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

Jake Hagelow, Chairman of the Board
Senior Project Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Sean McCarthy, Secretary
Senior Principal, Maven Wave
Ted Eischeid, Treasurer
CFO, Censea, Inc.
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt, Director of Marketing
Partner, Proverb Associates
Hilary Goldin, Black Tie Benefit Chair
Senior Director, Global Strategic Pricing, Google
Ankit Agrawal
Programmatic and Platforms Specialist, Albany Molecular Research Inc.
Roxanne Gilbertsen
Associate Director Compensation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Joanne Hickman Dodd
Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager, Capital Group
Michael Hoehne
Chief People Officer, AHEAD
Jacques Laherre
Chief Financial Officer, Transdev North America
Katy Leoni
Principal, Boston Consulting Group
Maureen Lesak
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Leslie Malysiak
Sr. Platforms Account Manager, Google
Sanjay Patel
Global Head of Compensation & Benefits, Caterpillar
Nader Salah
Head of Global Compensation, Executive Compensation & Mobility, Kellogg Company
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
Milica Vidovich
Vice President of Business Development, KI
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
Becky Evans
Director of Operations & Development
Eric Steigerwald
Director of Marketing & Program Development
Jenna Cohen
Assistant Director of Communications, Marketing & Events
Neil Tobin
Assistant Director of Magic & Community Development
Carter Kelly
Office Manager

Professional Board

Nirav Amin – Sponsorships Chair
Theo Apostol
Sarah Arciaga
Abby Berman – Recruitment Co-Chair
Kristin Boggs
Kyle Brady
Joey Busch
Chris Casula
Andrew Denenberg
Joanne Denenberg
Kylie Farrell – President
Katie Garrity – Recruitment Co-Chair
Armen Garry – Benefit Co-Chair
Adam Goldstein
Sarah Jane Guralski
Jake Hagelow
Sean Hartness
Jeff Hinko
Myles Kaluzna – Treasurer

Julia Kim
Anna Lawrence
Lauren Lewis – Community Engagement & Development
Joe List
Jacqueline Merola
Amanda Pena
Ray Punzalan
Alex Rosen – Vice President/Sponsorship Chair
Haley Sandroff
Sarita Scherpereel
Saly Sebastian – Benefit Chair
Rey Shallwani – Social Chair
Amanda Stamm
Jack Sundheim
Jessica Tello
Alex Vasileff
Jill Wagar
Matt Walker
Tim Wombacher

Hospital Magicians — Chicago

Larry Abrams
Nick Adamson
Tom Agam
Nirav Amin
Marybeth Andrews
Deborah Balma
Lauren Barounis
Kelsey Barrasso
Ed Barry
Justin Bedi
Siva Bhavani
Tony Bisciglia
Dan Brander
Blair Brodie
Jessy Broniarczyk
Cassie Brooks
Therese Carberry
Chris Casula
Cathy Chan
Lauralyn Clawson
Linda Coen
Howard Cohen
Caroline Coolidge
Bob Corvino
Jenn Craig
Kelsey Cunniff
Michael Deladesmo
Gregg Dimpfl
Mayrav Dolgin
Melissa Donofrio
Loren Doppelt
Matt Doughtie
Bob Driscoll

Becky Evans
Kylie Farrell
Jason Faust
Mike Fiore
Adam Ford
Maura Gallagher
Ashley Ganski
Katie Garrity
Chuck Gekas
Soma Ghoshal-Diaz
Rachel Giannini
Eliot Goldfarb
Hilary Goldin
Linda Gordon
Stephen Grabo
Dave Graff
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt
Nick Griseto
George Guzman
Jake Hagelow
Shaily Hakimian
Kevin Hardiman
Scott Hollander
Natalie Hughes
Paul Huynh
Kent Johnson
Shery Johnson
Abigail Jones
Anne Kaeding
Kevin Kanaski
Joe Kasprzyk
John Keippel
Jason Kilarski

Paul Kilian
Cheryl Knoner
Magdalena Kosciak
George Kouros
John Kurth
Paul Lampier
Margo Lang
Joshua Lantzy
Allen Lee
Lauren Levy
Hassan Mahmud
Mary Jane Martin
Sean McCarthy
Kathy McDonald
Bruce Mitroff
Joan Moffitt
Brian Murphy
Nick Nikitas
Bob Osgood
John Ozog
Brian Park
Amit Patel
Saleem Penny
Roland Pilod
Matt Poremba
Mary Quinnert
Meera Raja
Josie Reinhardt
Eralee Rivera
Edwin Rodas
Alex Rosen
Paul Rudzinski

Samantha Sanchez
James Sanden
Bill Schuman
Rey Shallwani
Kevin Shang
Michael Sherrillo
Laurell Sims
Laura Sloane
Scott Smith
Noreen Snyder
Sufyan Sohel
Amanda Stamm
Mike Stevens
Melinda Stringer
Stacy Swett
Kristie Toporsh
Anna Toth
Tamer Tullgren
Michael Vaughan
Tony Venetico
Rick Vercellotti
Saldie Villarma
Bob Wade
Matt Walker
Patti Ward
Aaron Werner
Kelly Williams
Jessica Wirtz
Kelly Wrather
Jennifer Yeh
WK Yee

Hospital Magicians — Ann Arbor

Chaele Arkfeld
Kristen Aspinall
Emily Bertsche
George Chalhoub
Tim Condon
Margo Davis

Kevin Fantich
Susan Fisher
Angela Grunn
Carl Hildebrandt
Jon Hradsky
Brendon Junge

Sharon Kim
Alyssa Kruger
Maddy Lank
David Melcher
Mark Passerini
Isam Salah

Nader Salah
Chris Talarek
Mo Thweny
Linda Yang
Diana Young

Hospital Magicians — Cleveland

Patty Allen
Ben Bartley
Nick DeSantis
Matt Dietrich
Ryan Feimer

Marie Guzowski
Steve Heintel
Barry Hersch
Susan Hyman
Dianne Klimko

Ed Knietel
Jim Levine
Erin McNamee
Ron Mogilnicki
Gene Plaga

Jason Shelton
Al Skierski
Eric Steigerwald
Tony Turner

2018 Charity Team

Jessica Abrams
Theo Apostol
Lauren Barounis
Sarah Bates
Stephen Berrios
Emily Bertsche
Ryan Boggs
Sharon Borter
Eric Bradach
Anthony Carone
Gerardo Casales
Kylie Charney
Ibrahim Chaudry
Lee Cleary
Anne Costello
Kaitlin Curry
Michael Davalle
Patricia DeFever
Melissa Donofrio
Rowena Dziubla
Kelly Elizabeth
Jeff Feucht

Irving Flores
Edward Folliard
Adam Ford
Sarah Gereaux
Arnaud Gouachon
Jon Greene
Gustavo Guillen
Yamid HR
Toby Hudson
Kathryn Hughes
Joanna Jachim
Andrea Jackson
Ruth Johnson
Mary Johnson Bedi
Michelle Johnston
Allison Johnston
Joe Kasprzyk
Meaghan Keenan
Stacie Kern
Cheryl Knoner
Jacques Laherre

Amy LeMay
Maureen Lesak
Matt Lindner
Danny Longo
Julianna Mailhiot
Matt Malten
Corby Marx
Jenniffer Matsumura
Victor Mazzeo
antonio mcgee
Grant McNamara
Eliza Mejia
Igor Melnik
Melissa Meyer
Melissa Millewich
Ericka Niemann
Olavo Nogueira
Kaylee O’Brien
Edwardo Olivera
Gerard Palacios
Brent Putz

Clara Quach
Jason Roberts
Alayna Roberts
David Roseman
Andrew Samaniego
kristina sauter
Heather Shepherd
Sarah Shine
Jenny Spencer
Brandon Stang
Rob Stapleton
Sarah Stempel
Jack Sundheim
Katherine Tello
Jennifer Tello
Christy Trank
Sue Walton
Regina Waters
Kelly Williams
Timothy Wombacher
Jenn Woodward