About The Founder

As Founder & CEO of Power To Be, Kristine Cichowski has designed innovative programs in education, research, and customer service for over 30 years. Kristine earned a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Design & Analysis and Health Administration 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 disability education center and website that supports family and professional resource knowledge in over 181 countries. Kristine created family caregiver and 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 visitor program to support patients and families during their initial stage of inpatient 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 understand individual differences and 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.