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
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 Marketing & Program Development
Becky Evans — Director of Operations & Development
Melissa Davis — Manager, Development & Engagement
Neil Tobin — Assistant Director of Magic & Community Development
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 — Chicago

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

Bob Driscoll
Kevin Ebbesen
Kylie Farrell
Mike Fiore
Adam Ford
Maura Gallagher
Katie Garrity
Chuck Gekas
Soma Ghoshal-Diaz
Eliot Goldfarb
Rachel Giannini
Linda Gordon
Hilary Goldin
Dave Graff
Christine Gravel-Lippoldt
Nick Griseto
George Guzman
Rob Gronko
Jake Hagelow
Shaily Hakimian
Kevin Hardiman
Natalie Hughes
Paul Huynh
Kent Johnson
Mark Jamrozek
Shery Johnson
Abigail Jones
Stephanie Jones
Anne Kaeding
Cedy Jury
Dan Jury
Kevin Kanaski
John Keippel

Joe Kasprzyk
Paul Kilian
Cheryl Knoner
George Kouros
John Kurth
Paul Lampier
Margo Lang
Allen Lee
Lauren Levy
Courtney Lundgren
Joyce Lockhart-Fisher
Mary Jane Martin
Sean McCarthy
Kathy McDonald
Bruce Mitroff
Anne McGrath
Joan Moffitt
Nick Nikitas
Brian Murphy
Bob Osgood
Brian Park
Amit Patel
Saleem Penny
Roland Pilod
Matt Poremba
Anessa Puskar
Brett Purintun
Meera Raja
Mary Quinnert
Josie Reinhardt
Eralee Rivera
Edwin Rodas
Alex Rosen

Paul Rudzinski
James Sanden
Bill Schuman
Leslie Saoukbaev
Rey Shallwani
Saly Sebastian
Kevin Shang
Michael Sherrillo
Laurell Sims
Laura Sloane
Scott Smith
Noreen Snyder
Sufyan Sohel
Amanda Stamm
Mike Stevens
Mary Ann Stewart
Melinda Stringer
Stacy Swett
Jennifer Tello
Katherine Tello
Jessica Tello
Anna Toth
Tamer Tullgren
Michael Vaughan
Tony Venetico
Rick Vercellotti
Saldie Villarma
Matt Walker
Michael Walton
Patti Ward
Kelly Williams
Kelly Wrather
Jennifer Yeh

Hospital Magicians — Ann Arbor

Chaele Arkfeld
Kristen Aspinall
Emily Bertsche
George Chalhoub

Tim Condon
Kevin Fantich
Susan Fisher
Carl Hildebrandt
Jon Hradsky

Alyssa Kruger
Maddy Lank
Barb Macdonald
Mark Passerini
Isam Salah

Nader Salah
Chris Talarek
Mo Thweny
Diana Young

Hospital Magicians — Cleveland

Patty Allen
Ben Bartley
Jeff Brown

Matt Dietrich
Nick DeSantis
Ryan Feimer

Marie Guzowski
Barry Hersch
Susan Hyman

Dianne Klimko
Ron Mogilnicki
Andrea Ponikvar

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