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Interns

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Intern

Education Intern - Term: 08/2021 to 05/2022

My name is Marisela Garcia. I was born and raised in Elgin, IL. I am married and have two children.

My undergraduate degree is from DeVry University in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University.

I enjoy working and helping the community in which I grew up in. I have been at DREAM Academy since August, 2015.

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Intern

Jamia Jackson is attending Aurora University to obtain her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Child Welfare. Jamia loves working with children and doing her part to help in the community. She hopes to work for Department of Child and Family Services after graduation.

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Intern

Anahi is a current student at Aurora University pursuing her Bachelors degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is passionate about working with children and is excited to further expand her knowledge while at CCWF. During her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with friends, and family.

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Brooke is pursuing a Bachelor's in both English and Communications at Aurora University. She has always had a great love for service, especially in regards to helping children succeed. Brooke is passionate about her family and her cat (appropriately named kitty). When she isn't hard at work at school or work, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching a good movie.

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Intern

Ariadne is a student at Aurora University who is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Marketing and a minor in psychology. She has always known her passion was making a positive change in children's worlds. She understands the importance of making sure children feel safe and heard. She plans to use her skills as a marketer to make sure people who work with children are aware that there are abundant resources in learning how to support and encourage children.

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Intern

Ariel Reina: I am currently attending Aurora University to pursue two Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in American Sign Language. I am planning to graduate in May 2023 then continue my education getting a Master's degree in Leadership and Administration. I am able to speak three languages - fluent in English, intermediate in Spanish and basic in American Sign Language. I am passionate with helping others and advocating those in the community. I enjoy outdoor activities such as bike riding, playing softball, volley-ball, and others. I love to travel and learning about different cultures.

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Intern

My name is Kasandra Osorio, I am currently pursing my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. I also currently work as a Forensic Interviewer at the Kane County Child Advocacy Center. I am dedicated to protecting children and adolescents, while supporting families to break generational cycles of abuse and neglect. I am excited to be part of the CCWF mission to build safe communities.

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Intern

Maricela Perez is a current student at Aurora University pursuing her Bachelor’s in Social Work with an emphasis on Child Welfare.
 
Maricela’s Enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and hopes to serve in surrounding communities by providing support to children and families through difficult times and ensuring that children are safeguarded from abuse and neglect.
 
Maricela’s dream is that her dedication, communication, attention to detail and strong leadership skills will open a world of opportunities where she has no limit to the children and families, she is able to serve and support.
 
By being provided with the wonderful opportunity to work with CCWF Maricela believes she will be able to expand her experience and gain further knowledge to achieve her goals in the future.

Volunteers

Laura DeGiulio

Laura DeGiulio

Social Media and Marketing

Laura DeGiulio is a Social Communications and Journalist professional from Colombia. She started her career back in her homeland as a Digital Marketing she worked for a small business to a big size advertising agency. Laura moved to the USA in 2018 to learn English. She works as a freelancer helping small businesses to get into de social media, content creator and ads to have effective communications and fulfill their business goals. She is so excited to find out this opportunity of helping the CCWF with her skills and learn about their program since one of her dreams is to help her country by supporting parenting education. In her free time She loves to go to live music events, cook and biking.

Amy Eccher

Amy Eccher

SPSS

Amy Eccher came to CCWF as a volunteer looking to match her analytical skills and business background with her desire to add value to a great cause. Amy brings passion for analysis, and an enthusiasm to be involved with CCWF. She enjoys providing data insights and new learning that demonstrate the positive impact that CCWF is having in the community.

Amy is the founder of StatCAT Consulting, a company specializing in advanced analytics and market research. She provides insights on many household brands such as Harley Davidson, Callaway and McDonalds. She designs surveys, conducts analyses, and interprets complex statistical and data issues. Her consulting and insights provide strong, analytically founded solutions in many areas of research. Amy has taught in the area of quantitative psychology and conducted numerous statistical training courses.

Amy and her husband live in Geneva with their 3 shih tzu puppies. She has 2 adult daughters and appreciates when they are home and the house is full. In her spare time, Amy loves going to plays and concerts. She enjoys cooking, and therefore also running.

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Neelam Gautam

Salesforce

My name Neelam Gautam I have overall 4+ Years of IT experience as strong Salesforce Admin
& Developer, who is passionate about giving back to society. I was inspired by your values and mission. I hope my education and previous experience will be helpful and I will make a difference to your organization. I am grateful for this opportunity to work with changing children’s worlds foundation.

Vitor Goncalves

Vitor Goncalves

Graphic Designer and Web Developer

Vítor is a user experience designer with a degree obtained in Aveiro, Portugal. He believes the modern tools of design have a potential for social improvement and keeps searching for opportunities to make a positive impact. He's volunteering at CCWF to help them improve their digital presence and at the same time get a perspective on how a non-profit might manage their tech related efforts.

Nayan Jadhav

Nayan Jadhav

Salesforce

I have hands on experience in Java/Testing for around 1.5 years. Experience and knowledge of Manual and Automation Testing. Besides my Bachelor of Technology in Computers (B Tech). I am aCertified Salesforce Administrator (ADM 201). and Certified Salesforce Platform Developer 1 (DEV 401). I am grateful to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge to help Changing Children's Worlds Foundation.

Christina Padilla

Christina Padilla

Event Planning / Fundraiser

Christina Padilla is a senior at National Louis University studying psychology. She wants to continue her education through the Master’s level with a focus on clinical mental health counseling. She loves watching movies, drinking coffee and creative writing. She’s very excited to join the CCWF family to reach her educational and career goals.

Patricia Reardon

Patricia Reardon

Spanish Translator

Patricia Reardon is a retired teacher from the Dominican Republic. She moved to the United States to attend college, where she received her PhD in chemistry and later her elementary teaching degree. She worked as a research chemist and then moved on to teaching. She taught middle school science and more recently Spanish bilingual kindergarten before retiring in 2019. As an educator, she’s an advocate for children and their families. She is excited for the opportunity to work with CCWF. She raised three children and now has three grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, read, sew, attend theater performances, and go for walks.

Chirag Shah

Chirag Shah

Technology Advisor

Chirag Shah is the President of his own IT Consulting Firm CSAS Enterprises Inc and has 20+ years of experience working in the Fintech Industry. Chirag has a double Masters Degree in Computer Science & Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Chirag is also a professional photographer and loves to capture memories through his camera lens. Chirag is a believer giving back to the Community and working with Changing Children’s World gives the perfect opportunity to fulfill that desire. Chirag would like to use his passion for photography and volunteer his time at Changing Children’s World. In his free time Chirag likes to play football, travel and experience different cultures.

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