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 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

Sean McCarthy, Executive Committee Chair
Senior Principal, Maven Wave
Katy Leoni, Secretary
Principal, Boston Consulting Group
Andrew Denenberg, Treasurer
Principal, Strategic Wealth Partners
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt, Director of Marketing
Partner, Proverb Associates
Hilary Goldin Parker, Black Tie Benefit Chair
Platforms Specialist, Google
Ankit Agrawal
Sr. Director of Global Commercial Strategy, Albany Molecular Research Inc.
Jake Hagelow
Senior Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Michael Hoehne
Chief People Officer, AHEAD
Maureen Lesak
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ted Limjoco
Vice President and Manager, Early Career Programs, Northern Trust Corporation
Leslie Malysiak
Partner Lead, Google

Sanjay Patel
Global Head of Compensation & Benefits, Caterpillar
Mark Passerini
Executive Vice-President, Operations, Mission Dispensaries/4Front Ventures
Nader Salah
Head of Global Compensation, Executive Compensation & Mobility, Kellogg Company
Randy Scheuneman
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, Illinois Tool Works
Tim Shanley
Vice President, Marsh McLennan Agency
Scott Smith
Chicago Client Leader, Clifton Larson Allen
Katie Snider
Vice President, Human Resources, Network Services Company
Ryan Walsh
Director of Acquisitions, Sterling Bay
Sue Walton
Senior Vice President, Capital Group
Mike Walton
Executive Director & Founder, Open Heart Magic
Dan Williams
Director of Sales, Midwest, Activision Blizzard Media

OHM Staff

Mike Walton
Founder & Executive Director
Eric Steigerwald
Sr. Director of Marketing & Program Development
Christine Huge
Assistant Director of Operations