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Melissa Idelson

Founding President

Melissa Idelson, OTR/L, is the Founding President of Child Success Foundation (CSF). She established Child Success Foundation based on her belief that early intervention therapy at the right time in a child’s development can make a world of difference for young children facing developmental, learning and behavioral challenges. Idelson witnessed early in her career, that even when parents recognize the need for help, they often simply don’t have the financial means to support the required therapy services. She built Child Success Foundation out of her love for these children and their families and to create an indelible and positive impact in the lives of kids affected by these issues.Recognized as a leading Sensory Integration trained Occupational Therapist for the past 27 years, Idelson is also the Founder and Director of the Child Success Center (CSC) in Santa Monica, CA.

In addition to her position as Director of CSC, Ms. Idelson takes a “hands-on” role with regard to client assessment and treatment and provides tailored programs consisting of Occupational, Speech-Language, and educational therapy to fit the individual needs of clients and their families.

Nicole Butler

M.S., Founding Board Member

Nicole is a licensed and national board certified speech-language pathologist with a clinical certification of competence (CCC) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2004. Nicole specializes in working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stuttering, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, as well as Deaf and Hearing Impaired children.Nicole learned of the Child Success Foundation when she was thinking about starting a non-profit herself. After meeting with multiple organizations, she became inspired and truly passionate about the Child Success Foundation’s mission and wanted to be the catalyst to reinvigorate the goals. She discussed the mission and opportunity with our angel donor, Steve Tisch, who was then also inspired by the organization’s cause.

Kevin Crombie


Kevin began his career in the insurance industry at Hartford more than 40 years ago and has since worked within the industry on both the carrier and brokerage sides. He was most recently vice president of sales and new business development at American Safety Insurance. Prior to ASI, he operated his own excess and surplus brokerage in Southern California for more 10 years and previously managed a national program for construction business.

Dr. Jayme Neiman-Kimel

Ph.D, ABPdN, Board Member

Jayme is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist and leading specialist in neuropsychological assessment for children and young adults. Over the last 20 years, she has built a practice that has provided service to hundreds of clients, schools and expert witness testimony. Dr. Neiman-Kimel also maintains a private clinical practice providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Neiman-Kimel’s practice focuses on providing developmental, behavioral, and cognitive assessments. Her approach is to develop a fully integrated plan incorporating leading specialists in the field to provide a comprehensive approach to clearly understanding and supporting the developmental and cognitive needs of the child. Professional memberships include National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and Los Angeles Psychological Association.

Your Support At Work

We are so incredibly thankful for your kindness and generosity and to those that support the foundation for their vision and commitment to children … We have felt alone at times not knowing what to do and this is an answer to our prayers… thank you again.

Parent of Maddie, 7 year old