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
Senior Counsel, Salvatore Prescott & Porter
Jake Hagelow, Secretary
Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Nick Narducci, Treasurer
NJN Consulting Services, Inc.
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt, Director of Marketing
Partner, Proverb Associates
Hilary Goldin, Black Tie Benefit Chair
Programmatic and Platforms Specialist, Google
Roxanne Gilbertsen
Associate Director Compensation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Joanne Hickman Dodd
Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager, Capital Group
Michael Hoehne
SVP-Managing Director, R.J. O’Brien and Associates
Maureen Lesak
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Leslie Malysiak
Sr. Platforms Account Manager, Google
Sean McCarthy
Global Accounts, Zerto, Inc.

Sanjay Patel
Global Head of Compensation & Benefits, Caterpillar
Nader Salah
Head of Global Compensation, Executive Compensation & Mobility, Kellogg Company
Kara Scannell
Programmatic Account Strategist, Google
Randy Scheuneman
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, Illinois Tool Works
Scott Smith
Chicago Client Leader, Clifton Larson Allen
Katie Snider
Vice President, Human Resources, Network Services Company
Christine Spisla
DNP & RN, Deloitte & Touche LLP
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, Spotify

OHM Staff

Mike Walton — Founder & Executive Director
Eric Steigerwald — Director of Program Development
Becky Evans — Director of Operations & Development
Colin Joliat — Manager of Magic, Training, & Comm.
Carter Kelly — Office Manager

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
Tom Agam
Joe Alfonso
Nancy Anderson
Lauren Barounis
Kelsey Barrasso
Ed Barry
Kyle Brady
Dan Brander
Jessy Broniarczyk
Cassie Brooks
Adam Brown
Steven Brown
Chris Casula
Cathy Chan
Lauralyn Clawson
Howard Cohen
Bob Corvino
Jenn Craig
Kelsey Cunniff
Melissa Dean
Michael Deladesmo
Gregg Dimpfl
Mayrav Dolgin
Melissa Donofrio
Loren Doppelt
Matt Doughtie
Kevin Ebbesen
Kylie Farrell
Mike Fiore
Adam Ford

Maura Gallagher
Katie Garrity
Chuck Gekas
Rachel Giannini
Joshua Gibbs
Hilary Goldin
Linda Gordon
Dave Graff
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt
Nick Griseto
Rob Gronko
George Guzman
Jake Hagelow
Shaily Hakimian
Kevin Hardiman
Lauren Hendrickson
Natalie Hughes
Carlos Hurtado
Paul Huynh
Mark Jamrozek
Kent Johnson
Shery Johnson
Colin Joliat
Abigail Jones
Stephanie Jones
Cedy Jury
Dan Jury
Anne Kaeding
Kevin Kanaski
Joe Kasprzyk
John Keippel
Kevin Kernan
Paul Kilian

Cheryl Knoner
Andrew Knox
George Kouros
John Kurth
Paul Lampier
Allen Lee
Lauren Levy
Joyce Lockhart-Fisher
Courtney Lundgren
Mary Jane Martin
Sean McCarthy
Anne McGrath
Caroline McIlroy
Candice Miller
Bruce Mitroff
Joan Moffitt
Brian Murphy
Nick Nikitas
Abby O’Neal
Kyle Palazzolo
Steven Paramski
Brian Park
Amit Patel
Saleem Penny
Roland Pilod
Matt Poremba
Brett Purintun
Mary Quinnert
Meera Raja
Josie Reinhardt
Eralee Rivera
Edwin Rodas
Alex Rosen

Paul Rudzinski
Andrew Samaniego
James Sanden
Leslie Saoukbaev
Brian Saunoris
Dave Schmidt
Bill Schuman
Saly Sebastian
Rey Shallwani
Michael Sherrillo
Laurell Sims
Laura Sloane
Scott Smith
Noreen Snyder
Stephanie Spingola
Mike Stevens
Mary Ann Stewart
Melinda Stringer
Jennifer Tello
Jessica Tello
Katherine Tello
Anna Toth
Tony Venetico
Saldie Villarma
Matt Walker
Ryan Walsh
Michael Walton
Patti Ward
Kelly Williams
Kelly Wrather
Jennifer Yeh
Dan Zettinger

Hospital Magicians — Michigan

Chaele Arkfeld
Kristen Aspinall
Emily Bertsche
George Chalhoub
Tim Condon

Kevin Fantich
Susan Fisher
Carl Hildebrandt
Jon Hradsky
Alyssa Kruger

Maddy Lank
Barbara Macdonald
Mark Passerini
Isam Salah
Nader Salah

Chris Talarek
Mo Thweny
Diana Young

Hospital Magicians — Ohio

Patty Allen
Ben Bartley
Jeffrey Brown
Nick De Santis

Matthew Dietrich
Ryan Feimer
Marie Guzowski
Barry Hersch

Susan Hyman
Dianne Klimko
Kellie Kraven
Ron Mogilnicki

Andrea Ponikvar
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