A Letter From The President & CEO

Dear Friends,

2020 was undoubtedly a difficult year for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the lives of everyone on a global scale. All three of our core programs have been significantly affected by the unique challenges.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and fearful when I reflect on the uncertainty of last year. But in 2020, we also proudly celebrated our organization’s 40th anniversary! And when I think about how RMHCDC began, with a group of courageous and compassionate parents who saw a better way forward for families facing childhood illness, I am filled with hope. Because I am reminded that like the founders of our chapter, who were able to pool their strength and make a difference in the lives of sick children by creating the first Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC, individuals can do big, life-changing things when they come together.

The effects of the pandemic will be felt for a long time to come. But thousands of vulnerable children and families depend on our programs and mission every day. So, we must join together to continue moving forward as a community and as an organization to find creative ways to support one another and families in need.

There is a tremendous sense of gratification in making a positive difference in people’s lives. I am thrilled to be a small part of that process and to be able to continue to write our organization’s story with your help. In this time, and the new normal to come, we are grateful to have your support in easing the hardship of childhood illness on children and families… for 40+ more years to come.

Thank you,

Karen Torres
President & CEO

Program Operations

Jerrod Thomas
Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC Operations Manager
Celia Holland
Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC Family Services Manager
Flo Ortez
Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC Receptionist
Doug Loxtercamp
Northern Virginia Programs Director
Melissa Toronto
Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia Operations Manager
Taylor Masembwa-Hammond
Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia Family Services Manager
Claire Brown
Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia Receptionist

Development & Marketing

Sarah Quillen – Media Contact
VP, Development & Marketing
Rachel Taninecz
Director, Marketing & Communications
Jordan Ritchie
Major Gifts Officer
Patricia McLoughlin
Corporate Gifts Officer


Kris Ritter
Chief of Staff
Victoria Meyer
Senior Finance Manager
Kelly Trevithick
Finance Assistant
Morgan Doxer
Volunteer Manager
Bonnibelle Gregory
Office Manager

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C. is staffed 365 days a year by both full-time and part-time staff as well as by our wonderful group of volunteers.