Board Of Directors
Paula Green Johnson – Chair
Paula Green Johnson is an active community volunteer and philanthropist. She has served on local, state, national, and international governing boards: YWCA Utah (Chair), United Way of Salt Lake, United Way USA National Women’s Leadership Council, United Way Worldwide International Leadership Council, Women’s Philanthropic Network/Women United of Salt Lake (Chair), the Greater Salt Chapter of American Red Cross (Chair), International Red Cross Humanitarian Mission to Ghana, Africa, Children’s Center of Utah, International Women’s Forum of Utah, Catholic Community Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah, National McGruff House Network (Chair), Utah Council for Crime Prevention, the University of Wyoming and many other organizations. She represented the YWCA USA at the White House Summit on the United States of Women. She served as the Chair of Major Gifts for the YWCA Utah’s Capital Campaign.
She is the recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters/Medallion Service Award (University of Wyoming); Heart and Soul (YWCA Utah); Woman of Achievement (Governor of Utah/Governor’s Commission on Women and Families); Lifetime Achievement (American Red Cross), Volunteer of the Year (United Way of Salt Lake); Norma Matheson Volunteer of the Year (Utah Nonprofits Association); Volunteer of the Year (United Way of Salt Lake); 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 an amazing son Prescott, a lovely daughter-in-law Jaime, and two beautiful grandchildren Paxton and Keenan.
William Whitaker, Esq – Board Co-Chair
Bill Whitaker has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House for more than a decade. Prior to joining the current Board of Directors, he served on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise, Idaho. Bill Whitaker is an attorney at Fabian VanCott in Salt Lake City, focusing on estate planning.
Kiki Temkin Ariss – Marketing Chair
A passion for people and human connection is what sparked Kiki’s desire to pursue a career in marketing and brand strategy and later, in non-profit. As the Director of Membership Services at the Salt Lake JCC (2009-2012), she saw firsthand the impact that could be made on all kinds of people, from all walks of life in non-profit work. Wearing many hats throughout the day made so much sense…you do what you need to do to serve the mission, together. During her time living in Seattle, she further developed her career in brand strategy, but always knew that in some way, she’d re-enter the non-profit sector.
Today, she serves as Co-Executive Director of the Temkin Family Foundation, allowing her to devotedly carry forth that passion and combine it with the philanthropic efforts of the organization, in her father’s name and memory.
Since moving back to Utah in 2018, she has volunteered with the JCC as Chair of its annual fundraiser, “Shalom on the Range” (2019-2022), for which she is a recipient of the Utah Philanthropy Day 2021 Heart & Hands Award.
With her spare time, Kiki loves to read, cook, create art and play with her kids. She and her husband, Chad, have two children, Mia and Ben./p>
Greg Bailey – Finance Chair
Greg Bailey is the McDonald’s Owner-Operator in Sweetwater County Wyoming. Greg and Cindy Bailey own and operate three 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 longtime supporter of RMHC, has 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 which uses a 3% lodging tax to promote the county, to the 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 recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have 2 daughters, Heather and Sarah, 7 grandchildren, and 2 wonderful son-in-laws.
Scott Bates, Esq – Nominating & Governance Chair
Scott Bates joined the Larry H. Miller Group in 2006 as associate general counsel. He then served as general counsel for Miller Automotive Operations, Larry H. Miller Real Estate, Total Care Auto and Larry H. Miller Management Company. In December 2012, Scott was named president of Larry H. Miller Real Estate, one of five primary business units of the Group. Prior to joining the Larry H. Miller Group, Bates practiced law as a civil litigator and prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, as in-house counsel and director of real estate for Extra Space Storage, Inc., and he served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Dee Benson. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and also earned a juris doctor from the University of Utah. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he sold residential, agricultural and commercial real estate for eight years. Scott and his wife Caroline live in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with their three children. His hobbies include skiing, running and biking.
Dani Cepernich, Esq – Legal Counsel
Dani Cepernich is an attorney and Shareholder with Snow Christensen & Martineau. She focuses her practice on water resource law, land use and zoning disputes, and defending governmental entities. Her clients include cities, counties, local districts, irrigation companies, and ranchers. She assists her water law clients with advice, planning, transactions, negotiations, and litigation. She consults with cities and counties regarding land use matters, represents appeal authorities, and represents cities and counties in land use litigation, including judicial review actions. Dani’s government defense practice also includes defending governmental entities in a wide range of property damage cases and civil rights cases.
Dani is a member of SCM’s Appellate Practice Group, which assists clients with appealing civil and criminal matters. The Appellate Practice Group also prepares an Appellate Highlights article for the Utah Bar Journal. This article, which is published six times a year, highlights notable cases decided by the Utah Supreme Court, Utah Court of Appeals, and Tenth Circuit. She regularly gives presentations on appellate updates to industry groups and associations within the legal community. Dani has served on the Salt Lake County Bar Association – Executive Committee 2017 – Present and Utah Open Lands Advisory Council 2019 – Present.
Dani has volunteered her time and legal expertise for RMHC pro-bono, and she is excited to continue the inspiring legacy at Snow Christensen & Martineau to serve as RMHC Legal Counsel, pro bono. SCM has provided this commitment for decades since Andrew Morse served as RMHC’s board president. Dani enjoys hiking, skiing, running, enjoying the Utah outdoors, and Red Butte summer concerts. Dani is thrilled to continue the SCM tradition with RMHC of generosity and volunteer leadership.
Amanda Choudhary – Medical Advisory Co-Chair
Amanda Choudhary is currently the Administrative Director of Destination & Family Support Services at Primary Children’s Hospital, part of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. At Primary Children’s Amanda is responsible for several support services and programs, including child life, guest services, interpretation, school services, expressive therapies, patient technology, physician residency program, and chaplaincy.
Amanda has 15 years of experience in hospital administration and operations, including patient- and family-centered care, support services, emergency services, air medical transport, outreach, clinic management, and project management at University of Utah Health Care and University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics. At University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics she also completed a two-year administrative fellowship.
Amanda completed her graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she received a Masters of Health Administration and Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management. She completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola University Chicago.
She serves on the University of Utah MHA Program Advisory Board, and Utah Healthcare Executives. In addition, Amanda is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and served as the ACHE Regent for Utah, 2018-2021.
Most importantly, Amanda, and her husband Kavish, are proud parents of two little kids, ages 5 and 1. They love to be outside, travel, and have dance parties.
Katina Curtis – Development Co-Chair
Katina Curtis is an audit partner at Grant Thornton in Salt Lake City and has over fifteen years of public accounting experience. Her clients include private and public companies in a variety of industries. Katina graduated from Westminster College of Salt Lake City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, and from BYU with a Master of Professional Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Katina currently serves on the board of the Utah Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). She is also very involved with Special Olympics Utah as a past Chair of the Board of Directors, 8-year board member, and past gala chair. She served on the national finance committee for Special Olympics from 2012-2013 and was named as one of Utah’s “30 Women to Watch” in 2012 by Utah Business magazine. Katina joined the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board in 2020.
Tiffany Glasgow, MD – Board Secretary
Tiffany Glasgow, MD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Utah. A California native, she completed her medical school and residency training at the University of California San Francisco in 1997. Her career at the University of Utah began in 2001. Doctor Glasgow’s clinical expertise is in treating hospitalized children at Primary Children’s Medical Center where she serves in numerous administrative roles, leads quality improvement initiatives, and is engaged in medical student and resident education. She is married to Robert Glasgow, MD, Professor and Interim Chair of Surgery at the University of Utah, and has three children, Matt (24), Sommer (22), and Garrett (18). Her previous trustee experience includes a 6-year term on the Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School governing board.
Tiffany and her family have been strong supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities for several years.
Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD – Medical Advisory Co-Chair
Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos MD, FACS is the newly appointed Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation with Primary Children’s Hospital – Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Rodriguez received his medical degree from the Anahuac University. He completed a year of research in portal hypertension and hepatobiliary surgery at the National Institutes of Health System in Mexico. He was a surgical intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 2003, he joined the Transplant Team at the Recanati-Miller Transplant Institute as a clinical fellow in Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. In 2005 he joined the New York Medical College as Assistant Professor in Surgery. He coordinated the Transplant Fellowship program from 2006-2009 and helped develop the Pediatric Liver Program.
He joined the Yale University Transplant Team in 2010. Dr. Rodriguez has particular interest in adult and pediatric living donor transplants, hepatocellular carcinoma, and portal hypertension. Dr. Rodriguez is pursuing novel means for perfusion and preservation techniques to improve graft quality and expand the donor pool. His current research involves the use of partial grafts and extended criteria for donation in liver transplantation, and preservation techniques for decreasing ischemia-reperfusion injury in intestinal and liver grafts. He collaborates with the Yale School of Engineering to design and test new perfusion devices for intestinal preservation. Dr. Rodriguez was a Member at Large of the UNOS Liver Committee (2012-2014), and has served on numerous other liver transplantation consortia and advisory boards. He is a strong supporter of RMHC and proudly served on the Governing board of the Yale-Connecticut RMHC.
Jim Swayze – Finance Vice Chair
Jim brings extensive commercial, Medicare, and self-funded insurer experience to his positions as President and member of the board of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, the state’s first health insurer. As president, Jim is responsible for directing statewide operations and optimizing market performance, while representing and promoting Regence in business and civic arenas throughout the state.
Jim has the expansive not-for-profit experience, serving for nearly 16 years as part of the Rocky Mountain Health Plans and CNIC Health Solutions organization. Rocky Mountain Health Plans was the largest not-for-profit health insurer in Colorado. Jim was a chief architect behind acquiring CNIC Health Solutions in 2004 as a way to expand Rocky’s product portfolio into the self-funded line of business. Jim then served as CNIC’s president and CEO for the past 10 years, growing and expanding CNIC’s business in multiple states. Earlier in his career, Jim held leadership roles spanning 15 years with another large health insurance organization as it moved through a series of mergers, starting as Lincoln National before ultimately becoming PacifiCare Health Systems/Secure Horizons.
His responsibilities have included policy planning and implementation as well as direction and coordination of departments and functions including production, pricing, sales, distribution of products, operations, and clinical activities, and negotiation and approval of contracts and agreements with provider organizations, suppliers, and vendors.
Always committed to community engagement beyond his immediate company responsibilities, Jim serves on the board of governors of the Salt Lake Chamber and on the board of directors of the South Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Region in the capacities of a board member, executive committee member, and vice-chair of Finance.
Jim and his wife Renee have two daughters.
He’s a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and business administration.
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.
Kristin Andrus – Board Of Directors
Kristin Andrus is the mother of six wild and crazy kiddos and is an avid exerciser, traveler, cook, and memory maker. Kristin runs a large Instagram platform inspiring others and sharing about motherhood, marriage, and giving back in her community and world. Kristin’s faith and family are at the heart of her “hands dirty and hearts a little broken” mentality as she serves and loves those around her.
Mariana Baserga, MD – Board Of Directors
Mariana Baserga is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She received her pediatrics training both in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the Childrens Hospital in Orange County, California. She joined the University of Utah in 2004. Doctor Baserga provides neonatology services at three facilities. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Intermountain Medical Center. Among her responsibilities is educating pediatric Residents, Neonatology Fellows and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.
Doctor Baserga serves as Secretary Treasurer for the Western Society (WSPR) for Pediatric Research which is a non-profit organization that promotes pediatric research. Her clinical and research interests include general neonatology, neuroprotection, and neuromonitoring of premature and term newborn infants. She is the alternate principal investigator for the Neonatal Research Network at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD since 2015. Doctor Baserga is also involved in promoting pediatric research through her involvement with WSPR.
Megan Bonham – Board of Directors
Megan and her husband Brad founded Walker Edison, a Utah-based e-commerce furniture company. As they grew their business, they have grown their community involvement and philanthropy. Megan is also the founder and CEO of Twenty & Creek, a premier event venue. Having spent years renovating residential and commercial properties, she began the restoration of this historic event center with one goal in mind: create a uniquely iconic and luxurious building, unparalleled by anything in the state of Utah. In 2022, Megan and Brad established the Bonham Family Foundation, dedicated to uplifting and empowering disadvantaged youth, providing access to medical care, and eliminating hunger. At a young age, Brad and Megan volunteered in the community, primarily in organizations working with youth. As typical newlyweds, with little extra money to spare, Brad and Megan volunteered together with the Make-a-Wish foundation, meeting with families to facilitate wish granting.
As the Bonhams experienced success through their entrepreneurial efforts, they committed to give back to the community that raised, empowered, and gave so much to them. They established “We Give” as a core value of their businesses and over the last decade, they have worked with dozens of nonprofits who are tackling issues that align with the foundation’s giving priorities here in Utah. With a $15M gift they helped launch the Grant Scott Bonham Fetal Center at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, in honor of their beautiful baby Grant that passed away. Megan is excited to join RMHC’s board to increase access for families to neonatal and pediatric medical care.
Mark Briesacher, MD – Board Of Directors
Dr. Mark Briesacher serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Physician Executive & President, Intermountain Medical Group Dr. Briesacher is responsible for advancing Intermountain’s long-standing efforts to be a leader in care that is centered on patient safety, quality, extraordinary experiences, great access, and stewardship. In earlier roles, Dr. Briesacher led the implementation of KidsCare, served as a Region Medical Director, and then as Senior Administrative Medical Director for the Intermountain Medical Group. Recently, he has led Intermountain’s implementation of iCentra, our clinical and business information systems.
Dr. Briesacher served on the Intermountain Board of Trustees from 2005 through 2008, and is currently a member of the SelectHealth Board of Trustee and the Intermountain Medical Group Board. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Central Methodist College and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Briesacher then moved to Salt Lake City and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital.
Mark, his wife Lori and their family have actively supported RMHC with volunteer service and philanthropy for several years.
Chuck Conrad, Esq – Board Of Directors
Charles "Chuck" Conrad is an attorney with Fabian VanCott and was an RMH (Seattle) guest 20 years ago as a teen while he was battling cancer. Chuck has a distinctive legal record with expertise in the areas of catastrophic personal injuries and tort, complex commercial litigation, and bad-faith insurance claims. "Helping my clients in need is one of the great joys of my life. In my office the lawyer reads every record and reviews every document, so that my clients can rely on their case being handled by an attorney in its entirety from beginning to end."
Chuck has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Top 40 Under 40, Utah Legal Elite, a listing published by Utah Business Magazine. He is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than one percent of U.S. lawyers are members. He is admitted to practice in all the State and Federal Courts of Utah and Washington, as well as the 9th and 10th Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Conrad is a member of the Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, the Utah Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, Utah Association for Justice, the Washington Association for Justice, and the David L. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court.
He is a former trustee of the Washington State Young Lawyers Association. A native of Washington State, he received both undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Chuck is excited to serve on the RMHC board – as the mission is near and dear to his heart. .
With her spare time, Kiki loves to read, cook, create art and play with her kids. She and her husband, Chad, have two children, Mia and Ben./p>
Kat Granderath – Board Of Directors
Kathleen (Kat) Granderath is the Principal Broker- Managing Partner of The GDP Group- Grand Design Properties.
Kat is a bold, energizing, visionary, influential leader, and educator within the real estate industry. She is an Instructor for The National Association of Realtors and Real Estate Business Institute. As a past President for the Women’s Council of Realtors, and Professional Women in Building, Media & PR Director, working on the first in the nation all women-built home- The House That SHE Built. The focus was on creating educational scholarships to introduce young girls, and women to the construction trades, and helping them to build confidence, find value in themselves by removing limiting beliefs.
Her immediate focus is on training new agents, service, and being a relationship cultivator. She is passionate about keeping communication, humility, and relationships at the forefront of personal, business, and client experiences and feels that it is a lost art that needs to be re- captured and preserved.
The heart and driving core of her business is the partnership with her husband who is a builder- developer. They share the same core values and compassion for people and an unwavering commitment to helping people. They have 2 beautiful daughters 20 & 21- They are now empty nesters with fur babies to adore. Her obsessions she will share openly are writing, Disney, Trees & golf.
Kat and Dan have been Grand Givers and serving the Ronald McDonald House for several years. With an Old Soul, a Child Like Heart, and Energy; Kat is honored to do all she can to help the children and families at RMHC
Charmelle Green – Board Of Directors
Former Utah Softball All-American and Hall of Fame member Charmelle Green serves as Deputy Athletics Director (A.D.) for Internal Operations and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Utah, Department of Athletics. Green returned to her alma mater Utah, from Penn State on March 1, 2021, where she spent ten years and served as Senior Associate A.D. for StudentAthlete Performance, Health and Welfare, Senior Woman Administrator, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Prior to Penn State, Charmelle spent 10 years at the University of Notre Dame, with her final role being head of the Office of Student-Athlete Welfare & Development and the sport administrator for women's swimming & diving. During Green's six years in Notre Dame's athletics administration, she oversaw the student development program, with the mission of providing a balanced Notre Dame experience for student-athletes by focusing on five key areas: academic excellence, athletic success, career preparation, community involvement and personal development.
Prior to joining athletic administration at Notre Dame, Green was an assistant softball coach for the Fighting Irish from 2001-05. During her tenure on the coaching staff, the Irish were selected for the NCAA Tournament four times and won four Big East Conference regular season championships.
Green's collegiate coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Utah in 1996 before moving on to full-time assistant coaching positions at Colorado State (1999) and Syracuse (2000-01), and ultimately Notre Dame. After an All-America softball career at Utah, Green played one season of professional softball in New Zealand following graduation. She returned to Salt Lake City and coordinated youth programs for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation from 1995-98 while also coaching softball at West High as head coach and as a volunteer assistant at Utah. During that time, Green also was an integral part of developing an advisory board for the development of an inner-city school for the arts.
A first-team All-American in 1990, Green also was named the 1991 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, helped lead two conference championship teams, was a captain in 1991, and inducted into Utah's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Charmelle is married to Matthew Mooney, Ph.D. – Director of Digital Learning at the University of Utah and she is excited to engage University of Utah athletic programs in service with RMHC.
Krystal Temkin Harnden – Board Of Directors
Krystal “Krissy” has always dreamt of running a non-profit organization. While working as a Business Manager in San Francisco, she not only assisted her clients with their personal finances, but also in the creation and day-to-day activity of their private foundations. Working primarily with athletes, she spent her time organizing golf tournaments, football clinics, and back-to-school drives for underserved youth across the country.
After moving to Seattle, Krystal joined the Toys for Kids Board where she served for two years before moving back to her home state of Utah. Today, serving as Co-Executive Director of the Temkin Family Foundation is just one way she is keeping her father’s legacy of love alive.
Krystal and her Husband, TJ have two busy toddlers who are the inspiration of her first children’s book published in 2022.
Heather Kahlert – Board Of Directors
Heather Kahlert is the Vice President of The Kahlert Foundation. The Kahlert Foundation is strategically dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being in the areas of health care, youth programs, education, veterans, and human services. Ms. Kahlert serves on the executive board of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), Make-A-Wish Utah, Alpine School District Foundation, the David Eccles School of Business Advisory Board at The University of Utah, The Woman’s Success Center at Utah Valley University, as Vice Chair of Utah Philanthropy Day, and many more. She is passionate about RMHC and helping families and nonprofit organizations in her community. Heather is a busy mom raising three kids and trying to make a difference in the world.
Beth Doby Knackstdedt, MD – Board Of Directors
Dr. Beth Knackstedt received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Utah, where she also served as Chief Resident.
She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and the Medical Director of Transplant/ Immunocompromised Infectious Diseases at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Knackstedt’s clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised children, such as those with cancer or who have received transplants. She is interested in quality improvement and delivering value-based care to this special population. Dr. Knackstedt is also interested in the long-term care of children with HIV.
Beth has served as an active and valued member of RMHC’s Medical Advisory Committee for several years. Dr. Knackstedt’s husband works at Shriner’s Hospital, and they live in Salt Lake City with their young children. Beth is delighted to serve on RMHC’s governing board.
Megan Levitt – Board Of Directors
Megan Levitt grew up volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, TX with her mother and siblings. She loves the mission so much that she started volunteering twice a week as a young adult. Megan has worked as a personal stylist in luxury fashion and volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald grounded her with purpose. It was the highlight of her week, and she has missed it terribly, while living in Canada. Megan recently moved to Park City from Banff, Canada. Megan is currently a stay-at-home mom to two little girls (ages one and two) and she is anxious to establish a network in Utah and thrilled about continuing her longtime volunteer service at Ronald McDonald House Charities. She was so excited to learn that Salt Lake City had a strong RMHC! She is eager to continue her engagement with Ronald McDonald House and looks forward to being involved with this amazing organization!
Derik Lolli – Board Of Directors
Derik brings over 20 years of technology solutions experience to the RMHC Board. His most recent technology exit was as founder and CEO of Benefit, a mobile payments company that contributed 2-20% of every transaction to schools and non-profits around the country. Prior to Benefit he provided innovative design for companies such as Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and Sony.
His passion has always been to explore ways technology can improve and contribute to the betterment of society, leading him to work with organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Kids Hope, and now RMHC.
20 years of industry knowledge has given him an extensive network in the technology, fintech and non-profit space. With that knowledge he now advised and invests in several technology startups.
A recent transplant to Utah, Derik lives with and for his wife and two kids who love skiing hiking and travel. Unfortunately, Derik can’t drag is family to the golf course so feel free to invite Derik to any and all golf events. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College.
Sterling Poulson – Board Of Directors
Sterling is currently the Chief Meteorologist for KUTV 2-News and can be seen on the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday. He has become a familiar face to 2News viewers, joining the KUTV 2News Weather Team as an anchor, weather producer and meteorologist in December 1989. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists from 1997-2000, and was chairman of the AMS Broadcaster’s Conference in San Francisco in June 2000. This veteran forecaster graduated with a degree in Meteorology and gained his weather experience during his ten years with the United States Air Force. During that time he was assigned to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron in direct support of “Air Force One” at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was a Severe Storms Forecaster, assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center and also provided aviation forecasts in support of Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He is currently a member of the Utah Air National Guard, assigned to the State Headquarters Public Affairs staff, and is the “Voice of the Utah National Guard”. Sterling’s television career began in 1985 when he joined KSL television in Salt Lake City as a weather producer and meteorologist. When he is not working at 2News, Sterling is involved as Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 120 voice choir. He is Music Director of the Days of ’47 Pops Concert and Executive Vice President of the Days of ’47 Inc. He also serves on the board of the Clark Planetarium, and chairs the board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah. He was lucky enough to find the love of his life Danette Poulson, a wonderfully committed RMHC volunteer and champion. Danette passed away in 2017. Sterling resides in Centerville and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, including his five children and seven grandchildren. Sterling and Danette have been strong champions for the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Shari Troester – Board Of Directors
Shari Troester has been a lifetime champion and volunteer leader for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area, since serving as a founding member of Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities prior to it merging into RMHC. Shari has been a McDonald’s Owner Operator since 1990. Shari along with her husband Darrell and son Blake own and operate McDonald’s restaurants in Evanston Wyoming and Ogden Utah. As a McDonald’s Owner Operator Shari has served in the role as People Champion on both the local and regional level working to advocate for our McDonald’s people at all levels.
Shari has served on RMHC’s charity Golf tournament committee, and she currently serves as the Chair for RMHC McDonald’s Partnership Committee. Shari is active in the community and serves in volunteer leadership and as a Member of Consociates Auxiliary for Assistance League of Utah from 2016-current. Shari and Darrell are RMHC Grand Givers and actively supportive of RMHC’s Gala.
Shari feels very fortunate to have their three sons, two daughters-in-love and their two darling granddaughters living in the SLC area and treasures time spent with them.
Shari loves spending time with her beautiful family, reading, traveling and she’s excited to join the RMHC board.
Angelina Tsu, Esq – Board Of Directors
Angelina is the owner of Salt Lake Lagree, a boutique fitness studio providing a 45- minute, high-intensity, low-impact cardio and strength training workout. Prior to starting Salt Lake Lagree, Angelina worked at Zions Bank as a Vice President of Community Affairs and Diverse Markets (2018-2020) and as VP Legal Counsel (2008-2018). Before moving to Zions, Angelina practiced with the law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker (2004- 2008) and served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Dee Benson of the United States District Court for the District of Utah.
- Cindy Bailey
- Matt Cox, Esq.
- Lori Teske Hudson
- Mary Shubach McCarthey
- Patrick O’Neal
- Victor Rickman
- Susan L. Smith
- Chris Sparrer-Baer
- Lloyd Tani, MD
- Lynnie Zimmerli
- Gayle Everest, Honorary
- Mike Luedy, Honorary
- Charles (Chuck) Sparrer, Honorary
- Charles (Chip) Williams, Honorary