Pam has been the President/CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware since 1999. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of the House and two 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 served 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 served as the Secretary for the Board of Trustees for the Fund for Women. Pam is a Past President 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 is currently the sustainer director to the Junior League of Wilmington Board of Directors. Pam was named a 2010 Brava! Women Business Achievement award winner and an 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, Ashley, Brad and Anna and 2 adorable grandchildren, Jackson and Alice.
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.
Jan joined the Ronald McDonald House in 2018. She is responsible for strengthening philanthropic support for the House from individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups in the Kent and Sussex County area. Prior to joining the House, Jan was the Kent County Director of the Cancer Support Community Delaware in Dover, DE for 22 years. She serves on the Board of the Dover Capital City Rotary Club as Club Administrator.
Jan grew up in Smyrna, Delaware and now resides in Middletown with her husband, Todd and one daughter Alexis.
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.
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.
Chris’s passion for non-profit work began very early in her career. Chris taught in a non-profit school housed in a log cabin in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 13 years. Next, after a couple years break working and loving as foster parents, Chris and her husband accepted jobs at a non-profit camp for children and teens with medical needs. They lived and worked at the camp for about 10 years. The life perspective they gained working with the amazing campers and staff was priceless! A few years after her husband passed, she moved back to Delaware to help her dad care for her mom who has dementia. Chris started in October of 2019 as a Relief Manager and transitioned to her new role as Resident Manager in March of 2020. She is blessed to have found another non-profit to love in RMHDE!
As a Delaware native, Chris grew up in Newark and graduated from UD. She currently resides with her sister, niece, nephew, their dog Jake, and their 3 kitties Clementine, Coco, and Cate.
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.
Erin obtained a double degree in English in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware in 2012 where she was also a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and an academic student tutor. She joined the Ronald McDonald House in 2012.
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 manages the organization’s social media accounts, website, 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 husband Connor and their adorable kittens, Riley and Dalton.
Ivey was thrilled to join the team at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in August 2018 as a member of the Development Team. Ivey is responsible for maintaining the donor database and acknowledging gifts made to the House.
Originally from Clearwater, FL, Ivey attended Washington University in St. Louis and earned a Bachelor of Arts studying French, Psychology, and Business. Before moving to Delaware in 2012, she lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and baking.
Ivey lives in Wilmington with her husband, John, their two children, Audrey and James, and their super-energetic dog, Penny.
Haley graduated from Wilmington University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a certificate in the Trauma-Informed Approach. She was a part of multiple honor societies in college and continues to work with them as an alumna. She joined the Ronald McDonald House in September of 2018 as a Guest Services Coordinator. In October of 2020, Haley transitioned into her new role as Administrative Coordinator and Marketing Support. She loves working with all the families that have come to stay at the house!
When not at work, Haley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, and going to the beach. Haley was born and raised in Wilmington, DE and currently lives there with her husband Ryan and their two lovable cats, Ollie and Leona.
Monica attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Services. She joined the Ronald McDonald House as a Guest Services Coordinator in December of 2017 after being an intern in the spring and volunteering in the winter. Monica received her social work license in June of 2021 and is now the Family Support Services Manager.
Barbara graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Community Services in 1998. She joined the House as a Relief Manager in January 1999, after a fall internship. She enjoyed interacting with the families and helping to staff the House on the weekend and holidays. In addition to being a Relief Manager she started to work in the Family Resource Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware in April 2010 as a Sleep Room Coordinator. In January 2019, she started to work full time as the Family Room Program Coordinator overseeing the Family Resource Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware and the Family Room at the Christiana Hospital. She enjoys working with volunteers and families, extending the Ronald McDonald House goal of providing a “home-away-from-home” for families to the hospital. When she is not at the House, she enjoys swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah joined the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware team in January 2019. She has an experienced background in the customer service industry, having been in retail management prior to her position at the Ronald McDonald House. Sarah helps coordinate participation of outside service groups through the House’s Meal Program and other onsite activity opportunities. She works hand-in-hand with volunteers of the House and also coordinates our Teen Troop Program.
Sarah is a native Delawarean- having attended local schools and eventually the University of Delaware, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys sewing, crafting, and spending time with family.
Sarah resides in the suburbs of Wilmington with her husband and son, and their two personality-filled cats, Luna & Luigi.
Mary is happy to join the Ronald McDonald House as an assistant to the Development team. She is a native Wilmingtonian who earned an Associate Degree in Data Processing from Del Tech during her 20+ year career working for the United States Postal Service. Following an early retirement, she worked in the healthcare field and expected to do so until the pandemic forced another, and this time unexpected, “retirement”. During this break, she became involved with a few volunteer capacities which she loves being part of.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, and travel – she feels fortunate to have visited over 150 National Park sites here in the United States as well as nine foreign countries. She lives near Brandywine Park with her two cats, Shadow and Sunny.
Harry joined RMHDE in 2019. He has worked locally as an electrician for the past 30 years, most recently with Delcollo Electric, and he spent the last 3 years as a maintenance assistant at the Mary Campbell Center.
Born and raised in the Newport, DE, when Harry is not at work fixing or mending something, you can find him at his summer place on the Elk River in MD, or hanging out with his dog Ben. He is married to Karen and has two children, Jessica and Alex
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