BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jamie Holmes, Founder & President
Jamie founded Jamie’s Dream Team when she was eighteen (18) years old with the assistance of her Mother, Kim Shidel, and her Grandmother, Bonnie Cottone. Jamie has been a member of the Board of Directors of Jamie’s Dream Team since its inception in 2005. Jamie graduated from McKeesport High School in 2005, and she has studied, among other things, pre-law and business at Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Jamie’s passion, though, is Jamie’s Dream Team. Jamie decided when she was fifteen (15) years old and in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for one (1) of her many surgeries, that she wanted to someday start an organization that would help people with serious medical conditions. Despite the pain and suffering that Jamie has, and continues to endure, her heart has always been with others who are suffering. As such, Jamie started Jamie’s Dream Team to fulfill her dream of helping others who are suffering.
Kim Shidel, First Vice-President
Kim is the First Vice-President and co-founder of Jamie’s Dream Team along with her Mother, Bonnie Cottone, and her daughter, Jamie Holmes. Kim has been a member of the Board of Directors of Jamie’s Dream Team since its inception in 2005. Kim received a medical assistant certification from the Western School of Health and Business Careers in 1993. Kim has primarily cared for Jamie on a full time basis since Jamie’s birth which prevented Kim from maintaining a career outside of the home during Jamie’s childhood. In addition to working tirelessly for Jamie’s Dream Team, in recent years Kim has been self employed as a pizza shop proprietor, home health aide, and home consultant sales associate.
Bonnie Cottone, Second Vice-President
Bonnie is the President and a co-founder of Jamie’s Dream Team along with her daughter, Kim Shidel, and her granddaughter, Jamie Holmes. Bonnie has been a member of the Board of Directors of Jamie’s Dream Team since its inception in 2005. Bonnie has been an investor and real estate agent for thirty (30) years with Century 21 and Classic Homes in White Oak, Pennsylvania, and she also worked as a property manager for Segady Real Estate. Bonnie was a foster parent through KATY Services for thirteen (13) years during which time she successfully fostered and mentored approximately eighty (80) children. Bonnie has also coached girls’ softball teams and she has served as a volunteer for various charitable organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania over the years.
Linda C. Plum, Treasurer
Linda is presently the Treasurer of Jamie’s Dream Team and has been Treasurer and a member of the Board Of Directors of Jamie’s Dream Team since its inception in 2005. Linda is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Plum & Plum in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Linda graduated in 1983 from Grove City College with a degree in Business Administration, and in 1986 from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. Linda is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. From 1995 to 2000 Linda served as a Hearing Committee Member, and then from 2000 to 2002 Linda served as a Hearing Committee Chair, of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Linda is a former volunteer with the Allegheny County Child Advocacy Project and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Linda also is a member of the Twentieth Century Club of McKeesport where she presently serves as Treasurer.
Thomas Exler, Secretary
Thomas was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and became a board member of Jamie’s Dream Team in late 2012 after a year of personally volunteer with Jamie to help fulfill many dreams. However this was not his first time volunteering to help patients in his life. Thomas was born with a rare birth defect called bladder exstrophy, which led his mother and surgeon to found the first support group for parents of children with ostomy or intestinal or urinary diversions, where he learned the important points of helping others. As a 10 year old he was invited to make his first speech at a national conference, and since then has been asked to give many presentations all over North America, Europe and Australia. In addition to speaking he has spent many summers giving up his own vacation time to volunteer to work with teenage patients at many medical camps. Over the years, he has also either founded or been involved with founding multiple national support networks, and he is the past-president and currently the vice president of the Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community, and well as the founder and chairman of Courage to Shine.