Launched in 2007, Children’s Place International is part of the Children’s Place Association, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization helping children and families overcome health issues and poverty since 1991.

Children’s Place International is a fast growing, innovative and entrepreneurial organization connecting the Midwest with the urgent needs of children and families living in extreme poverty in Africa and the Caribbean.

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

History: Children’s Place International launched its first partnership to help children and families in Haiti in 2008 – a program that continues today. In 2009, Children’s Place began working in Guyana followed by Botswana in 2010, Mozambique in 2015, and Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia in 2016. We work with a variety of Midwest supporters and partner groups, including individual donors, foundations, Fortune 500 companies and major universities.

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.

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.

Cathy Kreiger, CEO

Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MBA

Children’s Place International

Cathy has over 30 years of experience developing and managing programs to help children and families overcome extreme poverty. In 1991, Cathy helped found Children’s Place Association to help children overcome health issues and poverty in Chicago and has served as its CEO ever since. In 2006, she led the development of Children’s Place International to leverage Children’s Place Association’s experience to impact children in extreme poverty overseas. She holds an MA from the University of Chicago, an MA from Trinity International University in Theology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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 programming 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.

International Program Manager

Jennifer Torres, MPH

Program Manager
Children’s Place International

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in international programming including living and working in Ghana, Niger and Guyana. For the last 8 years she has managed all Children’s Place International programs including implementing a diversity of partnerships to support children in extreme poverty in Haiti and Guyana. Previous 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.

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
Alliant Employee Benefits Alliant/Mesirow Financial Insurance Services

Julia Roberts

Julia Rehwinkel Roberts, Vice-Chair

Deputy Director
Latin America and the Caribbean, Population Services International

Brad Dunlap

Brad Dunlap, Secretary

Vice-President, Managing Director, Healthcare

Gary Harper

Gary Harper, PhD, MPH, Treasurer

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
University of Michigan

Children’s Place International Board of Directors

Abraham Goldman

Abraham Goldman

Senior Counsel
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

Marc Harris

Marc Harris

Head of Global Research
RBC Capital Markets

Cathy Kreiger

Cathy Krieger, LCSW, MA, MA, MBA

President and CEO
Children’s Place Association

Terry McAllister

Terry McAllister

President, International Markets

Dr. James McAuley

Clinical Director
Whiteriver Indian Hospital

Rick Moser

Richard Moser

Divisional Vice-President, Corporate Communications
Abbott Laboratories

Edward Otto

Edward Otto

Ted Otto Group, LLC

Wesler Lambert

Wesler Lambert, MD

Deputy Executive Director
Partners in Health Haiti

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

Tina Eddy

Regional Vice-President
Fresenius Medical Care

Cheryl Gelfond

Vice President

Tim Koenig

Vice President
Navicor Group

Rhea Keenan

Community Volunteer

Kendra Morrill

Community Volunteer

Vanessa Tanaka

Special Counsel
Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP