Board Of Directors

  • Gary A. Zimmerman, Chairman of the Board
  • Daniel J. Geigler, Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Todd M. Jones, Treasurer
  • Jennifer M. Olk, Secretary
  • Dennis W. Buchan
  • Marshall Chay
  • Christopher M. Daniels
  • Sandra J. Evans
  • Andrea Jonas
  • Steve Kilian
  • Dave Lelinski
  • Maureen Manning
  • Mark W. Natzke
  • Christopher Nickels
  • Daniel P. Schwabe
  • Mark A. Ship
  • Patrick Sinks
  • Jeffrey M. Steren
  • Anna Zeck DeWeerdt
  • Noel Williams
Gary Zimmerman, Chairman of the Board

Dear Friends of the Ronald McDonald House Eastern Wisconsin,

As Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, I am proud to serve in this important leadership role. Along with 19 other Directors, we volunteer our time to provide oversight to the House. We give our time because we believe in the House’s mission of keeping families together while their children are receiving medical treatment at local hospitals.

After years of turning families away due to capacity constraints, we were able to complete a successful capital campaign and expand our House from 38 to 70 rooms in 2014. Since our expansion,we have not had to turn any family in need away. We are proud to provide families with a home environment that offers comfortable rooms, healthy meals served by our volunteers, and programs that support families with a seriously ill or injured child. The Ronald McDonald House plays an important role in making a difference, one family at a time.

As we look ahead to the future, we will continue to keep the families we serve our primary focus – providing them with the highest level of service, care and compassion. We can do this because we have generous donors and a strong volunteer base. The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to serve as guardians of “the House that love built.” Thank you for your trust and support as we continue to passionately serve this important mission of keeping families close.

Warm regards,

Gary Zimmerman
Chairman, Board of Directors

Board Testimonials

Daniel J. Geigler, Vice Chairman of the Board
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
VP Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager
My wife and I have two young boys. We can’t imagine how our family would be affected if one of them needed extensive care at a hospital far from home. We have seen how the Ronald McDonald House cares for these families. The staff and volunteers provide a place where families don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from or finding a place to sleep after a long day at the hospital. The House provides them the comforts of home and the ability to simply be together with their family. It is an honor to be a small part of this wonderful place.

Todd M. Jones, Treasurer
Northwestern Mutual
Vice President, Controller
I’m proud to serve on RMHC Eastern WI’s Board of Directors to do my part in helping families worry about one less thing during their time of need.

Jennifer M. Olk, Secretary
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Attorney at Law, Estate Planning & Administration
The Ronald McDonald House was instrumental in supporting members of my family during a difficult time. The love, care and support provided by the staff and volunteers is amazing. I’m blessed to be a part of the RMHC mission.

Dennis W. Buchan
Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging
Executive Account Manager
I want to be sure parents of seriously ill children have basic accommodations and access to a place to stay while their child is being treated at Children’s Hospital. RMHC Eastern WI goes above and beyond providing a warm bed for families during their time of need and I am glad to help further their mission.

Marshall Chay
Acme Enterprises
Owner
I am passionate about RMHC’s mission to keep families close. As an owner and operator of McDonald’s, doing my part to ensure the success of our House is a perfect way to give back to the community.

Christopher M. Daniels
Rockwell
V.P. Human Resources
I’m proud to support families during a time of great personal stress. Serving on RMHC Eastern WI’s Board of Directors allows me to give back to my community and do my part in keeping families close.

Sandra J. Evans
U.S. Bank
I am passionate about the work I do for RMHC because providing a happy and safe place for families during a time of crisis is precious. There is no better reward than seeing the smiling faces of our families.

Andrea Jonas
Moroch Partners-Client McDonald’s Corp.
Partner
As a mother of two, children and family health are important to me personally. There is no better way to serve the Milwaukee and Green Bay/Fox Valley communities than by supporting an organization that keeps families close during a time crisis.

Steve Kilian
Kilian Management Services, Inc
Owner
I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for RMHC Eastern WI because I want to give something back to a very worthy cause and do my part in bringing families together at a time of need.

Dave Lelinski
Davd LLC. Dba. McDonald’s Restaurants-Oshkosh
Owner
I believe all the treasures we earn in our life do not belong to us. We need to give of ourselves. Anytime you can do something that helps a child or a family is always the right thing to do. I am involved with the House because families are the entire focus of the organization. I want my talents and treasures to directly benefit families and the House accomplishes that very well.

Maureen Manning
Community Philanthropist
The Ronald McDonald House has always been special to me. I started my involvement as a shift volunteer, getting to know the families and the tough times that they were going through. Being able to ease their burden is the primary purpose of the House. I am proud to be a part of that effort.

Mark W. Natzke
Clear Channel Outdoor
Account Executive
I believe in giving back to the community and enjoy being part of the RMHC board of directors. Our mission is to keep families together and I find joy in having a small role in executing that mission and making a difference in the lives of the many families who find comfort during their stay at the house.

Christopher Nickels
Quarles & Brady
Attorney at Law, Labor & Employ.
Having a close connection to Children’s Hospital, I saw first-hand the significance of the work being performed by the House. This drove me to get involved!

Daniel P. Schwabe
Peter Schwabe, Inc.
President
My first experience with the Ronald McDonald House Charities was in Indianapolis. I had gone there to observe how the Ronald McDonald House was serving the community. During my visit, I happened to overhear one mother talking to another mother about her terminally-ill son. The impact of the two mothers sharing this news in such supportive surroundings struck a chord in my heart that stayed with me over the years. I knew that Milwaukee needed a place like this and wanted to be a part of it. All you have to do is visit the Ronald McDonald House and see how it impacts the families there and it draws you in deeper. No matter how much you give in terms of time, talent, or treasure, you get so much more back. The reward of knowing how the Ronald McDonald House helps so many families during very difficult and emotionally stressful times is priceless.

Mark A. Ship
Integra LifeSciences
Vice President, Global Strategic Initiatives
It is a privilege to serve as a board member knowing that the Ronald McDonald House dedicated staff and volunteers comfort and support so many families each and every day while they are scared and vulnerable in dealing with a healthcare crisis along with their precious child.

Patrick Sinks
MGIC
President & CEO
I choose to be involved with RMHC because of my strong belief in family and children. The families and children that stay at the House are often in very challenging circumstances, and I hope in some small way I can make a difference.

Jeffrey M. Steren
Steren Management Co., Inc
Owner/Operator
I believe that the work RMHC Eastern WI does is critical because it benefits youth in need. Through serving on the Board of Directors, I hope to do my part in helping ensure the future success of the next generation

Anna Zeck DeWeerdt
Laughlin Constable
V.P. Public Relations
I became involved with the Ronald McDonald House about 20 years ago. Over the years, I’ve come to know the RMHC as a place filled with so much hope and love. I have so much respect for the families who stay with us, and I hope that the work we do eases their stresses at what must be the most difficult time in their lives.

Noel Wiliams
Williams CPA, LLC
CPA
I choose the Ronald McDonald House as my single and most prominent organization to focus my passion for helping others in their time of need.

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