Mary Edna Helfer, M.Ed.
Mary Edna Helfer has been at the forefront of child abuse and neglect prevention efforts for many years. According to one colleague, Mary Edna has helped to "keep the flame alive."
Ms. Helfer is Senior Editor of The Battered Child Syndrome, a key publication in the field that is currently in its fifth edition. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America. A. Sidney Johnson, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, states that Mary Edna is a strong advocate with a "real vision of what the field needs." Ms. Helfer is active on several committees of the Prevent Child Abuse America Board and has a particular interest in the area of research.
She has also been extensively involved for many years in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Colorado. Ms. Helfer sat on the Board of the Colorado Children's Trust Fund for two years and, in that capacity, brought significant issues to light for betterment of children and families. She has also been involved with the Kempe Center, a clinically-based resource for training, consultation, program development and evaluation, and research in all forms of child abuse and neglect.
Personally, Ms. Helfer is the widow of Ray Helfer, M.D., the founder of the Children's Trust Fund movement in the United States. She is also "grandmother extraordinaire" to two grandchildren who came from an abusive environment. She is truly an example for us all in the prevention of child abuse and neglect at the state and national levels, as well as the professional and personal levels.