OUR StaffWho We Are
We have assembled a professional team of compassionate and competent individuals dedicated to supporting youth and engaging the community in our mission.
Featured Team Members
Mary Ann Burdick
Mary Ann has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education. She has twenty years of experience in the management of non-profits. She has worked with at-risk youth for over thirty years in various areas, including alternative education and mentoring programs. Ms. Burdick has extensive experience in program evaluation and implementation. She has been with Metro Denver Partners since 1988.
Francisco (Cisco) Gallardo
Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo assisted in setting the foundation for gangs in Denver. In his teen years, he joined and helped create what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. Since that time, after facing a possible 48 years in prison, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped create. Over the past 25 years, through his work in the community to redefine respect, power, and pride, and by making a commitment to help the youth heal, he has helped countless young people to redefine their own lives.
GRASP Enterprises Director
Johnnie is currently working with youth in the community by supplying constructive alternatives to gangs and other destructive activities. He is actively involved within the community, focusing primarily on educating teenagers on gaining and preserving self-respect, finding a positive purpose in life, learning to be more responsible and learning to make good choices as well leaving the gang lifestyle. Johnnie joined Metro Denver Partners in 2008.
From Our Executive Director
“Words can not express how much I have enjoyed leading this incredible organization that has had such an amazing impact on so many young lives.”