WHO WE ARE
Meet Our Team
Meet Our Partners
Our Partners are diverse and work to remove barriers in unique ways - breaking the limitations of physical disabilities, creating opportunities for play, enabling children to learn through hands on experiences, and forming each child’s sense of personal history. Together they bring a childhood to each child and help them move from isolation to children valued by their community.
Our current partnerships are just the beginning. In 2016, Limitless Child will expand to include expert collaborators in sports, gardening and nature.
Koochie is a maker of top-quality outdoor play systems that are installed around the globe.
MIT’s Fab Lab Hubs serve as the basis for our Make it Matter program. Connected to MIT’s worldwide network, these innovative hubs are designed for learning, building, and exploring through technology. MIT graduates along with other gifted individuals provide a cost-free venue where children without families can learn life skills, such as 3-D printing and laser cutting, and receive an opportunity to develop lasting relationships with caring adults.
ASHA is our primary local partner in India and serves as the lead implementer for our Peer Sports, Payal’s Garden and Living History programs. ASHA’s 20-year presence in India assures that we are collaborating with professionals who have a heart for India’s most vulnerable. Of equal importance, ASHA brings credibility, transparency and expertise to our team. Limitless Child's staff has worked with ASHA for 14 years and firmly respect, trust and admire them.
Meet Our Board
Christina Tobias-Nahi, EdM & MA: Christina’s extensive background in child welfare includes 9 years at Harvard University’s Islamic Legal Studies Program and Civil Rights Project. Christina also held senior positions at Islamic Relief and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. Christina holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a M.A. in International Relations from Boston University-Paris and a post-graduate certificate in Community-based Development.
Minal Dani, MSW: Minal is the Founder and Executive Director of ASHA in Pune, India. After earning her Masters in Social Work, Minal founded ASHA and began a 20+ year career of service to marginalized women, vulnerable children and adults living with mental illness. Minal’s work in India includes groundbreaking women’s empowerment programs, international adoption and education programs for young girls living in extreme poverty. For over a decade, Minal has served a member of the University of Cincinnati Hospital’s mobile crisis outreach team.
Peter Leppanen, MBA: Since 2004, Pete has advocated for the rights of orphaned children. He has served as a strategic advisor, board member and volunteer consultant to several organizations. As President and CEO of Wide Horizons For Children, he oversaw child permanency programs in a dozen countries focused on family preservation, family empowerment, orphan support, community development, adoption counseling, domestic and international adoption and post-adoption support. Previously, Mr. Leppanen worked in consulting for 25 years. As a Senior Partner at CSC Consulting, he directed a consulting practice focused on strategy, business process re-engineering, technology and systems integration.
Steve diFilipo, MA: Steve brings a 30+ year career in technology and education. Currently Steve serves as the Chief Information Officer for MSOE University. Steve also is the principal at JRS, LLC an agency providing technical currency to businesses adopting digital, mobile, social strategies. Previously he has held executive positions at Rowan College, Quantum Think, Campbell Soup and Deborah Heart & Lung Center.
Jesse Eaves Jesse has spent the past decade working on strengthening child protection systems around the world. During that time he has worked extensively to combat and prevent labor and sexual exploitation of children in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. One of Jesse’s main focus areas is the impact of conflict on children and their communities and working to foster long-term stability and resilience for children in volatile contexts.
Tom diFilipo 18 years of service includes leadership positions as COO of the International Children’s Alliance, Vice President of the CASI Foundation, President/CEO of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, member of the Board of Directors for the Council on Accreditation, founding board member of Hopeland and co-founder of the Children In Adversity Policy Partnership. Tom’s advocacy includes Congressional testimony, more than 70 trips to 28 countries, presentations at 44 conferences and over 50 national and international media appearances and interviews.
International Play Association is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961. It is a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors. It's purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right.