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.