Executive DirectorAlyson McCarthy
Alyson McCarthy spent 20 years as a television news anchor and consumer investigative reporter for News 13 Inside Las Vegas and 8 News Now before she was bitten by the “non-profit bug” and resigned from the news business permanently in 2010. She became the Marketing Director for Nevada Donor Network, whose mission involves educating the community about the importance of organ and tissue donation to save lives.
One year later, an executive search committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas approached Alyson about becoming the Executive Director for the organization. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime,” Alyson said. “I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards that come with leading a wonderful organization and staff, whose mission is to help families in crisis.”
Four years later, Alyson has led the charge to remodel the existing Ronald McDonald House, expand the organization’s hospital lunch program, and implement the first hospital-based Ronald McDonald Family Room in Las Vegas, which will celebrate its grand opening in Spring of 2016 at Sunrise Children’s Hospital – keeping local families closer than ever to their hospitalized children.
As with the Ronald McDonald House mission, family comes first for Alyson. She has been married to Las Vegas CPA Bill McCarthy for 27 years. She is also the proud mom to 22-year old Nicholaus and 20-year old Matthew, both of whom are currently attending college in Reno, Nevada, and 15-year old Andrew, who currently attends Bishop Gorman High School.
Director of FinanceStephanie Franks
Stephanie is our Director of Finance. She joined the staff in 2013, after 5 years of volunteering and working as an independent accounting contractor for Ronald McDonald House of Greater Las Vegas. As a wife and mother of three, Stephanie cherishes her alliance with RMHC for its family values and its core mission of "Keeping Families Close." Originally from St. George, Utah, she moved to this city she loves in 1997. Stephanie enjoys playing taxi cab to her youngest daughter, spending nights playing games with family and friends, and weekends on the lake in the summertime.
Facilities ManagerDonna Cline
Donna came to the House in 2001 as a volunteer one day a week. She quickly fell in love with the House and volunteered more and more. A position soon became open to work at RMHC, and Donna didn’t think twice about taking it! A few fun facts about Donna: She was involved in the House even before it was built; she has been with this House from day one. She has also been working since the age of 13 when wages were 50 cents an hour! For Donna, working as the Facilities Manager goes far beyond keeping the House beautiful. Her favorite parts about the job are interacting with the families, making them feel comfortable and getting to know each family story. Nothing happens in this House without Donna knowing about it, and no family leaves without having been uniquely touched by her.
Volunteer ManagerChristine Fernandez
Christine has worked at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas for nearly three years.
Christine hails from Great Britain and attended Coventry University. She was an Administrative Officer with the British Civil Service for over 15 years and has extensive experience in contract administration, customer service, security clearance programs and accounts payable.
After relocating to the United States with her family, she felt it was vitally important to put her career on hold to raise her family. While doing that she was an active volunteer at different organizations including Nellis AFB and the Ronald McDonald House and enjoyed working with diverse people at each organization.
As Volunteer Manager, Christine enjoys working with the committed people who make up our volunteer workforce, giving their valuable time helping the families and children we serve. Without their support and dedication our mission would not be possible.
Database Coordinator & Special Events AssistantJulie Beard
Since 2008, Julie has served as the Family Services Coordinator, Volunteer Manager and is currently the Database Coordinator & Special Events Assistant. Prior to coming to the House, she spent four years at the American Heart & Stroke Association, where she truly found her passion for the non-profit world. As a Bay Area California native, Julie has resided in Las Vegas for 13 years with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, traveling (especially to Disneyland) and spending time with family & friends.
Marketing CoordinatorAshley Fawcett
Ashley joined the House in 2015 after graduating from Webster University with a degree in Mathematics. Originally studying to be a math teacher, she found her passion for nonprofits through an internship with Make-A-Wish St. Louis. She has been a tutor, volleyball coach and youth volunteer for many years, solidifying her desire to work with people. After a year as the Family Services Coordinator, she became the Marketing Coordinator. Her new role allows her to use her experience working personally with House families to better market their needs and to help keep families close. In her spare time, Ashley loves to hike, try new food and spend time with her puppy.
Special Events CoordinatorJacqueline Cruz
Jacqueline joins the House as the Special Events Coordinator having previously served in the public sector managing community events and programs for elected officials as well as political fundraising and campaign events. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas in 2015, her community engagement efforts focused on connecting valuable educational and health resources to families in need, and she is grateful to continue supporting this work in a non-profit setting. Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys the Vegas trails and eateries and traveling with her husband.
Programs CoordinatorLinett Posada
Linett joined our RMHC family during the middle of 2016 as the Programs Coordinator. She graduated as a Rebel from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in early May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. She is a fluent Spanish bilingual and a Vegas native who has seen the growth our community. Her love for non-profits sparked when she was first given the opportunity to discover it in high school, and since then she made it a part of her lifestyle in college to be more involved. Her passion lies within her drive to help children have better futures. She believes that children are our future, and they deserve a chance to all opportunities and support to succeed, whether it was in academics or a second chance at life. She is ecstatic in her role because she is able to be hands on with programs that impact the lives of children, youth seeking higher education, and families as a whole.
Family Services CoordinatorEmily Herrmann
Having been a guest at a Ronald McDonald House as a child herself, Emily enthusiastically joined the Las Vegas House in 2016 after spending time in the non-profit sector, working in the field of problem gambling prevention and education. Prior to that she received her BA in Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there Emily truly developed a passion for helping others as she worked for three years in the university residence halls as a Resident Assistant and Director of Student Advocacy. Emily originally comes from the small town of Ely Nevada and loves meeting and helping families from other parts of Nevada and neighboring states.
Senior House ManagerKathie Santori
Kathie joined the House in November of 2015. She has a BA in French Literature from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico, making her trilingual. She speaks English, Spanish and French, which is highly beneficial to the House when working with families from other countries. Before coming to the House, Kathie spent more than 20 years working in the hotel industry. She worked in various positions in Puerto Rico including front desk agent, marketing, sales, banquets, housekeeping, and operations, finishing as a general manager. She brings to the House all of her customer service and housekeeping experience. She chose to come to the Ronald McDonald House because she enjoyed the warm, comforting environment that the House provides.
House ManagerZach Triplett
Zach joined RMHC in 2013. In his role as evening House Manager, Zach is here as each family returns home from the hospital and enjoys a home cooked meal. As such, he gets to know our families well and appreciates being able to be here for them throughout their stay with us. Zach is also the Houses “Mr. Fix-it”, and the guy who can lift the heavy stuff! Zach was born in Augsburg, Germany and has lived in Las Vegas since 2012. In his free time he enjoys hiking, spelunking and playing pranks on his fellow staff members.
House ManagerBrenda Williams
Brenda came to the House in 2012 as a volunteer. She was thrilled when a position as Overnight Manager became available. She loves working here, and feels it is such a blessing. What Brenda likes most about her role at RMHC is the quietness at night. While our families are getting some much needed rest, it is Brenda who is readying the house for tomorrow, so that it inspires everyone and brings hope in a new day.
House ManagerMarvella Baca
Marvella is our Weekend House Manager, and how she came to be with RMHC is a story with a happy ending for both Marvella and the House! Thirteen years ago her 16 year old son was involved in a terrible accident. Marvella stayed here at the House for nearly 5 months while her son underwent numerous surgeries and a difficult recovery. She fell in love with RMHC and our mission. She sees working here as giving back to an organization which helped her in a time of need, and she can truly empathize with what our families are experiencing. Marvella has been with us for 12 years, and is happy to report her son is very well.