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.”
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.”
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.
PROJECT AND ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
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.
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.
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 enjoys traveling to ski.
FAMILY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Danielle was born and raised in New York and moved to Maryland in 2012 to attend Towson University where she competed on the women’s track and field team. She received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services in 2016 and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Child Life, Healthcare Administration & Family Collaboration. Danielle worked in hospitals as a Certified Child Life Specialist for 5 years providing play opportunities and emotional support to children and families facing serious injuries or illness. As the Family Program Coordinator, Danielle’s goal is to strengthen Cool Kids’ partnerships with the local hospitals in order to help more families learn about Cool Kids. She is most excited to plan and facilitate fun, creative, and educational activities and events for all the Cool Kids families to enjoy. Danielle is also a registered yoga instructor and hopes to incorporate her passion for health and yoga into the Cool Kids’ programs. Outside of work, she loves traveling with her husband, reading, and exploring new restaurants.
North Carolina Clubhouse
Roy is originally from the United Kingdom and has lived in the USA for the last 9 years spending 2 years in Orlando, Florida moving to Charlotte in 2017. Roy is passionate and enthusiastic about empowering others and has spent 10 years working in the non-profit sector, using his experience to provide services to the people in the community, fulfilling his passion to create social engagement for all. Roy has worked for Give Kids The World Village, and Make-A-Wish, and is honored to be the Managing Director of the Cool Kids Clubhouse and play a role in supporting our Cool Kids families.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his rescue dog Jumbo, hiking, kayaking, and venturing out and around Charlotte with friends.
FAMILY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Jennifer was born in Nebraska, grew up in Arkansas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo, in Independent Studies with an emphasis on Child Development. After college, she lived in Vail, Colorado. While in Colorado, Jennifer worked for Vail Resorts as a ski and snowboard instructor and then took a position as an Employee Experience Coordinator. Before leaving Colorado, Jennifer worked as a FEMA Crisis Counselor where she offered mental health support in both one on one and group settings. She relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina in September of 2021 and has begun pursuing a graduate degree at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. Jennifer has been coaching youth soccer for the past 7 years and has recently taken to the local non-profit, The Soccer Foundation of Charlotte, where she provided access, excellence, and education through the game of soccer to children in underserved communities.
In her free time, Jen enjoys traveling back to Vail, Colorado to ski and snowboard as well as going on adventures with her Aussiedoodle named Baxter. She is ecstatic to be joining the North Carolina Cool Kids team and serve families throughout the community!
EVENT AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Tom is originally from Pennsylvania but has called North Carolina home for the last 25 years. After graduating from UNC Charlotte, Tom has worked with the Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau, Charlotte Chamber, Lake Norman Chamber and United Way. Most recently Tom was working with people suffering from strokes, traumatic brain injury, those dealing with Aphasia and Dementia.
Tom has a strong passion for helping others. After seeing the effects of cancer on his own family members, Tom is ready to use his experiences to better the lives of Cool Kids and their families; “I am excited and humbled to be a part of Cool Kids Campaign.”
In his spare time, Tom enjoys hanging out with family and friends, travel, sports, and tasty food.