the Child - Board of Directors 2008
Kindermann, Board President
Embracing the Child began as a simple, privately funded web site in May 1997 developed by Pat Kindermann. A turning point in her professional career led to the founding and development of Embracing the Child in direct response to the needs she found as a volunteer member of a non profit strategic planning committee for a school-to-career mentoring program in Philadelphia. Throughout her three year participation in this program and diversity workshops for inner-city teens, Pat observed the desperate need for a strong foundation in reading and writing skills that would permit every child an opportunity to succeed and experience a meaningful life. Embracing the Child became a non-profit organization in 2001.
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Daniel Thomer, Board Treasurer
Dan is the father of three and President of a Redevelopment Consulting Firm in the Philadelphia
area providing input to business owners regarding all aspects of their
redevelopment projects such as cost projection, analysis, budgets and tracking;
project scope of work, management and administration, contractor selection,
contract writing and administration; construction scheduling; quality assurance
on construction projects; constructible analysis and value engineering
on projects under development.
Katherine Krzyzanowski, Board Secretary
Katie is a former events planner and is now a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers.
Cari De Santis
Cari is the mother of two and former Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department
of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families, which encompasses
child protective services, children and family services, child mental health
and juvenile justice services, as well as community-based prevention and
early intervention services (as in school-based anti-drug and anti-violence
programming), after school programs, etc.
Francis A. Heljenek
Frank is the father of two grown children and an expert in limited self-funding, employee benefits, Section 125 Plans, 401(k) programs and managed care.
Sheila is the mother of two, a tutor and retired high school science teacher.
Jean is the mother of two and Director of Client Development for Cura Hospitality, Inc., a regional healthcare food services company providing dining services for senior living communities.
Chris is a retired pediatric nurse and mother of three grown children. Long time volunteer for Embracing the Child, Chris joins the Board in 2008.