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
Nelson Acevedo, B.S.
Nelson is a passionate individual looking to make positive change in the community. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received a BS in Neuroscience. He is a strong advocate for mental health and well-being and is inspired by CCWF’s mission to help children by providing support and education to their parents. He enjoys travel, reading, staying active, and spending time with his family.
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Pierre is a Project Manager and engineer with a background in wireless communications.
He lives in the Chicago area and as a member of the community, Pierre feels fortunate to be able to contribute to community projects and to the CCWF goal of helping children and families.
Luana Oliveira, B.A.
Luana is the Financial Manager at Changing Children's Worlds Foundation. She has 12+ years of experience working in the financial department with international work experience in small, medium, and multinational companies.
Luana holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English, she has a basic understanding of the Spanish language, and now she is learning French.
She is trained and certified in the International Child/Parenting Development Program (ICDP-USA) "The Best Start for Families: a Health Equity Approach” & Children’s Program Facilitator/Coach.
After volunteering for eight months with CCWF, she became part of the staff. She believes volunteer work, whether in defense of a cause, an institution or people at risk, plays an active role in transforming any society. Taking up volunteering is, above all, making a commitment to another, but it is also a way to live other experiences and improve as a person.
Luana is from Brazil and she loves samba, soccer, and beach!!
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Daniel joined the CCWF team because he believes in the foundation's mission to help change children's worlds. Daniel believes the most important years of development are the formative ones and came to the organization knowing that CCWF would benefit children and communities that are at risk without exclusion to anyone based on their beliefs, religion, identity, or lifestyle.
Daniel has over 10 years of experience in both administrative and accounting fields. Daniel has run a business making and selling electronic music instruments for over 15 years. Daniel enjoys making memes and playing music in his free time.
Natalie VandenBos, MSW
Natalie holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Aurora University, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Loyola University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for 5 years, and has enjoyed working with diverse populations of students and parents in both the teaching and social work fields. She is passionate about helping children grow socially and emotionally so that they may reach their fullest potential in life. She is also passionate about incorporating trauma-informed learning and empathy-based interactions with children in a variety of environments.
Rebecca Spring, M.S.
Rebecca Spring earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 2003 and was commissioned as a Medical Service Officer in the United States Army. She was stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and later deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for 16 months serving as a Logistical Operations Officer. Upon leaving the service, she married LTC Andrew Spring, still serving on active duty, and obtained her Graduate Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Health Systems Administration and a Comprehensive Pilates Certification.
Rebecca believes that service to others is how we earn our place on this Earth and has been an avid volunteer for the past 20 years, specifically with Veteran and Military organizations, children, and children with disabilities. As a military spouse she has served on numerous executive boards and recently obtained her Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor Certification in order to continue to serve children with disabilities and Veterans. As a Pilates instructor her passion is to help people through chronic pain in her home studio business, Deliberate Practice Pilates, LLC. To continue her service to others, she received a Grant Writing Certification from the University of Norte Dame and wrote for numerous Veteran organizations and Therapeutic Riding organizations. Rebecca officially joined CCWF as a grant writer because she deeply believes in their mission and service to children and families.
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.
Sherry Lynn 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.
Jovia Marcela Calderon
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Marcela moved to the US to learn to speak English and to be with her father’s family. She likes CCWF’s mission to use empathy to help families have harmony and happiness. She’s glad she will help fight Covid in the community for those who need it the most.