About Power To Be

Kristine Cichowski is an educational and business consultant specializing in strategic planning, program implementation, and leadership development. Kristine’s expertise stems from 30 years of experience in designing innovative programs in education, research, and community outreach at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan AbilityLAB) where she developed an award-winning a family resource center that supports individuals and health professionals in over 181 countries. In addition, Kristine created a best-practice peer mentor program for individuals during the early stages of disability and chronic illness and serves as a subject matter expert for FacingDisability.com; an information and support website for families facing spinal cord injury. Kristine conducts seminars and workshops on topics of family empowerment, team building, and work-life integration. As a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner and Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional, Kristine also provides training on Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias.

Kristine founded POWER TO BE to help others connect to resources that enable self-determination, goal achievement, and active community participation. To learn more about speaking opportunities for your team or organization, contact Kristine @ kcichowski.powertobe@gmail.com

Kristine earned a Master’s of Science degree in Health Administration and Systems Design from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Certification as a Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, and is a Certified Montessori Demential Care Professional from the International Council of Certified Dementia Professionals. Kristine holds an International John Maxwell Team certification as a speaker, trainer, and coach and is also certified as a Community Wellness Advocate from Living Compass.