Kyle Hempel, MBA - Board Chairman
Batavia, IL - Term: Jan. 2012 to Jan. 2023
Director-Sales, Apple Graphics; Sr. Designer, TV Access
Monica Woodson, MBA, MSM - Vice Chair
Chicago, IL - Term: Sep. 2019 to Jan. 2025
Monica Woodson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Albany Park Community Center, Inc.
APCC helps individuals, families, groups and businesses in the Albany Park neighborhood and city of Chicago succeed through diverse programs, education and social services.Woodson specializes in non-for-profit organizational development, performance management and driving operational excellence. She was appointed CEO in 2017 by the APCC Board of Directors and brings more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector to this position.
Dennis Carr, M.A. - Board Treasurer
Geneva, IL - Term: July 2019 to Jan. 2022
Dennis Carr is a retired telecom executive who worked for Ameritech and Belgacom as a Director, Vice President, and President. When Dennis moved to Brussels, Belgium he became the Chief Operating Officer of Belgacom. Dennis shared his huge experience with students, working as a mentor and supporting seniors to reach their graduation
Since being retired, Dennis has devoted his time to supporting and assisting his church, local charities, and service organizations. He has served in numerous leadership capacities and Board positions, devoted to family and children support, including Salvation Army, Kane County Specialty Courts Foundation, Fox Valley Christian Action, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation, and the Chicago Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Dennis also leads the fundraising efforts of Hosanna Lutheran Church for the “Rescue A Generation Christian Ministry” (Mendi, Ethiopia).
Dennis’ hobbies include family, reading non-fiction, playing golf, fantasy baseball, and travel. He and his wife Debra live in Geneva, Illinois. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Col. Jake Wyatt, M.A. - Past Board Chairman
St. Charles, IL - Term: Nov. 2013 to Jan. 2022
US Army (Retired); Owner/President of Wyatt Construction & MACS Mortgage - Jake is a Retired US Army Colonel, Master Aviator Pilot; who served 24 years on multiple assignments throughout world. He served in Vietnam and 1st Gulf War. He is a Graduate of National War College Industrial College of Armed Forces. Jake has his Master of Science in Transporatation Management from Florida Tech. and B.S. Business Administration, Economics and Marketing from University of Tennessee. He worked 11 years with Sean Robush & Co. as the National Manager of Home Delivery. After that he served as Vice President, Customer Care, at Genco Inc. where he managed 16 distribution centers for 6 years until retirement. After retirement, Jake is now the owner of Wyatt Consulting and MACs Mortgage Inc, Lakewood Co.
Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D. - Executive Director and Past Chairman
Batavia, IL - Term: Jan. 2012 to Jan. 2022
As President of the Child Rights and Protection Consultancy-International (CRPCI) since 2008, she has focused on leveraging children’s rights (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) to strengthen protection of children from violence and maltreatment. Major consultation and training projects included Belarus, Colombia, Georgia, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa & USA, to leverage child rights and protection-related national policy-making to strengthen inter-sectoral CP services and systems. From 1995 until September 2008, Kimberly served as Executive Director, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), with members in over 180 countries, working with UNICEF, WHO, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, NGO and government leaders. Fluent in French and functional in Spanish, she holds Masters and PhD degrees in Human and Organizational Development/Systems.
Journal articles include: Co-Guest Editor role, with CRC Committee Chairperson Yanghee Lee, of theNovember 2009, January 2010 and December 2011 Issues of Child Abuse and Neglect: TheInternational Journal (CAN:J).
Board Members At Large
Lore Baker, M.A.
Aurora, IL - Term: 01/2022 - 01/2023
Lore Baker is a highly respected supportive housing and homeless services expert. Ms. Baker is currently
the President and CEO of the Association for Individual Development (AID). Since 1961, AID has served individuals with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health challenges, those in crisis
situations and those at risk. Vital, life-enriching services that promote the highest level of independence and community immersion include: autism programs; permanent supportive housing; in-home support;
developmental and vocational training; job placement and on-the-job coaching services; crisis intervention; victims services; mental health treatment; behavioral intervention; health and wellness;
community education; and advocacy. Operating in the greater Fox Valley area and other western suburban counties, AID is a leading provider of services that address the unique needs of individuals throughout every stage of their lives. Serving over 6,400 children and adults, AID operates community day centers in Elgin, Aurora, Batavia and Yorkville; mental health outpatient clinics throughout the Fox
Valley; supports over 1,000 individuals living in their own apartments; and more than 200 individuals in Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) scattered throughout the greater Fox Valley.
Amy Eccher, Owner, StatCAT Consulting
Amy’s ongoing interest in statistical analysis, combined with her advanced degree in Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Methods, provide her with a strong and broad knowledge of applied business
statistics. She is a seasoned statistician, who possesses over 30 years of experience using advanced statistical analysis to help clients answer their research issues and questions. Amy not only creates and runs the analysis plan; she also serves as a trusted advisor and partner to clients by communicating results in an easy to understand, high impact manner. For many years, Amy served as the Director of Research for a leading market research firm. In the late 90’s she founded StatCAT Consulting. In addition to her consulting company, Amy is also an
adjunct professor teaching Business Insights and Research at Aurora University. She has worked with clients worldwide, from Fortune 500 to small boutique research firms across the country.Clients view Amy as an extension of their team and a gifted teacher who helps them create value add solutions. Her unique skill set pairs her knowledge of statistical analysis, with her positive and energetic consulting ability to effectively address a wide range of analytical topics.
Lynn Garner, Ed.D. - Board Member
Chicago, IL - Term: Jan. 2016 to Jan. 2022
Dr. Garner is the Principal at CPS-Langford Academy in Chicago, IL. She has been an educator for many years and is committed to helping the children that she and her teachers come in contact with daily. Dr. Garner believes in ICDP and offers the group at her school to help those parents who desire to grow in supporting their children's education.
Heather Lengyel, M.A.
Geneva, IL - Term: 01/2022 - 01/2025
Heather is a publishing professional who specializes in intellectual property, contracts, subsidiary rights, and content licensing and sales for the U.S. and international markets. Having spent her career with university presses and academic and professional book publishers, she currently manages international content partnerships and licensing opportunities for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s educational business. After growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and earning her B.A. at the University of Michigan, Heather made stops in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maryland, to earn her master’s degree and further her publishing career. Heather has lived in Geneva for over 10 years, where she is the steward of a Little Free Library, the proud recipient of the 2019 CCWF Champion of Empathy Award, and involved with the Chicago Women in Publishing organization. She is passionate about her rescue dachshunds, as well as Michigan Wolverines sports, yoga, volunteering, California wine country, advocating for people with disabilities, good food and great wine, and traveling with her husband.
Chuck Miles, PMP, MBA - Board Member
Geneva, IL - Term: Jan. 2021 to 2024
Chuck Miles, is a 30 year resident of Geneva. Currently retired after a 32 year career with Caterpillar, he is involved in various volunteer efforts. He is currently the Treasurer of Geneva Rotary, serves as an Assistant Governor to Rotary District 6440 and is a 12 year Board Member at the Association for Individual Development (AID) where he currently serves as Treasurer. Chuck is a passionate advocate for affordable housing, developmental disability and mental health issues. He has served as an advisor to CCWF, providing input to its strategic planning and business processes. He has been trained as a facilitator in the Best Start program and has facilitated his first family class. In October 2020, Chuck was recognized as a Champion of Empathy.
Throughout my life, I have learned countless lessons. From receiving my CPA, to becoming a parent of three children (two in college) and also as a son who recently lost a father, I have acquired firsthand knowledge on how to navigate life's challenges. These challenges include saving for retirement, both as an employer and an employee, saving for college education expenses for children or grandchildren, saving for life's unexpected situations and understanding the value of proper estate planning.
As a child of immigrant parents, I was raised in an environment where nothing was given for free. I learned the value of hard work and saw just how much one could accomplish through diligent planning and dedication.
Furthermore, working as the treasurer of my youth group at an early age, I learned not only about the value of money, but also how to manage and allocate resources appropriately. Following my college graduation, I became the Treasurer and Trustee of my local Church and also the CFO/Secretary of three private family foundations. From this point forward, I immersed myself into the business world working for four Fortune 500 companies (Accenture, United Airlines, Walgreens, Edward Jones) during the past 25 years.
Loy Williams - Board Member
Term: Jan. 2021 to Jan. 2024
Loy Williams’ has been one of the first participants of the ICDP “The Best Start for Families” to become a certified facilitator of the program. Williams’ educational achievements include being active with advocating for civil rights as a student and earning two master’s degrees: a Master’s Degree in Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. His career achievements include being the first paid Executive Director of Geneva’s TriCity Family Counseling; holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa; started and participates in a counseling practice for over 42 years, and worked as a school social worker for over 30 years at various school districts in Illinois.
Youth Board Members
Youth Board Member
Ariel Lee is a graduate student at Adler University receiving her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development. Her mission is to advance social justice development and to become socially responsible practitioners, and she feels Changing Children’s Worlds can help guide her to become that person. Our mission inspires her passion for giving back to the community by focusing on the healthy positive development of all children, regardless of race/ethnicity/economic background, etc., and requires action by the whole community. It combines community engagement with social justice to strengthen and empower all. She received her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Illinois State University and just recently graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master in Legal Studies. In her free time, she loves to travel, and hopes to do more soon and really explore the beauty of the world; She also loves wine and hope to get more invested in the process of it later in life; and enjoys fitness, health and wellness, which is necessary for the two-year-old Rottweiler she has, who’s a huge cuddle bug and loves attention and loves to play.