Richard Krugman, M.D.

Co-Founder & Board Chair Emeritus

Dr. Richard Krugman is one of the preeminent experts and scholars in the field of child abuse and neglect in this country and a protégé of Dr. Kempe himself.  Dr. Krugman, Dick as many know him, is a pediatrician and Distinguished University Professor at The Kempe Center. He is the former Director of The Kempe Center and served as both Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In the 1970’s, he also served an appointment with the Public Health Service at the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Washington D.C. Most notably, Krugman headed the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1988-1991. Throughout his career he has authored over 100 original papers, chapters, editorials, and six books. Dr. Krugman co-founded EndCAN, a long time dream of his with Lori Poland after retiring as Dean so to help move child abuse from being seen solely as a social and legal issue, to also a health, public and mental health issue.


Lori Poland, M.A., L.P.C.

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer 

Lori is a thought leader by nature, guiding and leading innovation and conversation about taboo topics using authenticity, humor, and humility. Lori is a therapist who specializes in attachment and trauma, is trained in family counseling, child and adolescent therapy and infant mental health. Lori maintains a small private practice supporting people in attachment, relationships, and personal growth. Lori has spent the last 27 years as a public-speaker motiving audiences in self-improvement, personal introspection, and healing through life’s presented challenges. Lori shares openly and genuinely about the effects of trauma, the journey of healing, and the impact that relationships have on our growth by being open about her own traumatic experience of being abducted, abused and left for dead in the pit of an outhouse toilet at the age of 3. Lori’s healing experience has led her, along with her treating doctor from her kidnapping, to co-found The National Foundation To End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN). Through her work at EndCAN, Lori continues the conversation with audiences big and small helping people to talk more openly about child abuse and neglect, moving it from its current view of being solely a social and legal issue to also being seen as a public health, mental health and physical health problem that needs attention, community, a voice, and significant change in order to end abuse and neglect. Lori’s mission in life is to be intentional, impactful, kind and loving to as many people as possible, spreading messages of hope and possibility and uniting communities to change together one audience at a time. <3 


Amy Farnan

Director of Development

Amy Farnan brings more than 25 years of fundraising experience to her position as Development Director since joining EndCAN in 2022.  Her experience includes developing and implementing successful fundraising programs to reach a variety of constituencies in diverse environments through grant writing, events, and personal solicitations. Amy is passionate about social justice and connecting donors to the powerful work of EndCAN.

Amy held leadership positions at Dumb Friends League, Craig Hospital, Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation, Kent Denver School and University of Denver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado.

Kasey McBride

External Relations Manager

Rebecca Howard

Digital Media Specialist

Born and raised in Colorado, Rebecca Howard has spent much of her career as a writer and content specialist. She is experienced in creating compelling content for websites, blogs, marketing materials, social media, and more. As a storyteller at heart, Rebecca is passionate about helping EndCAN fulfill its mission to spread awareness about the impacts of abuse  

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and technical communication from Colorado State University.

Outside of work, she enjoys live music, good food, and pop culture trivia.  


Violet Chazkel

External Relations Coordinator

Violet Chazkel is a graduate student at The University of Denver pursuing a Master’s degree in International Human Rights, with a certificate in Global Health. She has always had a passion for improving children’s wellbeing and is grateful for the opportunity to work with others who share a similar goal. She has an interdisciplinary background in human behavior, public policy, and health interventions. Her roles in research positions, educational settings, and in the international nonprofit sector have motivated her excitement to work for an international humanitarian organization in the future. She looks forward to applying what she is learning in graduate school and at EndCAN to professional positions throughout her career. Outside of academic and professional settings, Violet loves to bake, play with her cat, be outside in nature, and listen to podcasts.

Karyn Detzel

Administrative Assistant


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