Our Team

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

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Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MA, MBA

President & CEO

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John Sweeney, MBA

Deputy Executive Director

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Kathryn Shaw, MBA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Daniel L. Dever

Director of Development

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Susan Reyna-Guerrero, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

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Stacey Hacker, MPA

Assistant Director of Development

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Daphne Bobo, RN

Residential Program Manager

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Ivan Harrison III, MA

Foster Care Program Manager

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Porsche Snowden

Early Learning Center Program Manager

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Micol Werner

Assistant Director of International Programs

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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.

Officers

Bob Ryan, Chair
CFO/Co-Owner
Gold Fish Swim School – Roscoe Village

Christopher Murphy, Vice Chair/Treasurer, CPA
Partner
RSM US

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

Board Members

Brenda B. Asare *
President & CEO
The Alford Group

Robert T. Bale*
Community Volunteer/ Founding Board Member

Kristen Daihes Partner Opex Analytics

John J. Durso
Attorney at Law

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

Bethany Neckvatal
Senior Vice President
Mesirow Financial Currency Management Group

Edward F. Otto*
Principal
Ted Otto Group, LLC

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

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

John F. Ward, Jr
Partner
Jenner & Block

Leadership Advisory Council

Robert T. Bale*
Community Volunteer

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

Richard S. Price
Chairman
Mesirow Financial

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

* Indicates past Board Chair

Junior Board

Children’s Place Association Junior Board of Directors is made up of young professionals from a variety of professions who volunteer their time and organize a premier fundraising event to raise awareness and much needed financial support for the organization.

Officers

Maggie Ryan,President
CIBC

Maureen McCluskey,
Co-Chair

Morris LLP

Kloie McCann, Event
Co-Chair

CIBC

Jenna Hinsdale, Raffle Chair
Cushman & Wakefield

Breck Seitz, Philanthropy Chair
CNA

Stephanie Vlamis, Recruitment Chair
CIBC

Board Members

Nicolas Anderson
Jahn US

Michael Bensdorf 
Community Volunteer

Greg Bortz
Lincoln International LLC

Bridgette Bouse
CIBC

Derek Breese
CIBC

Jordan Burke
CIBC

Marie Cunningham
Mesirow Financial

Jillian Dougherty
Fifth Third

Hannah Ferstel
CIBC

Michael Free
CIBC

Danielle Haddad
CNA

Kent Larson
CNA

Leigh Loftus
Loftus Inc.

Madeline McGinnis
CIBC

Skylar Mihalik
CNA

Madison Mooney
CNA

Steven Pesce
Fifth Third

Sam Smola
CIBC

Cristina Valdes
CIBC

Christopher Wheatley
Mesirow Financial

Kelly Whitney
Duchossois Capital Management

Sean Whitney
Mainstreet Advisors

Megan Zande
CIBC