Meet The Leaders

Carmen Casares-Cernoch
Chicktime SA Central Managing Chapter Leader
Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I serve because I believe it is in the importance of capitalizing especially on the tribulations and adversities that are encountered in life and LEARN from them in order to grow stronger. I believe that if you find the positives and build those up, consequently the negatives get squashed. Through Chicktime women come together to share their gifts with the girls of St. PJs, girls who may not have a very large support network outside of paid staff. Investing in them now, letting them know they are worthy of good things and can have the power and tools within them be successful in what they do in life, is immensely rewarding. They are in fact our next generation. The same generation of my two daughters. The generation that will become in charge when we age out. Why wouldn’t I, or we, want to invest in nurturing them and helping to shape their lives and the future. To know that I and we, as women, can help those that come after us, find their place in the world, is food for my soul and hopefully theirs too.


My passion and gifts:
Helping others “learn” in their own way. No two human beings are exactly alike, therefore we don’t learn the same way. In the past few years, I have come to realize the importance of flexing to others’ learning styles to teach skills and make changes. Of equal importance, is finding out what is IMPORTANT TO a person and not just IMPORTANT FOR a person. “Important to” drives motivation and it takes a little time and patience and genuine interest in a person to help them discover it.


Hobbies & interests:
 I am a wife and mother. Most days I feel like my daughters are my hobbies with all the things they have going on at school and extra-curricular activities. I enjoy cooking, crafting anything that comes to mind, running around with the girls watching them be kids and have fun, baseball and ballpark nachos in particular!


Anna Bulgarides
Chicktime SA Central Chapter Co-Leader


Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I was adopted from an orphanage in Athens, Greece when I was 23 months old. Though adopted into an amazing family and having a privileged life, I had a troubled childhood and experienced various forms of abuse and consequent pain. It is that very pain, that has taught me empathy and filled me with the need to share love and support with others. I serve a leadership role because I have an abundance of love and compassion inside and want to make a difference.

My passion and gifts:

I enjoy horseback riding, arts and crafts, cooking with and for friends (I make a mean Spanakopita-Greek spinach pie!), I like to go to the cinema and love to travel!
I’m blessed with an amazing son who teaches me daily and my Twin brothers whom I’m thankful for. I adore my niece and will soon become a godmother to my nephew. Michelle is more than my best friend, she’s family and knows me better than anyone.


Hobbies & interests:

My biggest gift (aside from my family) is the amount of love I have inside that needs to be shared, my intuition and ability to ‘feel’ others pain, as well as my absolute desire to give back and make a difference in someone’s life.