The management team of Children’s Place Association brings together their diverse backgrounds to help fulfill our mission.

Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MA, MBA

PRESIDENT & CEO

Cathy Krieger, President and CEO, has been with Children’s Place Association since its inception. With more than 30 years of experience in social work, she has helped develop and launch all of Children’s Place’s programming since 1991.

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John Sweeney, MBA

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John Sweeney joined Children’s Place Association in January 2007 as the Director of International Programs. He became Director of Strategic & International Programs in 2010 and was named Deputy Executive Director in 2012.

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Shantal Alonso

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Shantal Alonso joined Children’s Place in February 2021 as the Chief Development & Communications Officer. She brings over twenty years of experience in fundraising, organizational development, marketing strategy, grassroots advocacy, volunteer/donor/board relations and event programming.

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Maurice Fears, Sr.

CHIEF INITIATIVES OFFICER

A Non-profit professional for over 20 years, Maurice has dedicated his life to the work of inclusion, equity, and leadership development.

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LaToyia Neal

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

LaToyia has 20+ years in financial management and 9 years of non-profit experience. Prior to joining Children’s Place Association, she worked in the capacity of the Director of Finance for the Chicago Department of Public Health where she ensured timely and accurate financial services and revenue management to internal and external customers.

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Lauren M. Smith, MJ-LEL, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER

Lauren Smith joined Children’s Place Association in 2019. Her responsibilities include benefits and compensation, payroll, talent acquisition, as well as labor and employee relations.

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Daniel L. Dever

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Dan Dever returned to Children’s Place Association in 2011 as Director of Development. Dan held the same post at the organization from 1992 to 2002 and played a key role in the early growth and expansion of Children’s Place.

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Ivan Harrison III, MA

FOSTER CARE PROGRAM MANAGER

Ivan Harrison began his career at Children’s Place Association in November 2004. He previously served as the Substitute Care Services Program Manager in from January 2007 to October 2009.

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Porsche Snowden

EARLY LEARNING CENTER PROGRAM MANAGER

Porsche Snowden was hired in the fall of 2017 as the Early Learning Center Program Manager. In this role, Porsche is responsible for the operations of the Children’s Place Association’s Early Education, Initiatives, including the Early Learning Center and Home-Based programs.

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Katherine Hapeman

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Katherine has nearly 10 years of development and international programmatic experience among non-profits and universities with a strong social justice mission.

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Jennifer Torres, MPH

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER

Jennifer Torres joined Children’s Place in 2008. As International Program Manager, Jennifer is responsible for day-to-day operations of all international services.

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Micol Werner, MBA

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Micol Werner joined Children’s Place Association in the spring of 2017. As the Assistant Director of International programs, she is responsible for international partnerships in support of children and families in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

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