Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, Inc. A Missouri Not-For-Profit Corporation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Micah Scott, Chairperson
David Taylor, Vice Chairperson
Brian Asberry, Secretary
Melinda Thurman, Treasurer
PRESIDENT & CEO
PROGRAM DIRECTOR-RONALD MCDONALD CARE MOBILE
HOUSE PROGRAM MANAGER, Ronald McDonald House near Cox South Hospital
HOUSE PROGRAM MANAGER, Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital
ASSOCIATE HOUSE PROGRAM MANAGER,Ronald McDonald House near Cox South Hospital
PART-TIME STAFF MEMBERS
ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
ASSISTANT MANAGERS, Ronald McDonald House near Cox South
ASSISTANT MANAGERS, Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital
MEET OUR FULL-TIME STAFF MEMBERS
President & CEO: Bonnie Keller
Bonnie is the President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Ozarks, Inc. and The Tooth Truck, Inc. Prior to being named the paid Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South in 1989, Bonnie served in the roles of Volunteer, Board Member and Volunteer Executive Director. She was promoted to President & CEO in 1991 and continues in this role as the organization expanded its programs and mission with a grant making program in 1996, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in 2002 and the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital in 2012.
Bonnie is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club and the Price Cutter Charity Championship Executive Board. She previously served on the GO LEAD Advisory Board and The Health Commission’s Provider Services Advisory Board. Bonnie completed a three-year term on the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2010, serving as the Vice Chairman of Community Development & Special Events for two years.
Bonnie was named one of Ingram Magazine’s “50 Missourians You Should Know” in 2015, an Honorary Member of the Greater Springfield Dental Society in 2011 and the 2010 Executive of the Year by the Hawthorn Chapter of IAAP. She received the 2008 “Making a Difference for Women” Award from Soroptimist International of Springfield, and in 2004 was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” and the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club’s “Sertoman of the Year.” She was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the AFP Ozarks Region Chapter in 2002.
Bonnie and her husband, Clayton, have three daughters.
Program Director- Ronald McDonald House: Staci Jensen
Staci Jensen was named the Program Director for Springfield’s two Ronald McDonald Houses in 2008 after serving the organization for six years in the roles of Assistant Manager, Associate House Manager and House Manager. Staci provides leadership and oversight for the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South Hospital, as well the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital.
Staci graduated from Drury University in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Her passion for helping families of ill children led her from a path in medicine to a career with RMHC. Staci is a member of Sunrise Rotary and Healthy Community Collaborative. She was a charter member of H.O.P.E Sertoma. Staci volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae, serving as General Advisor for Eta Upsilon Chapter at Missouri Southern State University. She also served as the Vice President of the Springfield Alumnae chapter from 2007-2010.
Awards and achievements include graduating from Leadership Springfield’s Class 25, being named one of 417 Magazine’s “20 Under 30” in 2010 and the “Big Sister of the Year” in 2005.
Program Director- Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Mindy Muñoz
Mindy Muñoz has served as the Program Director for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, fondly known as the “Tooth Truck”, since 2007. She is responsible for the overall operations and day-to-day relationships for our mobile dental clinic.
Mindy’s personal mission is to continue in a career that has the potential to impact thousands of lives. She previously spent five years administering all aspects of a medical facility caring for roughly 10,000 patient-visits a year in Rio Bravo, Mexico through the “Hands Together Ministry”, the Methodist Church’s largest foreign mission site serving Mexican people through onsite facilities, rural communities, local health facilities and in-home care. She led over 40 missions each year involving more than 1,500 volunteers. One of the administrators Mindy worked with refers to her as the “Pied Piper of Rio Bravo”.
In 2000, Mindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Jewel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and attended the Oxford University Overseas Study Course in 1999-2000. She has received numerous awards for her work in the community including honors from the Red Cross, the DIF government agency and being chosen as one of five awarded for the International Day of the Woman in recognition of exceptional work performed throughout the municipality in 2003. Mindy is a member of The Network and the Medical Group Management Association.
After first meeting in Mexico, Mindy and her husband, Ivan, were married in 2008. They enjoy kid-friendly activities with their three children and participating in community events celebrating the Hispanic culture in their free time.
Project Manager: Amber Price
Amber Price joined our team in October 2013 in the new role of Project Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities. With an extensive background in marketing and consulting, she has a knack for organizing and managing multiple projects at a time. Amber’s role includes the planning and execution of various projects throughout the Ronald McDonald Houses and The Tooth Truck. She earned her degree in Marketing Management from the University of Arkansas in 2004, and spent several years in the Advertising Agency and Foodservice Consulting worlds.
Amber is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, organized the “Taste of the Ozarks” Food Challenge for Big Brothers Big Sisters for several years, a member of the Ozark Mountain Parrothead Club, and a co-founder of the Northwest Arkansas Parrothead Club.
House Managerat House near Cox South: Megan Schussler
Megan Schussler is no stranger to the mission of Ronald McDonald House. Her family found a “home away from home” at the House in Colorado when her brother had to travel from Missouri to undergo medical treatment. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2009 with a business degree in Entertainment Management. During her time at MSU, she was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi (Ronald McDonald House is the National Philanthropy of Alpha Delta Pi) and served on the Greek Life Executive Council. Since graduating, Megan has held operations management positions for special event venues, most recently serving as the Operations Manager for the Veridian and Sensory Integration.
Megan and her husband Andrew have been married since April 2012 and have two dogs they enjoy spoiling; Brutus and Napoleon. Megan also serves as the social enrichment advisor for Alpha Delta Pi.
House Manager at Mercy Children’s Hospital: Susan Green
Susan Green joined our team as the Mercy House Manager in February 2016. She is originally from Rogersville, Missouri and earned her health science degree from the University of Eau Claire. Through her previous employment with Mercy Hospital, she had the privilege to help many families overcome very trying times by serving on the Trauma Support Team and serving as a liaison between Patient Benefits department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Susan has participated in outreach opportunities with The HOPE Connection, The Salvation Army, and Crosslines. These experiences have ignited a passion and ambition in Susan to serve others with compassion and integrity and to provide support to families through difficult times of crisis.
Susan is the mother of two beautiful children Terry and Gabrielle, and she is one of her children’s biggest fans at their many sporting activities. Susan, along with her children, enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, and kayaking.
Associate House Manager at Mercy Children’s Hospital: Ely Wright
Ely joined our team in December 2015 as the Associate House Manager for the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Ely earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Central Missouri in 2012, and has served as a substitute teacher for Springfield Public Schools for two years prior to joining us. The Ronald McDonald House has held a special place in Ely’s heart since the organization helped his family when his niece had open heart surgery a week after being born. Ely is excited to serve families in need at the Ronald McDonald House and share the support and encouragement his family received with families in similar situations.
Ely has been married to his wife, Tiffany, since June 2012. Tiffany is an RN at Mercy and loves her job and coworkers. They enjoy keeping up with their rambunctious Labrador retriever and love being outdoors. They also enjoy visiting friends and family whenever possible. Ely is a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys woodworking in spare time.
Development Assistant: Kim Booth
Kim Booth was named RMHC’s Development Assistant in November 2011. She is responsible for the organization’s donor database, assists the Event Coordinator with the organization’s events, and handles numerous administrative details. Kim first became involved with the organization 16 years ago as a volunteer assisting with the Cup O’Cheer Homes Tour and the Annual Giving Campaigns. In 2002, she was hired as a part-time Administrative Assistant and continued in this role until she was promoted to the full-time position of Development Assistant.
Kim and her husband Terry, have two sons, Cole and Quinton. In 2014, Cole joined the U.S. Army and Quinton graduated from Glendale High School. Quinton will attend OTC in the fall. Kim enjoys fishing with her husband and sons, reading and spending time with family.
Administrative Assistant: Debbi Gafner
Debbi Gafner joined us as Administrative Assistant in January 2015. She brings an euthusiasm for supporting RMHC operations and is eager to help out in any way. Prior to joining our staff, Debbi worked for 10 years as Administrative Assistant for a local McDonald’s owner/operator. She has also previously served as the Office Manager for Cox Health Systems Outpatient Department.
Debbi’s favorite things include spending time and playing golf with her 16-year old son who attends Glendale High School, flea marketing, antiquing, and loving on her two dogs, Boozer & Beethoven, and cat, Bella.