Meet Our Founders

Rob Belanger
Chairman and Co-Founder

Rob’s childhood was split between Massachusetts and Baltimore during the years his father, Mark Belanger, played shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles. After Mark's death from lung cancer in 1998, Rob co-founded the Belanger-Federico Foundation/Cool Kids Campaign to honor his dad and to help others whose lives are affected by cancer. Rob played baseball for Towson University in Maryland, where he graduated in 1992 with a Sports Management degree. He and wife, Natasha, have two daughters; the Belangers are residents of Towson, MD.

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Chris Federico
President and Co-Founder

Chris was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Loyola-Blakefield High School and Villa Julie College. His passion to co-found this Foundation derived from the loss of his mother, Susannah Federico, to Leukemia in 1995. Chris understands how blessed he is to be surrounded with an outstanding board, wonderful staff and the best ‘cool kids’ and their families. He feels privileged to be in a position to help families, knowing that Cool Kids Campaign is making a positive difference in their lives. Chris has three kids with his wife, Tracy.

Sharon Paul Perfetti
Executive Director and Co-Founder

Sharon developed the idea for Cool Kids Campaign after her interest grew in helping others to cope from the death of her daughter’s friend Annie, killed by a drunk driver. When people kept asking, “What can we do?” to help the family, Sharon spearheaded the construction of a monumental project – Annie’s Playground in Fallston, MD. Sharon wanted to continue to help kids and families with the creation of Cool Kids. She is a graduate of University of Baltimore with a degree in Corporate Communications.

Kimmie Meissner

Kimmie is the 2006 World and 2007 National Champion Figure Skater who was drawn to help children cope with cancer after losing two friends to cancer at a young age. Kimmie lives in Maryland and splits her time between college, skate training, and assisting with the development of additional programs for Cool Kids Campaign.