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Aviva

Aviva Weiss, MS, OTR/L, Founder and CEO

Aviva Weiss is the co-founder and CEO of Fun and Function, the award-winning company dedicated to realizing each child's fullest potential. This inspiring vision was born out of frustration: Aviva and her husband Haskel couldn't find kid-friendly sensory tools for their family's special needs and decided to create their own to help every family. As the CEO and Creative Director, Aviva works with a team of therapists, educators and artists and designs the company's innovative toys, games, clothing and therapy equipment to build skills and self-esteem for children of every ability. Each design integrates high quality and play value at an affordable price.

Aviva has successfully expanded the product line for home, school and travel, supporting the diverse needs of families and educators as well as therapy clinics, hospitals, military bases and community organizations. Aviva is sought-after for her expertise in creating inclusive environments where all children can thrive together. She is collaborating with schools nationwide to implement her learning program, The Active Mind School Partnership.

Prior to launching her company, Aviva worked at leading institutions including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital. She serves on the advisory board of Salus University's Occupational Therapy Program, and mentors occupational therapy students and entrepreneurs. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Touro College and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from The Richard Stockton College, graduating summa cum laude from both programs. Aviva thrives on the challenges of running a business, and loves being the mom of six wonderful children.

Aviva has been featured in Inc. Magazine, the Washington Post, and Fox TV and is available for public speaking engagements.


Haskel

Haskel Weiss, COO

As COO of Fun and Function, Haskel is a business jack of all trades and then some. He nurtures the overall business strategy for Fun and Function, manages technology and workflow operations, and has oversight of  financial, import, and legal operations. Haskel has the rare gift of being able to take care of business hyper efficiently: he listens to stakeholders, gains consensus, and takes action all within the span of a two minute conference call. Haskel is always seeking out and utilizing only the top vendors and suppliers for Fun and Function products, as he is passionate about his role of scouting and managing product sourcing. His background in education and his involvement in real estate (the supervision of acquisitions, financing and management of properties) has given him the focus, acuity, and vision necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of Fun and Function. All that experience also helps make him a superbly talented father of six, too!

Illana

Ilana Danneman, Product Developer, Blogger and PT

Ilana thinks normal is boring and that kids with special needs are awesome! She works with children through adults as a physical therapist. She has worked in product development and special needs for over twenty-three years, during which time she has developed many products for Fun and Function. Ilana loves connecting with people….one person, one child at a time through her writing and one on one treatments. When not designing products or writing for the special needs community, she raises a family of five, including a miniature dachshund. (She’s not a dog whisperer, but she does whisper in her dog's ear.) Ilana cultivates many creative hobbies, including tap dancing, playing guitar, biking, hiking, and blogging. She'd love to hear from you.

Daniela

Daniela Weiss, Marketing Director

Daniela is an award-winning marketing consultant with over twenty years of experience. She has directed brand-building and multimedia campaigns for Fortune 500 companies as well as startups and nonprofit institutions. Daniela’s catalyst for starting her marketing business was her three year old daughter, who thought her mother’s corporate job involved a bit too much travel and time away from home. Now, at ten years old, Daniela’s daughter is her MVP, and a proud member of the kid-testing team at Fun and Function. She contributes ideas and critique of product development, packaging and marketing. Though Daniela's daughter doesn't have special needs, she enjoys playing Fun and Function games with friends, and uses some of the tools to survive and thrive during the school day. Right now, she's aggressively lobbying for her school to install an Action Room and Chillspa Room....stay tuned!

Michal Frankel

Michal Frankel

After spending her summers as a counselor for children with autism, Michal has a soft spot in her heart for all kids with special needs.  Michal joined Fun and Function after four years working as an oncology nurse, where she learned how to multitask like a pro.  This comes in handy as she runs the Fun and Function accounts operation while keeping her three little boys out of trouble at home.  From her experience with the special needs population as well as her roles as nurse and mom, Michal knows that sometimes just having the right tools can make all the difference.  If you have any questions or concerns about your order, Michal would love to help!
Debbie Kissel

Debbie Kissel

If you can dream it, Debbie can find a way to build it! Debbie is an expert in producing therapy tools and toys that meet our high standards for quality, safety, fun and function. She brings to life our vision for unique products in every category, from games to clothing, educational toys to therapy equipment. Debbie has also identified local artisans who craft with fine wood, expanding the range of products we produce in the USA. A published artist and author, Debbie guides a growing family, including many of our favorite product-testers!  In fact, Debbie's grandchildren are always asking her to “invent” new things for them to try out!
Laura Scanlon

Laura Scanlon, ActiveMind Program Manager

Growing up alongside a brother with profound disabilities, Laura developed her passion for helping children of all abilities at a very young age. As the Program Manager of the ActiveMind School Partnership at Fun and Function, Laura creates conducive learning environments for children to thrive. With a key eye for design and  organizational experience, Laura leads a team that provides professional development training for educators, sensory tools and customized sensory rooms across the country. 

During her free time, Laura can be found decorating a cake, tending her garden or hunting for DIY furniture projects.

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