Our Team

Chris Federico

PRESIDENT + FOUNDER

Chris was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and is the youngest of 7 children.

He graduated from Loyola High School and Villa Julie College.

Chris started his career at Alex Brown in 1993 and one year later learned that his mother Susannah was given six months to live with leukemia.

She was a determined woman who was going to decide when her time came.

During the eighteen months, before she passed in November 1995, Chris had promised his mother he would keep her memory alive, since she gave so much to so many people.

In 2006, he founded the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation and with the incredible support from so many, it continues to grow.

“I am very fortunate to be in this position surrounded by so many caring, compassionate people as we help our Cool Kids families.  I sincerely hope our good work can continue for decades to come.”

Janet Robinson

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

After more than 35 years of working in the corporate world as an Operations Manager for companies such as Alex Brown & Sons and Deutsche Bank Securities, Janet unexpectedly but joyfully turned her sights toward the non-profit world. It was an easy change due to her long term affiliation with Chris Federico, her former colleague from Alex Brown. She began volunteering with the Cool Kids Campaign in the fall of 2017 and enjoyed her time so much at the Clubhouse and the rewarding experience of helping children with cancer and their families, that taking over the Operations Manager role was a perfect fit. Janet was born and raised in the area, attending Towson Senior High School and remains a Towson resident with her husband JR. Janet enjoys traveling, especially to the beach, sushi date nights and spending time with family and friends. She is excited “to work with this incredible organization and is impressed with the passion, dedication and support of the team and volunteers.”

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Patty Douglas

CARE PACKAGE COORDINATOR

Patty was born and raised in Maryland and spent the early part of her adult life raising her four children on her horse farm located in Northern Baltimore County. Patty has always had a deep desire to help others. First she worked at a Physical Therapy office for eight years. Later, she started personally cooking meals for people who were fighting a battle with cancer. In 2011, Patty started volunteering to make individualized care packages for our kids newly diagnosed with cancer, at our Clubhouse. Since then, she has continued our care package program and puts in tremendous effort into adding a personalized touch to each one. Her single efforts directly impact our Cool Kids and their siblings around the country – bringing a smile to their faces. In addition to the care package program, Patty also wholeheartedly assists our staff with many of our events and fundraisers.

Jen Dean

PROJECT ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Jennifer lives in the Lutherville/Timonium area with her two daughters, Mackenzie and Kayleigh. Her spare time is spent with her daughters watching their Irish Dance competitions, field hockey games, cross country and track events. She has a strong desire to help others and that was most obvious in her last role as a Preschool Teacher, working specifically with two-year old students. Jennifer has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with non-profits and realized how rewarding it would be to become more involved – so when the opportunity arose to come on board and be a part of Cool Kids Campaign, it was a no brainer. She looks forward to making a lasting impression on the children, family members and co-workers she now has the pleasure of serving.

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Maryland Clubhouse

Renee Wooding

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Renee is a Baltimore native who spent the majority of her career in corporate banking, most recently as a Treasury Management Senior Vice President at PNC. During her banking career, she indulged her passion for working with nonprofits by serving on the PNC Charitable Contributions Committee and holding officer positions on the boards of Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland, Arts Education in Maryland Schools and American Visionary Arts Museum. She holds a Business and Marketing BA degree from the University of Baltimore and a Masters in Business from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is the recipient of a Pollard Prize for Leadership and a Gallup Great Workplace Award for Management Excellence. Renee is excited to use her experience to help Cool Kids reach even more families.

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Allison Wilt

EVENT AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Allison was born and raised in the Baltimore area where she attended St. Paul’s School for Girls then received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services with a focus in Child Life Therapy from Towson University. Following college she married her high school sweetheart, Cody, when shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with cancer. As the caregiver of a spouse who recently overcame their battle, Allison set her sights on making a difference in the lives of others coping with a diagnosis of cancer. When the opportunity to work with Cool Kids Campaign arose, Allison knew she was ready to dedicate herself to helping the organization achieve their mission. Outside of work, Allison loves spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and border collie and loves traveling to ski.

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North Carolina Clubhouse

Melissa Scott

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Having a strong passion for helping others, Melissa has worked in the non-profit arena for 20 years.  She relocated to the Charlotte, NC area from New Jersey in 2008.  After graduating from East Carolina University with a BS in Organization and Interpersonal Communication, she started her career with non-profit work and volunteer management.  Melissa has dedicated herself to working with at-risk youth, foster care, hospice, and especially focusing on helping families and children improve their lives.  She is passionate about supporting families in need, and has a special ability to raise awareness and build support in the community for causes close to her heart.  Her passion combined with her experience in fundraising, managing events and leadership in managing a large number of volunteers brings a special skill set to our Cool Kids family. Melissa resides in Huntersville with her husband and their dog Charlie.

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Carrie Johnson

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Carrie was born and raised in a small town called Galax, located in southwestern Virginia. She has always enjoyed playing games, sports, and being outside with family and friends and was excited about the idea of being able to incorporate her love of recreation with her career. She graduated from Radford University with a BS in Recreation Therapy. Upon graduating, Carrie received her certification from National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and licensure from North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with individuals of all ages in hospitals on behavioral health units, a day program for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. Outside of work, Carrie loves visiting her family in her hometown, spending time with her husband and two dogs, sewing, and working in her flower garden. She is thrilled to be joining the Cool Kids team and serve families in the community!

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Rachel Armstrong

EVENTS AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Rachel was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina. She attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem for two years of high school, where she studied ballet. She finished out high school online while dancing with Pittsburgh Ballet. She has always enjoyed serving others and building rapport with people, specifically in the healthcare industry. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BS in Psychology. Upon graduating, Rachel started her career as a Marketing Coordinator for a Mental Health Facility. Throughout her career, she has built and maintained relationships with health care providers. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, traveling, and attending concerts. She is ecstatic to be joining the Cool Kids team and serve families throughout the community!

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