Since 1988 Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area has been keeping families close in a place that feels like home – providing stability and resources when they need it most.  The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) is to surround families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together.  RMHC is committed to providing exceptional programs for families with seriously ill or injured children with fiscal responsibility, accountability – and thoughtfulness.

Through our two core programs, the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room, we provide families the ability to face the weight of illness together in close proximity to the treatment facility.  By creating a comforting and supportive space for families, we are able to help ease many of their day to day burdens so that parents can focus on what is most important — the wellbeing of their sick or injured child.  Most importantly, our House and Family Room programs are filled with love, support and compassion.

Our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of children receiving treatment at area hospitals. Seriously ill or injured children cope better when surrounded by loved ones. Our mission is made possible through the help of our partner-in-care, McDonald’s, and thanks to the donations and gifts from generous individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations. The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City continues to open welcoming doors to families in need, by keeping families close, so that together they can rest and regroup; hope and heal; laugh and love.

Carrie Romano
Chief Executive Officer
801-363-4663 ext. 4202


Toni Takeno
Chief Programs Officer
Kacie Pecor
Hospital Programs Director
Grant Ricks
Guest Services Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4105
Liza Lundgren
Volunteer Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4111
Lindsay Andreasen
Hospitality Manager (Adopt-a-Meal)
801-363-4663 ext. 4100
Michelle Zimmerman
Guest Services Assistant Manager
Lisa Araujo
Family Room Guest Services Coordinator
Denise Hamblen
Database & Guest Services Coordinator
Kathy Valdez
Night Manager
Marciala Hernandez
Family Room Guest Services Coordinator
Robyn Lyons
Family Room Guest Services Coordinator
Danielle Shirley
Family Room Guest Services Coordinator
Rebecca Patterson
Guest Services Coordinator
Karen Sneary
Guest Services Coordinator
Tyson Zullo
Guest Services Coordinator
Warren King
Weekend Guest Services Coordinator
Ana Balcazar
Food Safety Specialist & Kitchen Manager

Development and Marketing

Vickie Moschetti
Chief Development Officer
801-363-4663 ext. 4104
Stephanie Stevens
Event and Development Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4110
Charisse Baxter
Grant and Development Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4107
Lizzy Totman
Marketing and Social Media Specialist
801-363-4663 ext. 4108
Brenon Severe
Database Specialist
801-363-4663 ext. 4201
Jennifer Bean
Community Engagement & Fundraising Specialist
801-363-4663 ext. 4120

Operations and Administration

Karin Skidmore
Director of Operations & Administration
801-363-4663 ext. 4106
Susannah Randall
Finance & Admin Director
801-363-4663 ext. 4200
Ira Hinckley
House Operations Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4102
Angela Moon
Mission Excellence and People Development Manager
801-363-4663 ext. 4103
Ivan Gonzalez
Database & Accounting Specialist
801-363-4663 ext. 4116
Alejandro Balcazar
Maintenance Manager
Nathan Bobo
Housekeeping & Inventory Specialist
Jessica Campos
Housekeeping Manager
Sherry Merworth
Hilarie Noble
Maria Angeles Ramirez
Lynnie Zimmerli - Chair

Lynnie Zimmerli


Lynnie Zimmerli is first a mother of three sons, and after that a very passionate community volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  She serves as 2015-2016 Board President and after completing her term, looks forward to returning to the front desk at Ronald McDonald house where she can once again support pediatric patient families directly.  She was the Hearts and Hands Recipient in 2010, Board volunteer of the year in 2012, and has served on numerous Ronald McDonald House committees including the Capital Campaign Planning Committees that successfully raised monies for the new Ronald McDonald House and the largest Ronald McDonald House Family Room in the world at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.  She previously served on the Community Advisory Board of the YWCA of Salt Lake City and has participated numerous times in the Circle of Ten Women supporting the YWCA’s annual Leadership Luncheon fundraising challenge.  She is married to Bert Zimmerli, the Executive Vice President and CFO of Intermountain Healthcare.

P. Matthew Cox, Esq. - Chair Elect

P. Matthew Cox, Esq.

Chair Elect

Matt Cox is an attorney with Snow Christensen and Martineau who has focused on many areas of lawsuit and dispute resolution, including helping large and small businesses recover outstanding debts and recover assets from insolvent individuals and entities. Additionally, he has assisted clients in a broad array of dispute resolution, including claims related to bankruptcy, real estate, intellectual property, product liability, secured transactions, construction and securities, and landlord / tenant issues. Mr. Cox has also had the wonderful opportunity to help a client adopt his stepdaughter. Outside his practice of law, Mr. Cox can be found playing with his three sons and spending time outdoors.

Greg Bailey - Finance Vice Chair

Greg Bailey

Finance Vice Chair

Greg Bailey is the McDonald’s Owner Operator in Sweetwater County Wyoming. Greg and Cindy Bailey own and operate 3 McDonald’s restaurants in Rock Springs and Green River Wyoming. Greg started his career with McDonald’s in November 1973, as a crew member while attending the University of Arizona. He became an Owner/Operator of his first restaurant in January 1996. He is a long time supporter of RMHC, having also volunteered at the house in Tucson Arizona when he lived there. He currently is the treasurer of the Intermountain McDonald’s Cooperative Association (IMCA) as well as being past President of the association in 2008-2010. Greg is active in the community, as past president of the Sweetwater Joint Travel and Tourism board and still current member, which uses a 3% lodging tax to promote the county, to treasurer of the Rock Springs Kiwanis Club, and treasurer of the International Days Committee. Greg and Cindy have supported the Grand Givers program for many years and sponsor the “Wyoming tables” at the annual Gala. Greg and Cindy will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2016 and have 2 daughters, Heather and Sarah, 3 grandchildren and 2 wonderful son in laws.  


Christopher Droubay

Legal Counsel

Chris Droubay is an attorney and Shareholder with Snow Christensen & Martineau. His legal practice covers a variety of civil litigation matters including cyber security issues, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, employment issues and regulatory compliance. A main focus of Chris’ practice is Health Law. He represents and counsels clients on a number of complex statutory and regulatory issues, including: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Medicaid & Medicare issues, the Affordable Care Act, Antikickback and Stark Laws, and Credentialing issues.

Chris has represented numerous employers in understanding and establishing policies related to the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act. He carries a unique emphasis in counseling clients on data breach issues involving both HIPAA and HITECH. With the increased number of reported breaches, and variety of “loss” types of all sizes, individuals and companies are placed at risk every day. This rapidly growing threat involves “thefts” of all kinds, from laptops, desktop computers, paper records and network servers. Chris has successfully represented numerous clients in actions involving negligent credentialing allegations and considerations. He represents clients, large and small, in developing HIPAA compliant policies and procedures and defending clients under investigation for HIPAA complaints. Chris has also counseled clients regarding Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues and helped clients navigate the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. Chris has extensive experience defending medical providers of all sizes in both regulatory and malpractice matters.

Alison Flynn Gaffney - Development Co-Chair

Alison Flynn Gaffney

Development Co-Chair

Development Co-ChairAlison Flynn Gaffney is a native New Yorker, recently relocated to Utah, where she lives with her husband and stepson.  Alison has over two decades of experience in management consulting and the healthcare industry.  Currently, Alison is a Senior Vice President at GNYHA Services, Inc., and Nexera, Inc., two companies within the for-profit division of the Greater New York Hospital Association.  Alison provides executive oversight for key client relationships and assists in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.  She most recently oversaw internal operations for both Nexera and GNYHA Services.  Previously, Alison worked at former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, where she led the healthcare and pharmaceutical practice internationally in addition to engagements within the energy, finance, and fraud detection arenas. She has held administrative, operations, and supply chain positions at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Continuum Health Partners, and Danbury Hospital.

Alison has a long history of volunteerism and giving back to her local communities.   Alison is currently a member of the Utah Healthcare Executives Mentorship Committee.  She is a Past President of Healthcare Leaders of New York, a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She is a past Board member of the American Red Cross of Greater New York-Harriman Advisory Board as well as a former volunteer for New York Needs You.  In 2015, she received the Zachary Foundation’s Healthcare Classic Award and was presented with the Highest Leaf Award from the Women’s Venture Fund in 2013.  In 2012, Alison, along with many colleagues, received the Empire State Healthcare Leadership Award for service regarding the Hurricane Irene Response in 2011.

Alison holds a BS in Health Care Administration and a MS in Health Services Administration from Iona College, where she has since served as an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and a member of the Alumni Board.  Alison is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She is also the founder of Sounding Board 4 Life, LLC, a professional development and strategic advisory firm.

Lori Teske Hudson - Development Co-Chair

Lori Teske Hudson

Development Co-Chair

Lori is Senior Vice President of Aspen Consulting Group, a national management-consulting firm that works with financial service institutions to improve sales production, customer service quality and customer profitability. Her financial industry experience spans over 25 years in which she has held numerous senior marketing and sales management positions. She is passionate about her non-profit work and excited to be involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities during this period of growth. Lori is Past President of the Board of the YWCA of Salt Lake City and now serves as a member of the YWCA Community Advisory Board. She is a past board officer of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and served on the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah, David EcclesSchool of Business. Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, Lori spent many years in New England prior to moving to Utah in 1998. She received her BS in Marketing from Boston College and her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Paula Green Johnson


Paula Green Johnson is an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She has served on the governing boards of the YWCA Salt Lake City, United Way of Salt Lake, the American Red Cross, the University of Wyoming and others. She served as the Chair of Major Gifts for the YWCA’s Capital Campaign and as Board President for the YWCA (and other boards). She serves on two national boards – YWCA USA and United Way Worldwide National Women’s Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the Norma Matheson Volunteer of the Year Award, United Way of Salt Lake Volunteer of the Year, and has received two lifetime achievement awards (American Red Cross and Governor’s Commission on Women and Families), as well as other awards. She brings a passion for philanthropy and community service. She is married to Peter Johnson with Sinclair Oil and they have one son, Prescott.

Peter Johnson - FINANCE CHAIR

Peter Johnson


Peter M. Johnson, a native of Lovell, Wyoming, is President of Sinclair Oil Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sinclair Oil Corporation is a privately held, fully integrated oil company with operations throughout the Rocky Mountains and mid-continent. It owns two refineries in Wyoming and numerous pipelines, terminals, oil and gas wells, and other petroleum operations. Sinclair gasoline and diesel fuel are sold at nearly 1,300 Sinclair-branded stations and truck stops in over 20 states.

After receiving his B.S. degree with Honor in Finance from the University of Wyoming in 1972, Mr. Johnson started his career in the petroleum industry with Husky Oil Company in Denver, Colorado. Then in 1978, while still employed by Husky, he earned his J.D. degree from the University of Denver, College of Law, after which he moved to Washington, D. C. to become a Government Relations Representative. He has been admitted to both the Colorado and Utah State Bars.

Mr. Johnson then joined Sinclair in 1979 as a Corporate Attorney. He subsequently held the positions of Corporate Counsel, General Counsel, Vice President – Administration, and Executive Vice President. He became President of Sinclair Oil in 1996.

Mr. Johnson and his wife, Paula Green Johnson, reside in Salt Lake City. Peter and Paula met as freshmen at the University of Wyoming, where they both received their BS degrees.

Mr. Johnson was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Petroleum Council, a federal advisory body. He also has served as Chairman of the University of Wyoming’s College of Business Advisory Board and was the College’s first Executive in Residence. He enjoys hiking in the mountains around Salt Lake City and Park City, skiing, dominoes, and is an avid Utah Jazz fan.

Pamela Larsen - SECRETARY

Pamela Larsen


Pamela J. Larsen (Pam) received her Juris Doctorate, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, from Brigham Young University. Pam is a member of the Utah State Bar and is the Director and Senior Associate General Counsel for Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators, a Utah non-profit organization. She serves on adjudicative committees to determine the legality of plan provisions relative to benefit payments and compliance, and has primary accountability for writing company health, disability, retirement and life insurance contracts. Pam and her husband Dave have been married for over 25 years. They have four children, two boys and two girls. She is originally from Idaho and spent her high school years on the slopes in Sun Valley. She loves to ski, go to the beach, garden and spend time with her family. She is very honored to serve on the Board of Ronald McDonald House and hopes to make a difference in the lives of the families that are served.


Mary Schubach McCarthey


Mary Schubach McCarthey is a well regarded community volunteer and philanthropist. She has served as the Chair for Utah Philanthropy Day and she is a recipient of the Norma Matheson Volunteer of the Year Award presented at Utah Philanthropy Day. She has served on the governing board of the YWCA Salt Lake City and numerous other nonprofit board and committees. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of UMFA and CCS. She has also served as board president and capital campaign chair for the YWCA. She is married to Tom McCarthey and they have two daughters, Rachele and Dominique.

Marc Rasich - Community  Engagement Co-Chair

Marc Rasich

Community Engagement Co-Chair

Marc Rasich is a partner in the Stoel Rives litigation group. Marc concentrates his practice on natural resources and environmental litigation before administrative agencies and state and federal courts. He also has extensive experience counseling clients regarding intellectual property transactions and litigation. Marc has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal evidentiary hearings, trials and appeals in California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Florida and Utah. Marc is married to Michelle Rasich and they have two children. He was introduced the RMHC through its current Executive Director, Carrie Romano, and enjoys serving on the board because he believes in RMHC’s mission and has personal friends who have benefited from the “home away from home” that the charity provides.

Alan Regal, PE - Programs Chair

Alan Regal, PE

Programs Chair

Alan Regal is a Civil Engineer with Psomas where he oversees construction design and support for private and municipal land development projects. Alan has been a part of the Ronald McDonald House since 2011 when he joined the Young Leadership Board, which ignited his passion for the charity. He served as the Communication Chair, and then President of the Young Leadership Board during 2014, and continues to serve as a front desk volunteer. Alan is honored and grateful to be a member of the Board of Directors where he can help to develop and direct the charity that he loves. Alan received his BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from Westminster College. Alan lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Hadley, and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and friends in his free time.

Paige Walton - Community Engagement Co-Chair

Paige Walton

Community Engagement Co-Chair

Paige Walton is a Senior Scientist and Program Manager for a locally-owned environmental consulting firm (AQS).  Paige manages several multi-million dollar contracts involving numerous contractors and subcontractors for Federal, State and private clients.  For the State of New Mexico, she serves as the state environmental risk assessor and provides expert witness testimony and develops and updates state guidance documents.  She has generously volunteered her time to the environmental reports on our 901 E. South Temple cleanup.  Paige has lived in the SLC area since 1997.  She is an active alum for Auburn University and regulatory participates in the Young Women in Science and Engineering programs for Auburn.  In her free time, Paige enjoys the outdoors and all that Utah has to offer.

Chris Sparrer-Baer - Marketing/PR Chair

Chris Sparrer-Baer

Marketing/PR Chair

Chris Sparrer-Baer is a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties. She is a second generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator with 11 restaurants. Her favorite part of being a McDonald’s Owner/Operator is the wonderful team she works with. She has served on numerous committees with National and Regional McDonald’s with a focus on restaurant operations, as well as how the use of technology can enhance operations.

Chris served on the RMHC board in the nineties. She was also chapter president of RMCC that merged with our local RMH to form RMHC of the Intermountain Area. She and her husband Mark co-chaired the gala on two occasions during that time. She has a lot of passion for RMHC and is excited to serve again.

Chris has a BA in German from the University of Utah and an MBA from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. In her free time, Chris enjoys tennis, skiing and being with her family. She loves attending ski races and soccer games for her daughter.

Chris is married to Mark Baer, a local attorney whose passion is skiing. Together they have two children. Alex is 23 and currently living in Montana after graduating from Montana State University and Lizzy is 17 and a senior at Rowland Hall.

Carrie Romano - Chief Executive Officer

Carrie Romano

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine (Carrie) Romano is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc. She joined RMHC on November 1, 2010. Carrie has more than 14 years of demonstrated nonprofit organizational leadership, financial management and fundraising experience securing and managing private funding, ensure program excellence, and building strong collaborative partnerships. She served as the Chief Development Officer and Capital Campaign Manager for the YWCA Salt Lake City for eleven years. She was a member of the YWCA’s Senior Management Team and was responsible for the YWCA’s communications, public relations, marketing and annual fund development. As Capital Campaign Manager, Carrie led efforts to successfully secure $20.5 million in capital funding to complete the YWCA’s Phase I Campus Expansion. Prior to her work at the YWCA, she served in a variety of direct service and management positions in government and nonprofit agencies. Ms. Romano earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.


Joel Deaton


Joel  Lowdermilk Deaton is a native of North Carolina and came to Utah in 1985. Joel is married to Dr. Judy A. Daly and they reside in Park City. Joel has been a Human Resources professional for the majority of his career working in various roles including Manager, Director and Vice President in private, public and venture capital environments. Presently, Joel is involved as a community volunteer with various organizations and charities as well as working as a consultant. Joel has a BA and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Westminster College. Joel has served on numerous boards and charities in the Salt Lake area such as the Westminster College Foundation Board, Camp K Board, SLCC Business Management Advisory Board,  Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry as a member and as Senior Warden.  Joel is presently the Chair of the Board of Trustees with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company.  As you may see, he is extremely involved in the community in various ways and is known for always being busy with some organization or charity.

Emmie Gardner - Board of Directors

Emmie Gardner

Board of Directors

Mary Emmie Gardner has served as the Administrative Director of the Cancer and Transplant Center at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital since 1999. In her current position, she is responsible for the 32 bed inpatient immunocompromised unit and the pediatric Cancer, Blood and Marrow Clinics, Infusion Center and Sedation suites with 8,000 clinical visits annually. Emmie graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the St. Mary’s College Notre Dame in 1982, and received her MSW from the University of Utah in 1987. She and her husband Arnie reside in Bountiful, Utah and are Grand Givers and strong supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities’ mission. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Rocky Mountain Candlelighters, Cornerstone Counseling Center and the Utah Hemophilia Foundation. Emmie is a certified clinical social worker and trained in mediation and conflict resolution.

Maryellyn (Mimi) Gilfeather, M.D. - Board of Directors

Maryellyn (Mimi) Gilfeather, M.D.

Board of Directors

University of Utah School of Medicine, Radiology.

Jody Heximer - Board of Directors

Jody Heximer

Board of Directors

Jody Heximer is a veteran RN, with a 32 year career caring for pediatric patients and their families. Twenty-seven of those years were spent at Primary Children’s Hospital in various roles, including Nurse Manager of both the Inpatient and Outpatient Oncology Programs. Jody currently serves a Front Desk Guest Services Volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room. She was RMHC’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Jodi and her husband Tracy Karp have been part of RMHC’s Grand Giver Program for several years and they’re strong supportersof RMHC’s mission. Jody also works as a Conference Coordinator for Professional Education Center focusing on Perinatal Education each spring and fall.Jody has a BSN from St. Joseph’s College, Hamilton, Canada, is certified in Pediatric Hospice.Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Canada, Jody has been a resident of Salt Lake City since 1979. She is married with two grown daughters. Judy’s husband and youngest daughter are both Healthcare professionals at Primary Children’s’ Hospital.Jody brings skills in organization, teamwork and process improvement,along with a strong desire to be a “Do Gooder” and she would continue the long tradition of engaging board members who also volunteer direct service within our charity.

Laura Nell Hodo, M.D. - Board of Directors

Laura Nell Hodo, M.D.

Board of Directors

Laura Nell Hodo is a Physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Primary Children’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Instructor in the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Nell came to Primary Children’s Hospital after spending seven years as a full-spectrum family physician at the Community Health Centers, Inc. of Salt Lake City. During that time she worked in clinic as well as inpatient medicine, inpatient pediatrics, nursery, and OB. She completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University, followed by a Masters degree in Economic and Social History/History of Medicine at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed residency at the University of Utah, graduating in 2006. Her interests include medical student and resident education, reducing disparities in medicine, care of underserved communities, and adolescent health care. Nell has been a Grand Giver and RMHC supporter since 2011.

Don Lewon - Board of Directors

Don Lewon

Board of Directors

Don Lewon was born in Lewistown, Montana and graduated from high school at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. He received his B.S from the University of Utah in 1958 and married Susan Packard three years later. They are the parents of Mark, Chris, and Anne. Don has been recognize as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Utah and has served on many boards throughout the community, including those for the above schools as well as The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). His interests include tennis, skiing, traveling, and flying airplanes; and his family is proud that he was named one of Utah’s 2002 Fathers of the Year. Utah Metal Works has been recognized as Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area 2012 Corporate Partner of the Year, as our Pop Tab Program recycling partner. Don and Sue have been Grand Givers to RMHC for several years. Utah Metal Works and the entire Lewon family are steadfast donors and supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities.  As a successful business owner and passionate supporter of RMHC, Don will be a great addition to our board.

Mariana Mavor - Board of Directors

Mariana Mavor

Board of Directors

Mariana L. Mavor, CFP® founder of Uintah Consulting, brings over fifteen years of financial and estate planning experience having spent over half of her twelve years in banking in the wealth management areas of both The Private Bank at Wells Fargo Bank and Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout her career, Ms. Mavor has managed a portfolio of high net worth clients and established relationships across multiple lines of business. Ms. Mavor continues to assist clients in areas of trust and estate planning, financial planning, discretionary and non-discretionary investment oversight, business operations and succession planning, life and real insurance services, philanthropy, income and estate tax strategizing and other areas of wealth management as needed.

Jeffrey Mark Miller - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeffrey Mark Miller


Jeff is the General Manager and part owner of both the Mark Miller Subaru Dealerships and JCO Financial. He has been with the Mark Miller Organization since 2003. He received his MBA from the University of Utah in 2010 and his Bachelors in Business from University of Southern California in 2002. He is a member of the regional dealer advisory board for Subaru of America. He has enjoyed serving as Chair of the Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament. He works tirelessly to ensure that the Mark Miller Dealerships make a lasting impact in the community through charitable efforts and community outreach. In his free time he likes volunteering, golfing and playing basketball.

Mark Nichols - Board of Directors

Mark Nichols

Board of Directors

Mark Nichols is a native of Midway, Utah and currently resides in Heber City.  Mark is an Assurance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”).  PwC is a leading professional services firm providing services to 422 companies in the Fortune Global 500. PwC’s purpose statement is to “Build trust in society and solve important problems”.  Mark has worked in both the Salt Lake City and Chicago offices of PwC specializing in serving both privately held and publicly traded manufacturing, technology, energy, and consumer products companies. In addition, Mark has served as a technical advisor to the AICPA Auditing Standards Board, working on the convergence of US and international auditing standards.  Mark holds a BS and an MA in accounting from Brigham Young University. Mark is a licensed CPA and a member of both the AICPA and the Utah Association of CPAs.  Mark is also the past Chairman of Special Olympics Utah and is passionate about working with organizations benefiting children and their families.

Tom Sherry - Board of Directors

Tom Sherry

Board of Directors

Tom Sherry began his career in the healthcare field in 1976. He currently is the managing partner at Sherry Consulting, LLC based out of Park City, Utah. He is also serving as a Board member for onFocus Healthcare Inc., a Nashville based healthcare services company providing enterprise performance management solutions. He most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Broadlane Inc., responsible for all company operations. Before his career with Broadlane, Sherry was senior vice president of sales and services for Promedix. Prior to joining Promedix, Sherry was a senior executive at Owens & Minor, the leading U.S. distributor of branded medical/surgical products. During his career with Owens & Minor, he held several positions including senior vice president of distribution, senior vice president of sales & marketing and group vice president, Western region. Sherry began his healthcare career with Stuart Medical in 1976 as the sales representative for the Ohio area and was later promoted to Ohio sales manager. While at Stuart Medical, Sherry held various field management positions, including general manager for the Los Angeles division and Western regional vice president. Shortly thereafter, he became executive vice president responsible for sales and marketing, supplier agreements, and strategic planning. Before joining Stuart Medical, Sherry was a sales representative for Dow Corning for two years. Sherry has a B.S. in business administration from Central Michigan University and completed the executive leadership school at Darden University. Prior to a career in the healthcare industry he served in the United States Air Force as an internal auditor in the Auditor General Corp. Tom has been a generous supporter of RMHC over the past three years.

Lloyd Y. Tani, MD - Board of Directors

Lloyd Y. Tani, MD

Board of Directors

Lloyd Y. Tani, MD received both his undergraduate education and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his pediatric and pediatric cardiology training from the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. After training, he joined the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and has been a member of the faculty of the University Of Utah School Of Medicine for over 26 years. During this time, he has served as Medical Director of Noninvasive cardiac imaging and Associate Director of the Division. He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and serves as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah and as the Co-Director of the Heart Center at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tani has also served on national committees for the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Tani’s clinical and research interests include general pediatric cardiology, acquired heart disease in children, pediatric valvular disease, and echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart). Dr. Tani has been a long-time donor and champion for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, and the pediatric patient families we serve. 

Monica Whalen - Board of Directors

Monica Whalen

Board of Directors

Monica Whalen serves as the Utah President of MSEC upon its merger with Employers Council in 2015.  She joined the Utah Employers Council in 1994 as an employment law attorney.  She was elected President and CEO in 2002.  For over twenty years, she has helped employers find practical ways to efficiently run their business while complying with an ever-increasing number of federal and state employment laws. Her passion is to help employers resolve workplace problems and employee complaints in ways that minimize potential legal liability.  A Montana native, Monica began her professional career as a rural high school English teacher and then worked for several years as an attorney at prominent Salt Lake City law firms.  She earned a B.A. from Montana State University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Washington School of Law.  She is a current member (and a previous board member) of the Employers Association of America, the national trade association for employers across the country.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area and was recognized as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business Magazine in 2015.  She is a member of the Utah State Bar.

Cheri Wood - Board of Directors

Cheri Wood

Board of Directors

Cheri Wood is a Senior Account Director for Moroch, the advertising agency for the IMCA -McDonald’s Co-op. She leads the team in the Moroch Salt Lake City office, and has worked on the brand for almost 20 years. Cheri is responsible for oversight of the agency’s retail-driven QSR account teams in the West for the largest field agency for McDonald’s. Office assignments over her tenure have included Sacramento, Fresno, Denver, Salt Lake City and Milwaukee servicing the Co-ops in the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Sierra and Midwest McDonald’s Regions. She is a St. Louis native, but has lived in SLC since 1996 with her husband, David Emmitt, and two daughters, Jordan and Caroline. David is a VP Creative Director at MRM McCann. Jordan is a University of MO Journalism School grad, living and working in St Louis. Caroline is a senior at Highland High, and will be attending the University of MO beginning in the fall of 2015 (Go Tigers!). Cheri is passionate about brand McDonald’s as well as its charity, RMHC. She served briefly on the Board in the past, and is very excited about the opportunity to serve again.

Mike Luedy - Young Leadership Board President

Mike Luedy

Young Leadership Board President

Mike Luedy is a Senior Asset Manager at Green River Capital, LC. He oversees the disposition of hundreds of residential real estate deals each year, and manages a nationwide network of real estate agents spread across the United States and Guam. Mike has been part of RMHC of the Intermountain Area since 2011, when he started as a front desk volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Salt Lake. He is still volunteering in this capacity at the House, and at the RMHC Family Room located inside of Primary Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Mike is the President of the Young Leadership Board for 2015, and is involved with the Executive Board’s Program Committee. When he can pry himself away from this amazing charitable organization, Mike finds himself enjoying the punishment of CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. A native of Long Beach, CA, Mike traded the sand and surf for the beautiful mountains of Utah about 5 years ago, and has enjoyed every minute of it. Mike relocated to be close to his best friend, and his friend’s wife and family, and it turned out to be the best decision of his life. The word LOVE really summarizes Mike’s passion for this organization!

Our Community Advisory Boards raise awareness and support of the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc.

Salt Lake Community Advisory Board

  • Chair
    • Thomas D. Dee III
  • Members
    • Olivia Agraz, Olivia Agraz
    • Bruce Alder, Bruce Alder
    • Juli Blanch, Juli Blanch
    • May Bradley, May Bradley
    • Rob Brough, Rob Brough
    • David Entwistle, David Entwistle
    • John Firmage III, John Firmage III
    • Colin Gardner, Colin Gardner
    • Michael Hess, MD, Michael Hess, MD
    • Roy Jespersen, Roy Jespersen
    • Dave Jones, Dave Jones
    • Linda Leckman, MD, Linda Leckman, MD
    • Richard Lemons, MD, Richard Lemons, MD
    • Paula Peterson, PNP, Paula Peterson, PNP
    • Pat O’Neal, Pat O’Neal
    • Victor S. Rickman, Victor S. Rickman
    • Joseph Sargetakis, Joseph Sargetakis
    • Diane Stewart, Diane Stewart
    • Janet Thompson, Janet Thompson
    • Katy Welkie, Katy Welkie

Northern Utah Community Advisory Board

  • Holly Bauman, Ralph Nye Foundation
  • Rich Bauter, Community Volunteer
  • Craig Bielik, Ogden Regional Medical Center
  • Rich Collings, McDonald’s / Jeranbi, Inc.
  • Ed Ehrenberger, Genco / Hershey’s
  • George E. Hall, Elliott-Hall Company
  • Scott Parkinson, Bank of Utah – Retired
  • Barbara Taylor, R&O Construction
  • Shari Troester, McDonald’s / DST Management

Southern Utah Community Advisory Board

  • Marjorie Hafen, Advisory Board Co-Chair, Community Volunteer
  • Jane Moyle, Advisory Board Co-Chair, Nevada Rural Electric Association
  • Eric Allsop, Bank of Utah
  • Cydnie Callaway, The Cottonwood Group at Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Kathy Dangerfield, Lin’s Marketplace
  • Susan Hereferd, Home Depot
  • Rich Jensen, in’s Marketplace
  • David Parrish, D.J. Management
  • Mark Parrish, D.J. Management
  • Matthew Starley, Snow, Christensen & Martineau
  • Casey Shurtliff, Simplement

Young Leadership Board

  • Executive Committee
    • Alan Regal, President
    • Michael Luedy, Vice President
    • Allison Spangler, Membership/Social Chair
    • Hadley Regal, Service Chair
    • Sierra Gober, Communication Chair
    • Mindy Dodge, Finance Chair
    • Liza Springmeyer, Young Leadership Board Liaison
  • Members at Large
    • Hailey Arvidson
    • William Henry Bowers
    • Sergio Coppa
    • Bronlyn De Haydu
    • Chris Everest
    • Kwynn Everest
    • Mike Elliott
    • Kristin Farr
    • Brene Ganther
    • Michael Goldman
    • Brandon Lloyd
    • Kailey Parker
    • Megan Voorhies
    • Jake Zimmerli

Corporate Council

  • Cheryl Allen, American Express
  • Ann Barrus, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Lynn Goodale, Chase Bank
  • Sandra Ishii, Questar Corporation
  • Mark Koelbel, KUTV-2
  • Sandra Manwell, Stampin’ Up!
  • Lisa McMillan, Dillard’s
  • Michael Naegle, L- 3 Communications
  • Kathleen Pitcher-Tobey, Cambia Health Foundation
  • Stephanie Rendall, Southwest Airlines
  • Rich Romano, Wells Fargo Advisors, The Hopkins, Romano & Collard Group
  • Chris Snelten, Martin-Brower Company
  • Shauna Wardrop, Cardon Outreach
  • Cheri Wood, Moroch

FAQ’s for families

All interior spaces at RMHC, including guest bedrooms and bathrooms are smoke-free. Designated smoking areas outside of RMHC clearly marked.

Rooms at the Ronald McDonald House have beds, a private bathroom, closet space, nightstand, dresser, a desk, telephone and pull out couch. Check-in time is before 4:00 pm.

We have groups that come regularly that host a craft night, movie night, game night, and other fun activities. The Hospitality Desk provides a weekly newsletter, House Happenings, that details the activities planned for that week. The Hospitality Desk also provides information about family activities in the community.

No. Parents are required to be responsible for their own children and provide supervision at all times.

No. All families are asked to clean their room before checking out of the House. They are also expected to clean up any communal areas they use. There are washing machines and dryers available for personal use.

We provide bed linens, towels and pillows. We request that outside pillows and linens not be brought in because of health related issues.

Visiting hours are between 9am and 9pm.  Visitors are welcome and must check in at the front desk and obtain a visitors lanyard.  Visitors are permitted in the common areas on the lobby level and 1st floor, but are not allowed in the rooms. The only exception is if the family is staying in an extended stay suite. Please do not plan on coming to the House if, within the last month, you or any family members have been exposed to chicken pox, shingles, measles, tuberculosis, influenza, hepatitis A or any other infectious disease, or if you have any of the following symptoms: sore throat, runny nose, watery eyes, cough, fever, chills, unexplained rash, general aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Fire code regulations determine the number of people who can stay in each room.  The house has several different room sizes and configurations.  The maximum room size fits 5, and most rooms in the House fit 4-5 individuals.  Guests will be provided rooms based on family size and availability.

The House is open 24 hours a day for families staying here to come and go. Visiting hours are between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

RMHC does not have a formal counseling program, however families find support in sharing experiences with other families going through similar experiences. The RMHC Hospitality Desk can provide a list of nearby Spiritual Resources and Religious Services and Information for families.

Generally, families must live at least 35 miles away from the Salt Lake Ronald McDonald House.

Family income is not a consideration for staying at RMHC. All families have the opportunity to contribute $20 per night toward the cost of their stay. While it is not required that a family makes this contribution to stay at RMHC, it is customary for those who can afford it. No one is ever turned away for the inability to make a contribution toward their stay.

New guests must have a referral from a hospital social worker where their child is being treated. Guests who have stayed at the House within two years should call the day before their arrival to be placed on a waiting list. Guests must then call again, before noon, on the day of their arrival to see if a room is available for them.


The House has a community kitchen stocked with food basics where families can make a meal or a snack and a pantry that is stocked with basic cooking supplies. Each family also has access to cupboard and refrigerator space to store a small amount of personal food. Volunteer groups through the Adopt-A-Meal program regularly visit the kitchen to make a meal for families. RMHC provides a complimentary shuttle that takes families to and from the hospital on a set schedule.

Check-in time is by 4:00pm. Late check-in may be available and is up to the manager on duty. Families must call the day before arrive to confirm that they still need a room and must call in my 9:00am on the day of arrival to confirm that they have a room assigned to them. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

General FAQ’s

In 1985, Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children was founded in Salt Lake City to provide housing and support for families of hospitalized children who require specialized pediatric care. In 1988, Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children—in partnership with the Junior League of Utah, local McDonald’s owners and several community leaders and partners— opened the first Ronald McDonald House in Utah (and the 100th Ronald McDonald House in the United States). In 1996, Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children changed its name to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area, Inc. Since that time, RMHC has offered a home-away-from-home for more than 45,000 families. These families have come from rural areas in Utah, the surrounding states, and the world.

The first Ronald McDonald House® opened in Philadelphia in 1974 as a result of the perseverance and dedication of Fred Hill, a tight-end with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. After his daughter Kim was treated for leukemia at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hill became determined to help the families of other children at the hospital. Very few hospitals at that time provided sufficient accommodations for such families. Dr. Audrey Evans, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s hospital suggested that a “home away from home” was needed. Hill enlisted the aid of the ‘Eagles’ organization and the local McDonald’s operators to raise the funds to purchase and renovate the first house.

Today, there are over 300 licensed Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries, providing temporary housing to tens of thousands of family members each year. Each RMHC chapter operates as an autonomous charitable organization – governed by a local volunteer board of trustees and supported by the local community. Approximately 78% of RMHC of the Intermountain Area’s annual revenue comes from private charitable philanthropy, 12-15% from local McDonald’s owners, and 10% from guest fees.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area (RMHC) surrounds families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together – because togetherness heals.

We offer families stability and resources so they can be together, always near their loved ones in a place that feels like home through our two core programs: the Ronald McDonald House® – a home away from home for families to stay close to their hospitalized child for days, weeks, even months; and the Ronald McDonald Family Room® – a place for parents to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just steps from their child’s bedside.
RMHC is committed to providing exceptional programs for families with seriously ill or injured children with fiscal responsibility, accountability – and compassion.
RMHC is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is sick or injured, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
RMHC allows families the ability to face the weight of illness together in close proximity to the treatment facility. By creating a comforting, supportive and healing space for families, we are able to help ease many of their day to day burdens so that parents can focus on what is most important — the well being of their sick or injured child. Most importantly, our House and Family Rooms are filled with love, support and compassion.

RMHC of the Intermountain Area has a $2.2 million operating budget. This is used for maintaining and operating the Ronald McDonald Houses and its programs every day of the year.

Volunteers are vital to our organization as they assist in all areas of the House.  They may work at the front desk to greet families and visitors, sort donations, help with family services, clean or organize.  They may also help with events or fundraisers, cooking dinner, or sponsoring and hosting activities for guest families.

It varies greatly, depending on the child’s illness and treatment. Stays may last several weeks to several months and even extend to a year or more. The average length of stay has increased in the last three years from three days up to seven days.

We ask families to contribute $20 per night to stay at the House. In contrast, it costs RMHC $80 per night to house a family. No family is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.

Families of seriously ill or injured children, or families with a child receiving medical treatment at one of our local hospitals who live more than 35 miles from Salt Lake may stay at the House. Most of our families come from Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana and Colorado. However, we serve families from throughout the U.S. and world. First time families are referred to us by social workers at the hospital. Once a family has been referred and stayed with us, they can call the House directly for future stays, for up to one year from the previous stay.

By donating and volunteering! We could not operate the House without donations from individuals and groups. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our House – and the reason we can accomplish so much with such a small staff. We have a detailed list of in-kind supplies, equipment and services that are most needed. Also check with staff about the next major event we are hosting and ask how you can help!

Local McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators fund approximately 12-15% of our annual operating costs. This funding comes from in-store donation boxes, fundraisers and in-store promotions.

By generous supporters like you! Over 90 percent of our operating funds come from individuals, organizations, foundations and businesses in the Intermountain Area. It costs about $2.2 million annually to operate RMHC. The majority of that amount is raised through individual and corporate donations. These include the Share-A-Night program, RMHC-sponsored and community fundraising events, grants, will bequests, property and goods donations.

The Salt Lake Houses can accommodate 33 families each night in two Houses. House I has rooms for 25 families: with four self-contained long-term suites, and House III serves as a quiet sanctuary for families with seriously ill children. Both Houses are a short ride to local area hospitals and a shuttle is provided.

There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States and world, with local chapters in 52 countries and regions. All operate under licensing guidelines from Ronald McDonald House Charities. However, each Ronald McDonald House is independently operated.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area has a small paid staff that runs the day-to-day operations. They are supported by volunteers.

The House is owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc. and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and a chapter of the global RMHC. Our cornerstone is the Salt Lake Ronald McDonald House which provides a caring home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children being treated at a Salt Lake City hospital. In addition, RMHC operates two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms; in-hospital respite areas for parents of pediatric patients, in Ogden Regional Medical Center and Primary Children’s Hospital.

I.  RMHC Purpose

The work and mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area, Inc. (RMHC) are accomplished through public trust and the generosity of others. Donor stewardship is the foundation for building trust and lasting relationships between RMHC and those who support the RMHC mission. RMHC will maintain the public trust through efficient, cost-effective, and compassionate stewardship of resources. RMHC will strive to earn and convey trust through integrity, openness, and honesty.

RMHC has a record of responsible fiscal management and program excellence and the RMHC Board of Trustees has affirmed the Utah Nonprofits Association Standards of Ethics. Charitable donations provide an important and unique source of voluntary financial support for the work of RMHC. Truthfulness, donor confidentiality, and responsible stewardship are the foundations for RMHC’s fundraising. Donors entrust funds to RMHC with the confident expectation that their gifts will be managed in a fiscally responsible, ethical and timely manner. Every effort will be made to ensure that the donors’ confidence in RMHC is well placed and that all monies are expended and reported under the guidelines and within the timeframe requested by donors.


II. RMHC Donor Privacy Policy

  1. Chief Executive Officer will oversee the organization and resources entrusted to RMHC by the community.
  2. RMHC will strive to act with integrity, openness, and honesty in all relationships, interactions, and transactions with its various donors and publics. 
  3. RMHC honors donor privacy and will not sell, trade or lend its donor or member mailing lists for use by any other organization, and RMHC will not send mailings on behalf of other organizations.
  4. RMHC has a board-approved annual budget and written policies governing the following matters: conflict of interest; investment of assets; internal controls; and purchasing practices.
  5. RMHC’s fundraising practices are consistent with and respectful of the intent of donors and prospective donors as well as the RMHC mission and organizational capacity.
  6. RMHC’s fundraising costs will be reasonable in terms of percentage of charitable revenue spent for development. RMHC will strive to have charitable contributions from fundraising activities that are at least three times the amount spent on fundraising.
  7. RMHC will expend a minimum of 75% of its total operating expenses on program-related activities and will make its program vs. management and fundraising ratios available for the public upon request.
  8. RMHC will have an annual independent audit and will make this audit available to the general public upon request.
  9. RMHC will strive to create and provide accurate, truthful communications with donors and constituents and will not mislead or knowingly or intentionally misrepresent itself or its work.
  10. RMHC will be accountable to its donors and the general public and will publish and make available an Annual Report.
  11. RMHC will register for a Charitable Solicitations Permit with the State of Utah, Colorado and Arizona each year, and will respond promptly to any complaints or concerns brought to its attention by donors, the Better Business Bureau, or other interested parties.


For inquiries or to correct/update donor information RMHC can be contacted by: Phone – 801-363-4663; Fax – 801-363-0092; Email –; Mail – 935 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102; or through ‘Contact Us’ on this website.

Your stories

Below are a few of the touching stories from those who have experienced the service in your RMHC community.


McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Owners, Customers and Vendors

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area is proud to call McDonald’s our mission partner. We are a local, autonomous, 501(c)3 charitable organization, governed by a 30-member volunteer board of trustees. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area haslicensing agreements with Ronald McDonald House Charities global and McDonald’s to operate trademarked programs of RMHC. To maintain our licensing agreement, each local RMHC is held to a high standard of program excellence and fiscal accountability. RMHC of the Intermountain Area was established locally with the help of the Kroc Family and McDonald’s.

Local Intermountain Area McDonald’s owner/operators and the entire McDonald’s family generously support RMHC by: sponsoring fundraising partnerships in their restaurants everyday (e.g. McHappyDay, Fries for Families, in store promotions and collection canisters), sponsoring special events (e.g., Gala, Golf Classic, and other events) and making personal financial & volunteer contributions. Ronald McDonald House Charities global provides training support; training and oversight of the global charity; and helps secure in-kind gifts and services from vendors (e.g. Kohler, Lazy-Boy, Bissell, Coca Cola, Corian, Brand Source, DirecTV, Benjamin Moore, etc.).

Pediatric guest families are asked to make a minimal contribution toward to cost of their stay as they are able. No family is ever turned away for the inability to pay. Support from our McDonald’s family—together with voluntary guest contributions— comprise approximately 25% of our budget. We rely on and must earn the charitable support of our local community to generously provide approximately 75% of our annual income through private charitable dollars.We appreciate our strong partnership with McDonald’s, and our work is only possible with additional meaningful support from people like you from the communities that we operate in and serve.

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