The Soldiers — Our Leadership Team

Nicholas Kristock

“Fleece & Thank You is my way to serve the pediatric inpatient community. It is my life’s mission to provide the best possible forms of care for children in the hospital, and we won’t rest until we guarantee every child gets a fleece blanket upon the start of their treatments.”

Bryce Goulah

“I love dedicating my time to working with caring individuals who build one another up and find happiness in giving back.”

Morgan Garmo

“I love seeing the profound impact the blankets and video messages have on children and their families during difficult times.”

The Army- Our Event Coordinators

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Steven Taraskavage

Stevie is a one of the ORIGINAL event coordinators and also loves to play ice hockey. You can typically find him pressing patches onto blankets at the warehouse or shooting slapshots at the rink. This guy is a hat-trick waiting to happen…oh and did we mention he runs a NICE event too?!

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Sharon Pesci

Sharon is one of our Northwest Ohio Event Coordinators and also doubles as our hospital contact for Toledo Promedica Children’s Hospital in their Childlife Department! She basically is the coolest and you should totally book an event with her in Toledo!

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Kelly Haapala

Kelly is the ultimate go-getter and is one of those people who can do about 7 things at once! We heard she has even been known to read 2 books at the same time WHILE making fleece blankets and a cup of tea. She is a rockstar event coordinator and we are lucky to have her on the team!

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Michael Kelly

Michael is the most charismatic person you will meet this year. He brings a funny and energetic outlook to a conversation that rivals the cheesiest bag of doritos (you just need to experience it). Michael spent extended time in the hospital while growing up, so he knows firsthand the impact our blankets and messages can provide.

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Joann Bruni

Joann comes to us after meeting her at an event with Kids Kicking Cancer. She brings a unique point of view to the team and an inspiring history involving kids in the hospital setting (you’re just going to have to book an event with her to find out the story!).

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Alyssa Dorchak

Alyssa has been a volunteer with us since we began! She has attended more events that skittles in a bag and brings a fire and passion for this work!

The Generals — Our Board of Directors


Nancy Kattoula

“I was touched by the joy and encouragement these blankets brought the children and their parents during such a difficult time.”

Lorron James

“I joined Fleece & Thank You’s team in late 2015 after being inspired by the will and focus of its college-age co-founders, Morgan and Nicholas, and by the board they were forming.”

Fayez Kattoula

“I was inspired by the joy the children received from the blankets, but especially the small piece of comfort that joy provided parents.”

Edward Nakfoor

“I joined Fleece & Thank You’s Board because I was impressed by their mission, quick success, and that the entire operation was founded by college students and recent graduates.”

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David Spencer

Fundraising/Board Development Committee Chair


Steve Slayton

Make-A-Blanket Day Committee


Mark Garmo

“On my first blanket delivery, I was touched by the will, gratitude, and optimism the warriors in the hospital displayed.”

Javous Nicks


“Fleece & Thank You has such a pure and admirable cause. To be able to change the way a person looks at a negative aspect in life by simply comforting them with positivity and loving warmth is the most rewarding feeling that a person can have.”

Joe Rohatynski

Public Relations Guru

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Join our team- Current openings

  • Hospital Coordinator
  • Warehouse Crew Worker
  • Volunteer Manager

Please email us at or fill our the form here for more info!

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