Every 30 seconds...

a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Holiday Heroes partners with hospitals to provide happy distractions for children confined to the hospital. They take a child's mind away with a day of play, thereby promoting better recovery from illness.

Meet the Team

Board Members

Stuart Baum

Board President

Josh Spencer

Board Chair
Holland and Knight

Ann Behrens

Mueller Accounting

Brandt Kucharski

Annual Event Chair

Bill Burris

Board Member
NPN 360

Johnathan Hirsh

Board Member
Deutsche Bank

Reed Hudson

Board Member
Industrial Sales and Engineering Group

Larry Kaufman

Board Member
Experis Finance

Brian Pomis

Board Member
Grant Thornton

Ron Repking

Board Member
Innovative operational Technology

Matt Robertson

Board Member
Byline Bank

Dean Svigos

Board Member
Fresh Farms

Steve Westerberg

Board Member
Nelson Westerberg

Mike Winters

Board Member
ProSourced Solutions



Felicia Winiecki

Executive Director

Karrie King

Director of Programming

Karrie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She has worked with children and youth most of my adult life and loves it. She has lived most her her live in the West with her Husband, Brayden. They have three active teenagers and as a family love spending time with friends and watching the San Fransisco Giants play ball.

Kristen Sandberg

Community Relations Coordinator

Kristen graduated with a degree in Psychology and Child Life from the University of Iowa. Before joining the Holiday Heroes, she worked as a Child Life Specialist in Chicago and Los Angeles. She is excited to help bring the mission of Holiday Heroes to Southern California. Kristen loves seeing live music, comedy, and exploring all of the outdoor activities LA has to offer.

Maggie Drain

Director of Operations

Maggie graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a degree in Education. She has spent her entire career working with children of all ages and backgrounds. She is married to her best friend, Greg. They love spending time with family and friends and watching sports.

Zach Rodimel

Creative Marketing Manager

Zach graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Graphics Technology. He strives to share the Holiday Heroes story by pushing pixels and growing the brand. Zach lives in the woods with his wife, Rachael, and some wild kids (and animals).

Associate Board

Laura Pone

Associate Board Chair/ Fundraising Co-Chair

Michael Burge

Treasurer / Fundraising Co-Chair

Morgan Olenski

Board Development Chair

John Martin

Board Member

Samantha Duros

Board Member