The Team

JOHANNA RUOFF (Née STENGEL)ruoff_kontakt

“A child’s smile is the biggest reward for me…”

In 2005 Johanna Ruoff founded the “Ein Platz für Kinder” Foundation. Her motivation was provided by the tsunami disaster in 2004 that cost over 200,000 people their lives. Johanna Ruoff, who was only a few hundred kilometres away, knew immediately that she had to help. So she promptly gave up her successful career as a PR manager and started her foundation. From day one she’s fought for the rights of disadvantaged children.

Chairperson and benefactor: info(at)


“It’s hard to think of a better job than giving children a future”

Britta Geyer has a degree in business studies and has been a PR advisor for 20 years. After spending several years abroad, Britta moved back to Hamburg where she was born and worked as a team leader in various brand-communication agencies. Over the past few years she has focused on protecting children. She has contributed this experience to help the “Ein Platz für Kinder” team since 2014.

PR: bg(at)

CORNELIA GOLDBERGgoldberg_kontakr

“Child abuse has a lot of terrible facets. My husband and I provide a safe home for our two girls. But I know what it feels like when everything changes in a fraction of a second. It’s really important to me to help heal these traumas”

Cornelia Goldberg is a qualified dental assistant and spent a long period of time looking after dementia patients in a home. Due to her experience in telemarketing and with people in crises, she’s the perfect choice for a fundraising position.

Fundraising: cg(at)

MELANIE ZEMANEKzemanek_kontakt

“Children don’t want the world’s best. They want their parents’ best”

Since the birth of my daughter I know what this means. Melanie Zemanek came to “Ein Platz für Kinder” after a very happy coincidence. In her work she wants to help make things better for neglected children in Germany. Melanie Zemanek is a trained office manager, married and has one daughter.

Fundraising: mz(at)