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.

Stuart was a part of the original committee who brought the Ronald McDonald House to Roanoke. After retiring from Hollins University as Director of Student Recruitment she came back to the RMHC as a volunteer and in 2015 assumed the role of president of the board.

Stuart Trinkle


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

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


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

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


Robert Brailsford is an Investment Advisor with the Roanoke office of Davenport & Company, LLC. Robert became interested in the Ronald McDonald House as he saw the many services and benefits it brings to the Roanoke community. Robert has been instrumental in launching RMHC of SW VA Planned Giving.

Robert Brailsford

Senior Vice President Davenport and Co.

Heather has been McDonald's owner operator for over ten years. As a married mother of two, with an educational background in psychology and early childhood education, Heather is a strong advocate for Ronald McDonald House Charities in our community.

Heather Cullen

McDonald's Owner Operator

Sarah's interest in RMHC of SW VA came from a first hand experience when her son was hospitalized. She and her husband lived near the hospital and realized what it meant to be able to come home and regroup. These days, her son Sammy consistently shows up on his bike to drop off tab tops and Sarah is taking over as V.P. in 2019.

Sarah Glenn


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

Elizabeth Hock is special sections and projects editor at The Roanoke Times where she oversees the publication of its magazines. In addition to chairing our governance committee, Liz dedicates her expertise to RMHC publications such as our latest brochure.

Elizabeth Hock

Special Sections and Projects Editor, Roanoke Times

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

Owner, JMAX Property Management

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

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

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 for Accenture & Accenture Federal Services