Our fearless team of accomplished individuals leading the Little Hercules Foundation collaborates closely to achieve our mission. Given those of us in leadership roles have sons diagnosed with Duchenne, we have compassion and empathy for Duchenne families with whom we share a close bond in the community. We each use our knowledge and skillsets to create opportunities for change and drive toward win-win results. This is not always easy, but necessary, when you are working every day to improve the lives of all children faced with a rare, fatal disease.

Kelly Maynard

President / Founder  |

Kelly launched Little Hercules Foundation on January 1, 2013, after her youngest son, Jackson, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of five. After desperately searching for a treatment for her son, only to find none, Kelly decided to leave her career and invest all her time and energy toward Duchenne. As President of Little Hercules Foundation, Kelly focuses on patient access and assisting other Duchenne families. She advocates with regulatory agencies regarding drug approvals, develops critical partnerships within the Duchenne and rare disease community, and testifies on legislation that directly impacts families and patients living with all rare diseases. Kelly is committed to providing support to all of those affected by Duchenne. In July 2021, Kelly was appointed to the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council by Governor Mike Dewine.

Prior to Little Hercules Foundation, Kelly served the State of Ohio for over 20 years in various capacities, including government regulation, law enforcement, and program management. Most recently, she served as Program Administrator for the Department of Insurance. 

Dawn Rezkalla

Vice President  |

Dawn joined Little Hercules Foundation in January 2016 following her son's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis in September 2015. She has a passion for improving the lives of those living with Duchenne, far beyond just her son. Dawn brings a polished presence, strategic thinking and business insight to everything that she does. As Vice President, Dawn focuses on Little Hercules Foundation's strategy, brand positioning, and communication to ultimately drive awareness. As mom to a DMD child, she is also a constant advocate.

Dawn has two decades of experience working in public and private organizations. In addition to growing Little Hercules Foundation, she currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for The SYGMA Network, Inc., a subsidiary of Sysco, the largest foodservice marketer and distributor in North America. Prior to that, Dawn led the accounting operations function as Vice President of Accounting for Wendy's International. Dawn's love of retail all began at LBrands where she spent nine years leading accounting and finance teams. She embarked upon her retail industry career after gaining accounting and finance experience first with Ernst & Young and Corporate One Federal Credit Union.

Dawn received her Bachelor's degree in Business from Miami University of Ohio with a double major in Accounting and Finance. She is an in-active, licensed CPA in the state of Ohio.

Justin Rezkalla

Chief Operations Officer  |

Justin joined Little Hercules Foundation officially in December 2016 following his son's Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis in September 2015. However, he created the Little Hercules Golf Classic from the ground up and was the driving force behind its inaugural success in the fall of 2016. Like his wife, Dawn, Justin has a passion for improving the lives of those living with Duchenne, far beyond just his son. Justin excels at connecting people and driving results. As Chief of Operations for Little Hercules Foundation, Justin focuses on donor development, general operations, and serves as Event Director for the Little Hercules Golf Classic.

Justin has nearly two decades of experience working in the credit union industry. In addition to growing Little Hercules Foundation, he currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Core Systems for Corporate One Federal Credit Union. Prior to that Justin served as Manager, Operations Administration where he was the company's key relationship manager for the entire banking network. Growing up through accounting and finance in the banking and credit union industry, Justin is no stranger to driving up revenue and driving down costs. He routinely finds creative, win-win solutions, which has led to his success with Little Hercules Foundation.

Justin received his Bachelor's degree in Business from The Ohio State University, majoring in Accounting.

Jennifer Shumsky

Director, Payer Relations  |

Joining the Little Hercules Foundation Family Assistance Program is a dream come true for Jennifer. When her son, Xavier, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 4, she knew that she wanted to be able to take her years of nursing experience and focus on helping other families like her own. Jennifer lives with her husband, Frank, in Ann Arbor Michigan with her son, Xavier, who lives with DMD and her daughter, Erica, who lives with Type 1 Diabetes.

Jennifer has over 20 years of nursing experience, most recently for the past 14+ years working in the insurance industry as a Utilization Review Nurse with a focus on appeals and prior authorizations. She has experience with Medicare, self-insured/employer health plans, and commercial plans following the ACA rules. She has also worked in the pediatric clinical setting and operating room. Jen realizes how hard and time consuming the life of a chronic disease parent can be. Her goal in coming to work with Little Hercules Foundation is to help other parents in any way she can to ease the daily burden and stress when it comes to knowing what is needed to take care of our children (and ourselves) and how to obtain it.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and is licensed in the state of Michigan. **

**Little Hercules Foundation does not give medical advice as part of our Family Assistance Program. Credentials are listed for informational purposes only.

Amy Aikins

Director, Government and Social Programs  |

Amy joined the Little Hercules Foundation Family Assistance Program to use her skills, training, and experience to help individuals and families impacted by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Amy’s only child, Elijah, was diagnosed with DMD at the age of four.  She has been impacted by Duchenne throughout her entire life, having survived the loss of both her brother and a cousin to the disease.  The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of other families affected by Duchenne has been a lifelong ambition. 

Amy has nearly two decades of experience working in various capacities within both public and private non-profit social services.  She has a passion for helping people get access to the things they need and has spent her professional life serving people with disabilities in a variety of ways including:  assistance with locating natural supports, arranging for service needs, and coordination of benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.  She worked for several years in case management as both line and supervisory staff, coordinated an insurance counseling program for Medicare beneficiaries, held responsibility for evaluation and monitoring of service providers, and most recently worked as a program manager for the overall administration of a Medicaid waiver program within county government.   

Amy holds degrees in Rehabilitative Science and Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Jenn Pierson

Business Manager  |

Jennifer officially joined The Little Hercules Foundation in an administrative role in April of 2018, after 3 years of serving on the Duchenne Dash Steering Committee. 

Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Child and Family Community Services from Bowling Green State University in 2001.  After several years of employment in the child development field, she took time off of her professional career in order to spend time being a domestic goddess and raising her four children.  

Jennifer became inspired to play an active role in Little Hercules Foundation and to help make a difference in the lives of those effected with Duchenne when she met Jackson and Kelly Maynard at her daughter's elementary school, shortly after Jackson's diagnosis. Jennifer felt a great connection and an empathetic desire to "show up" for the Duchenne community, because if this were her child, she would want someone to show up to fight for her. 

Jennifer is looking forward to a meaningful and rewarding career with The Little Hercules Foundation. 

Randi Clites

Rare Disease Policy Director  |

Randi became an advocate for affordable access to healthcare for medically fragile children by leading the parent advisory councils at both Akron Children’s Hospital and Ohio’s Title V Program - Children with Medical Handicaps - through the Ohio Department of Health. In 2012, she represented Ohio as a Family Scholar for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program. Randi helped develop an annual Statehouse Day in 2008 for the hemophilia community that has engaged hundreds of families in State Advocacy. She was the advocacy coordinator for a coalition of providers, patients, and non-profits serving bleeding disorders patients for over 10 years.

Randi took her passion of working on policy to public office, serving as State Representative for the 75th Ohio House District during the 133rd General Assembly. She passed bills to establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council and protect vulnerable patients in Ohio. Randi comes with a lot of non-profit experience in training patients and parents to advocate for access to treatment.

Randi is a fierce advocate for patients and families with rare disorders. Her only child Colton, now 18, was born with severe hemophilia and later diagnosed with leukemia at 15 months old. Randi lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Matt, son Colton, and their three dogs.  Randi earned her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science from Hiram College.


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