Svetlana Ivashchenko


As the Executive Director of Children’s Guardian Fund, Svetlana’s responsibilities include working closely with the board of directors on governance and strategic planning, donor and foundation research, and managing the day-to-day organizational processes.  She ensures the successful execution of annual events, coordinates marketing campaigns, and maintains regular contact with community stakeholders.

Having served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for two years, Svetlana has first-hand knowledge of a child’s long and perilous journey when thrown into the Juvenile Dependency system.  She is passionate about connecting community members with opportunities to serve and give in ways that best reflect their personal values and grow their sense of purpose and belonging.

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.






Savannah Rizk


Since graduating with her Bachelor’s in Social Services, Savannah has gained a working knowledge of Addiction, Mental Health, and Child Welfare. Lending to her growth is Savannah’s curiosity, empathy, and compassion derived from a life of challenges. Being a parentified child and having traveled through the foster care system, Savannah brings a unique lens and organization skills to the Office Assistant position at The Children’s Guardian Fund.