The Kempe Center and Kempe Foundation are pleased to announce Kathryn Wells, MD as the new Executive Director of the Center. A board certified specialist in Child Abuse Pediatrics, Dr. Wells has dedicated her career to protecting children and families and building communities where children have the opportunity to thrive.
“In my experience, child abuse and neglect can’t be solved by one person or profession,” said Wells. “In this role, I hope to build on the tremendous reputation and history of the Kempe Center as a leader in preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. We hope to build and strengthen the community partnerships we have with the State of Colorado and counties around the state. In doing so, I hope Colorado will be a model for the rest of the country.”
For nearly 50 years, the Kempe Center has strived to improve the care and well being of all children by strengthening families, communities and the systems that serve them. Through clinical service, research, education and training, the Center supports innovation in systems and communities that work with vulnerable children, youth and families.
Dr. Wells will also be serving as the Section Head for Child Abuse and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Center is located on the Anshutz Medical Campus, and is supported by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Kempe Foundation. It also works in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado to run the Kempe Child Protection Team, a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals from medicine, pediatrics, mental health and hospital social work to evaluate, diagnose and treat suspected victims of child abuse and neglect.
Prior to taking this position, Wells was the Medical Director of the Denver Health Clinic at the Family Crisis Center and an attending physician at Denver Health and with the Kempe Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also did clinical research at the Kempe Center and served as an Outreach Liaison with ECHO Colorado. Wells is originally from Montana where she went to college at Carroll College in Helena, MT. She then earned her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she also completed a pediatric residency at Creighton/University of NE combined program. She practiced general pediatrics for 5 years in Caldwell, ID before coming to Colorado in 2001.
Wells follows Dr. Desmond Runyan in this position. Runyan retired from the Kempe Center in 2018
On March 14, The Kempe Foundation will honor two community advocates at our signature Imagine 2019 Luncheon – Jade Woodard and Cresa. Both honorees are commended for their dedication to children through professional and personal accomplishments and commitments. We are grateful to have these honorees as long-time supporters of Kempe and leaders in our community.
“Kempe is pleased to honor Jade and Cresa as community leaders at our Imagine 2019 Luncheon,” says John Faught, Chief Executive Officer of The Kempe Foundation. “This year’s honorees manifest the same compassion and caring for children that is the core of Kempe’s work.”
2019 Kempe Professional Award Honoree, Jade Woodard is the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado – a united network of four established organizations partnering to build brighter childhoods through education, advocacy and family support. Governed by a single Board of Directors, agency programs are fully integrated to leverage resources and increase overall capacity to implement powerful programs to keep kids safe.
Over the past decade, Jade has worked alongside The Kempe Foundation to bring people together in innovative ways to heal children and families. By leveraging her relationships and collaborating with other professionals, she continues to help move statewide child abuse and neglect prevention efforts forward.
2019 Kempe Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree, Cresa is the world’s largest tenant representation firm with a corporate mission to “Do the Right Thing.” Through their Cresa Cares program, employees and leadership are encouraged to give back to their local communities by supporting charitable organizations, many of which are dedicated to the well-being and care of children and families.
Garrett Johnson, the Managing Principal of Cresa and a Kempe Ambassador, will accept the award on behalf of the company. For more than three years, Garrett has served as a Kempe Ambassador, working in concert with the Foundation to identify awareness, education, advocacy and fundraising opportunities to help end child abuse and neglect. He is a community advocate for not only the safety, health and well-being of children, but also for the work of Kempe.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees – we thank you for your passion and dedication to Kempe’s mission to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. And we look forward to celebrating you on March 14!
Register today for Imagine 2019 and help us celebrate these incredible individuals!
The Colorado Department of Human Services(CDHS) has awarded a $4.7 million annual contract to the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to continue running the state’s Child Welfare Training System (CWTS). Since 2013, the Kempe Center has worked alongside CDHS to revolutionize this training system through leadership and learning to positively impact Colorado’s children and families.
The Kempe Foundation has worked with legislators to ensure funding for this critical program is included in the state’s budget.
Read more on the CDHS website. See our latest update on the Child Welfare Training System.
We are pleased to announce Julia Stone has been promoted to President and COO. She will be responsible for overseeing daily operations and will provide insight on planning and decision making. John Faught will remain CEO of the Foundation, focusing on advocacy and strategic direction. Stone has been with the Foundation since October of 2012.
“For the past six years, I have seen firsthand how the fundraising and advocacy work of the Kempe Foundation directly impacts the lives of children and families here in Colorado and across the country,” says Stone. “In this new role I look forward to collaborating with our key partners, government agencies, other nonprofits and our community to grow our programs and reach.”
Since joining the Foundation, Stone has been integral to a variety of accomplishments. She addressed financial challenges early on by streamlining costs and improving efficiency. She has also supported Kempe’s facility at the Gary Pavilion, providing an effective and energizing space for the work of the Kempe Center professionals and Foundation staff. Most recently, Stone assisted with finalizing a partnership with the Haruv Institute of Israel to create the International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice.
“Julia has done outstanding work for the Kempe Foundation and I have no doubt she will continue to do so as our president,” said CEO John Faught. “Her expertise and dedication have allowed us to find innovative ways to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting experts, advocating for children and engaging communities.”
In 1962, Dr. C. Henry Kempe shocked the medical profession by exposing the reality of child abuse in his groundbreaking paper, The Battered Child Syndrome. The BBC recently aired a brief history of this remarkable man who helped save many children’s lives. Click here to listen to his powerful story.