Our Child Abuse Prevention Month media partner KMGH 7 has produced five public service announcements for our new class of Kempe Superheroes.
About Carlos Gonzalez: Born in Venezuela, Carlos Gonzalez made his MLB debut in 2008 for the Oakland Athletics. In late 2008, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies and is currently an outfielder for the team. In 2010, he received the MLB National League Players Choice Award for Outstanding Player as well as MLB.COM’s Breakout Player of the Year award, and his first Sliver Slugger Award. The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of MLB.
About Brian Dawkins: Brian Dawkins attended Clemson University and was a three-year starter and a 2nd team All-American selection his senior year. The safety was in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2009, Dawkins signed a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos and currently lives in Denver with his wife and children. He is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
About Dr. Evie Dennis: Dr. Dennis’ career highlights include being a medical researcher and Denver Public Schools teacher, district administrator to develop, monitor and report the desegregation of schools, Executive Director with responsibilities for creating and ensuring community involvement, Deputy Superintendent for the realization of district curriculum goals and administrative practices and Superintendent from 1990-1994. Her leadership roles with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Rocky Mountain Amateur Athletic Union, USA Track and Field organizations and the El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence Commission were often as the first female and first African-American to hold the position.
About Mary Lou Makepeace: Her work in the nonprofit world began when she became the Executive Director of the Community Council of the Pikes Peak Region. Makepeace served on the Colorado Springs City Council for 12 years and was elected Colorado Springs’ first female mayor in 1997, serving two full terms. After leaving office, Makepeace became the director of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado in December 2003 and is currently the Vice President for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.
About Patricia Barela Rivera: For 11 years, Barela Rivera was the Colorado District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She has served the state in several capacities including Deputy Director for the Department of Local Affairs and Director for Citizen Advocacy and Outreach in the Governor’s Office. In addition, she has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards. She has received awards for her service including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Colorado Women’s Chamber, the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Escuela Tlatelolco.