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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Monica Lanum, SPHR, MBA

Chief Human Resources 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

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, Esq.

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

* Indicates past Board Chair

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

Junior Board

Officers

Maggie Ryan, President
CIBC

Megan Zande, Event Co-Chair
CIBC

Kloie McCann, Event Co-Chair
CIBC

Maureen McCluskey, Event Co-Chair
Duane Morris LLP

Stepanie Vlamis, Recruitment Chair
CIBC

Breck Seitz, Philanthropy Chair
CNA

Jenna Hinsdale, Raffle Chair President
Mesirow Financial

 

Board Members

Nicolas Anderson
Jahn US

Mike Bensdorf
ComEd

Greg Bortz
Lincoln International LLC

Bridgette Bouse
CIBC

Derek Breese
CIBC

Marie Cunningham
Mesirow Financial

Ryan Downs
Huron

Jillian Dougherty
MB Financial

Hannah Ferstel
CIBC

Michael Free
CIBC

Danielle Haddad
CNA

Kent Larson
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 Managemen

Sean Whitney
Mainstreet Advisors

Megan Zande
CIBC

Staff Liaisons

Stacey Hacker Children’s Place Association

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.

Officers

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

Julia Rehwinkel Roberts, Vice Chair
Deputy Director, Latin America and Caribbean
Population Services International

Brad Dunlap, Secretary
Vice President
CIVCO Medical Solutions

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

Board Members

Abraham Goldman
Senior Counsel
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

Marc Harris
Head of Global Research
RBC Capital Markets

Cathy Krieger
President & CEO
Children’s Place Association

Wesler Lambert, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Zanmi Lasante Haiti

Terry McAllister
President, International Markets
Teknion International

Richard Moser
Divisional Vice President Corporate Communications
Abbott Laboratories

Edward Otto
Principal
Ted Otto Group, LLC

Ambassador Board for Fundraising

Tina Eddy
Regional Vice-President
Fresenius Medical Care

Cheryl Gelfond
Vice President
Synthesis

Tim Koenig
Vice President
Navicor Group

Rhea Keenan
Community Volunteer

Kendra Morrill
Community Volunteer

Vanessa Tanaka
Special Counsel
Cadwalader