Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Become a Community Partner
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
Board of Directors
Our amazing Board of Directors keeps us focused on our mission to create playspaces through the leadership and participation of communities.
Mr. Tony Bucci
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
Mr. Michael Deich
Mr. Robert DeMartini
Mr. Richard Devaney
Mr. Timothy M. Fesenmyer
Ms. Stephanie Gaillard White
Mr. Darell Hammond
Mr. Richard Kelson
Mr. Ron Lumbra
Mr. Bill Novelli
Mr. Udaya Patnaik
Mr. George Sherman
Board member profiles
Tony Bucci is a marketing communications professional with 40 years experience. He began his career at MARC USA and moved steadily up the ranks to be named Chairman in 1997. Under his helm, MARC USA has become one of the nation's leading independent advertising agencies. Tony is widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts and serves on the boards of Girls Inc., KaBOOM!, the Civic Light Opera and the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. He is past national Chairman and Emeritus Member of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America,currently serves on the National Advisory Council, and is an Emeritus Member of Duquesne University. A graduate of Duquesne University, Tony and his wife Linda reside in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) in March, 2009. NMAfA is the only national museum in the United States that collects, conserves, exhibits and educates about the traditional and contemporary visual arts of Africa. Through its exhibitions, educational programs and outreach to diverse communities, NMAfA fosters the discovery and appreciation of the arts and cultures of Africa, the cradle of humanity. Before assuming her current position, Johnnetta Cole had a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. She is President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. She is the only person to have served as president of these two historically Black Colleges for women in the United States. She is also Professor Emerita of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies. Dr. Cole was the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the board of trustees of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Through her work as a college president, university professor and museum director, and through her published works, speeches and community service, she has consistently addressed issues of diversity and inclusion in the United States and around the world. Dr. Cole has been awarded 55 honorary degrees and she is the recipient of numerous honors.
Michael Deich, director of policy and government affairs, coordinates policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's three program areas—Global Health, Global Development, and United States. He also oversees efforts in support of the philanthropic sector. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Deich was managing director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Deich also has served as the associate director for general government and finance within the Office of Management and Budget, as special assistant to the president for economic policy, and as senior director of the National Economic Council. Deich holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rob DeMartini is the President and CEO of New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. with 18+ years of experience in consumer products. His career includes Procter & Gamble, Gillette and Tyson Foods. Currently Rob sits on the Board of Directors at Welch's; AAFA and KaBOOM!. Most recently Rob was awarded the 2011 Most Playful CEO in America by Playworks Inc. Rob is a graduate of San Diego State University and resides in Boston with his wife, Nancy.
Mr. Devaney has over 27 years of institutional housing finance experience and presently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crossbeam Holdings. Mr. Devaney was the initial founder of Crossbeam Capital, an institutional real estate investment advisor, and launched its first private equity real estate investment fund, Workforce Housing I – 2007, LP, capitalized at approximately $150 million. In 2010, Mr. Devaney created Crossbeam Holdings in a merger with Concierge Asset Management Company, which provides asset, property and construction management services nationally. Collectively, Crossbeams Holdings and its subsidiaries, with 200 full time employees, own or manage over 25 apartment communities in 9 states providing housing to tens of thousands of residents. Mr. Devaney is married, lives in Washington, DC and is the proud father of two young children. Mr. Devaney holds a BA degree from Belmont Abbey College with majors in Economics and Business Administration.
Timothy M. Fesenmyer is a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP concentrating primarily in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law. He has significant experience in sophisticated corporate transactions in a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, financial services, media and entertainment, telecommunications, food and beverage, professional sports, building products, insurance, retail and technology. Mr. Fesenmyer also advises clients in connection with other non-transactional corporate, securities and business-related matters, including SEC reporting obligations and disclosure issues, corporate governance, and stockholder and compliance matters. Since 2008, Mr. Fesenmyer, together with several of his colleagues, has provided pro bono legal services to KaBOOM!. Mr. Fesenmyer has a B.A. from Miami University and an M.P.A. andJ.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and their two children.
Stephanie Gaillard White is the Vice President, Talent Management & Diversity for MWV (MeadWestvaco Corporation), a global packaging company with related Specialty Chemicals and Community Development & Land Management businesses. She has 20+ years of corporate experience in the areas of human resources and information technology. She is actively engaged in community and non-profit leadership efforts. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina with a double major in Management Information Systems and Finance. Stephanie and her husband Mario, along with their two sons, Andrew and Austin, live in Midlothian, Va.
Darell Hammond is the Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit based in Washington, DC dedicated to saving play by making sure there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. KaBOOM! works with communities and corporations to build playgrounds in all 50 states where there are none. To help start the conversation and educate Americans about the importance of play in children's lives, Hammond wrote KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play (Rodale, April 2011). Founded out of Hammond's apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,000 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child's right to play. Hammond lives in Washington, DC with his wife Kate Becker.
Richard B. Kelson is a private equity investor and advisor to middle-market companies. He is the Chairman and CEO of ServCo, LLC, a strategic sourcing and supply chain management company. He retired from Alcoa, Inc. in 2006 as Chairman's Counsel. He also served as Alcoa's Executive Vice President and CFO for nearly a decade. Prior to that, he was Alcoa, Inc.'s Executive Vice President – Environment, Health and Safety and General Counsel. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and Commercial Metals Corporation. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Mellon University from 2000 to 2006 and serves on the board of the University of Pittsburgh Law School Board of Visitors. Mr. Kelson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in political science and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ron Lumbra co-leads the firm's CEO and Board Services Practice in the Americas. Ron was previously the co-lead for the firm's operations in the Americas and before that ran the New York and Houston offices. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1998, Ron was with Amoco Corporation, where he served as Regional Vice President for Latin America in their Power Resources business. Previously, he was Vice President for the Americas at The AES Corporation. Before that, he was a Principal with the Trammell Crow Company. Ron began his career as a sales engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Ron was formerly a Board Director for the Alumni Association of the University of Vermont, the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York and the Houston Youth Symphony. Ron received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Bill Novelli is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He teaches in the MBA program and leads the Global Social EnterpriseInitiative for the School. Previously, he was CEO of AARP, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, EVP of CARE and President of Porter Novelli, now one of the world's largest public relations firms. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Penn's Annenberg School for Communication, and pursued doctoral studies at New York University. He taught marketing management for 10 years in the University of Maryland's M.B.A. program and also taught health communications there.
Mr. Udaya Patnaik
Jump Associates LLC
San Mateo, CA
Board member since 2013
Udaya Patnaik is a founder and principal of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. He helps clients manage innovation, create and commercialize new businesses, and transform organizations. Over the years, Udaya has had the privilege of working with leaders at GE, Target and FedEx to solve long term strategy issues while delivering rapid results. Prior to Jump, Udaya worked in tech and for a non-profit community and economic development firm, providing technical assistance in finance, policy, and systems improvement. He has taught at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and holds a degree in civil engineering also from Stanford.
George Sherman is senior vice president of services at Best Buy, a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Sherman oversees the Geek Squad services brand. Prior to joining Best Buy, Sherman spent 15 years with Target Corporation and 5 years with Home Depot in Atlanta, where he held positions of senior vice president of operations and home services division president. Sherman received his BA from St. Michaels College in Vermont, and later obtained his MS from Central Michigan. He also served as an officer in the Air Force for 6 years. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active by golfing, skiing and running, in addition to traveling with his wife Laura and two children, Ashley, 15, and Evan, 10.