Topic: People

A Message from Rep. Lois Landgraf

“It absolutely breaks my heart to think that kids will be mistreated and abused. I encourage anyone who sees something troubling to speak up and report it.”

Motivated daily by her six wonderful grandchildren, Representative Landgraf is determined to protect and strengthen the well-being of Colorado’s children. As the representative for Southern El Paso County which includes Fort Carson, she is focused on the mental health impacts that military deployments have on local families.

Rep. Landgraf is a sponsor of House Bill 1078, which would provide veterans with access to mental health treatment to help support their return to civilian life. This transition is stressful for every member of the family, and can often lead to higher instances of child abuse. Rep. Landgraf is also working on House Bill 1021, which would establish a task force for youth experiencing homelessness.

Watch the video below to hear more from Rep. Landgraf.

Announcing the 2018 Kempe Award Honorees

On March 15, The Kempe Foundation will honor two individuals at our signature Imagine 2018 Luncheon – Reggie Bicha and Linda Alvarado. Both of this year’s honorees are commended for their dedication to children through professional and personal accomplishments and commitments. We are grateful to have both of these individuals as long-time supporters of Kempe and leaders in our community.

2018 Kempe Professional Award Honoree Reggie Bicha serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Since his appointment to this role in 2011, Mr. Bicha has engaged in bold initiatives to redesign and refocus the delivery of human services. Under his leadership, CDHS has attracted national attention for its innovation and leadership. In addition, Mr. Bicha has led major advances in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty. Mr. Bicha is being recognized for his unparalleled commitment to human services and to the health and well-being of our local community.

2018 Kempe Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree Linda Alvarado is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc. In addition to her many professional accomplishments in the commercial construction industry, Ms. Alvarado is actively involved in supporting a number of charitable organizations, many of which are dedicated to the well-being and advancement of children and families. She is also dedicated to opening doors and increasing opportunities for women and people of all ethnic backgrounds to enter new careers. She is a passionate supporter of the work of Kempe and well deserving of this honor.

 

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 15!

Register today for Imagine 2018 and help us celebrate these incredible individuals!

Denise Jendrusch Named Development Director

As we welcome 2018, we are also excited to welcome Denise Jendrusch as our Development Director.

“We are delighted to have Denise on our team,” said John Faught, Kempe’s President and CEO. “We are confident that her wealth of experience and longevity in the Denver community will bring continued success to our organization.”

As Development Director, Denise will be responsible for developing and executing Kempe’s annual fundraising plan. She will also secure sponsors for Kempe’s major events, and cultivate relationships with donors who wish to support the Foundation’s mission. Denise will also focus on building the Kempe Ambassadors program, a group of professionals who work in concert with the Kempe Foundation to provide awareness, education, advocacy and fundraising support.

“I am eager to use my experience and expertise in new ways to make a difference in the community I live in,” said Denise. “I have worked with many nonprofits throughout my career and I have a strong passion for helping Kempe succeed.”

Prior to joining Kempe, Denise was the Advertising Director for the Denver Business Journal for more than 20 years. There, she was responsible for developing new revenue through event sponsorships and both print and digital advertising. She also managed business development and cultivated strong relationships with local business and nonprofit leaders.

You can reach Denise by email at Jendrusch.Denise@Kempe.org or by phone at 303-864-5308.

Attorney John Kellogg Named Chair of Foundation Board

The Kempe Foundation announces John W. Kellogg, Esq. as the chair of the organization’s board of directors.

Kellogg is a member of the business section at Moye White LLP. In this role, he advises a wide array of clients on corporate formation and governance, planning and documentation of venture capital financings, as well as development, structure, and due diligence involved with mergers and acquisition. He is passionate about advancing Kempe’s work to care for children.

“For more than 45 years, Kempe has been a global leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect,” said Kellogg. “In my role as board chair, I’m excited to focus on the future of Kempe as we work to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow and thrive.”

Kellogg has been a member of the board of directors since 2015. He succeeds Bill Mackiernan who previously served as board chair.