Kylee McGrane is the Founder and Executive Director of A Moment of Magic. She graduated with honors from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication and minored in business. Always inspired by the world around her, she founded A Moment of Magic from a passion for working with children, excellent glitter skills, and dreams of spreading love and magic to those in need. She is passionate about creating a moment of magic for every deserving child and currently both operates the organization and continuously volunteers. She is constantly striving to meet more children in need of a moment of magic and provide college students with service work they can feel passionate and empowered by! She describes her work with A Moment of Magic as her life's mission and has been forever inspired by the work of the incredible volunteers and the strength of the families we are able to serve. In her free time, Kylee loves listening to music (specifically Taylor Swift), reading, writing, creating, being with friends and family, and drinking large amounts of coffee.
President + Executive Director
Falyn Stein is a College of Mount Saint Vincent nursing school graduate. She was an original member of AMoM's family since it's founding in 2015 and has served as both a character cast member and on our executive board ever since. Outside of providing magic to so many deserving children in her work with AMoM, she also works with children everyday as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's hospital. She believes that we need to remind children what it's like to be a kid again, and strongly advocates in standing together to be their voice, in and out of costume! BSF!
New Chapter Coordinator
Nicole Caridi is a graduate from Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. She is an oncology nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is the fundraising coordinator and is so excited to add new fundraising events this year to the program! When she's not working, she loves to binge watch Grey's Anatomy and Game of Thrones, or her favorite movies Spiderman and The Dark Knight. She became interested in AMoM when her best friend Falyn joined in 2014 and she saw the impact she had on the children, and the way they impacted her. She couldn't wait for her first opportunity to become a part of the team and help enhance these incredible little lives even more. The mission of the program, "reminding kids to be brave, strong, and fearless," is something that she holds close to her heart and promises to fulfill in her duties.
Matthew is a graduate of the College of Mount Saint Vincent class of 2016 with a degree in Business. He is currently working as an Analyst, Risk Management Operations at PURE Group of Insurance as well as a volunteer assistant basketball coach at College of Mount Saint Vincent. He is interested in a wide variety of things, but mainly sports and any events that allow him to get together with friends and family. He became involved in A Moment of Magic in 2015 during its launch stage because he has always been a believer in providing all children with the opportunity to be happy and experience genuine joy. A Moment of Magic was a natural fit. Forever looking to expand the organization's reach, Matthew is constantly striving to provide excellent experiences to the children we serve and grow our volunteer base.
Linda Wendling earned her BA in French with a minor in political science from Rutgers College, and her JD from Seton Hall School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, where she now resides. Linda is currently employed at Western Governors University as the Manager of Compliance & Accreditation for the Business and Information Technology Colleges. Always trying to make the world a better place, Linda following her heart again and re-visiting her love of children and performance (she was a ballet teacher for decades while pursuing all the above activities), she was lead to the Moment of Magic Foundation. Healing takes place on many levels and a positive outlook is vital, particularly for children who may be scared while dealing with a serious illness. Joyfulness can be powerful medicine and the AMoM characters can bring that in their visits. This is an irresistible, positive force and has pulled on Linda’s heartstrings.
LINDA A. WENDLING
Rex Daniel Lomboy is a Patient Care Services Manager for Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York City. In this role, he oversees the daily operations of medical/surgical/oncology and inpatient hemodialysis units with the responsibility of outcome oriented quality measures, human resource management, fiscal management, and patient experience. Prior to moving to New York City in 2017, Rex performed the roles of an Operations Administrator at Southern California Hospital in Los Angeles, Nurse Manager at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas Medical Center, and Operations Manager at HCA - Kingwood Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Rex obtained a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude and Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas. Rex holds a Nursing Executive, National Board Certification and is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Philippine Nurses Association, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Rex holds a board of advisor position at Rutgers University’s Customer Experience Program. Furthermore, Rex is excited to be a part this organization as someone who survived cancer when he was younger.
Shaili Shah graduated from University of Michigan with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and with her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Virginia. She started her career consulting, but soon changed to gears to work at a biotechnology company. Shaili is currently working as a marketing professional at Intercept Pharmaceuticals leading physician digital engagement strategies. She’s a strong believer in leveraging innovative tools such as machine learning, focusing on ROI, and digital growth planning within non-profit operations. Shaili strongly believes in the power of play for children that are preoccupied by their health, which made AMOM a natural fit for her. Additionally, as a mother of two young children, she has a sincere commitment to the organization due to its impact on local communities. She hopes to become of increasing value to AMoM as she matures in her professional and non-profit careers.
Family and Product Donation Coordinator
Board of Advisors
Caroline Rooney Serrano is a Mexico City based wardrobe stylist and fashion expert with offices in Mexico City, Mexico and San Francisco, California. She dresses executives, athletes, and celebrities for their professional and personal lives, and oversees wardrobe direction for a range of commercial clients. Her work can be seen in commercials and catalogues for Williams-Sonoma, Uber, Google, Levi's, Apple, and Nike. Helping people feel their best and most confident led her to A Moment of Magic. Similar to the mission of the organization, Caroline believes that dressing up has a magical effect, both on the wearer, and the world around them. By dressing up, we can spark joy and share in creating a more beautiful world, whether your "costume" is a three piece suit, or a princess gown!
Caroline Rooney Serrano
Mr. Thomas Moebus is a strategic leader with 25 years experience in development, partnerships, communications, leadership and team building, entrepreneurship, innovation, organization development and international alliances. He is a collaborator with influential leaders to build organizations and achieve ambitious goals. Working for educational institutions, both private and public, he has been an effective bridge to industry. Mr. Moebus is an internationalist, and very focused now on helping people and organizations learn to work across borders and cultures. Mr. Moebus was introduced to AMoM in the Spring of 2017 when Kylee McGrane competed on behalf of A Moment of Magic in the New York Business Plan competition. Since then, Mr Moebus has become a trusted advisor of AMoM and an incredible asset to our team.
Character integrity Chair, Maddi Stanton, is a Coastal Carolina university class of 2020 chanticleer. She is majoring in Marine science with a double minor in biology and psychology. Maddi works multiple jobs on campus, teaching other students as a TA for mathematics, and has also done some work in the local marine mammal facilities. She has a history in theatre and is so thankful to have the opportunity to apply some of her acquired skills to her position in AMoM. Maddi attributes her falling into, and in love with AMoM, as "something that snuck up and chose her" when her school's founding Chapter president brought it to Coastal.
Character Integrity Chair
Anna Cahill is a student at Coastal Carolina University. She is one one of the Character Integrity chairs, with a specific focus on costuming. She loves all things costuming and she absolutely loves this organization because it spreads joy everywhere it goes!
Character Integrity Chair
Ashley Clayton graduated from The College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2018. She is currently back in school to become a RN. She was one of the first original princesses when A Moment of Magic was first started. She was the off campus coordinator for two years and then the chapter president at CMSV for a year. She feels so lucky to have been able to get this chance to make so many kids smile during a time of need. While being in A Moment of Magic she has met so many amazing volunteers who all spend their free time visiting children who need it the most. She is now taking on the roll as alumnae relations chair to keep our volunteers connected with A Moment of Magic after they graduate Her favorite things to do are going to the beach and working out!
Alumnae Relations Chair
Chapter Development and Growth Chair
Caitlin Moffett is a senior in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. She graduates in May 2019 and will be continuing her education adventure in grad school as she pursues a PhD. Between classes she works in the physiology lab of Dr. Heddwen Brooks investigating the protective effect of estrogen against t-cell mediated hypertension. Usually in the lab, Caitlin is honored to serve as a character in her local chapter and personally witness how biomedical advances are improving patient care. A childhood cancer survivor herself, A Moment of Magic allows her to give some more of the smiles that she wishes she'd had as a child. Heavily involved in her local chapter since its start in 2017, Caitlin is thrilled to serve chapters everywhere and share the Magic every child deserves to experience.
Jennifer Roberto graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BS in Marine Science and minors in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics in 2019. Her favorite AMOM memory was at her first visit as a character and a little girl ran up to her, grabbed her hand and immediately started telling her a story and introduced her to her family. Her favorite things involve a cup of tea, and anything pink! She has been a part of A Moment of Magic for 3 years and calls them some of the best years of her life because she met so many of her best friends, fighters, and family. She is the Communication Manager and got involved to bring magic to little kids who deserve it more than anything!
Mara is currently a senior at West Virginia University majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology. This will be her 3rd year serving as the Chapter President for AMOM WVU, as well as being on the National Team. She got involved 3 years ago when her mom discovered the Today Show segment on AMOM! She is so thankful for that opportunity and everything AMOM has given her to this day! Her favorite AMOM memory was her first visit at CureFest 3 years ago. A little girl ran up to her and tackled her screaming that I was her favorite princess. The rest is history!
Interchapter Relations Chair
Elieana recently graduated from the University of Arizona, in May 2019, with a B.S. in Psychological Science with minors in both Public Health and Spanish. She is currently attending Chamberlain University at the Phoenix campus, to obtain her B.S in Nursing. Her current employment is at a Desert RAIN Behavioral Health Services, where she is a behavioral health technician. Her hobbies and interest include practicing yoga, and hanging out in the sun. She began her AMOM involvement as the University of Arizona's New Member Coordinator. Ever since then she fell in love with how this organization can make such an impact on so many lives. She feels so lucky to put a smile on these children's faces when they need it most. She is very excited and grateful to take on this role and ensure that our chapters and volunteers are being taken care of!