RMHC-SWVA Board of Directors

We are incredibly lucky to have a group of passionate leaders who are dedicated to our mission of helping families find a home-away-from-home at the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room. Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Email info@rmhouse.net

Alex, Board of Directors

Alex is a caring father, married with two children of his own.

Alex Brendel

President / Regional Hospital Development Coordinator at LifeNet Health
Amanda Rucker

A McDonald's owner operator, Amanda is a married mother of two who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room when her baby girl was born. Amanda brings high energy to the board as an advocate for RMHC of SW VA, both in the community and as a liaison with McDonald's.

Amanda Rucker

Past President / McDonald's Owner Operator
Photo of Karrie, Board of Directors

Karrie Moses graduated with her AASN in 2000 from Mountain Empire Community and worked as an Emergency Department RN. She then perused her BSN from JCHS, graduating in 2011. In 2015, Karrie graduated from Jacksonville University with her MSN in Nursing Administration. Karrie has worked at Carilion for 15 years in various positions, her current role is Senior Director for Carilion Children’s. In her free time, Karrie enjoys traveling, working out, spending time with her family.

Karrie Moses

Vice President / Sr. Director Pediatrics at Carilion

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Chandra is currently a Roanoke, VA resident on a multi-year hospital
reno/addition project. Chandra is working her 11th year with general contractor, Robins & Morton, as a Project Engineer. Moving around the country in her job is how she made the connection with RMHC. While her company is in Roanoke completing the new Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Reno, Chandra wants to be able to give and serve in this community.

Chandra has never used the RMHC services but there was a time that she almost needed to at the birth of her second child 35 years ago. Remembering what her child endured as she recovered from breathing issues from birth until age 4 makes Chandra grateful and eager to be a part of helping someone have a lighter load as they deal with a child’s illness and/or recovery.

"I couldn't imagine how I could help," Chandra stated when asked to join the Board. She continued by stating, "But I am going to give it all I have and in combination with the other members work to leave a legacy of hard work, dedication, and results in service to the RMHC guests and for those that follow in our path. I remain willing to contribute to this worthwhile and important organization any way I can."

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Chandra Jones

Secretary / Project Engineer at Robins & Morton

Jim is a 2017 graduate of Jefferson College of Health Sciences. After retiring from Roanoke Fire-EMS at the end of 2021, Jim joined Carilion Clinic as the Director of Virtual Care Operations.

Jim Cady

Director of Virtual Care Operations at Carilion Clinic

A proud father of three, Mike Hertz works for the law firm Woods Rogers and practices general business and intellectual property law. Mike's professional background and extensive non-profit experience has proven to be an invaluable resource for our local chapter.

Michael Hertz

Lawyer at Woods Rogers

Susan works for the Bank of Botetourt as the AVP of Treasury Services, she has been in banking for 26+ years. Susan is a Member of Community Advisory Board for Junior League Roanoke Valley, a networking guru, and is active in many chambers of commerce.

Susan graduated from James Madison University and grew up in Southern Pines, NC. She resides in Roanoke County with her husband, Pete Larkin.

Susan Larkin

Business Development & Treasury Services - AVP at Bank of Botetourt

Dr. McBride was born in Salem, Virginia and received his premedical education from Radford University with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. After medical school, Dr. McBride served his pediatric residency at the University of Louisville/Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. McBride is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. As an active member of the medical community, he has served as Chief of Pediatrics at Carilion and has served on a number of medical boards at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He has been a past recipient of the Best Local Doctor award given by the Roanoker Magazine. Dr. McBride was a former patient of Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. William Gordge at Physicians To Children before returning to join the practice in 1994.

Dr. McBride and his wife, Kimberly have one son. Their hobbies together include gardening, landscaping, coastal travels and spending as much family time together as possible. Dr. McBride and Kimberly co-authored a children’s book together entitled, "The Chickens and the Ice Cream".

Mark A. McBride, M.D.

Pediatrician at Physicians to Children

Cynthia Mullen-Gartland

Retired - Carilion Clinic
Matthew Ogburn

Mathew Ogburn joined the board in November of 2018 bringing an extensive background in community engagement and philanthropy. Through his personal connection with RMHC, Matthew is strong advocate and dedicated volunteer, including cooking meals for our families.

Matthew L. Ogburn

CFO Advisory Practice + Growth & Strategy (G&S) Senior Executive, Accenture; Principal, Mustin Capital Management & Consulting Group (MCMCG)