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Ozlem Tanik


Ozlem Ponarin  is the mother of an 11 year old who has become the first ImpactKid. She holds an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and currently is the Director of Commercial Risk Management at Self-Help, one of Nation’s leading community development finance institutions.

Alex Tsikos


Alex Tsikos has 8 years of experience in teaching karate and leadership skills to kids as young as 3 years to adults, including kids with autism, ADD and ADHD. He is a public and motivational speaker. He is currently a karate instructor at Karate International of West Raleigh, and holds a bachelors in Operations Management  degree from NC State University.