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


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 Chief Legal Officer and Specialized Operations SmithBucklin

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

Christopher Murphy, Treasurer, CPA Partner RSM US

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

Board Members

Brenda B. Asare President & 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

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

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

Edward F. Otto*
Ted Otto Group, LLC

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 of The Auxiliary of Children’s Place Association

* Indicates past Board Chair