Topic: Press Releases

The Kempe Foundation Announces New Chief Mission Officer, Jeremy Stern

 AURORA, CO (May 18, 2021) – The Kempe Foundation is pleased to announce Jeremy Stern as the organization’s Chief Mission Officer. Stern brings 18 years of experience in the nonprofit industry with expertise in corporate development, fundraising and community engagement to this new role. As Chief Mission Officer, Stern will play a pivotal role in turning the Foundation’s vision into action.

“Jeremy’s commitment to our vision and passion for the cause is palpable,” said Kempe Foundation CEO Jon Kruljac. “We are so excited to have his fresh perspective, energy and diverse skillset on our team.”

Most recently, Stern served as the Director of Business Development & Public Relations for Mile High Behavioral Healthcare – metro Denver’s leading nonprofit provider of affordable, evidence-based behavioral health services. In this role, Stern led all development and marketing components, cultivated partnerships and organized fundraising and community events. Stern is most excited to bring his ability to form lifelong, impactful relationships to the Foundation.

As Chief Mission Officer, Stern will focus on building revenue to contribute to the financial stability of the Foundation. This includes communications, donor database management, events, corporate partnerships, community partnerships, annual giving campaigns and comprehensive digital and social media campaigns and products aimed at raising the Foundation’s profile. He believes collaboration is key to finding lasting solutions to complex issues.

“I feel so connected to the Kempe Foundation’s mission and I’m so honored I get to be a part of the team that builds it out and sees it through,” said Stern. “I look forward to implementing strategies to increase revenue, brand recognition and community support for the Foundation.”

In his free time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife Emily, sons Jack and James, and his furry son, Murray. He serves as the Board President of Denver North Business Association as well as the co-chair the Tips & Leads Group of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Kempe Foundation Announces New CEO, Jon Kruljac

Kruljac brings nearly 30 years of past involvement with Kempe to his new role

AURORA, CO (January 5, 2021) – The Kempe Foundation is pleased to announce Jon Kruljac as the new Chief Executive Officer of The Kempe Foundation. Kruljac, a long-time advocate of the Foundation, is an accomplished, energetic and passionate leader with expertise in strategic planning and philanthropy.

“I am privileged to join such an esteemed organization that is leading efforts to achieve a safe and healthy future for children,” said Kruljac.

Kruljac has been involved with The Kempe Foundation for the last 30 years. He was first introduced to the Foundation in 1991 by Walt and Georgia Imhoff and has been a champion of their work ever since. He has remained involved with Kempe in a variety of capacities including serving as board chair and as an ambassador.

“I am honored that my journey has taken me full circle back to Kempe,” said Kruljac. “My vision for Kempe moving forward is to expand our reach and grow our spheres of influence, with the ultimate goal being for Kempe professionals to serve as many children in the community as possible.”

Prior to being named Kempe’s CEO, Kruljac had a successful career representing public companies in capital markets and investor relations spanning more than 30 years. In 1998, Kruljac started his own consulting company, Monarch Consulting Inc., where he worked with companies in women’s health care, life sciences and oil and gas exploration sectors. After merging his practice and becoming a partner at GVC Capital, he managed financing and investor communications for Colorado based oil and gas companies before retiring in 2019. In addition to his involvement with Kempe, Kruljac also served on the board of Invest in Kids from 2012 to 2020.

Kruljac follows John Faught in this position after his six years of leadership at the Foundation. Kruljac and Faught have successfully collaborated with one another over the last 25 years in a variety of capacities to further child abuse prevention and treatment efforts. Faught stepped down from his role as CEO on December 31, 2020 but continues his work with The Kempe Foundation as the Executive Director of Public Policy. He feels confident in Kruljac’s ability to move Kempe’s mission forward.

“He will make an excellent CEO. Jon has years of experience in the private sector raising funds, but more importantly, Jon has an extreme compassion for children,” said Faught.

While the Foundation is changing leadership, Kempe remains dedicated to their mission of working to achieve a safe and healthy future for children and families.

The Kempe Foundation Elects Three New Members to its Board of Directors

AURORA, CO (Oct. 7, 2019) –  The Kempe Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Cindie Jamison, Garrett Johnson and Debora Langer to its Board of Directors.

Cindie Jamison is an experienced board member currently serving on four public company boards. She is active within board committees – audit, compensation and corporate government – and has held multiple officer positions. Jamison has consumer product, retail, restaurant and professional service and consulting expertise and has two decades of experience as a CFO during turnaround and crisis. She has been active as a Kempe Ambassador for two years.

Garrett Johnson, a Managing Principal with Cresa Denver, is an expert in strategic planning, site selection and financial analysis. As part of the world’s largest occupier-only commercial real estate firm, he works with clients to match their real estate needs with their business plans. As a Kempe Ambassador, Johnson has chosen Kempe as the recipient of Cresa Denver’s philanthropic community support and has contributed monetarily and through event sponsorship.

Debora Langer is the North America Professional Services Regional Manager of Ping Identity and the Founder of Inviscid Sales Solutions. Langer leverages her technical and customer facing expertise to facilitate relationship building and business advancement. As a part of a global organization focused on cloud identity management and security, Langer has a unique business perspective and drive to get things done. She has been an active Kempe Ambassador since 2018.

“All three of our newest board members have unique experience and expertise that will enhance our Board of Directors,” said John Faught, CEO of the Kempe Foundation. “We welcome Cindie, Garrett and Debora to the Board and are delighted to have them on our team as we continue to strengthen our organization.”

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About The Kempe Foundation

The Kempe Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Kempe works to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. www.kempe.org

Governor Polis Signs Bill to Create Colorado’s First Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network

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AURORA, CO (May 23, 2019) – The Kempe Center and Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of the Colorado’s Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network (CARENetwork) by the Colorado Legislature through HB19-1133. The CARENetwork is a program to provide quality assessments for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect by building local capacity in communities. As the Resource Center for the CARENetwork, the Kempe Center will recruit designated health care and behavioral health providers in communities across the state and train them as to the signs of child abuse and neglect and resources available to families to address risks that may lead to child abuse and neglect.

HB19-1133, sponsored by Representatives Caraveo and Pelton and Senator Fields, was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on May 23, 2019.

“Although the session presented a new political landscape with Democrats in control of the Senate, House, and Governor’s Office, we were able to garner bipartisan support for a number initiatives for improving the safety, health and well-being of children and youth across Colorado,” said John Faught, CEO of The Kempe Foundation. “The CARENetwork will ultimately expand the safety net for children, and likely contribute to a reduction in severe incidents of child abuse and neglect, including fatalities.”

The CARENetwork is a state program within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and in coordination with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS).

The Kempe Foundation worked closely with various stakeholders including the CDPHE, CDHS, American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Advocacy Centers, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Colorado Children’s Campaign to pass the legislation. The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

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About The Kempe Foundation
The Kempe Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Kempe works to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. www.kempe.org

Dr. Kathryn Wells named new Director of Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

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.