Joint Council Staff & Key Volunteers
Thomas DiFilipo, President & Chief Executive Officer
Tom DiFilipo serves as President and CEO of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. As part of his work as a child advocate, Tom has elevated the cause of every child’s right to a permanent family through his travel to 28 countries, testimony before the U.S. Congress, service as a non-profit board member for the Council on Accreditation, Focus on Adoption, Discovery Ministries and Joint Council on International Children’s Services, and through presentations, speeches and guest lectures at over 40 child welfare convenings including the UNROW Human Rights Clinic at Washington University and the Russian Ministry of Education Conference on Child Protection. Tom also advocates on behalf of children without family care through repeated appearances on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ROTIV Russia and numerous other media outlets.
Tom is currently a member of the Council on Accreditation’s Sponsoring Advisory Council and the executive committees of the Families for Orphans Coalition and the Children in Adversity Policy Partnership.
Prior to his position at Joint Council, Tom spent nine years as Vice President for the CASI Foundation, Chief Operations Officer for International Children’s Alliance and held executive positions at a variety of private corporations.
Rebecca Harris, Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca Harris is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Joint Council on International Children’s Services. Prior to serving as COO at Joint Council Rebecca served as Director of Programs and Services and Government Relations and Communications Officer at Joint Council. In 2010 Rebecca was honored with the Board of Directors Outstanding Service to Children award for her work for children and families in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Rebecca holds a Masters of Non-Profit Management from Regis University. A graduate of Long Island University Global Collage, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Peace & Conflict. Rebecca also served as an International Program Coordinator for an adoption service provider in Denver, CO. Rebecca studied in Australia, England, and South Africa. While in South Africa, she provided direct care for HIV positive orphans. Rebecca was also a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Ex-Combatant Re-Skilling Project which transitioned South African soldiers into society.
Christina Tobias-Nahi, Director of Orphan Nutrition
Prior to joining the Joint Council, Christina Tobias-Nahi spent almost five years as the Director of Public Affairs for Islamic Relief USA, a worldwide humanitarian and development NGO. Previous to that, she worked for almost a decade at Harvard University, with the Islamic Legal Studies Program and The Civil Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and finally serving as the International Visitor Coordinator for the University Marshall/President’s Offices. She holds a B.A in Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i with a Pacific/Asia focus, an M.A. in International Relations from the Boston University-Paris Overseas Graduate Center (where she also worked for the OECD Japan delegation) and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and most recently a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Development. She has published several book chapters on education issues faced by immigrant children in the US and lives with her husband and two adopted children from North Africa.
Rachel Kennon, Programs and Services Assistant
Rachel Kennon is the Programs & Services Assistant for Joint Council on International Children’s Services. Rachel comes to Joint Council with years of administrative experience, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Bluefield College, and a passion for seeing every child grow up in a loving home. Rachel attributes this passion to her loving parents who helped mold her into the person she is today. During her time at Bluefield College, Rachel started a student lead organization known as Advocating Innocence. This organization was made of students, faculty, and staff that were dedicated to seeing the eradication of human trafficking through fundraising and awareness events. Rachel currently lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and their dog, Dexter.
Aabid Mohiuddin, Partnership Coordinator
Aabid is an undergraduate student at The George Washington University where he is majoring in Sociology. Before joining the Joint Council, Aabid has been involved in a mentorship program for at risk youths, worked for a social media startup, and been a lab assistant in a research project. Aabid is currently the President of the Muslim Students’ Association at his university. He has spent much time abroad travelling, volunteering, and visiting family.
23 Joint Council Members play an important role in informing Joint Council’s policies, programs and services. These members serve as the Chairpersons of our Caucuses (large groups of professionals with expertise in select countries or service areas). In total, over 93 volunteers play vital and ongoing roles in our service to children and families.