Sherri Jaffe Friedman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Most Valuable Kids of Greater Cincinnati. She has been the CEO of MVK since its inception in October 2005 and has been responsible for the growth of the organization, which has distributed over 141,000 tickets/experiences to deserving kids.  Sherri has been recognized for her work in the community by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a 2014 Women of the Year, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as the 2012 Woman of the Year Runner-Up in the Non-Profit category and by PEOPLE Magazine and Major League Baseball as one of the 2009 All Stars Among Us winner. Additionally, Sherri and her husband, Tedd, received the Lighthouse Beacon of Light award in 2008 for their work with MVK. Sherri currently serves on the board of the Holocaust & Humanity Center and formerly served on the Jewish Film Festival Committee, the executive board of the Mayerson Jewish  Community Center and The Cincinnati Children's Theatre.  She is co-inventor of an award-winning juvenile product, the Stoplight Clock, that can be found online and in retailers nationwide. Prior to founding Most Valuable Kids, Sherri worked in the public relations industry at Sive/Young & Rubicam and Edelman Chicago. Her current passion is the continued success of MVK Cincinnati, the growth of Girls with Pearl, and her family.

Stephanie M. Knarr is the Program Director of MVK Cincinnati. Her primary background is in Therapeutic Recreation, working with both children and adults with various disabling conditions. She has experience working in both clinical and community settings which include Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s Division of Therapeutic Recreation. She has collaborated with numerous non-profit agencies to implement programs, events and services for this population. Stephanie is most proud of her involvement within Recreation Inclusion, where she has spoken both locally and nationally on The Americans with Disabilities Act and accessibility for successful participation. Because of her background, she definitely recognizes the power of recreation in not only improving a child's quality of life, but also as a positive coping skill. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Science in Parks and Recreation Administration from Indiana University. She and her husband Rob, devote most of their free time enjoying their 4 children.  She can be contacted at

Tamie Sullivan is the Executive Director of Girls with Pearls, a program of MVK. She founded Girls with Pearls in 2016 and inspired others to replicate the program, creating the school-based girls' program in three other schools. Girls with Pearls fills a need for girl-specific, school-based leadership programming. It became a program of MVK in 2018. Sullivan is a strategic communications consultant with 30 years of experience. She founded Sullivan Communications, Inc. to leverage strategic partnerships, social innovation and cause marketing to help make Greater Cincinnati a better community, while also increasing awareness for critical social issues and solutions that work. Having held positions with a variety of non-profit and government organizations, she is committed to community issues and public service. Sullivan is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 30. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recognized her as a Woman of the Year finalist in the Entrepreneur category in 2012. She currently serves as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Advisory Board, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services Board, Prevention First (formerly Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati) Advisory Board and the State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

Julie A. Sheffer is the Special Events Coordinator at Most Valuable Kids. A graduate of the University of Dayton her primary background has been in marketing communications at two Fortune 500 companies. She most recently worked in the non-profit world as an outing leader for teens and adults with disabilities at Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati. She is excited to blend her previous work experience and her passion for inspiring youth in our community. Julie is looking forward to creating even more awareness of MVK in our community and more opportunities for people to help us in our mission to reward and inspire kids to dream big! She lives in Anderson Township with her husband, Scott, and their three children where they are active in sports, theater and all things outdoors.