Working together for families during times of medical crisis
The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth staff is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the RMHFW. Our House is open 24/7/365, and you will find that no matter your needs while staying at the RMHFW, there is someone here who cares about you.
Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. She fell in love with the charity after touring the Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock, Texas over 18 years ago as a community volunteer.
Inspired by the credence of providing comfortable lodging for families of children being treated in nearby hospitals, Jennifer developed a deep passion for the organization. Soon thereafter, she was hired as Business Manager until she moved with her family to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Prior to her promotion as CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth nine years ago, Jennifer served the organization as Capital Campaign Coordinator and later as Development Director.
Under her leadership, she has seen the organization grow from serving 20 families each night with a budget of under $1M to serving 58 families per night with a current budget of over $2.4M. Jennifer serves on the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas and is a member of the Global Advisory Council for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Furthermore, she is an active member of the Fort Worth Rotary, 100 Women Who Care and Women Steering Business. In 2015, her energies garnered the Best Collaboration Effort Award for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth by the Greatest Gift Catalog Ever, a local exclusive holiday catalog comprised of select area non-profit organizations, and was personally chosen by the same organization to win the Spirit of Community Award in appreciation of her dedication and devotion to the Fort Worth community.
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Chief Operating Officer
Lauri is a person whose life is committed to service to others. She has built her career around this ideal as is proved out through more than 14 years of service to families at the Ronald McDonald House.
Early career training in apartment management equipped her with the skills to operate a facility the size of the RMHFW and mid-career training in budgeting and financial responsibility position her well for her role as Chief Operating Officer.
But the RMHFW is much more than a career for Lauri. It is a true labor of love. She knows our families very well; they return frequently to visit Lauri and reconnect with the place that made them feel loved and supported during some of their most difficult times. Lauri, a life-long Fort Worthian, is the devoted and proud mom of three grown children, one son and two girls, but she is also “fur-mom” to Mac, the Ronald McDonald House dog, aka Chief Love and Comfort Officer. Lauri and Mac are often out in the House, ensuring that the facility is maintained, but they are also out in the community frequently sharing the mission of the House.
One of Lauri’s favorite quotes is “To thine own self, be true.” She epitomizes this statement every day when she arrives to work, ready to give what she needs when its needed most – serving others.
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Chief Development Officer
Angie has been involved in non-profit fundraising since 2004 when she founded Angel’s Closet Children’s Clothing Ministry. This is also when her passion for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth developed.
In 2011, Angie had the opportunity to join the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth as the Capital Campaign Director and transitioned into the Chief Development Officer role in 2014.
Angie has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jonathan, for 20 years in May and they have been blessed with two children, Peyton (10 years old), and Piper (2 years old). They love any opportunity to spend time at Peyton’s school, Temple Christian School, and their church, Temple Baptist Church.
Angie is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she majored in Biology and Chemistry. She serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and earned her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2010.
Angie loves working at the Ronald McDonald House and having the opportunity to visit with families each day. One of her favorite verses is “Let all you do, be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Her favorite things include spending time with her family and friends, studying God’s Word, traveling, shopping, Temple Football, the color turquoise, orchids and sushi.
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Chief Marketing Officer
Beth has over 22 years experience in public relations and communications with the majority of her time in non-profit and education. Beth joined the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth January, 2012 after 11 years in educational communication. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, she has been married for 27 years and has a son in the Navy and a daughter at Texas Tech University.
Beth is a board member for the Public Relations Society of America Greater Fort Worth Chapter and the Texas Center for Arts + Academics. She also enjoys mentoring young public relations professionals. Beth is a follower of Poohisms – powerful and life-leading wisdom as presented by Winnie the Pooh. Her favorite is “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter that you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”
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Chief Financial Officer
Julie earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting at Oklahoma State University and immediately relocated to the Metroplex to work in public accounting. She has 20+ years of accounting and finance experience with specialization in the fields of real estate construction and development, private equity and not for profit.
Julie joined the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth as their Chief Financial Officer in 2016, after much soul searching to find “the right opportunity to give back to such a worthwhile cause”. In her spare time, Julie enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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A Texas native, Madison attended Texas Christian University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. Upon graduation, Madison launched her career in residential real estate, while volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and Cook Children’s Medical Center.
After living in Florida for a year, she decided to come back home to her roots and explore the nonprofit sector. Madison developed a strong passion for the House after volunteering and felt that coming back to Horned Frog territory was the best possible decision. Madison enjoys kickboxing, traveling and is a serial chips and queso eater.
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House Operations Coordinator
Kayla graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in May 2016. While attending college, she worked for St. John’s Episcopal School in their After School Care program.
During her senior year she was an intern at the Regional Victim Crisis Center in Abilene, helping people who were victims of sexual assault. After graduation she moved back to Fort Worth and was introduced to the Ronald McDonald House through a volunteer. Kayla started working at the House in August 2016 and has enjoyed every minute of it. This is Kayla’s first experience working in non-profit and she loves getting to work with the families and their children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Christina has always had a passion for making an impact on the community. Having been a volunteer for many years and majoring in Elementary Education at Chadron State College in Nebraska, she began working at Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and later Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
Christina is also a member of the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.
After marrying her amazing husband Jonathan in 2015, Christina decided to take a more part-time role in non-profit and found her perfect spot at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. She enjoys the daily chats with families and tries to live by the Seusim, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not!”
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Hannah joined the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth January, 2017 after graduating from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Film Television and Digital Media. While attending university, she held positions at Radio Disney Dallas, Ryan Seacrest Foundation and NBCUniversal.
Hannah, a member of the Public Relations Society of America Greater Fort Worth Chapter, loves learning how to be a more effective and impactful communicator.
Finally, as our resident Californian, Hannah tries to carry her golden state’s charm and sense of adventure in everything she does. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, making people smile, trying new foods and activities, practicing the power of positive thinking, and being thankful for each day the Big Man gives her. Her favorite quote is by Walt Disney “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love.”
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House Operations Coordinator
Veronica first began in the nonprofit field in 2002. Her first place of employment in nonprofit was at The Women’s Shelter. She later began working at the Arlington Life Shelter and was in various positions during her time there.
In 2009, Veronica joined the staff of The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. Being from Fort Worth, it has been so great to be back home. Veronica is also, bilingual making her a great asset. Veronica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, binge watching Netflix, working out and taking care of her dogs.
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Stephanie had the opportunity to join the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth March, 2017. Before joining the staff, she spent several years as a House volunteer, maintaining the house pantry and vegetable garden.
She learned the value and joy of community service from a high school class project. Ever since then, Stephanie has volunteered her time at many organizations in the communities where she has lived. Stephanie grew up near St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Texas after high school. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her husband, reading and walking her dog.
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Sarah has been working in the non-profit sector for over 10 years with the majority of that time in residential settings. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Sarah began working at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth in September 2013. She serves as the Resident Manager and lives at the Ronald McDonald House with her husband, young daughter, and two dogs. As a child, Sarah’s family stayed in the RMH of Houston during her brother’s treatment. As a result, her dream job as a child was to work at a Ronald McDonald House. She loves her job, and she loves working with the children and families that live here! Her favorite pastime is hanging out with her family and friends.
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Student Volunteer Facilitator
House Operations Support
Julie joined the Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth August, 2017 as the Development Manager overseeing fundraising events for the House.
Julie graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and quickly began her career in the telecommunications industry. With over 20 years of event planning and marketing experience, Julie has developed a strong sense of devotion and passion for the nonprofit sector. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter participating in outdoors activities, enjoying a family meal together and working out. She is always in search of the best Mexican food restaurant and loves a basket of chips and salsa like no other!
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RMHFW is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHFW are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHFW EIN is 75-1754490. A copy of the RMHFW determination letter is available upon request.
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