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2019 Dr. Kate Waller Barrett Advocate Award Winner: Michael Kehoe

Florence Crittenton Services is pleased to honor Michael J. Kehoe, Vice President of Finance for US Operations at PCL Construction, as the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Kate Waller Barrett Advocate Award.  This award is presented annually to a community member who embodies the spirit of empowerment and support of young mothers and their children.

About Dr. Kate Waller Barrett

Dr. Kate Waller Barrett (January 24, 1857 – February 23, 1925) was a humanitarian, philanthropist, and social reformer. While raising six children and opening a shelter for unwed mothers, she earned a Medical Degree and a Doctor of Science. In 1895, Dr. Barrett joined Charles Nelson Crittenton to co-found the National Florence Crittenton Mission, and they established rescue homes for unwed mothers across the country. More than 70 Crittenton homes operated in the United States and abroad at the time of her death.

In 1909, Dr. Barret became the Mission’s President and ignited the movement of supporting young girls and young women, including women of color. Her advocacy efforts and leadership also supported girls and young women beyond the walls of the Crittenton homes. A few of her many accomplishments include:

  • Partnering with John D. Rockefeller to create an anti-trafficking film, Traffic in Souls;
  • Voted President of the National Council of Women;
  • Appointed a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention; and
  • Appointed as special agent of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration for her anti-sex trafficking and advocacy changing the way girls and young women were treated while in custody.

2019 Dr. Kate Waller BarrettAdvocate Award Winner, Mike Kehoe

In the spirit of Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, Mike Kehoe is a passionate advocate and champion for the teen families at Florence Crittenton Services. Mike currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for US Operations of PCL Construction where he has worked for over 18 years. Prior to PCL, Mike spent nine years at KPMG in Denver.

Mike is a true asset to our community as both a business and civic leader. The core values that drive success at PCL—honesty, integrity, respect, dynamic culture, and passion—are the same principles that Mike leads with. Mike was a member of the FloCrit Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015, serving as Board Chair from 2013 to 2015 and serving on the Building for Teen Family Success Capital Campaign Steering Committee. His passion for the mission and business experience was paramount to the success of that campaign which funded the expansion of the Florence Crittenton Campus and most notably enabled Florence Crittenton Services to expand their Early Childhood Education programming to include preschool. His continued commitment to teen mothers and their children, and his willingness to speak up on their behalf, has furthered the effectiveness and enhanced the services we provide.

Mike was appointed to the Mile High United Way Board of Trustees in 2016. He served on the board of the Construction Financial Management Association – Colorado Chapter for 10 years and has volunteered as a youth sports coach in Jefferson County for 19 sports seasons. We are thrilled to recognize this incredible community leader with the Dr. Kate Waller Barrett Advocate Award.