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    Board of Trustees

    Bringing diversity and expertise in the name of changing lives

    J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez
    President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities
    SVP-Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Philanthropy, McDonald’s Corporation

    Gonzalez-Mendez has a 29-year career with McDonald's and was elected to the position of president and CEO of RMHC in March 2013. His passion for RMHC began 15 years ago in Mexico, where he played an integral role in the construction of the first Ronald McDonald House in that country. His business acumen and work in Latin America and North America leading supply chain and other critical business areas within McDonald’s, as well as his avid support of the Charity, will enable RMHC to stay focused on sustaining its growth and extending its impact on the health outcomes of children in the coming years.

    Sheila Musolino
    Chief Operating Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Musolino has a 29-year career with McDonald’s and was elected to the position of Chief Operating Officer of RMHC in April 2013. For the past five years, Sheila has served on the RMHC of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) Board of Directors. She has been a member of the Chapter’s executive team and has served as the Fundraising Committee Chair. In this position, she led the annual plan development process which included the implementation of event segmentation strategies, creating initiatives to cultivate new donors and increasing corporate donor support to the local Chapter.

    Sheila possesses an exceptional ability to develop and execute business strategies. She is a catalyst for change and has an innate ability to forge strong relationships. Sheila’s leadership, persistence and compassion will help RMHC build upon the strong foundation of its system, expanding its reach and deepening its impact on the health outcomes of the children RMHC serves.

    Steven M. Ramirez 
    Board Chair, Ronald McDonald House Charities
    Licensee, McDonald’s USA, LLC

    Ramirez is a native Californian who worked in California state government for seven years as a resources agency executive fellow; advisor to the chair of the California Energy Commission; and was appointed by the governor as director of the Office of Business and Industrial Development. He was also an executive with the Southern California Gas Company and served as manager of Regulatory Affairs, Public Affairs and Human Resources before being appointed as advisor to the president of Sempra Energy, the holding company that owns Southern California Gas Company.

    For the past 20 years, Ramirez has been a franchisee of McDonald's Corporation and currently owns and operates restaurants in Elk Grove and Modesto, CA. In addition to RMHC, he currently serves on the following boards: Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land; Foundation for the Children of the Californias; Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce; and the Spanish Language Catholic Radio, Diocese of Sacramento. He is also a member of the American Leadership Forum.

    Aggie Dentice
    Chair, Friends of Ronald McDonald House Charities

    An active community member, Dentice founded the Friends of RMHC in 1988 to provide volunteer support and guidance for numerous RMHC projects, programs and development events. She has an extensive background and interest in design and is currently the accounting and office manager for Naperville Venture, Inc.

    Wai-Ling Eng
    Licensee, McDonald’s USA, LLC

    Eng has been a McDonald’s owner/operator in the San Francisco Bay area since 1990. She is a member of the national Board of Directors for the Asian McDonald’s Operators Association and has received numerous awards for her work as a McDonald’s owner/operator, as well as for her community service. In October 2004, Eng was recognized by the National Organization of Chinese Americans with the prestigious National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award. She was also presented with the prestigious National Community Service Award for her commitment to diversity in the community and commitment to unity among Asian-Pacific Americans and exemplary leadership. In April 2011, Wai-Ling was recognized with the Bay Area Jefferson Award, an award that honors community and public service in America.

    Jan Fields
    Former President of McDonald’s USA

    Jan Fields is a 35-year veteran of McDonald's beginning her career with the company behind the restaurant counter. With an inspired business acumen and focus on people, she worked her way up becoming president of McDonald’s USA in 2010, after serving as chief operating officer the four years prior.

    Jan’s passion for children and commitment to helping those in need brought her closer to RMHC. She is an active RMHC ambassador, supporting the Charity in a variety of ways, including running the 26.2 mile Bank of America Chicago Marathon helping to raise $700,000 for Team RMHC in 2012; advocating for national in-restaurant fundraisers supporting the Charity; volunteering at several local RMHC Chapters, and promoting the Charity’s mission at conferences and seminars.

    Ginger Hardage
    Sr. Vice President Culture and Communications for Southwest Airlines

    Along with many other honors and industry recognitions, Hardage was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Public Relations by PRWeek. She has worked in the communications field for more than 30 years. Before she began her career at Southwest airlines, where she oversees all internal and external communications, she worked at Maxus Energy Corporation and its predecessor, Diamond Shamrock Corporation, holding a variety of public relations positions, including director of communications. Hardage earned a B.A. in advertising/public relations from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and was recognized as an outstanding alumna by the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. She serves on the advisory boards of the Trinity Commons Foundation and the Council of Public Relations Firms.

    Alan A. Harris, M.D.
    Senior Assistant Chairman, Professor of Medicine
    Hospital Epidemiologist, Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease
    Rush University Medical Center

    Harris is an advocate for the prevention of infectious and communicable disease at the personal, community and global level. He currently provides care to patients with infectious diseases at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. His research interests are hospital-acquired infections, food-borne illness, tuberculosis and infections of the nervous system. He is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with the Department of Medicine John S. Graettinger, M.D., Award for clinical teaching, the Stuart Levin, M.D., Department of Medicine Award for excellence in teaching, and was elected to membership in the Mark H. Lepper, M.D., Society of Teachers of Rush Medical College.

    David C. Herman, M.D., MSMM
    President & CEO, Vidant Health

    Dr. David Herman received his B.S. in 1979 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.D. from Mayo Medical School in 1983. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in 1987, and was Senior Staff Fellow at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland 1987-1988. Doctor Herman received his MS in Medical Management from the University of Texas-Dallas in 2000. He was a principal investigator in the NIH sponsored Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Bloomington, Minnesota; the Board of Directors of Immanuel St. Joseph Health System, Mayo Health System, in Mankato, Minnesota; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mayo Health System.

    Fred Huebner
    Licensee, McDonald's USA, LLC
    Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina

    Huebner has been a McDonald's owner/operator in the Raleigh region since 1979. He is chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina and member of the Four Oaks Bank Advisory Board. Huebner also supports House of Hope, a home for troubled girls, and the Special Olympics of North Carolina. He is very active in the community, his legacy of philanthropy ranging from supporting local schools to sponsoring local events and festivals, local athletics and senior citizen organizations.

    Muhtar Kent
    Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

    Joining The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978, Kent held a number of marketing and operations roles before being appointed the CEO in July 2008. He also currently serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Previously, he served as president and COO of The Coca-Cola Company as well as president of Coca-Cola International, where he was responsible for the company’s operations outside of North America.

    Sheldon Lavin
    Chairman and CEO, OSI Group, LLC

    Lavin is the chair and CEO of the OSI Group, LLC, a multi-national food-processing company with 77 facilities in 28 countries. He is also a former vice chair and director of Pullman Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago, Suburban Trust and Savings Bank of Oak Park, and Northwest Bank & Commerce. Additionally, he formerly served as chair of Drexel National Bank of Chicago. Lavin is a contributor and active in many charities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Goodman Theater and Rush University Medical Center.

    Robert Lawrence
    CEO, BrandSource

    Since becoming the CEO of AVB in 1994, Lawrence has grown the offerings of the company substantially to include home furnishings and rental, mobile and home entertainment and flooring. BrandSource is a common identity program unifying all AVB members into a merchandising group operating under the BrandSource name with 5,000 locations from coast to coast.

    Mats Lederhausen
    Founder and CEO, BE-CAUSE, LLC

    After a long career as a senior executive with McDonald’s Corporation, Lederhausen founded his own company Be-Cause in 2007 to help businesses create a purpose bigger than their product.

    Prior to forming Be-Cause, he served as managing director of McDonald’s Ventures. McDonald’s Ventures manages the investments McDonald’s holdings in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, RedBox DVD, Pret A Manger, among others. As a director, chair and finally lead director of Chipotle from 2000-2006, Lederhausen helped shape the strategy that ultimately led to one of the most successful restaurant IPOs of all times. He continues to serve on the board of RedBox.

    In 1999, Lederhausen was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s “40 under 40” to watch, and the World Economic Forum honored him as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” in 2000. He also currently serves as the chair of the board for Business for Social Responsibility.

    Donald G. Lubin
    Partner, Dentons US LLP

    Lubin is a partner and former chair of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, an international law firm based in Chicago. He has served on a number of corporate boards, including McDonald’s Corporation, Molex, Inc., San Diego National Baseball Club and the First National Bank of Highland Park.

    Lubin is active in a wide variety of civic, cultural and charitable organizations. He serves as the chair of both Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Renaissance Schools Fund, and as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Rush University Medical Center. Lubin is also a life trustee and former board chair of the Ravinia Festival Association and Highland Park Hospital. He’s also a former director of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History.

    Andrew J. McKenna
    Chair, McDonald’s Corporation
    Chair, Schwarz Supply Source

    McKenna is the chair of McDonald’s Corporation (Oak Brook, IL) the world’s leading food service retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries serving 56 million customers each day. He is also the chair of Schwarz Supply Source (Morton Grove, IL) an international distributor of paper packaging and allied products, as well as a printer, producer and converter of paper products with facilities throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

    Over the years, McKenna has served on many civic, community and philanthropic boards. He is the past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry and continues to serve as a trustee; a past chair of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago; a director of the American Ireland Fund, Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Ireland Economic Advisory Board, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago among others; and the founding chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020.

    Theodore F. Perlman
    Chairman, The HAVI Group, LP

    Perlman is the chair and CEO of The HAVI Group, which provides distribution, purchasing, logistics, premiums and promotional services to the McDonald’s restaurant system, both in the United States and worldwide. His other major U.S. clients include The Coca-Cola Company, British Petroleum, Nissan and Diageo.

    Perlman holds numerous board and leadership positions with community non-profit organizations including: the Anti-Defamation League Foundation; B’nai B’rith Foundation; the Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Chamber of Commerce; Jewish United Fund; National ADL Foundation; and, the Perlman Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Chicago Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization.

    J. Christopher Reyes
    Co-Chairman, Reyes Holdings, LLC
    Chairman, The Martin-Brower Company, LLC

    Reyes is chair of Reyes Holdings, a privately held company whose principal business is beer and food distribution. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the distribution business, beginning in the mid-1970s when he and his brother purchased their first beer operation in the South Carolina. Since then, Reyes Holdings has expanded into food-service distribution.

    Reyes is also chair of the Martin-Brower Company, the largest distributor of McDonald’s products worldwide to countries and regions that include the U.S., Canada, Central America, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Among other affiliations, Reyes is a director of Dean Foods Company, Wintrust Financial Corporation, Lake Forest Bank and Trust, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Museum of Science and Industry, Steppenwolf Theater Company and Lake Forest Academy. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

    Michael D. Richard
    Retired Corporate Vice President and Treasurer, McDonald’s Corporation

    Since joining McDonald’s in 1987, Richard has held numerous accounting and treasury positions. He was named treasurer of McDonald’s Corporation in October 1999 and promoted to senior vice president in December 1999. Richard is the chair of the McDonald’s Profit Sharing Plan Administrative Committee and has also previously served as treasurer of McDonald’s Political Action Committee. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, where he has served as a member of the Accounting Principles Committee and as a council member for CPA’s for the Public Interest.

    Alex Rodriguez
    Licensee, McDonald's USA, LLC

    Alex Rodriguez, a McDonald’s owner/operator in Miami, Florida, has been a passionate supporter of RMHC for more than 20 years. He currently serves as President of RMHC of South Florida and is the 2011 recipient of the Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence.

    Through his leadership and generosity, Alex has touched the lives of thousands of children and families. The South Florida RMHC Chapter serves more than 520 families a year through their Ronald McDonald House program, and awards more than $200,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations that are also committed to improving the health and well-being of children. Additionally, he has served as the Treasurer of the Chapter's RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program since its inception in 1995, and was the Chairman of the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games in 2009, an event that raised enough money to pay off the mortgage of the Ft. Lauderdale Ronald McDonald House.

    Eduardo Sanchez
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lopez Foods, Inc.

    Sanchez is president and CEO of Lopez Foods, Inc., the nation's largest, Hispanic-owned, meat manufacturing company and supplier to the McDonald's system. He was previously the president of McDonald's Latin America and Canada, and had various management positions within the company. Sanchez is active in a wide variety of civic, cultural and charitable organizations. He is a member of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City Capital Campaign Committee, a trustee of Lewis University and a director at the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA.

    Stuart E. Siegel, M.D. 
    Director, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles 
    Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics 
    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

    Siegel leads one of the largest academic programs in pediatric oncology in the nation. He has been active in leadership roles in the National Leukemia Broadcast Council, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. He also is on the board of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, National Childhood Cancer Foundation, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Young Adult Cancer Alliance. Siegel recently served on the Institute of Medicine (National Academies) committee on access to new drugs for children with cancer. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Caring Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University.


    Gay Simplot
    Director and Member Executive Committee, J. R. Simplot Company

    Simplot is a member of the J.R. Simplot Company Board of Directors and heads the board’s audit committee. She is a company director and member of the executive committee, serves as an officer of two ranching operations (Buck Creek Ranch, Inc. and Simplot Cattle Company) and is vice president and director of Claremont Realty Company in Boise. She also serves on the boards of Albertson College of Idaho and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.

    Wayne Stingley
    Licensee, McDonald's USA, LLC
    Trustee, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc.

    Stingley has been a McDonald's owner/operator in Phoenix since 1993, and operated McDonald's restaurants in the Chicago region since 1981. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., and former president of the Phoenix Ronald McDonald House. Stingley is very active in the community; he is a member of the Education Committee that guides the local RMHC®/HACER® and RMHC/African American Future Achievers scholarship programs. He is also an investor/activist in The Hunger Project and many other local organizations including Andre House, Teach for America, and Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International and UNICEF.

    James Skinner
    Retired Vice Chair and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation

    Skinner was elected McDonald’s vice chair and CEO in 2004. Like nearly half of McDonald’s global leadership, Skinner’s first job was working in his neighborhood McDonald’s restaurant in Davenport, IA, while in high school.

    After 10 years in the Navy, Skinner returned to McDonald’s as a restaurant manager trainee and never looked back. He quickly ascended through the U.S. company before joining McDonald’s International management team. In his time with McDonald’s International, Skinner oversaw development in Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He then went on to run the European operations, before serving as president and chief operating officer of the McDonald’s Restaurant Group. Skinner was vice chair, a job he held for two years before being elected McDonald’s eighth CEO. He also serves on the boards of McDonald’s Corporation, the Walgreen Company and Illinois Tool Works.

    James D. Watkins
    Chairman, J.D. Watkins Enterprise, Inc.
    Vice President, Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Watkins formed Popz Holding in 2000, and the POPZ® brand is now the leading brand of microwave popcorn in Europe. Watkins was part of the team that pioneered the development of microwave popcorn more than 37 years ago.

    He has been active in several charities such as Big Brothers and RMHC. He was a past member of the Board of Overseers at the University of Minnesota and has sponsored several education exchange programs between Kuban Agricultural University in Krasnodar, Russia; and Iowa State, University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University in the United States. Watkins was a principal donor to the Children’s Cancer clinic in Moscow and the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, who are pioneering efforts to improve the care available to Russian children with cancer.

    Officers:
    J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, President and CEO
    Sheila J. Musolino, Vice President and COO
    Steven M. Ramirez, Chairman of the Board
    Donald Lubin, Vice President
    Michael Richard, Vice President
    James Watkins, Vice President
    Adele Jamieson, Secretary
    Spero Droulias, Treasurer

    Life Trustees
    Linda H. Dunham
    Audrey E. Evans, MD
    Michael R Quinlan
    Edward Rensi

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    • RMHC now has local chapters in more than 62 countries and regions around the world
    • More than $200 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
    • RMHC programs can be found in 89% of the world’s best children’s hospitals
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    RMHC STORIES

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      Martin Vu

      While each Ronald McDonald House is astonishingly unique, they were all designed with one simple premise in mind – to be a warm, welcoming home away from home for families traveling to receive critical care for their child. Equipped with laundry facilities, full service kitchens, playrooms, and lovi... Read More

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      Kayla

      On December 19, 2012 my family noticed a lump on my neck. A couple days later, I was medevaced to St. John’s and diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  My dad and I found ourselves nearly 1,000 miles from our home in Goose Bay; 1,000 miles away from my mom, brother and sister; from my high school, favor... Read More

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      Togetherness

      It’s funny. We used to pass each other in the hallways at school all the time. We kind of knew each other, but weren’t exactly friends. Now, thanks to a special place called the Ronald McDonald House, we’re friends – very close friends.   Today, friendship means a lot more to us. While we both have ... Read More

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      Duets

      In a nook on the fifth floor of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an old upright piano. The room is Chloe’s concert hall and the instrument is her Steinway. Sitting up straight, her hands melt into the keyboard as sonatas, concertos, and waltzes start streaming through the... Read More

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      Big Sister. Big Hero

      On her way to the hospital in the morning, Georgia walks down the hall of the Ronald McDonald House with a big smile and a sassy stride. She waves to staff, volunteers and friends just like she’s a princess on parade. Everyone knows her. Everyone loves her. They wave back and wish her well as she em... Read More

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      Forever Grateful for RMHC

      When our two-year-old daughter Avery suddenly became very ill over Labor Day weekend two years ago, my husband Ryan and I rushed her to our local hospital. The ER doctors did a CAT scan and immediately transferred Avery to Rainbows Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. When the helicopter arrived to... Read More

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      Comfort, Care and Support

      After a long and difficult labor, Katie Bloodworth’s precious new baby finally arrived.  But the doctors and nurses in the delivery room began working on her urgently.  Katie and her husband had no idea what would happen next.  They were scared; baby Ellen wasn’ t making a sound. Thankfully, baby El... Read More

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      A Love Story

      Landri’s story is one of love. Pure and simple. From her adoption, to her care to the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey that made it possible; love has helped her fight, stay strong, put one foot in front of the other and thrive. 

       

      Landri is the youngest in the Hellinga family. After ... Read More

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      When you are 900 miles from your home, sitting in a room in the hospital, hearing that a mass was discovered in your chest and it’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the first thing that pops into your head, is ‘why me?’ Soon after, when you find out that you have six months of chemotherapy and radiation ahead an... Read More

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      This Little Light

      An hour away from our home, in the unfamiliar hallways of Atlanta Children’s Hospital, we were told that our two-year old Tripp wouldn’t live. Our little boy with the biggest smile and magnetic personality had been playing outside at day care when a gust of wind knocked an 100-pound branch off a tre... Read More

     

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