Meet our team

The Faces Of Heroes Circle

Our global team works together to help heal pain and trauma for children around the world.

Rabbi

Elimelech Goldberg (Rabbi G)

Founder and Global Director

Kids Kicking Cancer began in the summer of 1999 when Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg created a pilot program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) to demonstrate the power of therapeutic martial arts. Rabbi G., as the children affectionately refer to him, is a first-degree black belt in Choi Kwang Do, as well as a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Executive Team

Martin Bluth

Martin Bluth, MD, PhD

Global Medical Director

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Cindy Cohen

Cindy Cohen, MS, CCLS

Global Program Director

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Marc Cohen

Marc Cohen

Chief Financial Officer

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Richard Plowden

Richard Plowden

Chief Martial Arts Therapist

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Jamila Carrington Smith

Jamila Carrington Smith

Chief Innovation Officer

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Ashley Rule

Ashley Rule

Chief Marketing Officer

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International Leadership

Michele Kaplan-Green

Michele Kaplan-Green

Heroes Circle Israel

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Jill Osborne

Jill Osborne

Heroes Circle Canada

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Giancarlo Bagnulo

Giancarlo Bagnulo

Heroes Circle Italy

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Moses Sebopa

Moses Sebopa

Heroes Circle South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia

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Amanda Mandie

Amanda Mandie, OAM

Heroes Circle Australia

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Board of Directors

Lila Lazarus

Lila Lazarus

President

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Robert Bronstein

Robert Bronstein

Chairman

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Neil Schloss

Neil Schloss

Treasurer

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Doug Filzek

Doug Filzek

Secretary

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Daniel Bral

Daniel Bral, D.O.

Board Member

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Stephen Cheifetz

Stephen Cheifetz

Board Member

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Gail Danto

Gail Danto

Board Member

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Keyantee’ Davis

Keyantee’ Davis

Board Member

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Brad Feldman

Brad Feldman

Board Member

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Barbara Hertzler

Barbara Hertzler

Board Member

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Josh Kaplan

Josh Kaplan

Board Member

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Chris Keogh

Chris Keogh

Board Member

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Larry Kraft

Larry Kraft

Board Member

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Bonnie Larson

Bonnie Larson

Board Member

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Tonya M. Matthews

Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D.

Board Member

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Bridget Mary McCormack

Bridget Mary McCormack

Board Member

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Norman A. Pappas

Norman A. Pappas

Board Member

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Shirley Stancato

Shirley Stancato

Board Member

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Lawrence A. Wolfe

Lawrence A. Wolfe

Board Member

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Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson

Board Member

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Help more children find

Power. Peace. Purpose.

Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, we are committed to empowering one million children to reduce their pain and stress with the help of our evidence-based martial arts therapy.