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.

Kim Birnbaum - Director of Programs and Events

Kim was born and raised in Maryland.  She has been living in Florida with her family for the past 15 years where she was the Founder and President of a premier event production company in the Greater Tampa Bay area.  She has over 27 years of experience and has worked in all aspects of the industry including non-profit, fundraising, corporate and social events. She is an innovative and dedicated non-profit management professional with extensive knowledge in managing staff, volunteers and committees and increasing support bases for expanding local non-profit organizations.  When she moved back to Maryland she began working as a volunteer for the foundation and the opportunity gave her a deep appreciation for Cool Kids strong devotion for children with cancer and their families.  Always having a passion for family and community, Kim is honored to be part of our team using her talents to support the commitment to our mission.

 Lisa Railey - Director of Philanthropy

Lisa was born and raised in Baltimore where she attended Cathedral School and Notre Dame Prep. She graduated from Ursinus College where she played lacrosse and won two National Championships. She lived in Newport RI for 10 years before moving back to MD a few years ago. Lisa has spent much of her career working for both Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, raising millions for some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world. Lisa is excited to utilize her skills to benefit Cool Kids. She is looking forward to working with the Cool Kids families and our Board members, and to increasing the services provided that will benefit all of our Cool Kids. Lisa lives in southern MD with her husband and 2 children.

Janet Robinson - Operations Coordinator

Janet was born and raised in Baltimore.  She worked as a manger in operations for Alex Brown & Sons and Deutsche Bank.  Janet has known Chris Federico, a former colleague from Alex Brown and began volunteering with the Cool Kids Campaign in the fall of 2017.  Janet enjoyed the time spent at Cool Kids Campaign and realized she was qualified for the operations position when it became available.  She is excited to work with this incredible organization and is impressed with the passion, dedication and support of the team and volunteers.  Janet lives in Towson with her husband JR.