OUR TEAM

Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D.

Kimberly is CEO of Changing Children's Worlds Foundation (CCWF) and Founder of the International Child/Parent Development Program (ICDP-USA), in Geneva, Illinois. CCWF works locally, nationally and internationally to prevent violence against children through universal and targeted prevention and early intervention at a community-based level with institutions, professionals and families. CCWF was awarded the 2013-2015 Pritzker Early Education Foundation grant for ICDP programs throughout several Chicago high risk communities.

 

She has served as the 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 include 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 the November 2009, January 2010 and December 2011 Issues of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal (CAN:J).a

Parent Program Certification:

-Triple P Primary Care Program

-Baby Brigade Military Parenting Program

-ACT Against Violence Parenting Program, from the Violence Prevention Division of the American Psychological Association

Executive Director

Diane McFarlin, M.E.L.

Diane comes to CCWF after 32 years in public education. She has been a teacher, Instructional coordinator, Vocational Director, Dean of Students and most recently and for the last 12 years, Assistant Principal for Student Services and Special Education at Kaneland High School, District #302. Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.  Her post-graduate studies have earned her credentials for Special Education Directorship. Besides her career in education, she has spent over 40 years in the world of theatre as an actor, singer, producer, and director.  She currently serves as the Artistic Director for the Kaneland Arts Initiative and oversees its season of theatrical performances. Diane is married and has three artistic and creative young adult children.  

Education Coach

Kristin Gilbertson, MSW

Kristin graduated from Aurora University in both their undergraduate and graduate social work programs in the years 2016 and 2017, respectfully.  Since this time, she has accumulated experience through working in classroom and one-on-one settings with youth, providing individual, family, and couples counseling, facilitating parenting classes, and implementing home-based services (parent coaching and processing.)  Within these domains, Kristin has been able to practice ethically based, and culturally competent services through a team environment. This environment has given her an opportunity to practice collaborating with others through effective communication, and having an understanding that each individual has his or her own strengths and abilities.  When she is not working as the Education Manager at CCWF, Kristin spends her free time enjoying music, spending time with her family, and reading.

Parent Program certification:

-Nurturing Parenting Program

-Trained to implement the Parenting Checklist PICCOLO

Education Manager

Luana Zaccaron de Oliveira, B.A.

Luana is from Brazil, and she has 10 years of experience in the administrative/ financial field as well as a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English, and she has a basic understanding of the Spanish language. After volunteering for one year with CCWF, she is now a part of the staff, serving as the Administrative & Operations Manager. She believes volunteer work is a way to help others, improve and build new experiences, and is also  a way to improve as a person. She is happy to give her contribution - supporting CCWF's Programs - to make a positive change in people's lives.

Administrative & Operations Manager

Sherry Frazier

Sherry Frazier joined CCWF as a volunteer to discover more about the world of grants and be able to do so in an organization that is based around something she cares strongly about, children, parenting and families. Shortly after joining CCWF she also came onboard to help with the organization and planning of the annual fundraiser.

 

Although Sherry holds a degree in Science, most of her work has been in IT in the financial and telecom industries in various leadership capacities; Portfolio/Project Management Office, Software Configuration & Release Mgmt, Sr. Member of Technical Staff and System Administration.  

 

Additionally, Sherry has volunteered in many capacities, mainly through her church of 10.5 years where she is now on staff as the Director of Ministries. In this capacity she oversees both frontline and behind the scenes serving areas with over 200 volunteers.  This includes all of the Connection Teams

Student Ministries, Life Groups, Special Events and Administration/Reporting.  

 

Sherry is married with two sons. When not working and serving, you can catch Sherry spending time with her family, traveling and shopping. 

Development Coordinator

Jami Johnson

Jami joins CCWF after working for two years as a virtual administrative assistant.  Working remotely, she realized that she was yearning for more interpersonal connection and wanted to find an opportunity to serve an organization that aligns with her values and interests.  

 

Jami was on staff at her church until 2017. She served six years as Dir. Stephen & Lay Ministries and seven years as Dir. Communications. She has extensive experience as a community volunteer with TriCity Family Services and AFS Intercultural Exchange programs. 

 

Jami is an empty nester and resides in Geneva with her husband, Bill.  She has two young adult children (Helen and Will) who helped their family change some youth’s worlds when over a ten-year period, they served as host family to eight foreign exchange students from seven different countries.  Jami also enjoys participating in community theater throughout the western suburbs. 

Administrative & Education Assistant

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Tel. 630-909-9411

411 Stevens Street,

Geneva, IL 60134

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