Children’s Place International is part of the Children’s Place Association, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization helping children and youth overcome health issues and poverty since 1991.

Children’s Place International launched its first partnership to help children and youth in Haiti in 2008 – a program that continues today. We have since launched programs in Guyana, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and the Dominican Republic.

We work in close partnership with effective front line partners in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa so children and youth can develop and contribute their talents to their families, communities, countries and the world.

We partner with a variety of Midwest supporters and groups, including individual donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies and major universities.

Our mission is to build a secure and hopeful today so children facing health issues and poverty succeed tomorrow.

Our Core Values

We believe that where a child is born should not determine whether a child lives and thrives.

We believe that the American Midwest – home to generous philanthropists, entrepreneurial individuals, top universities and impactful nonprofits – has enormous capacity to help the world’s most vulnerable children.

We believe that frontline organizations based in Africa and the Caribbean best understand their communities’ challenges and needs and partnering with these organizations can sustain programs long-term.

Board of Directors

Children’s Place International Board of Directors is made up of community and business leaders. Their diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives and leadership to the organization.


Leslie McLead

Leslie McLeod, Chair

Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits
Alliant Insurance Services

Ty Shockley, ScD, Vice Chair

Lead Innovator

Kevin Amoo-Mensah, Treasurer

Client Strategist
BNY Mellon

Abraham Goldman

Abraham Goldman, Secretary

Senior Counsel
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Board Members

Ivan Adames

Aspen Leadership Group

Brad Dunlap

Brad Dunlap

Vice-President, Business Development
CIVCO Medical Solutions

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education School of Public Health University of Michigan

Florence Kimondo, MSW, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Erikson Institute

Binita Kwankin

Retired, Head of R&D Marketed Products
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Wesler Lambert

Wesler Lambert, MD, MPH

Director of Research, Education, and Strategic Information
Partners in Health Haiti

Terry McAllister

Terry McAllister

President, International Markets

James McAuley, MD, MPH

Clinical Director
Whiteriver Indian Hospital

Edward Otto

Edward F. Otto

Ted Otto Group, LLC

Julia Rehwinkel Roberts

Vice President, Global Fundraising & Communications
Population Services International

Cinaiya Stubbs

President & CEO,
Children’s Place Association

Children’s Place International Ambassador Board for Fundraising

The Ambassador Board is made up of individuals from the Chicago community and abroad who are committed to developing the financial resources required to bring vital services to high-need regions of the world.

Ambassador Board for Fundraising

Pere Berkowitz

Vice President, Marketing
Fresenius Kabi USA

Tina Eddy

Regional Vice-President
Fresenius Medical Care

Cheryl Gelfond

Vice President

Marc Harris

Director of Research
Evercore ISI

Tim Koenig

Vice President
Annexus Health

Rick Moser

Divisional Vice President, Corporate Communications
Abbott Laboratories

Marc Schmidt


Vanessa Tanaka

Special Counsel
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Our Team

The management team of Children’s Place International brings together decades of experience in developing and managing international programs to help children and families.

John Sweeney, Deputy Executive Director

John Sweeney, MBA

Deputy Executive Director
Children’s Place International

John has over 25 years of international management experience including living and working in Africa and South East Asia. He has managed all Children’s Place International efforts since its inception. He served as Executive Director of AID Village Clinics, an organization providing rural Kenyans with primary and HIV/AIDS clinical services. John worked for seven years with Baxter Healthcare’s International Group and four years with Chemonics International in support of USAID-financed projects. He served in the Peace Corps in Gabon. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University in international management and speaks French fluently.

Micol Werner, MBA

Assistant Director
Children’s Place International

Micol has over 12 years of international management experience including living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Europe.  She manages Children’s Place International partnerships in support of children and families in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.  Prior to joining, she worked for Technoserve, a non-profit providing business solutions to poverty in Mozambique and Madagascar. She also worked for six years with Abbott and subsequently AbbVie in sales and marketing and as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.  Micol holds a Master’s in biochemical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University.  She speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.

International Program Manager

Jennifer Torres, MPH

Program Manager
Children’s Place International

Jennifer has over 20 years of international experience including living and working in Ghana, Niger and Guyana. Jennifer is currently managing a diversity of partnerships to support children and families in Haiti and previously managed partnerships in Guyana. Prior to joining Children’s Place International, she worked directly for the Minister of Health in Guyana, developing and implementing health interventions. Jennifer served in the Peace Corps in Niger and Ghana and holds an MPH in international health and development from Tulane University. Jennifer speaks Haitian Kreyol and French.


Katherine Hapeman, MA

Associate Director
Children’s Place International

Katherine has 10 years of development and international programmatic experience among non-profits and universities with a social justice mission. At Children’s Place International, she helps generate resources for the identified needs of frontline partners to ensure that children and families can thrive. Prior to this new role, she worked at DePaul University doing campaign management and principal gifts work. Katherine holds a master’s degree in international human rights from the University of Denver and executive credentials in non-profit management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is working to regain fluency in Spanish.