RMHDE Board of Directors

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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 adult children, Anne and Matthew.

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Social Worker

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Megan is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Her involvement with the House began as a Social Work intern in the fall of 2009. Post-graduation she joined the staff in June 2010 as the Assistant Operations Manager. From June 2012-2014, she led the implementation and development of the House’s current guest services model as the Guest Services Manager. She accepted her current role as the House’s Social Worker in July 2014. As the House social worker she serves as an advocate for families utilizing the House by providing individual and family services to patients and their families. In 2015 she was nominated to serve on the Grants Allocation Committee for the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls. She is an active member of the Red Shoe Society and the Young Adults Committee of the Melanoma Research Foundation in Philadelphia. She currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband, Kevin, and black lab, Squirrel.

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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 and has two grown children, Dale and Kristen and a dog named Bentley.

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Volunteer Manager

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Sara joined the staff in the role of Volunteer Manager in 2007. Before joining the staff, Sara completed a year of service with AmeriCorps. Sara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. In 2011, Sara was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteer and Community Service and was recently appointed Vice Chair representing Delaware Volunteerism. Sara is also an active member of the Delaware Association for Volunteer Administrators. 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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Gigi joined the Ronald McDonald House team this past June after graduating from Wilmington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. 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 at the House, in her role as one of the two Guest Services Coordinators.

Gigi plans to begin her Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Non-Profit Management in the Fall of 2016. As a native from Delaware, when she’s not working at the House, Gigi enjoys spending time with her close-knit family, including her niece Adriana.

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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 Delaware home. While living in Hawaii, Vanessa volunteered at the Tripler AMC Fisher House Foundation, which spurred 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 dog, Zeeba.

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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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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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Community and Family
Room Coordinator

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Erin attended the University of Delaware where she obtained her BA in Mass Communications and English in 2012. She joined the Ronald McDonald House as the Community and Family Room Coordinator in 2012 after two summers of internships with Delaware nonprofits, and previous volunteer experience at the House. She developed a passion for nonprofits while she was a member of several volunteer service groups throughout high school and college, including Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and Key Club International.

In her role, Erin oversees the Ronald McDonald Family Room Program, assists in Marketing Communications, coordinates high school students at the House, and oversees the Youth Leadership Council. She is currently a member of the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators, and the Public Relations Society of America.

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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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