First Lady and Administration volunteer at RMHC-CP for Pre-Inauguration Day of Service
On Monday, January 14th, Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf, along with members of Wolf Administration took part in a Pre-Inauguration Day of Service. All participants were divided up into groups and volunteered at different organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“It is important to be an example that both public and private individuals can come together for a common cause,” First Lady, Frances Wolf said. “We are all a part of one community and can engage civically and make a difference.”
The First Lady, along with six other members of the Wolf Inauguration Committee, volunteered with our Baking Program at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. As the Wolf family previously had a family member stay at our house, Frances was honored to visit the house and be able to give back to families like her own.
“I have never been to the house before and thought that this would be a great opportunity to see where my family members previously stayed and to learn more about the organization as a whole,” Frances said.
The First Lady wanted to do a fun activity with her group but something that was also rewarding for the Day of Service. She was truly impressed with everything that is offered to our families at no cost to them.
“Your organization (RMHC-CP) is playing a big role in our communities by offering services that no one has to pay for,” Frances said. “It is an equal opportunity for parents and families in need during the most vulnerable time of their lives.”
The group baked blueberry and cinnamon muffins for our families and enjoyed a tour of the house during their visit.
We asked Frances what her favorite thing to bake at home is and her answer was simply, “Apple Pie.”
Learn more about our baking program and how you can get involved with RMHC of Central PA by visiting our website at www.rmhc-centralpa.org. You can see pictures of the First Lady and her volunteer group on our Facebook page or in the slideshow below.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA Welcomes new Executive Director
Amy Leonard, Development Director
Welcomes new Executive Director
Glen Mattox, President of RMHC-CP is pleased to announce that Karla Mitchell has been appointed as the Executive Director of RMHC-CP effective November 7th, 2016. Karla brings with her 22 years of professional experience in building valuable relationships, donor engagement and human services. Glen stated that “after an extensive search process guided by North Group Consultants, Karla demonstrated the leadership skills and experience needed to continue the mission of RMHC-CP.”
Prior to joining RMHC-CP, Karla was employed by United Way of the Capital Region for more than 15 years. She has served in various roles such as; Associate Vice President, Vice President of Resource Development and most recently as the Manager of Major Gifts & Planned Giving. During her time with United Way, she focused on creating a robust annual campaign, developing engagement opportunities for donors and corporations, overseeing the operational and strategic direction of UWCR’s resource development efforts and leading successful staff and volunteer teams.
A graduate of Slippery Rock University, Karla holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and was employed as a Corporate Employee Assistance (EAP) Counselor prior to her service at United Way of the Capital Region. Karla lives with her husband Khan, daughter Jordan, son Asa and their two dogs, Pepper and Bailey, in East Pennsboro Township.
Karla stated “ I love supporting our local community and am honored to now be part of the amazing work that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA does for children and families in need”.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania
For more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central PA has been serving children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and healthcare partnerships. Today, we are most well-known for two of our programs, the Ronald McDonald House® in Hershey and the Ronald McDonald Family Room®.
Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House® provides a home away from home for families of children who are seriously-ill patients at Penn State Health Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room® provides a comforting escape and welcome distractions for families of seriously-ill or injured children who are receiving critical medical treatment at Penn State Health Medical Center and/or Penn State Children’s Hospital.
Everything offered through Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central PA is currently offered at no charge thanks to generous community support. For more information, please call 717-533-4001 or visit www.rmhc-centralpa.org.
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Local Hemophiliac Boy Featured on Billboard
Ronald McDonald House® was built 30 years ago as a “home- away- from- home” for families of seriously ill children who are receiving medical treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital. What started as a 13-bedroom house has now grown into 35 bedrooms. The House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
As part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House, a photo contest was launched which displayed creative photos with a ‘Wear Red Shoes” theme. Last fall, Amanda Heisey, of Elizabethtown, won the opportunity to have a photo of her son, Peyton, featured on a billboard in Central Pennsylvania. Lamar Outdoor Advertising has generously donated a digital billboard near the parking lot of Rusco Hydraulics at 1029 Dillerville Road, Lancaster which will be displayed until February 1, 2015. Lamar has donated over $100,000 in billboard space to RMHC® of Central PA since early 2014. The billboard features Amanda Heisey’s son, Peyton, who is a 5-year-old active boy with severe hemophilia A with an inhibitor.
“Peyton developed an inhibitor in 2010 that complicates his disease” said his mother, Amanda Heisey. “Because of the inhibitor he has a med port in place to receive daily infusions of factor VIII to try to rid his body of the inhibitor. Yes, I stick a needle into the port every day for over four years! He still has an inhibitor. He has had joint bleeds which means this 4 year old get to do COUCH REST! Over the past five years he has been admitted to Penn State Children’s Hospital five times. The Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Hospitality Cart have made the stays easier. The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a blessing to us as parents. Peyton enjoys the Hospitality Cart coming to the pediatric floor. He was able to get snacks and activities from the cart, which can make the stay a little more enjoyable! We do not leave Peyton alone in the hospital so having snacks and coffee available makes the stay more manageable for our family! Our hospital stays are usually not planned, but they become a little less stressful with the Ronald McDonald Family Room and cheerful Hospitality Cart. Our family is excited Peyton about being featured on a billboard. We are so excited to share his story and our journey and hope this helps other families in the future!”
RMHC of Central PA continues to encourage people to wear red shoes to create awareness for the Ronald McDonald House and the support it offers families of seriously ill children. Part of the 2014 campaign displayed different local celebrities, wearing big red shoes, on billboards around Central Pennsylvania. The billboards started with Joe Calhoun, WGAL’s Chief Meteorologist, Sherry Christian, News Anchor at cbs21, Flora Posteraro, Co-Anchor at abc27 and the Holcomb boys, triplets of former guests of Ronald McDonald House. The latest billboards which have been posted or slated to be added throughout Central PA are: MaryEllen Pann, WPMT Fox43 Chief Meteorologist, Nathan Walker and Dustin Grazley – Hershey Bears players, RJ Harris, Breakfast Club WHP 50, The Rose Breakfast Club – 101.3 fm The Rose, and James Franklin, Head Football Coach, Penn State University. Lamar Outdoor Advertising has generously provided the donated billboard space for the 30th Anniversary campaign.
Wearing red shoes has become a symbol for joining others to make a difference to families of seriously ill children. The families are going through their darkest time and RMHC® of Central PA’s mission is to support them in their journey as they help their child fight serious medical situations. To wear the red shoes, all you have to be is someone who is ready to help.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania: Providing comfort, strength and stability for families with children in medical crisis, Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House® has been a “home away from home” for families since 1984. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, now fourteen years old, serves guests and families 24 hours a day and is located steps away from the pediatric intensive care unit at M.S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center. We also support the family lounges and a Hospitality Cart at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The RMHC of Central PA’s Grant Program funds eligible non-profit children’s organizations throughout Central Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.rmhc-centralpa.org or call 717-533-4001.
New Officers Join
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the election of three new officers to their Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015.
Glen Mattox has been elected as President of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA. Mattox brings a wide range of business acumen to his new position of President. Mattox began his management career in McDonald’s Washington, D.C. Region in 1973 as a manager trainee. He came to the Philadelphia Region as a business consultant, training consultant and last served as the field purchasing manager for the region. In 1989, Glen became a McDonald’s Owner/Operator and currently owns two Lancaster County restaurants. As an Owner/Operator, Glen served two terms as Central PA Co-Op Vice President and five terms as Co-Op President. Mattox is Chair of the Supply Chain Advisory Council for Martin Brower Distribution Center and the Philadelphia Region representative to the Nation Supply Leadership Council for McDonald’s Corporation. He holds a degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In his free time Glen enjoys golf, snow skiing, motorcycling, and fly fishing, and served as a director of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Glen and his wife Flo, who is a long-standing RMHC of Central PA volunteer reside in Lancaster and are the parents of four children and nine grandchildren, with one due in April.
Janice Snyder is a Partner at McKonly & Asbury, LLP with over 15 years of experience in public accounting. Ms. Snyder is the incoming Vice President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA. She has also served as the Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Personnel & Compensation Committee, Chair of the Transition Committee and a member of the Speakers Bureau. She is the incoming Chair and current Vice Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network of the United Way of the Capital Region. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member of Tri-County OIC and a member of the life and social issues committee of the PICPA.
She has specialized in service to nonprofit organizations, healthcare entities, and family owned businesses (manufacturing, distribution and services).
Snyder is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants as well as a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is a recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award in 2013. She is also a graduate of Leadership Harrisburg Area, class of 2013. Janice is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Janice was born in Adams County and currently resides in Cumberland County. She is married to Jason Snyder and has two children, Logan (9) and Keira (5).
Vicki Kulina, Director, Social Responsibility, has been employed with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts® Company (HE&R) for more than 39 years and has been elected as Secretary of RMHC of Central PA’s Board of Directors. Vicki has a passion for the Milton S. Hershey legacy, and the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. In 2013, she developed and launched the company’s first-ever CSR report which includes key examples of how HE&R is making a positive impact in the areas of Environment, Community, Workplace, and Marketplace & Guest Focus.
She serves on the Board of Directors of The Hershey Partnership and is a member of the Hershey Impact Group and The Hershey Community Garden Founding Committee. She is a past Board Member of the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau Marketing Committee.
Throughout her professional career, Vicki has been recognized as a leader in the industry receiving the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence Award and Hershey Capital Region Pulse Award recognizing outstanding Tourism Service Personnel. Within HE&R, she was a recipient of the highest company individual honor – the J. Bruce McKinney Legacy of Excellence Award. Vicki played an integral part in coordinating the completion of the Ronald McDonald House playroom.
Vicki resides in Hummelstown with her husband, Jim, and is a proud parent of daughters Kiley Strohm and Kellie Kulina, and grandparent of Hunter and Chase.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania
Providing comfort, strength and stability for families with children in medical crisis, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA has been a “home away from home” for families since 1984. Located across the street from Penn State Children’s Hospital, RMHC® of Central PA has provided more than 30,000 family stays through the Ronald McDonald House program. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, now fourteen years old and located steps away from the pediatric intensive care unit, serves guests and families 24 hours a day. RMHC of Central PA also supports the family lounges and Hospitality Cart at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The RMHC of Central PA Grant Program supports qualifying non-profit children’s organizations throughout Central Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 717-533-4001 or visit www.rmhc-centralpa.org.
Four New Board Members Join
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the election of four new board members to their Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015.
Steve Blount began his career by working his way up through all aspects of McDonald’s® restaurant management with ARH, Inc. In 1993 he became a supervisor overseeing multiple locations and in 1997 he became the Director of Operations overseeing the organization’s seven locations.
Blount transitioned into the construction business in 2005 and became a part of General Construction Management, Inc. (GCM). After five years with the organization he became the owner. GCM is an approved contractor and manages projects for McDonald’s and other restaurants, other national brands, motorcycle shops, commercial businesses, and new home construction. In 2013 Steve acquired Rhino Contracting and, making it his own, he changed the name to Rhino-Excavating. GCM also installs donation boxes for RMHC of Central PA at participating Central PA McDonald’s restaurants.
Steve has been a long time corporate member and past President of the Board of Lebanon Valley Youth for Christ. As part of volunteering and food safety certification he was in charge of the Kitchen Committee at the Annual Youth for Christ auction serving thousands of people with a wide array of food items over a single weekend. In 2002 Steve was elected as a Director of Annville-Cleona School Board for a four year term. While in that position he chaired the buildings and grounds committee and was active in executive meetings and contract negotiations. Blount is a food safety certified instructor for Serve Safe which certifies restaurants in Pennsylvania that serve to the public.
Steve and his wife, Millie, have two children and four grandchildren. Together Steve and Millie have volunteered and served as spokespersons at many of RMHC of Central PA’s events.
Patti Hart, Director of Nursing at Penn State Health Medical Center is responsible for the Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health. She has held multiple nursing roles during her 27 years with Penn State Health. She is passionate about the care of children both in the hospital and in the community.
Patti has served in various advisory roles with Children’s Miracle Network, United Way and Four Diamonds Foundation. Patti is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders South Central Organization of Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau. She has been a finalist in the Nightingale Nurse Leader and YWCA Women of Excellence Awards.
Patti graduated with a nursing diploma from Altoona Hospital, and Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. She is presently enrolled in Old Dominion University for her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Nursing Leadership. She is certified as a nurse executive and as a certified pediatric nurse. Patti and her husband Scott reside in Middletown and she is the mother of three grown children, Lauren, Brandon and Morgan.
Ken Hugendubler is a CPA, partner and insurance industry practice leader with Bakery Tilly. Ken has been with Baker Tilly and previously merged firms since June 2004. Prior to that Ken was with Ernst & Young LLP for 14 years. As insurance industry practice leader for the world’s 12th largest accounting firm, Ken oversees all audit, accounting, tax and consulting services within the insurance industry.
Ken has been active in the nonprofit community in the Harrisburg area. He was past treasurer and board member of the United Way of the Capital Region and Allied Arts Fund, former president of the Harrisburg Council and longtime classroom volunteer with Junior Achievement of South Central PA, and treasurer of the Mechanicsburg Arts Center and School. He is currently president of CV Softball Association and head coach of its 12U Dynamite Travel Team. He has been chair of the Endowment Subcommittee of Ronald McDonald House of Central PA® since 2012. A long time Rotarian, Ken is currently the past president of the Mechanicsburg North Club, He has also been pet therapy volunteer at the House since 2011 with his dog, Jackie, and daughter, Amanda.
Ken was recipient of the 2008 Volunteer of the Year award by the PICPA and the 2012 Alumni Volunteer of the Year award at Susquehanna University.
A Hershey native, Ken is a magna cum laude graduate of Susquehanna University. He lives in Hampden Township with his wife, Lisa, Amanda, Jackie and other dog, Ginger.
Jill Walmer leads Health Plan Operations as Vice President of Select Accounts and as Central Pennsylvania Site Leader for Highmark Inc. She is responsible for operations (e.g. customer service, claims, audits, etc.) across multiple campuses in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Additionally, as the senior Health Plan Operations leader of the Central Pennsylvania campus in Camp Hill, she provides day-to day oversight, guidance, and support. Jill promotes employee engagement and influences an overall positive employee work environment in Health Plan Operations. She is a firm believer in treating people with dignity and respect. She is focused on her employees and encourages them to build relationships and partner with all internal and external customers.
In concert with other Camp Hill management, she is the Central Pennsylvania Site Leader for many of Highmark’s client and community meetings and events. Jill has more than 28 years of experience at Highmark where she has held a variety of management positions in the operational, staff, and project management areas. She is an honoree of YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Excellence and a member of the Leadership Harrisburg Executive Leadership Series alumni. Jill is active with numerous community and civic activities. Some of her most notable positions include being an advisory board member of the Women in Leadership Network for the United Way of the Capital Region and an advisory board member for the Shippensburg University School of Business. Jill graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Justice.
Jill values spending time with her family and giving back to the community. She is particularly proud of her children, Courtney and Colton, who exemplify her philanthropic philosophy.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania
Providing comfort, strength and stability for families with children in medical crisis, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA has been a “home away from home” for families since 1984. Located across the street from Penn State Children’s Hospital, RMHC® of Central PA has provided more than 30,000 family stays through the Ronald McDonald House® program. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, now fourteen years old and located steps away from the pediatric intensive care unit, serves guests and families 24 hours a day. RMHC of Central PA also supports the family lounges and Hospitality Cart at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The RMHC of Central PA Grant Program supports qualifying non-profit children’s organizations throughout Central Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 717-533-4001 or visit www.rmhc-centralpa.org.
Light A Light!! Share A Night!!
Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community
Union Canal Elementary School, Lebanon collects 300 pounds of aluminum tabs!
Mr. McGinty, a new principal to Union Canal Elementary School in Lebanon this school year, had a bet with the students that they could not collect 300 pounds of aluminum tabs to raise money for Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House. He told them, if they could, he would don a chicken suit and go to the roof where he would dance to the “Chicken Song.” in big, red clown shoes which were loaned to him by Ronald McDonald House. The students won! The students are delighted that their new principal paid his debt on May 12!