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 Hospital 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 statement – a common phrase for Hospital Magicians to hear – is a testament to the amazing work being done with sick kids and also to all of the people who work to make it possible: our dedicated staff, Directors, Professional Board Members, Charity Team runners, and committed volunteers.

This inspiring community continues to grow every each year and if you’d like to get involved or support kids, the Open Heart Magic community would love to have you join us.

Want to know more?

Contact the team at Open Heart Magic if you’d like to learn more.


Board of Directors

Andrew Denenberg
Principal, Strategic Wealth Partners
Ankit Agrawal
Corporate Strategy & Commercial Transformation Consultant, Agrawal Investments LLC
Bob Driscoll, Secretary
Certified Hospital Magician Volunteer, Loyola University Medical Center Children’s Hospital
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt, Director of Marketing
Founding Partner, Proverb Associates
Clay Foster
Director of Business Development, Asset Based Lending, BMO Bank N.A.
Dan Williams
Vice President, Digital Sales & Podcast Partnerships, Audacy, Inc.
Elizabeth Smith, Pro Bono Outside General Counsel
Banking & Finance Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Hilary Goldin Parker, Black Tie Benefit Chair
Head of Customer Loyalty, Google
Jake Hagelow
Associate Director Project Management, CBRE
Katie Snider
Chief Human Resources Officer, Network Distribution Company
Katy Leoni, Secretary
VP, Head of Strategy & Planning for Global Solutions TransUnion
Katy Pinter, Strategy Committee
Chief Transformation Officer & SVP, Corporate Development, The Chartis Group
Kyle Furry, Treasurer
SVP, Performance Measurement, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Leslie Malysiak
Senior Partner Lead, Google
Mark Passerini
Executive Vice-President of Business Development, 4Front Ventures
Maureen Lesak
Managing Director Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael Hoehne, Onboarding & Engagement Committee
Principal Managing Partner, MVH Human Capital Management
Mike Walton
Founder & Executive Director, Open Heart Magic
Nader Salah
Vice President, Global Total Rewards & People Analytics, Kellogg Company
Randy Scheuneman
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, Illinois Tool Works
Renee Grimm
SVP, Retirement Plan Division, Northeast Division, Capital Group
Rory Walsh
Sr. Client Executive, IW Technologies
Ryan Walsh
Principal, Acquisitions Sterling Bay
Sara Murphy
Senior Industry Manager, Sales – Retail, Pinterest
Scott Smith
Business Development Manager, VedderPrice
Sean McCarthy, Chairperson of the Board
Cloud Leader, Deloitte
Shira Miller, Child Life Liaison & Children’s Hospital Advisor
Manager-Child Life & Creative Arts Therapies, Certified Child Life Specialist, Rush University Medical Center
Sue Walton
SVP, Senior Retirement Strategist, Capital Group


Aaron Wolf
Senior Program Manager
Basia Yee
Manager of Operations
Christine Huge
Director of Operations

Eric Steigerwald
Senior Director of Marketing & Program Development
Michael Walton
Founder & Executive Director