Board of Trustees

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia Board of Trustees

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 Family Room.

Director of Outreach and Special Projects at Carilion's Children, Alex plays an instrumental role from the perspective of a Carilion representative and a caring father, married with two children of his own. Alex will take over as president in January of 2019.

Alex Brendel


The owner of JMAX Property Management with a background in media, Steve's strong belief in our mission means he dedicates his time and resources to build strong awareness of RMHC of SW VA. Steve also played an instrumental role in launching the Adopt-a-Room program.

Steve Pardon

Vice President

Serving as the board Social Worker representative for Carilion Children's, Carla plays a crucial role referring families to the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, she graciously maintains her position as secretary of the board.

Carla Newton


Amy Paris is a CPA and Senior Manager at Brown, Edwards, and Company, LLP in Roanoke. She has been involved with the House since 2009 in various capacities including Treasurer, Chair of the Audit Committee, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Amy R. Paris


Currently employed with Amthor in Gretna, VA, Carol brings a wealth of information to our board with an extensive background in sales, marketing, and media. In addition, she volunteers at various events such as our golf tournament.

Carol Agee


Jill Davis joined the board in 2018. As a Certified Child Life Specialist with past experiences working with families who have used RMHC of SW VA, Jill communicates a comprehensive perspective. Jill is a mother of three daughters and a neighbor active in the community. Her extensive experience in event planning and organizational skills are priceless!

Jill Davis

Community Representative

President of Homestead Creamery, Mike come on 'board' after one of his employees stayed at the House. It has been a partnership made in ice cream heaven and Mike's heart is as a big as his contributions to RMHC as both an advocate and supporter.

Mike Grisetti

President, Homestead Creamery

Married and a father of three, Mike Hertz works for the law firm Woods Rogers and practices general business and intellectual property law. As the latest addition to the board, Mike's professional background and extensive non-profit experience will prove an invaluable resource

Michael Hertz

Lawyer, Woods Rogers

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 12 years in various positions including; bedside nurse, Workflow Analyst, Unit Director for Clinical Transport and Medical Interpreters, and most recently Senior Director for Carilion Children’s. In her free time, Karrie enjoys traveling, working out, spending time with her family.

Karrie Moses

Carilion Representative

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.

Mathew Ogburn

CFO Advisory, Accenture & Accenture Federal Services

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

McDonald's Owner Operator

Moving from WV to Roanoke in 2015 to take the position of Executive Director, Anna knows first hand how RMHC of SW VA keeps families close as her family was helped when her grandson Elijah was born in 2011 and was transported to Carilion Children's NICU.

Anna Semonco

Executive Director