Our Team

The management team of Children’s Place Association brings together their diverse backgrounds to help fulfill our mission.


Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MA, MBA

President & CEO


John Sweeney, MBA

Deputy Executive Director


Kathryn Shaw, MBA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer


Daniel L. Dever

Director of Development


Susan Reyna-Guerrero, LCSW

Chief Program Officer


Monica Lanum, SPHR, MBA

Chief Human Resources Officer


Stacey Hacker, MPA

Assistant Director of Development


Daphne Bobo, RN

Residential Program Manager


Ivan Harrison III, MA

Foster Care Program Manager


Porsche Snowden

Early Learning Center Program Manager


Micol Werner

Assistant Director of International Programs


Jennifer Torres, MPH

International Program Manager

Founding Board of Directors

In the late 1980s a small group of concerned Chicagoans responded to the HIV/AIDS health crisis and its impact on children by creating a new organization. Its original program, a 10-bed Children’s Residential Center with 24-hour nursing care, opened in 1991 – one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Thank you to the Founding Board of Directors.

Robert T. Bale Henrietta Bertelsman Joseph Hickey Jack Lee (in memoriam) Elizabeth LeTourneau-Lee Langdon D. Neal Amy Puccinelli Jack Strand Ram Yogev, MD

Board of Directors

Children’s Place Association Board of Directors is made up of community and business leaders. Their diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives and leadership to the organization.


Michael Silverman, Chair Senior Vice President – Chief Legal Officer and Specialized Operations SmithBucklin

Bob Ryan, Vice Chair Chief Financial Officer/Co-Owner Goldfish Swim School

Christopher Murphy, CPA, Treasurer Partner RSM US

Bethany Neckvatal, Secretary Senior Vice President Mesirow Financial Currency Management Group

Board Members

Brenda B. Asare President and CEO The Alford Group

Robert T. Bale Community Volunteer Founding Board Member

Josephine Calderon Vice President & Senior Trust Officer – Trust & Wealth Management                    Devon Bank

John J. Durso Attorney at Law  

Brian K. Greenblatt* President, Middle Market – Commercial Banking CIBC

Richard D. Joutras Chairman of the Board (Retired) SG360° a Segerdahl Company

Harold A. Kessler, MD Global Medical Director ViiV Healthcare

Raymond J. Mulligan Vice President (Retired) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Edward F. Otto* Principal Ted Otto Group, LLC

Kathleen Ryan Sellew* Managing Director (Retired) Marsh USA Inc.

Diana Ware Vice President, Corporate Senior Risk Manager Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services

Leadership Advisory Council

Robert T. Bale* Community Volunteer

Langdon D. Neal* Principal and Owner Neal & Leroy, LLC

Richard S. Price Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mesirow Financial

Mrs. John R. Walter Community Volunteer & Co-Founder of The Auxiliary of Children’s Place Association

* Indicates past Board Chair

Junior Board

Children’s Place Association Junior Board  is made up of young professionals committed to using their networks to raise awareness of and for  the organization.


Maggie Ryan,  President – CIBC

Stepanie Vlamis, Recruitment Chair –  CIBC

Breck Seitz, Philanthropy Chair – CNA

Kloie McCann, Event Co-Chair – CIBC

Maureen McCluskey, Event Co-Chair – Duane Morris LLP

Jenna Hinsdale, Raffle Chair President – Mesirow Financial

Megan Zande’ Event Co-Chair CIBC

Greg Bortz Lincoln International LLC

Bridgette Bouse CIBC

Derek Breese CIBC

Nicolas Anderson Jahn US

Mike Bensdorf ComEd

Marie Cunningham Mesirow Financial

Ryan Downs Huron

Jillian Dougherty MB Financial

Hannah Ferstel CIBC

Michael Free CIBC

Danielle Haddad CNA

Leigh Loftus Loftus Inc

Madeline MeGinnis CIBC

Skylar Mihalik CNA

Madison Mooney CNA

Steven Pesce Fifth Third Bank

Ray Ross RSM US

Sam Smola CIBC

Christina Valdes CIBC

Kelly Whitney Duchossois Capital Management

Sean Whitney Mainstreet Advisors

Megan Zande CIBC

International Board of Directors

The Board of Children’s Place International is made up of individuals from the Chicago community and abroad who are committed to bringing vital services to high-need regions of the world.


Leslie McLeod, Chair Senior Vice President Alliant Employee Benefits Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services

Brad Dunlap, Vice Chair Vice President Business Development Civco Medical Solutions

Abraham Goldman, Secretary Senior Counsel Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH, Treasurer Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education School of Public Health University of Michigan

Board Members

Kevin Amoo-Mensah Client Relationship Manager Goldman Sachs

Marc Harris Community Volunteer

Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MBA President & CEO Children’s Place Association

Wesler Lambert, MD, MPH Executive Director Zanmi Lasante Haiti

Terry McAllister President International Markets Teknion International

James McAuley, MD Clinical Director Whiteriver Indian Hospital

Richard Moser Divisional Vice President Corporate Communications Abbott Laboratories

Edward Otto Principal Ted Otto Group, LLC

Julia Rehwinkel Roberts Senior Director, Latin America and Caribbean Population Services International

Ty Shockley Senior Director Baxter

Ambassador Board for Fundraising

Tina Eddy Regional Vice-President Fresenius Medical Care

Cheryl Gelfond Vice President Synthesis

Tim Koenig Vice President Annexus Health

Rhea Keenan Community Volunteer

Kendra Morrill Community Volunteer

Vanessa Tanaka Special Counsel Cadwalader