A 501c3 Non-Profit
(408) 835-5911 todd@maxrhymes.com

About The Max Rhymes™ Foundation


Todd J. Courtney Author of teen book, Thinking In One Direction. Creator of www.TeensCanDream.org; a site dedicated to help teens during those tumultuous years. He then created an animation video for children with leukemia called, Just Imagine If…You were leukemia free! www.JustImagineIf.org  He is co-author, with his wife Jackie, of Max Rhymes™, the First and Only children’s series to instinctively develop positive behavioral patterns for ages 0-7, and is the founder of the Max Rhymes™ Foundation.


Director of Oakland

Kristin A. Smith Attorney with Burnham Brown. Graduate in Business Economics from UCLA and received her J.D. from Hastings College of Law. She specializes in employment practice and is involved with many community programs such as Habitat for Humanity, California Minority Council Program, Lawyers in the Library, and PlayWorks. A mother of three kids in Oakland Unified School District.


Director of Fundraising

Kathy Armistead Graduated from the University of Texas, Austin and then was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. Managed European computer inventory for HP and then moved on to negotiate contracts for Oracle. Parish Councilwoman, St. Simon School, and Mother’s Guild President at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Currently with SF 49er Academy.



Paul Normandin was born and raised in Los Gatos, California and is co-owner of Normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a family run dealership since 1875. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and went on to St. Mary’s College where he graduated with a business degree.  Has served on numerous boards and committees in his local community, as well as others related to the automobile industry.



Tom Belshe was raised in San Francisco. He attended UC Santa Barbara to earn a degree in Economics and was a member of the men’s lacrosse team. He is an Engineering Services Manager with Veritiv and has been with the company for more than 30 years. Tom and His wife have raised two boys with whom he coached in both little league and lacrosse. He has spent many years supporting City Team Ministries, American Cancer Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth) as well as other smaller foundations.

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