Svetlana Ivashchenko


As the Executive Director of Children’s Guardian Fund, Svetlana’s responsibilities include strategic donor and foundation research, board of directors and committee support, and management of organizational processes.  She ensures the successful execution of annual events, coordinates marketing strategies, and maintains regular contact with donors.

Svetlana knows first hand how important the gift of normalcy can be for a young child, remembering the joy unexpected Christmas gifts, donated school supplies, and summer camp brought her when her family first arrived in the U.S.  Having served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for two years, she has also witnessed the challenges that children and families are facing in our community today.

She is a University of Washington graduate and holds a B.A. degree in Communication.



Kristin Poolman


Kristin is the Children’s Guardian Fund’s Program Director.  She was an Operations and Human Resources executive for a Fortune 100 retailer.  She resided throughout the United States as a FVP on a New Market entry team for a global Fortune 10 financial services firm.  As Director of Community Based Programs for a non-profit, she directed a Federal Competitive PREP grant under the HHS department.

Kristin has served as a Guardian ad Litem for many years. Most recently she has worked for the State of Florida 12th Circuit Court in Sarasota County for the Guardian ad Litem program as a Child Advocate Manager.

Kristin brings her passion for serving children and families in the Juvenile Dependency system to the Children’s Guardian Fund.