Meet the Team

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 cofound 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, and so created the idea for Cool Kids Campaign. She is a graduate of University of Baltimore with a degree in Corporate Communications.

Kristen Rutherford - Community Relations Coordinator

Kristen is a graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Media Studies Communications.  She was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Columbia, Maryland.  Cancer has touched many family and friends in her life and wanted to be involved with an organization that helped families.  Cool Kids Campaign has helped her to pursue her passion of helping people.

Mackenzie Wieder - Operations Coordinator 

Mackenzie grew up in Harmony, New Jersey and moved to Maryland to pursue a degree in Business Communication at Stevenson University. Pediatric Cancer affected Mackenzie when she lost her boyfriend to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in 2015. Mackenzie understands how much Cool Kids Campaign can help patients and their families. She is honored to have the opportunity to work for an amazing organization that benefits a cause she is passionate about.