sisneros SOAR Charter School Deputy Director

"Thank you to Kids Adventures for another wonderful year!  Ms. Julia is the Best and I appreciate all of her great care of my son this past year again! We’ll see you next year!"

Swanson Testimonial Swanson Parent

"Thank you for all your hard work and taking such amazing care of my daughter!  You guys have been really wonderful! "

Veronica Blea Vista Peak Parent

"Kids’ Adventures offers exciting and educational activities on-and-off campus. Their staff is highly qualified… they have always been very responsive to the needs of my building, staff and students."

William M. Blandon Principal