Who We Are
The Oxford Kids Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
We are a passionate team of 100% made of volunteers who work to help children in need.
Our goal is to raise and award funds for children to receive beneficial medical therapies not covered by insurance in the state of Michigan.
WMUZ Interview with Founder, Tami Peterson
A Note From the Founder:
As a mom of a disabled daughter, I personally learned the challenges of providing for a child with special needs. Although I found benefit in traditional therapies: speech, language, physical, and occupational therapy, I knew there had to be more options out there. For my daughter the answer was to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy to her daily regimen. Although this was not seen as the normal, insurance covered treatment, it was the answer in giving me back the healthy, mobile daughter I once had.
After having my daughter’s life given back to me, I sought to serve others by making this therapy available to as many people as I could. I opened a clinic so that others could have access to the treatment also. However, it did not take long to realize how many of my patients needed not only the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but many other treatments and specialized diets as well. Many parents were already financially drained. Although the parents became very creative with fundraising we wanted to do more to help. That is when we also began doing fundraisers to raise money to help the families of these children financially and have the ability to do more therapies. Out of that desire grew Oxford Kids Foundation.
Upon development of the foundation, it has been a humbling experience to realize how many people are out there who want to help others financially. You too can make a difference in a child’s life!
Help heal the world, just give back.
Tami Peterson (Powell), PhD
Oxford Kids Foundation
Our Core Values
Commitment to noble stewardship, transparency, and highest fiduciary responsibility.
Providing access for therapies and resources to help children with disabilities, chronic illness, and traumatic injuries.
Commitment to premier standards of personal, ethical and professional behavior.
Conducting, supporting, and promoting research for alternative therapies.
Supporting and creating the highest caliber of therapies and resources for children and their families.
Executive Board of Directors:
Cheryl Wasilewski has over 25 years of experience as a leader in global sales, and expertise in the management of multicultural teams. With a strong track record of building solid value-driven relationships with both customers and joint venture partnerships, Cheryl has consistently delivered exceptional performance and exceeded annual revenue objectives. As Founder of JCW Marketing & Sales, she provides select clients with guidance in the development of successful business plans and strategies, and was instrumental in the implementation of the Public Relations and Social Media rollout for the North American International Auto Show. She played a key role in sales process development throughout the integration of the largest airline merger in history at the time. With a track record of innovation and problem solving, Cheryl has a talent for identifying gaps in products and services, developing and deploying new business strategies and campaigns, and delivering customer-focused solutions that contribute to improved productivity, revenue, and market share.
Tony Hopkins joined the OKF in 2018. He attended the 2018 fundraiser gala and had the pleasure of meeting the families that have benefited from the grants provided to them through generous donations. After hearing their stories and meeting the children that received treatments, Tony began working on the OKF’s first annual golf fundraiser that was held just four months later. A thirty-six year automotive veteran, Tony is the Senior Vice President of Interior Systems for Toronto based automotive supplier, ABC Technologies. Tony is an avid golfer, enjoys travel, music, and cooking.
Advisory Board of Directors:
Dr. Tami Peterson is a mom to two extraordinary children, Blake and JeAnnah, and is the founder of Oxford Kids Foundation. Tami taught children with special needs from 1985 through 2013. Her own daughter’s life-threatening illness led her to discover the healing power of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. JeAnnah recovered and is now a happy and healthy young adult who works at ORC. You can read the whole story here.
Witnessing the financial struggles that families face in their efforts to care for and seek healing for their children, Dr. Peterson started the Oxford Kids Foundation. Not only is she blessed to serve others at Oxford Recovery Center, she serves others by fundraising to provide the alternative therapies they need.
Cindy Sheppelman has always been compassionate and generous to her friends and extensive family. But when she suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010, Cindy was exposed to the expense and frustration of disabled people trying to recover. She quickly discovered that traditional therapies covered under insurance, often are not best in recovery. In her own journey to recovery she realized therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Anat Baniel, and therapeutic riding offered her healing.
She has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for children who can benefit from these amazing therapies, as she feels this is now what God has called her to do. A phrase she loves to use is, “You really can change the world if you care enough,” by Marian Wright Edelman.
Gary Marken’s involvement with children goes far beyond his own. He has been a dedicated coach for football and baseball for over 10 years in South Lyon. His servant heart has allowed him to work with many committees in fundraising for the schools, holding many events and helping those in need. God brought Gary to Oxford Recovery Center in 2008, and he continues to be blessed every day and live out his passion to serve.
Paula Marken and her family have lived in the South Lyon community for over 40 years. Her love and passion for children has kept her working for the South Lyon School district since 2003. She has always been an advocate for children and is very involved in her church, teaching in the children’s Adventureland for the last nine years. Her husband, Gary, is also on the Board.
Paula’s life goal:
“I believe God has a purpose for each of us, and mine is to make a difference in the lives of others, to show Christ to all while continuously seeking Him in everything.”