Board of Trustees
Our Trustees bring diverse backgrounds and expertise to the board, and all share the desire to change children’s lives.
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 Ronald McDonald House Charities (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.
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 Ronald McDonald House Charities (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.
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.
Board Chair, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Licensee, McDonald’s USA, LLC
Dunham and her family own seven McDonald’s restaurants in New York and New Jersey.
She has supported literacy programs, after-school programs and cultural and artistic programs that help young people reach their fullest potential. In addition, she has served on the boards for organizations such as the Community Service Society of New York, Aaron Davis Hall, John Harms Theater MAMA Foundation, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Harlem Youth Development Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of New York. She currently serves as vice president of the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State Area.
Linda has received several awards and recognition from community organizations such as the Governor of New York’s African-American Award of Excellence, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the New York Urban League Building Brick Award, Bergen County Branch of NAACP Corporate Award, 1199SEIU Child Care Corporate Award, Figure Skating In Harlem, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc Nu Beta Beta Chapter Citizen of the Year 2010 Award. She has been featured in The Positive Community Magazine as a Woman of Inspiration and Ebony Magazine identified her as one of its Ebony Power 150 in 2009. In July 2007, she received the McDonald’s 365 Black Award that honors individuals who nurture their communities.
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.
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, such as: 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.
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.
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Prior to her current role, Donna held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. During her tenure, she has overseen monumental growth and achievement at the hospital. She was instrumental in the 1998 merger of Egleston Children’s Health Care System and Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center that led to the formation of what is now one of the top three pediatric hospitals in the country. She also helped transition Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital into the Children’s family in 2006. Hyland was named one of the 2007 Women of Excellence by Business to Business magazine, and being named President and CEO of Children’s has given Hyland the distinct honor of being the only female CEO among the top 25 hospitals in Atlanta.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
President, Lotman Management
Lotman is chair of Keystone Foods Corporation, a multi-national corporation headquartered in West Conshohocken, PA. Keystone's principal lines of business are food manufacturing and restaurant distribution for McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, as well as supplying other fast-food chains.
He is co-founder of the McDonald's LPGA Championship, a major Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament, which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. The McDonald's Championship has raised more than $47 million for RMHC since its inaugural event in 1980; it’s the largest single fundraiser in all of golf. In addition to his year-round involvement in the McDonald's LPGA Championship, Lotman is also active in several community organizations.
Donald G. Lubin
Vice President, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Partner, SNR Denton 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, Starbucks Coffee, 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.
David G. Poplack, M.D.
Director, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital
Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Head of Hematology-Oncology Section
Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Prior to moving to Baylor College of Medicine, Poplack served as deputy branch chief of the Pediatric Branch of the National Cancer Institute, where he was a senior investigator and head of the Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Section. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of childhood cancer, who has special expertise in the development of new therapeutics.
Poplack has authored more than 350 original articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric oncology. He is also co-editor of Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology, the leading textbook of pediatric oncology, which is in its fifth edition. He has served on more than 20 national and international committees, including panel appointments at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine and FDA. He also invented the Passport for Care, an interactive website that addresses the need to provide long-term survivors of childhood cancer and their caregivers with screening guidelines and resources individualized to the survivor’s treatment history.
Steven M. Ramirez
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 twenty 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.
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.
Licensee, McDonald's USA, LLC
Alex Rodriguez, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Miami, Florida, has been a passionate supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 over 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.
Michael D. Irgang, Treasurer
Adele M. Jamieson, Secretary
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