Board of Directors

The Board of Directors form the governing body for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois. Individuals serve on the Board of Directors in a non-paid, volunteer role.

2018 Board of Directors

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Ian Russell, President

Lawyer, Lane & Waterman LLP | Resides in Bettendorf, IA

“I participated in the RMHC-EIWI golf outing each of the last two summers. It is a great event, with wonderful people, for a fantastic cause. I know how hard hospital stays can be on the patients, but also on the family members. I want to help make those stays easier on everyone involved.”

Jamie Henderson, Vice President

Online Banking Specialist, NXT Bank | Resides in Cedar Rapids, IA

“From the time our daughter was born she has faced one medical hurdle after another. The House has been a constant in our journey, providing not only the basic needs, but support and hope as we face each obstacle. I knew from the first time we walked into the House to stay, I would one day find myself more involved with the organization. Through fundraising efforts and an opportunity to join the RMHC-EIWI board, it is an honor to be able to give back to such an extraordinary organization that has touched my life so deeply.”

Dennis Gendron, Treasurer

 Owner Operator, McDonald’s | Resides in East Moline, IL

“My wife, Trina, and I currently own 5 McDonald’s restaurants in the Quad Cities area. I started my career with McDonald’s 30 years ago in Rockford Illinois where I grew up. I started in management while attending the University of Wisconsin Madison.  I have held many corporate positions throughout my career.  In 2014 Trina and I purchased our first 2 McDonald’s restaurants. While not at work, I enjoy spending time with our 4 children and grand children. I look forward to helping the children at the Ronald McDonald House and helping to shape the house for the future.”

Brent Hawkins, Co-Treasurer

Service Advisor, Hawkins Wealth Management | Resides in North Liberty, IA

“I have been volunteering at RMHC-EIWI for several years.  From cooking meals, to bringing in warm breakfast from my service club.  The part I enjoy the most is being able to interact with the families.  They’re always so appreciative of everyone who is there to help out.  I am passionate about helping children and their families, and I love the mission of the RMHC-EIWI.”

 

Heidi Beals, Secretary

Senior Director, B/E HR Integration Lead and HCM of Rockwell Collins | Resides in Center Point, IA

“Since returning from an overseas assignment, I had been looking for opportunities to get involved in a non profit organization again. I was contacted by current President Jil Dasher around this same time and fell in love with the idea of serving on the RMCH-EIWI board. This organization is so important to families and gives a small sense of comfort in their time of need. I am proud to be part of something so special and look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the community. ”

Sean Beard

Financial Advisor, Business & Financial Strategies | Resides in Iowa City, IA

“The Ronald McDonald House Charities was a perfect opportunity for me to continue my passion of working with a foundation that serves children and their families in their time of need.  I look forward to helping RMHC-EIWI deliver their exceptional experience to families, and more importantly, I am eager to help RMHC-EIWI meet their operational needs through their community events and fundraising initiatives.  I am grateful for the opportunity and I consider it an honor to be a part of something so wonderful.”

Seth Friedman

Director, Creative Services, University of Iowa Center for Advancement | Resides in Cedar Rapids, IA

“Family. There are the ones we are born into and then there are the ones we choose. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois is a family chosen during the most challenging time in our lives—and our communities are incredibly fortunate to have their critical support.  I have seen the smiles and relief on the faces of families who walk through the door after a 16 hour day at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital—and are greeted by a meal we just prepared.  I am moved by the caring staff who provide a home away from home for parents, family members, patients, and their siblings.  I am inspired by the volunteers who give of their time—and the donors of who generously give gifts that sustain essential programing.  It is for these reasons, I am honored and privileged to serve on this board as a resource, an advocate, and a supporter the house’s bright future.”

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Nathan Koch

President of NXT Bank | Resides in Iowa City, IA

“I have previously served on non-profit boards that revolve around issues relating to bettering the lives of children and youth. RMHC-EIWI is an excellent opportunity for me to continue working for these causes, especially after Jil (current board member) and Russ (husband of a past board president) both told me what great work was being done by this organization.”

Kevin Kramer

Chief Operating Officer, MidWestOne Bank | Resides in Iowa City, IA

“Years ago, Ronald McDonald House served my niece and her family when she born in St. Louis.  As I learned more about the charity and its focus on easing the burden of childhood illness, I knew I needed to help.  First as a volunteer, a committee member, and ultimately a board member and board president for RMHC in Kansas City for 6 years I learned how our efforts can make a family more comfortable while they are comforting their child.  When I moved to Iowa I found the need is just as strong and I am excited to help RMHC -EIWI ease the burden for families in need.”

Ben Logsdon

Developer, Build to Suit, Inc.  | Resides in Coralville, IA

“My wife Jennifer and I are always amazed at the great work done at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.  The stories of how the hospital staff and medical experts provide life-saving/changing care to the children and families in Eastern Iowa are truly amazing.  However, as a father of three children, it is very difficult to see young children and families dealing with the challenges those treatments often bring.  The courage shown by the young patients receiving treatments and often fighting for their lives is truly remarkable.  We felt compelled to offer some support in their courageous fight.   RMHC-EIWI was one of the few charities where as a community member we could offer some support to those children and their families.  I’m honored to be part of the RMHC Board and hope that collectively, we can make a difference for the families served here in Eastern Iowa.”

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Amy O’Deen

Hospital Administrator, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics | Resides in Iowa City, IA

“This is my second term on the Board after serving as an active board member from 1998-2005 during my tenure as administrator of the UI Children’s Hospital. These experiences have affirmed for me the incredible value of the services that our Ronald McDonald House offers. It also highlights the critical partnership RMHC-EIWI maintains with the UI Children’s Hospital.”

Janine Petitgout, DNP, ARNP, CPNP

Director, Care Coordination Division & Pediatric Pain/Palliative Care Program, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital | Resides in Iowa City, IA

“For most of my professional career I have been advocating for children with special health care needs at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.   I have always enjoyed helping patients and families and along the way with many of them having benefited by the use of the Ronald McDonald House.  Hospitalization can be one of the most challenging journey’s  that a family may have to endure, and with the RMH I have seen this time being eased by providing support and a home away from home.  RMHC-EIWI seemed like an excellent opportunity to continue to advocate and work with a charity that has a focus that I truly believe in.  I know all the efforts make a difference and I am honored and privileged to serve on this board as a strong patient advocate and resource.”

 

Kristin Solberg

Owner of Briarwood Healthcare Center | Resides in Homestead, IA

“I grew up attending the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair each year with my parents. Attending this fundraiser is a tradition that my husband Jason and I have continued with our children. This year we purchased steer from a young man that touched our hearts. We heard first hand how grateful the family was for the Ronald McDonald House. When the opportunity came up to serve on the Board I was excited to become a part of such a great organization that helps families in need.”