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On September 6, 1997, Ken Daniels achieved his lifetime goal becoming the TV play-by-play voice of a National Hockey League team, hired by the Detroit Red Wings to be their lead hockey announcer.
Ken has been rewarded for his efforts on many occasions. In 2002, he was named by readers of the Detroit Free Press as best play-by-play announcer. In 2006, he won his first Michigan Emmy award for excellence in television play-by-play. In 2003 and 2010, Ken was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Also in 2010, Ken received the Detroit Sports Media’s ‘Ty Tyson Award’ for excellence in Sports Broadcasting. In the spring of 2013 Ken was named “Top Sportscaster in Michigan” in a Detroit Free Press poll. In 2022 Ken won a Michigan Emmy for his play-by-play work on Bally Sports Detroit.
Ken’s son Jamie had often joked, that dad needed a “summer job.” Unfortunately, he gave him one. Ken is co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation dedicated to ending the shame and stigma that surrounds drug addiction and providing support for teens, young adults, and their families struggling with Substance Use Disorder.
Lisa Daniels-Goldman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada but relocated with her family to Michigan in 1998. As a stay-at-home mom, Lisa stayed busy with her children’s sports and dance schedules, while also volunteering at their schools. She later worked in real estate before starting her own baking business.
After her son Jamie’s death in 2016, Lisa shut down her business and focused her time solely on the opioid crisis. As co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, Lisa has spoken in front of numerous audiences, including the United States House of Representatives.
In May 2021, Chris Perry was appointed the first Executive Director of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, responsible for the development and execution of strategic partnerships, fundraising, and marketing activities, as well as maintaining responsibility for the organization’s philanthropic efforts.
Chris was previously with United Way for Southeastern Michigan where he served in a variety of C-suite level positions overseeing a range of functions, including donor relations, corporate development, marketing, public relations, volunteer engagement, and labor relations. Chris also served on the United Way Worldwide Marketing Leadership Council and the United Way Worldwide Resource Development Cohort Committee.
Prior to shifting to the non-profit sector, he spent his career in automotive, holding a variety of research, strategic planning, and marketing roles. He most recently worked at General Motors where he served as vice president of marketing for Chevrolet.
Chris currently serves as an advisory board member for Samaritan’s Feet International, has previously served as a board member for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the GM Foundation, is the former board chair of Beyond Basics, former governor of Opportunity International, and has served as a member of the JDRF Marketing Committee.
The Jamie Daniels Foundation’s Board of Trustees share their expertise, time and passion to insure the positive impact of our Foundation.
Margaret Trimer is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, a dental benefits company that covers 14 million lives. She sits on the senior leadership team providing expert counsel and direction on all issues related to the company’s reputation. In that role, she also guides marketing, public relations, company culture and the investment of $8 million dedicated to building healthy, smart, vibrant communities. Prior to joining Delta Dental in 2018, Trimer served for two-and-a-half years as the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, a Detroit-based non-profit that teaches young people how to manage their money, think and be entrepreneurial and prepare for the world of work.
Trimer founded and ran University Prep Science and Math (UPSM) schools in Detroit, one of the highest performing charter school districts in the region. She directed communications for the Michigan Education Association (MEA), the state’s largest teacher’s union for 10 years. There, she advocated and lobbied for resources, support, and development for the association’s then 160,000 public school employees. While at the MEA she started a non-profit called Your Child. Your Child is credited with revealing Michigan’s lackluster culture of education and conducting a major public relations campaign designed to spur improvement. Trimer started her career as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, co-created the first-ever education team and spent six years covering education issues and trends before leaving the paper in 1995. She attended Michigan State University’s James Madison College and earned her Bachelors in Urban Studies with concentrations in economics and journalism.
Kenneth A. Goldman, M.D., was born in Detroit and raised in Beverly Hills, Michigan. He is a 1973 graduate of Michigan State University, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University in 1980. After completing a general surgery internship and residency in Urology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, he completed additional fellowship training in Male Infertility and Microsurgery at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Returning to Michigan to begin private practice in 1986, Dr. Goldman was an attending physician on the staff of Beaumont Hospital until his retirement in 2018. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Urology with the William Beaumont/Oakland University School of Medicine from the school’s inception until he retired. He has 2 adult children, Andrew and Melanie.
Matt Friedman, Co-Founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, works with clients on traditional and emerging communications strategies for leading businesses, universities, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. He is a recognized crisis communications strategist, helping to guide organizations of all sizes through bad times and times of change.
His specialized experience includes working with virtually all facets of health care communications, handling litigation communications for high-profile legal matters, leading media relations operations for major business and political events, and strategic communications projects for multiple Division I college athletic departments and a “Power Five” athletic conference.
In addition to chairing Jamie Daniels Foundation, he chaired The Children’s Foundation Board for seven years and still serves on that Board, and serves on the Boards of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation. He also chairs the Detroit Regional Chamber’s PR/Marketing Advisory Council and serves on the leadership council for the ChadTough Foundation. Earlier in his career, Friedman received recognition for his leadership as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” and DBusiness magazine’s “30 in their 30s,” for his business and community accomplishments before the age of forty. He resides with his family in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Rebecca Daniels is a health enthusiast who has worked as a personal and group fitness trainer for the past thirty years. Her passion is motivating others to be the best version of themselves through exercise and self-care—mind, body, and soul. In 2020, Rebecca started her own business at rebeccasvirtualfitnessstudio.com.
In addition to her career in health and fitness, she has worked as a realtor since 2014 winning “Re/MAX Classic Rookie of the Year” award during her first year, in addition to later receiving the “RE/MAX Executive Club Award”.
Arlyn Daniels was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to West Bloomfield, Michigan with her family in 1998. Arlyn attended high school in West Bloomfield and university at Michigan State in East Lansing.
While attending Michigan State University, Arlyn spent a semester abroad in New Zealand, studying Conservation Medicine. In addition, she was a Michigan State University National Society of Collegiate Scholar and in Michigan State University’s Honors College. Arlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.
Arlyn began an internship with The Children’s Foundation, which led her to continue working in the non-profit field at the Jewish United Fund in Chicago, Illinois.
With a desire to work in the medical field, Arlyn graduated from an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Loyola University, Chicago in May 2022. While at Loyola, Arlyn was a member of the Loyola ABSN Advisory Board where she was able to advocate for her peers. Arlyn also received the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Advocacy and Leadership Award at her Honors and Pinning Ceremony.
Marilyn Bartley, a lifetime resident of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is a volunteer and advocate for children’s physical and mental health. She has a long history of community leadership in Grosse Pointe and Detroit. Using her philanthropic and fund-raising skills, Marilyn’s charitable commitments have been with The Children’s Foundation, The Detroit Institute for Children, Gregory P. Calimeris Memorial Fund, The Saturday Scholar and Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods. Her professional career includes executive director of the British-American Business Council of MI and a securities broker with Merrill Lynch.
Marilyn’s strong passion for Substance Use Disorder advocacy stems from her continuing support of her son’s recovery. She believes every individual and family deserves a chance of achieving recovery. Education and raising awareness will help end the stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder.
A Detroit native, Lawrence J. Burns returned to Detroit in January 2017 to lead the Children’s Foundation in their efforts to make a lasting, positive impact on Michigan children. The Foundation is now a multi-state foundation for children and families with over 140 partners, providing grants to community-based organizations. The Children’s Foundation has surpassed the $80 million level of community support since 2011.
The Foundation is now managing several affiliates that are emerging as community leaders all within the Foundation’s three mission-based pillars. Included are Jamie Daniels Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts, Paul W. Smith Charities, and the Feinberg Hope Foundation.
Mr. Burns is a member of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber, Advisory Council member of the Root Cause Coalition, the Jamie Daniels Foundation Board of Trustees, Michigan ACE Initiative Steering Committee, Board member at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Chairman of the Board for First Tee – Greater Detroit, and sits on the Executive Committee and Board of CATCH.
Mr. Burns is a graduate of Central Michigan University and previously served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron following more than two decades of healthcare and higher education development, marketing and executive experience in multiple executive leadership roles at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Burns has also served as President & CEO of both the Medical College of Ohio Foundation and the University of Akron Foundation.