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President and CEO

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Pam has been the President/CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for the past sixteen years. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of the House and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. She is responsible for financial and personnel management, strategic planning, public relations, fund raising and administrative duties for the House. During Pam’s leadership the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware has undergone two expansions. The first “mini” expansion which was completed in 1999 added 10 guest rooms and finished the basement area. The second expansion was the construction of a 29,000 square foot wing which added 23 guest rooms for a total of 50 guest rooms, new kitchens, dining room, mini theater and family lounge areas. This new wing was dedicated May 2005. Pam led the House’s efforts for their capital campaign which exceeded the $4.9mm goal. Pam recently completed a two year term as a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Global Advisory board acting in the capacity as a liaison between the local RMHC chapters and the global office. Pam is currently serving on the ad-hoc study team for RMHC to measure the impact that the Ronald McDonald House program has on its hospital partners and access to healthcare.

Pam demonstrates a strong commitment to her local community. Pam is a Fund for Women Founder and serves as the Secretary for the Board of Trustees for the Fund for Women. She is the current President and a member of the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Wilmington, and the past Chair of the Board of Directors for DANA (Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies). Pam is the past Chair of the Superstars in Business Committee and past co-chair of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Small Business Alliance Board of Managers. She has also served as President of the Junior League of Wilmington and was the sustainer advisor to their Board of Directors of the Junior League. Pam was named a 2010 Brava! Women Business Achievement award winner and a recent inductee in the Brava! Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Pam worked for the Bank of New York as a commercial loan officer in New York City. Pam graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in business. She resides in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her husband, Doug. Doug and Pam have 3 adult children and one adorable grandson.

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Operations Director

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Katie Soja Johnson is proud to join the Ronald McDonald House team as Operations Director. She is a native Delawarean and holds a B.S. in Finance and a M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Delaware. Katie has been involved in the nonprofit community since she started volunteering during high school, and has worked for area nonprofit organizations since finishing her studies at UD.

Katie is a board member of Next Gen North of the Delaware Community Foundation which trains young professionals in effective board strategies and makes grant awards to nonprofit organizations in Northern Delaware. She is active in planning the group’s popular annual fundraiser. She is also a member of her high school alma mater’s spring auction committee. In her free time she enjoys working in her yard, CrossFit, and spending time with family and friends. Katie lives in Wilmington with her husband, Chris.

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Development Director

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Barbara joined the Ronald McDonald House in 2010. She is responsible for strengthening philanthropic support for the House from individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups. Prior to joining the House, Barbara was the Director of Development for Operation Warm Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides new winter coats to children in need. She was the Volunteer Programs Manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation promoting volunteerism company-wide. Barbara also worked at Child, Inc. in the Parent Education department managing the Welcome Baby program and Warmline.

Barbara grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Dayton. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Brandywine Valley. She is a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Wilmington.

Barbara moved to Wilmington Delaware in 1991 and started volunteering at the LPGA Car Raffle as Chair for the Junior League of Wilmington where all proceeds of the car raffle were donated to the House. She also founded and chaired The Golf Ball fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. She is married to Dale and has two children, Anne and Matthew.

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Social Worker

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Erica joined the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in March 2017 as the House Social Worker. She is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Erica has more than 20 years of social work experience.

Prior to joining the House, Erica was Program Manager of a private, voluntary adoption agency licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She has also worked as a Hospice Social Worker, Hospital Social Worker, domestic and international Adoption Social Worker, and as the Director of a school based program.

Erica has dedicated her career to working with children and families in non-profit settings. Treating people fairly and with compassion are important to the work that she does and has been the cornerstone of her professional life. She lives in Delaware with her husband, Robert.

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Southern Delaware
Advancement Officer &
Grant Writer

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Laura joined the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in May 2015 as the Southern Delaware Advancement Officer & Grant Writer. In this role, she is responsible for generating private and public support for the House and its programs.

Laura is passionate about not-for-profit work and has spent her career in the Development field. Prior to joining the House, Laura served as Director of Annual Giving at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, Assistant Director for Institutional Giving for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C., and as Assistant Director of Advancement Projects for Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Communication & Leadership, both from Canisius College.

Laura is a native of Buffalo, NY. She moved to Delaware in 2013 and currently lives in Magnolia with her husband, Mark, and their daughter, Abigail.

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Special Events Manager

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Dawn joined the House in March 1996 and has seen the House grow from a 17 guest room facility to its current 50 guest rooms. Dawn manages the House’s signature events as well as works with outside community groups raising money. Dawn also serves on the Operations team and provides weekend on call coverage as needed and back up relief for the Operations Director as needed.

Dawn lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her boyfriend Mark and has two grown children, Dale and Kristen, a grandson Jackson and a dog named Bentley.

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Volunteer Manager

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Sara joined the staff of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in the role of Volunteer Manager in 2007. Before joining the staff, Sara completed a year of service with AmeriCorps through Delaware State Parks where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for Brandywine Creek State Park. Sara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. In 2013, with the support of her peers, Sara earned the Certified Volunteer Administrator credential through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. In 2011, Sara was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteer and Community Service and appointed as Vice Chair representing Delaware Volunteerism in 2015. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sara considers Delaware home. When she is not at the House, Sara enjoys the arts, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

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Resident Manager

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Caroline was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up giving back to her community. Throughout her life’s journey, she engaged in multiple volunteer opportunities ranging from land work to family centered care. Caroline graduated from Eckerd College in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Caroline also maintains her certification as a Child Life Specialist. Most recently she lived on the Big Island of Hawaii and worked at a horticultural therapy program. Caroline is thrilled to be a part of the Ronald McDonald family and finally settle her roots down in Wilmington as Resident Manager.

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Guest Services Coordinator

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Vanessa graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Having lived in upstate New York, California and Hawaii, she is ready to call the Mid-Atlantic home. While living in Hawaii, Vanessa volunteered at the Tripler AMC Fisher House Foundation, which sparked her interest in non-profit organizations. Vanessa joined the Ronald McDonald House in September 2014 as one of the two Guest Services Coordinators. Vanessa lives in Mount Royal, New Jersey with her husband, Don, and their dogs, Zeeba and Freddy.

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Guest Services Coordinator

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Gigi joined the Ronald McDonald House team in June of 2016 after graduating from Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Gigi first discovered an interest and passion for community service and non-profit work through student leadership and volunteerism. She enjoys working directly with the families here at the house through her role in the Guest Services Office.

Gigi is an active alumni at Wilmington University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. As a native from Delaware, when she’s not working at the House, Gigi enjoys spending time with her family, including her 6 year old niece Adriana.

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Development Assistant

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Pam grew up in Delaware and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delaware. She continued her education by receiving her Paralegal Certificate from the Institute of Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pam worked as a paralegal for two Pennsylvania law firms before moving to Sarasota, Florida. There she enjoyed her work as an estate and trust paralegal in a bank trust department before returning to Delaware. Pam entered the nonprofit community while working at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter as a fundraiser. She joined the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s development staff in 2003 and enjoys the opportunity to serve our families.

Pam lives in north Wilmington with her husband, Blaine. She has two children, Jessica and Ryan.

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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Erin attended the University of Delaware where she obtained her BA in Mass Communications and English. She joined the Ronald McDonald House in 2012 after two summers of internships with Delaware nonprofits, and previous volunteer experience at the House.

Erin is responsible for coordinating and creating the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s marketing activities and communications. In her role, she develops outreach materials and provides communications support. She also coordinates press coverage, manages the organization’s social media accounts, website, and e-newsletter, and maintains consistency in our branding.

She is currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Erin lives in Wilmington with her fiancé/best friend Connor and their cat Luna.

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Executive Assistant

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Carol grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Cedar Crest College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. She worked as a marketing assistant for a Massachusetts savings bank coordinating a children’s banking program and in a private school in Alabama. She joined the staff in her current role in 2006.

Carol is active in the local chapter of her international women’s group and served as president and as a committee chair at the state level. In her free time she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Raiser's Edge Assistant

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Linda comes to RMHDE with over 10 years of non-profit experience using the Raiser’s Edge database and works part-time in the Development Office. Prior to moving to Wilmington, she worked as a paralegal in New York City and her hometown –Atlanta. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/ Public Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Linda lives in Newark with her husband, Steve, daughter Hannah – who is about to begin her freshman year of college, and three crazy (but adorable) cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and all animals. She and her husband especially love to travel!

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Maintenance Assistant

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Fran is a native Delawarean. He was raised in Wilmington’s east side neighborhood with his two sisters, surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Fran attended Brown Vocational High School where he studied to become an electrician. After serving his apprenticeship, Fran worked in his field for over forty years with IBEW Local 313. His work was centered in the tri-state area on projects that were commercial and industrial. He retired in 2005. Fran served in the Delaware Army National Guard for six years after completing his apprenticeship.

Fran was offered the position as maintenance assistant and joined the staff in March 2007. Working at the House has brought him great satisfaction; he is honored to be part of the team that provides families a “home away from home.”

When not working at the House, Fran looks forward to spending time with his family, and friends especially his wife, two children and his grandson, Dante.

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