THE STORY OF TWO 3 YEAR OLDS
Our Executive Director, Lori Poland, was abducted at three years old from her front yard by a stranger who abused her and placed her in the pit of an outhouse toilet for 3 ½ days until her rescue by bird watchers. Her life has since been dedicated to healing and helping others affected by abuse. Her abductor was once an abused three year old who did not get help.
MEET OUR STAFF
Richard Krugman, M.D.
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.
Founding Executive Director
Lori Poland is a childhood survivor of a high-profile child abuse case and has since devoted her life and career to ending child abuse and neglect, and to healing its cycles and ripple effects. She has spent her career working in mental health and the nonprofit sector as a therapist for children and families. Lori transitioned from therapy to assume the job of Executive Director for EndCAN, leveraging her background in business management and program development. Lori travels nationally as a motivational speaker talking about possibilities after trauma, becoming a transcender and the ripple effects of trauma on children and families, and has consulted within the legal system to advocate for change in the field and to develop greater understanding.
Genevieve Rivera is a Dean’s Honors graduate holding a degree in Marketing and Media Communications. With a focus on public relations and nonprofit strategy, Genevieve brings her educational and practical experience to the EndCAN team. She exudes a strong empathy for the struggles, trials, and tribulations facing today’s children and has a deep commitment to help improve their quality of life. She believes this is possible through building a caring community of compassionate individuals dedicated to making a difference.
As a mother, Genevieve understands the challenges that new parents face. She believes that through understanding, education, and child development awareness, we can prevent child abuse.
Through partnership with the American Society for the Positive Care of Children and in depth volunteer work at a large school for the deaf and blind, she has witnessed first hand how love and positive care can impact children’s lives.
Genevieve believes strongly in the advocacy work of EndCAN and is passionately dedicated to protecting children’s rights. Her motto is that “Great things don’t ever come from comfort zones”, and she applies this through her daily efforts to propel EndCAN’s mission and create change. Genevieve is Brain Story certified and is excited to disseminate this life-changing approach throughout the United States.
Stephanie comes to EndCAN with a plethora of non-profit experience, a warm and inviting personality and a passion for healthy families and children. Stephanie is a mother to three children with her husband and best friend. Stephanie’s ability to plan, organize and coordinate allows her to support the small staff of EndCAN in being effective and strong systems changers. Stephanie’s strengths include organization, thoughtfulness, passion and kindness. Stephanie believes in the motto of everything happens for a reason and knows that her joining the team at EndCAN is part of her journey and she is elated to be a part of the change for children and families.
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