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Staff Members

Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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.

Education Coordinator

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.

Sherry Frazier

Fundraiser & Grants Coordinator

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 TeamsStudent 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.

Rachel Fuentes

Education Manager

Rachel Fuentes, BSW
Rachel has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and is currently a fulltime MSW student at Aurora University. Rachel is passionate about being an advocate for individuals throughout their healing processes as they take steps towards peace. She is a firm believer of putting good into the world and breathing positivity, light, and love into all aspects of life. Mental health is an essential component of one's overall well being and Rachel strives to provide empathetic, genuine, and compassionate care to those she works with. CCWF embodies the positive change so needed in society and Rachel is thankful to represent their mission. She enjoys spending time with her children, listening to music, cooking, and traveling.

Gina Loyola

Operations & Admin Assistant

Gina Loyola, M.B.A.
Administrative/Operations Assistant
Gina is the new Administrative/Operations Assistant at Changing Children's Worlds Foundation. She is passionate about administration and has experience in different fields where serving children has been a constant.

Gina holds a masters degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Gina is looking forward to use her skills and be a support for the Spanish Training Workshops.

Diane McFarlin, M.E.L

Education Coach

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.

Lang Nguyen

Colleen Odegaard

Fundraiser Coordinator

Accomplished, successful leader and child advocate with over 20

years of experience using an optimistic and forward thinking mindset.

Luana Oliveira, B.A.

Finance & Operations Manager

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!!

Torin Quinlivan

CCWF Graduate Student Fellow

Torin Quinlivan has been pursuing a PhD in Mathematical Sciences with a specialization in Statistics at Northern Illinois University since 2017. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Northwestern University. He has lived in Northern Illinois since middle school and is looking forward to applying his developing skills to help families in his community. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with his two dogs.

Zyanya Villalpando

SPSS Fellow

Zyanya is a determined individual who is passionate about helping diverse and vulnerable communities, such as children, adolescents, and women. She recently received a Master's degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. Zyanya's values and beliefs align with CCWS's objective to support children's development to the fullest potential in all areas of their lives, such as mentally emotionally and socially, starting with parents and family.

Parent Advisor Staff

Antonita King


As a mother of two wonderful sons, Antonita finds joy in motherhood and in her volunteer role despite living with multiple disabilities.

Xenia Jessica Kozlov

Parenting Advisor

Xenia, 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.



Kristin Gilbertson

Kristin Gilbertson graduated from Aurora University in 2016 and 2017 with her Bachelor's in Social Work and Master's in Social Work, respectively.  Her work has centered around families, and providing parenting support.  This has included individual and family counseling, facilitating parenting groups, and parent coaching.  She is certified in the "Nurturing Parent Program", and the "Best Start for Families" parent program.  Since joining CCWF, first as a staff member, and now as a contractor, Kristin has continued to facilitate parent groups, and provide mentorship support to interns and students from area universities.  Kristin is currently a Child and Adolescent Therapist at the Association for Individual Development, and enjoys supporting families as they navigate the ever changing world and realities in the human experience.  When Kristin isn't working with families, she enjoys spending time with her own.  She also loves reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

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