Chelsea Freeman, MSW LSW 

Executive Director

Early Intervention Contract Manager

Director Freeman is a devoted Lorain County community member. Her entire professional career has been within the county. She is well known for her ability to advocate for the families she represents. 

She is the proud mother of four boys and is raising them here in the county. She is often seen at Lakeview Beach, Elyria Catholic sporting events, and spending time with her family! 

Office Phone: (440) 328- 2492

Work Cell: (440) 634-0552


Yacylin Velazquez

Fiscal Administrator 

Yacylin has worked in the finance department with the Children and Family First Council since November 2017, prior to that she worked at the Justice Center as a deputy clerk. 

Yacylin reports that "Children and Family First Council has taught me many things, but one of them is the dedication and passion my colleagues have while working with families helping them to get the resources that they need. Hearing their success stories is a wonderful thing."  

Yacylin's job is to manage the accounts and payments. As well as administrative tasks within the department. She enjoys being in the community for events and learning how she can more efficiently improve systems to better the agency. Yacylin holds a Bachelor's degree in Administration and Finance and is Bi Lingual. 

Office Phone: (440) 284-4404


Jon Paul Filipkowski, MEd 

Family Service Coordinator 

Office Phone: (440) 406-3266


Denise Henry, LSW 

Family Service Coordinator 

Hello, My name is Denise Henry, I have been a Social Worker for the past 27 years! I look forward to working with families and helping them to navigate social services agencies to ensure all needs are being met.

Office Phone: (440) 406-3349


Kristen Estep, LSW 

Family Service Coordinator 

Hello! My name is Kristen Estep. I’ve been a social worker for 12 years specializing in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. I’m excited to be part of the Lorain County Children and Family First Council as a Family Services Coordinator. I look forward to working with families in Lorain County as well as our community partners!

Office Phone: (440) 406-3348



Administrative Assistant