Kristine Cichowski has designed innovative programs in education, research, and program evaluation for over 30 years. Kristine earned a Master’s of Science degree in Health Administration and Systems Design from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
As Founding Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's LIFE Center, Kristine developed an award-winning education center that supports family and professional resource knowledge in over 181 countries. Kristine designed and presented multimedia disability inclusion programs to more than 5,000 children and teens, business leaders, and health professionals in public schools, colleges, universities, and corporations to dispel myths surrounding disability and instill respectful interactions and good citizenship in people of all ages. Kristine also established a best-practice peer menotr program to support individuals and families during the early stage of physical rehabilitation. In addition, Kristine serves as a subject matter expert for FacingDisability.com; an information and support website for families facing spinal cord injury.
Kristine founded POWER TO BE out of her desire to broaden her reach in helping others connect to resources that enable self-determination, goal achievement, and active community participation. She strives to help individuals and organizations find their POWER TO BE in life pursuits.