THE STORY OF TWO 3 YEAR OLDS
EndCAN CEO 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 TEAM
Richard Krugman, M.D.
Co-Founder & Board Chair
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 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 as well as 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. Additionally, Lori has consulted within the legal system to advocate for change in the field and to develop greater understanding.
Dwight Clasby is a respected fundraising veteran with broad experience across the education and nonprofit sectors. As EndCAN’s Development Director, he is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies and engagement initiatives to significantly expand and strengthen support for EndCAN’s mission to end child abuse and neglect.
Dwight has held senior management positions with private and public universities, prominent independent schools, a community college foundation, as well as the largest community foundation in Texas. His active role in numerous civic, charitable and non-profit boards has provided additional insight in working with organizations that are committed to serving their constituents and communities, while expanding their bases of influence and effectiveness.
Aiesha Hemeda is an avid believer in standing up and supporting those who need help, or are unable to do so themselves. She has a passion for communications because she believes it is built on storytelling, and that it is essential the important stories be told such as the ones that are advocated for by EndCAN. Aiesha obtained her bachelors in Public relations and Advertising from The College Of Saint Rose, and is currently pursuing her masters in Digital Marketing. In the past, Aiesha has worked on social media projects and campaigns for various non profits in her local area. As the child of an immigrant, Aiesha is an advocate for raising awareness and support for children of immigrant families, and is ecstatic to help EndCAN continue pushing their mission.
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