Child And Family Advocates Of Cuyahoga County Hires Kuivinen As New Executive Director

 Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) welcomes Tricia Kuivinen as the new Executive Director. Kuivinen’s first day with CFACC will be Monday, October 29, 2018. Kuivinen is a seasoned nonprofit management professional and licensed social worker with over 25 years of broad experience in the nonprofit sector, with a specialty in marketing, external affairs, and organizational consulting. Kuivinen has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities throughout her career, including direct clinical work and case management, advocacy and government relations, healthcare marketing, maternal health program development, fundraising, and as an independent consultant. Kuivinen launched TKConsultingCLE in 2000 to serve a variety of nonprofit organizations through consulting and project development services. She most recently served as the Director of External Affairs at Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a northeast Ohio disability services organization. In this capacity, she worked to create and advance a comprehensive external affairs strategy, including marketing, public relations, and annual fund campaigns, corporate and community outreach, and the creation of effective program and employment partnerships benefiting persons with disabilities. Prior to her role with LEAP, Kuivinen served as the Director of the Zechariah House in Cleveland, a transitional residence for homeless women, and as a Community Relations Manager with the Cleveland Clinic. Kuivinen also serves as an adjunct Nonprofit Marketing instructor with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has a BA in Social Work, an MA in Practical Theology, and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree (MNO) from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. In 2005, Kuivinen was a recipient of the Northeast Ohio Tobacco Control Coalition’s Distinguished Service Award and was also awarded the Dean’s Academic Medal from the Weatherhead School of Management during the same year. In May 2007, Kuivinen was recognized in the “At Work” column of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kuivinen currently resides in South Euclid, Ohio with her two daughters. She enjoys travel, cooking, keeping up with current affairs, and volunteering with community-based organizations.

“We are excited about the direction of CFACC and the work we have all been doing to move CFACC forward. Kuivinen is not only passionate about CFACC but has the skills and experience needed to lead a newer non-profit organization as well as a clear and bold vision for taking the organization forward.  The Board of Directors is confident in her ability to carry out the mission and vision of CFACC,” said Michele Blazina, CASA Program Director at CFACC.

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The mission of CFACC is to make a difference for every child served through advocacy, education, and collaborative alliances.  CFACC is searching for volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and attorney Guardians ad Litem (GALs) to advocate for kids who have been neglected and abused. CASAs and GALs are trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children.  CASAs and GALs collect information that helps the court make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The CASA and GAL is responsible for the investigation, facilitation, advocacy, and monitoring of the assigned child’s case and to represent the child’s best interests.

Those interested in becoming a CASA volunteer or attorney GAL, visit cfadvocates.org to apply or call 216.443.3377 for more information.

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Michele Blazina

Michele Blazina is the CASA Program Director at CFACC.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 4:59 PM, 11.01.2018