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Ronald McDonald House names three new board members

Building on success, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW) appoints three new board members for the 2018 calendar year.

New Board Members:

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Anthony DeFelice, Owner, Amplus Agency

Anthony DeFelice is a proud Fort Worth native. He graduated from Southwest High School in 2002 and continued his education at Texas A&M, where he played soccer and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. In 2011, Anthony founded Amplus Agency, a full-service marketing agency with a focus on small, locally-owned businesses in the DFW Metroplex. Currently managing over 25 accounts, Amplus spans across multiple industries from medical and health/beauty to manufacturing and software. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys spending time with his awesome wife and daughter, golfing and traveling.

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James Hudson, General Manager, Martin Brower

James graduated from University of Oklahoma with a BA in Leadership Administration and has over 25 years of business leadership with 27 years of distribution experience. He has spent the last 10 years with Martin Brower, serving in various roles, including integrating an acquisition in the Middle East. James and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for 10 years. James has supported RMHC for several years, and has recently served on a committee for the RMHC of Tulsa.

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Dave Riley, M.D., M.B.A., Neonatologist, Cook Children Medical Center

Dr. Riley, a neonatologist with Cook Children’s Medical Center, also serves as associate medical director of the NICU at Cook Children’s and corporate medical director at Fort Worth Newborn Services, which is a newborn hospitalist practice that sees well newborns in several Tarrant County hospitals. Dr. Riley is on the Research Development Council at Cook Children’s and is principle investigator on several clinical research studies at Cook in the NICU. Additionally, he owns and manages a hedge fund which invests in biotechnology, healthcare and technology. He lives in Westlake, has four children and enjoys traveling cooking, driving motorcycles and learning new things.


Board Officers and Executive Committee:

Mary Edwards, past president; assumed role Jan. 2017; term ends Dec. 2018

Joel Heydenburk, president; assumed role Jan. 2017; term ends Dec. 2018

Courtney Garner Lewis, president-elect; assumed role Jan. 2017; term ends Dec. 2018

Arminda Grissett, treasurer; assumed this role Jan. 2017; term ends Dec. 2018

Leslie Hunt, secretary; assumed this position Jan. 2016

Scott McCollam, chair, house operations

Stef Mauler, chair, volunteer committee

Kurt Schaal, chair, development & marketing committee


Additional Trustees:

Will Courtney, owner Courtney & Courtney Properties; Andy Eldridge, CFO, Summit Casing Equipment; Garett Essl, partner with CG Northern Development; John Flack, partner at KPMG, LLP; Tricia Francis, vice president, GM Financial; Gaylan Hendricks, CEO, Senior Security Benefits, Inc.; Mike Hopkins, senior vice president, First Financial Bank; Janeen Lamkin, community volunteer; Karen Jasper, McDonald’s owner/operator; Pam Johndroe, community volunteer; Don Marable, financial planner, Edward Jones; Chris Packard; Paul Paine, president Fort Worth South; and Gloria Starling, managing partner The Capital Grille Fort Worth.



GM Financial Tahoe Delivery

General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial) announces the launch of Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids, a program that addresses unique mobility challenges faced by children and youth across North America through creative use of off-lease GM Financial inventory. The program’s first collaboration with Ronald McDonald House uses a limited number of off-lease vehicles to transport visiting sick children and their families who often do not have their own means of travel during their stay. Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids is currently in pilot phase with the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth, Texas, where GM Financial’s corporate headquarters is located.

“The Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program addresses and fulfills a basic need many of our families face during their stay at Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth,” said Jennifer Johns, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. “GM Financial has been a longtime supporter of our organization, and we’re delighted they’ve chosen to pilot this program right here in Fort Worth. We can’t wait for the community to see our COOL car in action!”

In 2017, the program will be expanded to more than 30 Ronald McDonald House locations in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Michigan, all states in which GM Financial maintains a significant commercial or employment presence. In the long term, the intent is to provide vehicles to Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S. and Canada. With more than 600,000 GM vehicles coming off lease over the next two years, this program has the potential to meaningfully impact the lives of thousands of kids and their families across North America.

“Since our inception, GM Financial has taken an active role in improving communities and making them a better place in which to live and work. We are honored to build on this commitment right here in our own backyard through the launch of the Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program in Fort Worth,” said Dan Berce, President and CEO of GM Financial. “This program presents an excellent opportunity to continue to positively impact lives through improved mobility options in North Texas, as well as more broadly across the country in the coming year.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and GM Financial have long enjoyed a healthy nonprofit/corporate partnership. Dan Heinrich, GM Financial’s Senior Vice-President Remarketing Solutions, and his parents and family, have been involved in our Meals from the Heart program for nearing 30 years. We are also fortunate to have RMHFW board members from GM Financial with Tricia Francis, Vice President Customer Experience Services, currently serving.