Meet The Team
CEO / OLY
Deemed one of the greatest Taekwondo athletes of the 20th century, Arlene Limas made history on September 17, 1988, when she became the first American, the first female to win a Gold Medal at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, in the sport of Tae Kwon Do. In May of 1993, Arlene opened her own school, Power Kix Martial Arts, located in Stafford, breaking the glass ceiling for other women. After several expansions, her current 12,500 sq ft facility has been kicking, literally, for 30 years.
Yehudit (Yudit) Zicklin-Sidikman
Yudit is the Founder and President of ESD Global Inc. – a US non-profit organization, is a thought leader, speaker, and educator on Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) with over 20 years of experience in the field. She is a fourth-degree black belt in Judo and holds an MBA with a background in psychology.
Director of Operations
Jennifer Cusentino is a Los Angeles-based producer and business consultant. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cusentino has 20+ years of wide-ranging experience in the entertainment industry. She focused on production, talent management, development, producing, distribution - working with big named titles as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "The Big Fix," and others such as the award-winning film "Freedom." Cusentino started several projects and businesses which thrive today.
Director of Partnerships and Grants
Federica Lacava is an intersectional feminist and activist for the LGBTQIA+ community's rights, holding a MA in Gender and Peacebuilding and a second MA in International Relations and Political Science. Federica has 10 years of international professional experience working with the United Nations and INGOs in development and humanitarian contexts across Africa, Latin America, and South Asia in the programmatic areas of women empowerment and gender equality, SGBV, migration, food security, and HIV/AIDS.
Mandy Meloon is an accomplished athlete and has received multiple international titles, including being the first Junior World-Champion and many time World medalist. Beginning at age 13, she maintained an impressive career in taekwondo for over 20 years before retiring from the sport.