Cole Churchill is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he completed a BA in Design Technology and Entrepreneurship and a minor in German. During his final semester of college, he worked as a Marketing Intern for the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of McLean County, where he updated the SBDC's desktop and mobile website and created a website for a small business owner. In the past he has also worked as a Graphic Design intern for Lemons of Love, Inc., a nonprofit which provides care packages to patients going through chemotherapy. In his free time, Cole loves to draw, sculpt, and write stories.
My name is Tracie Coleman. I am in my fourth year at Aurora University getting my bachelor’s and master’s in social work. I would like to work with school children and their families, or I would like to work with military families. In my downtime spending time with my family is something I love to do. I enjoy reading and watching movies. I love to travel seeing new places and learning about new cultures.
Social Work Intern
Samantha Culbertson is a senior at Aurora University in the Master of Social Work Program with an emphasis in child welfare. From an early age her interest in parent-child groups was piqued by her mother's involvement in similar work. Previously an intern for Alive Center, she looks forward to continuing her work with youth and families to help build more effective relationships. She also volunteers at Feed My Starving Children and domestic violence shelters. Her dream is to travel to Africa where she will work with women and children in at-risk and impoverished areas.
Graphic Design Intern
Hi I am Sudha Ganapathy, certified Salesforce Administrator with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India. I would take this opportunity to work on NonProfit Success Pack from Salesforce so CCWF can benefit from it. I am excited to be part of the Changing Children’s World Foundation through which I can contribute to the community. I love travel, photography and painting.
Social Media/Marketing Intern
Jackie Greager is a junior at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, currently studying marketing with a minor in international business. She is in the 5 year program, expecting a Masters in Marketing in 2023. She hopes to expand her marketing skills by working with CCWF, while simultaneously making a positive impact on the world. In her free time, Jackie enjoys watching movies, traveling, and shopping.
Social Work Intern
Michael Gregg is a Senior at Aurora University working to get his bachelors and masters to sharpen his skills and expand his understanding of the social work world. Being a hard worker and someone with ADHD he understands the necessity of giving back to the community and helping those in need and hopes to contribute much to helping teens and young adults. He also writes fiction in his free time.
Social Work Intern
Peggy Hansen is currently enrolled at Aurora University pursuing a Master of Social Work. She is interested in becoming a Licensed Social Worker with emphasis on working with children and their parents and assisting them in building a strong future for their lives. Peggy is working on transitioning from the business field to the social work field, as well she is an ESL teacher and teach children English online to children in China. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her adult children.
Hello, my name is Matthew Hoffman I am a Senior at Western Illinois University, and I study in RPTA (Recreation Parks & Tourism Administration). I will be a Fundraising intern this spring with CCWF and I am excited to help this program. I love working with the public and making a difference in others life. Some hobbies of mine are I like to Frisbee golf and go for hikes.
As a mother of two wonderful sons, Antonita finds joy in motherhood and in her volunteer role despite living with multiple disabilities.
Xenia J Kozlov
Volunteer Youth Board Member
Xenia J Kozlov, ethnically Ukrainian, spent the most part of her life in Moscow, Russia. In 2002, earned Bachelors degree in Russian language and Russian literature at Moscow State Pedagogical University. In 2005, got Masters degree in Russian literature, thesis “Modern typologies of the artistic consciousness”. She has worked as a journalist, author and editor. In 2009, she attended Moscow Gestalt Institute but had to interrupt because of moving to the United States in 2011. In 2015, she entered New England College and in 2018, got BA in Psychology. Currently, the proud student of Adler University, Chicago, studying Psychology with focus on Gender and Sexuality. She is married and a happy mom of two sons. Orthodox Christian. Feminist. Her hobbies include: drawing, music, creating costumes, and photography.
Social Work Intern
Judy Martinez is enrolled in Aurora University working on her second Bachelor’s degree in Social work. Her first bachelors degree is in general studio art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She also attained an Associates degree in Graphic and web design from Waubonsee Community College. She is focusing on adoptions and fostering within the social work field, She is currently working in a Daycare center as a lead teacher in a toddler room, which inspired her to want to further her education and want to help her community. She enjoys being around children, watching them grow and learn with new experiences; as well as learn new skills herself. Her goal is to work in the field of adoptions and fostering to be able to help the children that need someone to help them out to get ahead in life. In her spare time, when she gets a chance, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews.
Admin & Ops
Jasmine is a recent graduate of Aurora University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She is currently working towards her Masters of Public Administration at Aurora University. Jasmine has various experience in Administration for educational theatres working with Paramount Theatre School of the Arts and New Place Theatre, both local to Aurora, IL. She feels beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with Changing Children's Worlds Foundation (CCWF) and hone her skills as an Administrator. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading and binge-watching Marvel movies.
Social Work Intern
Katie O'Connell is currently a student at Aurora University, pursuing her Master of Social Work. Her specialization is in school social work, but she enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Her goal is to eventually become an LCSW, with the hopes of being able to help people of all types improve their wellbeing. She has experience working at non-profits with vulnerable populations, including domestic violence support and mental health case management. She is inspired by CCWF's mission and all that they do for their community. She hopes to be able to contribute to positively impacting the future of children and parents at CCWF. Her personal interests include spending time with her friends and family, health and wellness, and babying her dog.
Fundraising and Event Planning Intern
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.
Brianna is an Illinois State University Alum, with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She is now pursuing her Master's degree at Aurora University, studying Social Work. Her specialization is School Social Work, and her hope is to be working with kids throughout her career. Brianna is also currently working full-time, at a Juvenile Detention Center. She has a soft spot for children of all ages, and wants to help in any way, as much as she can. With any freetime that she has, she loves spending her time with her family and friends, working out and watching sports, and eating good food. She is very excited to begin her adventure here, at CCWF, and cannot wait to see all that she learns and experiences with them!
Hi my name is Fasi Siddiqui and I am a Certified Salesforce Administrator, with a BS Degree from California State Polytechnic University. I have a passion to serve and appreciate my opportunity to help community through my commitment to the Changing Children’s worlds Foundation. My experience in successfully building teams will prove to be a great asset as I look forward to helping make a difference.