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Champions of Empathy

Listed are our fantastic Champions of Empathy who have proven their dedication to the community and empathy-based interactions



Erick & Julie Pouilly

In support of Oakhill Elementary School, U-46. Their support brought the "Best Start for Families" program to the parents of Streamwood.

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Tim McGavin

DuPage County Probation Dept. Through his work, he has secured for CCWF a grant to partner with DuPage Corrections, Serenity House, and PATH Substance Abuse Rehabilitation centers.

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Timotheus Gordon, Jr., MFA, MS

University of Chicago - Institute on Disability and Human Development. Parent Advisor and Advocate who inspires others through his support of parents and families of all abilities.

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Kassia Eide

In recognition of facilitating over 500 "Best Start" Sessions and over 1000 hours served.



Geri Jones

Executive Director, Youth Anti-Violence & Mentoring Program, Chicago Public School Educator and early CCWF Board Member for piloting all Best Start for Families Parenting / Youth programs in Chicago.

Mark Payleitner

Mark Payleitner, MBA

He has been a "Best Start" Volunteer Facilitator for 7 Parenting Program Series over 5 years in the Kane County Adult Justice Center (jail), surpassing 225 hours, in our most challenging program.

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Torin Quinlan

Torin is recognized as our first CCWF Graduate Student Fellow. He has provided generous time, enthusiasm and especially program evaluation talent, working in partnership with our Volunteer Statistician Amy Eccher and our Education Team on the statistical analysis of our programs.


Jamie Mosser, J.D.

Recognizing Jamie's active involvement in advocacy for CCWF's youth and parenting programs with our first SAO Memorandum of Understanding for Pre-Trial Diversion, the ARPA grant and CCWF events


Char Rivette, MSW, LCSW

A past CCWF Board Member, strong strategic and visionary leader who helped the organization follow a vision of growth and expansion, including in Chicago communities.

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St Charles Veterans Center

Under the leadership of Col. Jake Wyatt (Past Board Chair), especially with the STC American Legion and VFW posts, the STC Veterans Center has been a strong and consistent partner of the Changing Children's Worlds Foundation for over 8 years.

The Vet Center has hosted CCWF Board Meetings, Workshops and Parent Programs.



Mayor Burns

Mayor of Geneva

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Sheriff Hain

Kane County Sheriff


Chuck Miles, PMP, MBA

President, Geneva Rotary and Board Member at the Association for Individual Development

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Amy Eccher, M.S.

Founder, StatCAT Consulting

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Brian Magnan, CFP

Managing Director - Investments

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Hahn's Bakery

"Old World" cakes and pastries


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Judge Clint Hull

Kane County Courts -16th Circuit Court


Jennifer Iddings

Portillo's - Dekalb


Heather Lengyel, M.A.

Associate Director, Rights & Intellectual Property at Brookes Publishing


Joseph E. Slawek

CEO and Founder, FONA International


Caitlin Shields

Partner at the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP in Denver, Co

Patricia Tattersall, Ph.D

Associate professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders at
Northern Illinois University

Jack King, MA.P.A

Director, Student Professional Development for NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Loy Williams, M.S.W., LCSW

Parish Associate Pastor, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church


Laura Morgan


Norm Turner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Tom Pastryk

John Hall Custom Homes


Batavia Enterprises

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Corporation

Community Foundation of Fox River Valley

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