About – The OHM Community

It takes a village: a very special community

From the beginning, Open Heart Magic made a commitment to see all kids regardless of their medical conditions or physical abilities. Hospital Magicians broke out of their comfort zones to develop specialized trick adaptations and learn the different protocols required to work with kids in tough medical situations. Our Bedside Magic™ program was developed with guidance from Child Life staff and continues to set itself apart from other programs by reaching every single child in a hospital.

A program and community unlike any other.

“That was the first time I’ve seen my child smile since we’ve been here.” This is something Hospital Magicians often hear from relieved, grateful parents. It is a testament to the amazing work our Hospital Magicians do with kids and also to the people who work behind-the-scenes to make it all possible: our dedicated staff, Directors, Professional Board Members, Charity Team runners, and committed volunteers.

Our community continues to grow and impact thousands and thousands of kids each year. If you’d like to get involved or support kids, the Open Heart Magic community would love to have you join us.

Board of Directors

Kyle Palazzolo — Chairman of the Board
Jake Hagelow — Secretary
Roxanne Gilbertsen — Treasure & Finance Chair
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt — Director of Marketing
Hilary Goldin — Black Tie Benefit Chair
Sanjay Patel
Maureen Lesak
Nader Salah

Steve Cotariu
Scott Smith
Ryan Walsh
Sue Walton
Christine Spisla
Randy Scheuneman
Joanne Hickman Dodd
Mike Walton

OHM Staff

Mike Walton — Founder & Executive Director
Eric Steigerwald — Director of Program Development
Emily Clouse — Manager of Operations
Colin Joliat — Manager of Magic, Training, & Comm.
Dave Schmidt — Manager of Sponsorships & Partnerships

Professional Board

Nirav Amin
Theo Apostol
Sarah Arciaga
Abby Berman — Secretary
Kristen Boggs
Kyle Brady — Recruitment Co-Chair
Rachael Bruketta
Joey Dempsey
Joanne Denenberg
Andrew Denenberg
Kylie Farrell
Rebecca Flemming
Albert Fliman
Katie Garrity
Armen Garry
Joseph Grady
Jake Hagelow
Sean Hartness — President
Jeff Hinko
Myles Kaluzna — Treasurer
Ashish Karamchandani
Julia Kim

Julia Kim
Anna Lawrence
Lauren Lewis
Julie Martin — Chicago Benefit Co-Chair
Caroline McIlroy
Jackie Merola
Stacey Nadolny
Abby O’Neal
Amanda Pena — Community Engagement Co-Chair
Matt Poremba
Ray Punzalan — Social Chair
Mary Quinnert
Anu Rajendran
Kara Ritchie
Alex Rosen
Haley Sandroff
Sarita Scherpereel
Saly Sebastian — Chicago Benefit Co-Chair
Emily Tupy
Alexander Vasileff — Sponsorships Co-Chair
Jill Wagar — Community Engagement Co-Chair
Matthew Walker
Anna Wright

Hospital Magicians — Illinois

Larry Abrams
Vicki Acevedo
Kevin Adams
Patricia Adjetetay
Tom Agam
Sandra Alexander
Joe Alfonso
Nancy Anderson
Jim Anthony
Leslie Baluga
Heather Baran
Dave Barclay
Lauren Barounis
Edward Barry
Ed Barry
Kyle Brady
Daniel Brander
Jessy Broniarczyk
Cassie Brooks
Steven Brown
Kevin Carlson
Chris Casula
Cathy Chan
Lauralyn Clawson
Howard Cohen
Martin Collins
Bob Corvino
Robert Corvino
Jenn Craig
Kelsey Cunniff
Rebecca D’Amico
Melissa Dean
Sue Demange
Gregg Dimpfl
Daniel Jury
Anne Kaeding

Kevin Kanaski
Joe Kasprzyk
Mayrav Dolgin
Loren Doppelt
Matt Doughtie
Kevin Ebbesen
Jordan Elliott
Tony Escareno
Kylie Farrell
Mike Fiore
Michael Fiore
Joyce Fisher
Adam Ford
Verneisha Gair
Maura Gallagher
Katie Garrity
Chuck Gekas
Rachel Giannini
Hilary Goldin
Linda Gordon
Dave Graff
Dave Graff
Christine Gravel
Nick Griseto
Rob Gronko
George Guzman
Jake Hagelow
Shaily Hakimian
Brian Holtz
Natalie Hughes
Carlos Hurtado
Paul Huynh
Mark Jamrozek
Kent Johnson
Shery Johnson
Colin Joliat
Stephanie Jones
Sherri Jones
Cedy Jury

John Keippel Iii
Kevin Kernan
Paul Kilian
Cheryl Knoner
Andrew Knox
Bill Kurland
John Kurth
Paul Lampier
Allen Lee
Lauren Levy
Courtney Lundgren
Steven Magnino
Mary Jane Martin
Sean Mccarthy
Anne Mcgrath
Caroline McIlroy
Bruce Mitroff
Dana Moran
Brian Murphy
Nick Nikitas
Abby O’Neal
Kyle Palazzolo
Steven Paramski
Brian Park
Amit Patel
Saleem Penny
Saleem Penny
Roland Pilod
Matt Poremba
Sammy Powers

Brett Purintun
Mary Quinnert
Meera Raja
Meera Raja
Josie Reinhardt
Kara Ritchie
Edwin Rodas
Paul Rudzinski
Andrew Samaniego
James Sanden
Brian Saunoris
Daniel Schaumann
Saly Sebastian
J. Seo
James Sibley
Laurell Sims
Laura Sloane
Scott Smith
Noreen Snyder
Eric Steigerwald
Michael Stevens
Melinda Stringer
Katherine Tello
Jennifer Tello
Anna Toth
Anna Toth
Tony Venetico
Saldie Villarma
Matthew Walker
Ryan Walsh
Michael Walton
Michael Walton
Michael Walton
Kelly Wrather
Wk Yee
Jennifer Yeh
Dan Zettinger

Hospital Magicians — Michigan

George Chalhoub
Tim Condon
Carl Hildebrandt
Jon Hradsky

Alyssa Kruger
Maddy Lank
Barbara Macdonald

Mark Passerini
Zach Riegle
Isam Salah

Nader Salah
Chris Talarek
Diana Young

Hospital Magicians — Ohio

Patty Allen
Jeffrey Brown
Nick DeSantis

Matthew Dietrich
Ryan Feimer
Marie Guzowski

Dianne Klimko
Kellie Kraven

Ron Mogilnicki
Eric Steigerwald

2018 Charity Team

Theo Apostol
Sarah Bates
Emily Bertsche
Sharon Borter
Lee Cleary
Anne Costello

Patricia DeFever
Regina Waters
Rowena Dziubla
Jeff Feucht
Ruth Johnson
Stacie Kern

Matt Lindner
Grant McNamara
Melissa Meyer
Ericka Niemann
Edwardo Olivera

Gerard Palacios
Clara Quach
David Roseman
Jenny Spencer
Sue Walton