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Kitty and Mark Kennedy

Kitty and Mark Kennedy

Kitty and Mark Kennedy

Alaska is a place with big skies and many stars but for Kitty and Mark Kennedy, the stars aligned over Pueblo.

Both were born in Anchorage, Ak., in the same hospital with the same signatories on their birth certificates. But the two didn’t meet until they were students at Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University-Pueblo).

Both Mark and Kitty were children of military families. Kitty is the eldest of five children in an Army family and attended nine different schools before graduating from Centennial High School. Mark is the third of four boys in an Air Force family and traveled widely during various tours of duty. Mark attended more than a half-dozen schools and graduated from Chofu High School in Tokyo.

Kitty always considered Pueblo home and received her bachelor’s degree from SCSC. She later completed a master’s degree in curriculum development from Leslie College.

Mark’s family considered themselves Coloradans as several tours of duty took the family to the state. So Mark came to Pueblo to pursue his bachelor’s degree. After graduating from SCSC, he immediately began and completed his work on a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. Following his graduation from Drake, Mark and Kitty were married.

Kitty is a career educator in Pueblo, having served more than 25 years at Pueblo City Schools (District 60), spanning numerous classroom experiences, dropout prevention coordination, visual and performing arts and early childhood education.

Mark began his career in 1979 at Bosworth Sullivan, a regional investment firm, as one of the youngest ever hired in the industry. It was the start of a successful 38-year career and he has received numerous awards and recognitions by his firms, peers and clients for his outstanding professional guidance and community involvement.

The Kennedys are known in Pueblo for giving their time and resources to dozens of agencies and causes in Pueblo. Mark has served as small business chairman of the annual United Way fund drive. He has helped organize a corporate golf tournament to support nonprofits in Pueblo, raising in excess of $250,000 in the past 22 years.

Mark is a past trustee and board chair for the Pueblo David and Lucille Packard Foundation and was honored by the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center as a Trustee of Distinction for his decades of service to the board.

Kitty is an original member of the Pueblo Junior League and has volunteered on numerous boards and commissions, including the Pueblo Day Nursery Children’s Foundation and the founding advisory committee for the PAWs Children’s Museum at the Arts Center. She is a past president of the Broadway Theater League and a former trustee of the Pueblo City-County Library District.

She’s been recognized for Outstanding Service to the Community by the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association and as Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Pueblo library district.

She currently is a member of the Centennial High School Hall of Fame Committee, and president of the Pueblo Country Club Board of Directors.

Kitty also was elected to two terms on the Pueblo School District 60 Board of Education, including serving as its president. Under her leadership, the school district was recognized and awarded for student success, retention and achievement. As an education consultant with a nationwide school executive leadership search firm, Kitty has helped place superintendents in school districts throughout the country.

Mark has served more than 20 years on the boards of Parkview Medical Center. He has served as a member and chairman of the Parkview Foundation Board and is currently chairman of the Parkview Health System, Inc.

The couple has two daughters who both reside in Denver. Mark and Kitty enjoy being outdoors, skiing, traveling and spending time with their first granddaughter.

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