Our Team

Born in Washington D.C. to Dutch parents and raised in the United States, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom, Stefaan Poortman was born to travel the globe.

Stefaan joined the World of Children team in 2019 with 20 years of non-profit experience. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Global Heritage Fund (GHF), an organization focused on the sustainable preservation of endangered cultural heritage sites in regions of economic need.

Adding to his background of international non-profit work, Stefaan held prior positions with the World Resources Institute, Chemonics International, and the World Foundation for Environment and Development. He is currently an advisor to FieldWorks in the United Kingdom and previously served as an advisor to the CEO and founder of Artisan Connect.

Stefaan holds a master of arts degree with honors in economics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and has completed the Executive Program in Non-Profit Leadership at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

He is bilingual in English and Dutch and speaks some French and Spanish. He and his wife have three children, and he enjoys traveling, skiing and mountain biking in his free time. While he has sampled an array of international delicacies during his time abroad, his go-to culinary cuisines are French and Japanese.

A Southern California native, Kimberly joined the World of Children team in 2017 after more than six years in corporate America where she held various communications and marketing positions with Irvine Company Resort Properties. She comes fully assembled with a servant heart, working for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for several years, and using her free time to head up volunteer activities within the community and at her church. Prior to that, she worked for the Walt Disney Company and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She graduated from Chapman University with a degree in public relations and advertising.

Kimberly is an aunt, a sister and a daughter, and a devoted fan to burgers, fries and fresh donuts.

Born and raised in the quiet, close-knit community of Wrightwood nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains, Nicolle traded in her life of fairways and bunkers after three years with PGA Southern California to join the World of Children team in 2017. With a soft spot for helping those in need and elevating our incredible heroes who are changing the world, Nicolle brings a heart of gold to her role as senior programs manager.

When she’s not fulfilling her parental role as dog mom to Willow or chasing around her four nephews, she’s usually snacking on popcorn in the office, planning her next adventure, or catching up on the latest Netflix releases.

Born in Michigan, but well-versed in the Southern California lifestyle after growing up in Los Angeles, Jessica brings a wealth of event production and management knowledge to the World of Children team. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and lived in New York City for seven years where she began her professional career as an Equity Stage Manager mostly working on new musical theatre projects before moving back to Los Angeles. Since then she has served as the special events director for major cultural institutions including The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Mission San Juan Capistrano.

A musical theatre nerd at heart, Jessica now calls Orange County home and has found a new love for days at the beach. When she’s not working, you can find her happily kicking her heels up in any of her homes, whether she’s enjoying the busy city life of New York or Los Angeles, or blazing the wooded trails of Michigan on the zero-turn mower.

Filling the office with her infectious smile and heartwarming personality, Thao joined the World of Children team after serving as the accounting manager for the Mental Health Association of Orange County for more than six years. Her parents moved their family to California from Vietnam when she was 21 years old, and she now calls the city of Tustin home along with her husband and two boys ages 11 and 14.

Thao has been known to speed around town on her motorbike when she’s back visiting family in Vietnam and loves to cook anything from homemade soups to noodles (but secretly loves all types of Mexican food!)

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