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. Kelly has a fighting spirit and an ability to overcome obstacles, no matter the size or strength. As President of Little Hercules Foundation, Kelly focuses of advocacy and assisting other Duchenne families. She serves on pharmaceutical advisory boards, advocates with regulatory agencies regarding drug approvals, develops critical partnerships within the Duchenne community, and testifies for 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.

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. Kelly also founded Step 1 Athletics, a nonprofit, youth athletic organization where she served on the Board of Directors for 10 years.

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.


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