Meet the Staff

Our Hardworking Team


Everyone has a position but there is really only one role, TEAM RMHC of SWVA, because that's what it takes to run this amazing organization. From greeting weary guests with a warm smile to unclogging a sink, the professional staff believe in one thing - providing a loving and caring atmosphere for families.

Shannon Boothe is the current Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia.

Shannon has lived in Roanoke, Virginia her entire life. She graduated from Roanoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a concentration in healthcare delivery. Working part-time all the way through college, she came to learn about the Ronald McDonald House through an internship at a local hospital. Upon graduation, Shannon applied to work at the house and started out as a house manager. April 2021, marked Shannon's 23rd anniversary with the House.

Shannon lives in Roanoke with her husband of 23 years, she has a daughter who is currently attending Virginia Tech and a son who is in high school.

Growing up, Shannon didn't really know what she wanted to be, she just knew she wanted to help people.

"The Ronald McDonald House makes a huge difference in the lives of families going through one of the hardest times in their lives and I feel lucky to be a part of it. " - Shannon

Shannon Boothe

Executive Director

Jeanne returns to RMHC-SWVA after having been part of the staff 6 years ago in a development role. She is returning to offer her assistance in many different aspects of the organization. Jeanne also owns a home-based cookie company.

Jeanne and her husband, Allen, are proud parents of 2 handsome little boys. When not working she can be found cheering on her boys at one of their many sporting events, enjoying a bonfire and family movie night in her backyard or doing house projects.

Jeanne is excited to be back at RMHC. The best part about working at RMHC is "the guests and knowing that we are able to help families during some of the most difficult times of their lives."

Jeanne Lawrence

Development Director

Stefanie began working with various non-profit organizations as a team member at 19 years old. She developed a passion for working with people and has been able to serve those in all walks of life.

Stefanie grew up in the Franklin County area and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, all types of music, and reading a good book.

Stefanie is excited about being a part of the RMHC family, due to a sibling who was diagnosed with childhood cancer, Stefanie understands the importance of the mission of RMHC and the services which are offered.

Stefanie Hall

Interim House Program Director

Melanie Morris is a 2014 graduate of the former Jefferson College of Health Sciences with her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She is a 2017 graduate of Liberty University with her Masters in Public. She is an advocate for youth drug use prevention, food insecurity, trauma and resiliency and living a healthy lifestyle. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Prevention Alliance and is a member of the Resiliency Collective.

Melanie Morris

Community Relations & Special Events Coordinator

Donna has been the RMHC Family Room Volunteer Coordinator since 2015 and one year as a Family Room Volunteer prior to that. The Family Room is located outside the NICU at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining the RMHC Team, she was with Muscular Dystrophy Association for 22 years in Patient Services, operated an in-home daycare and worked at NASA for 7 years in Greenbelt, MD.

Donna has a husband who is retired/disabled from VWCC, a son and daughter-in-law who live in Allentown, PA and have two children as well as a daughter and son-in-law who live outside Charlotte, NC whom have one son in college. She has one brother and sister-in-law in Albuquerque, NM and one niece.

She is very active in her church in local missions. She loves the outdoors and misses her 30 years of camping in West Virginia and riding as a passenger on their Harley. My mission in life is helping people.

She is honored to have a great group of volunteers in the Family Room who provide a snack, a listening ear, and a quiet place for our families to step away for some nourishment yet still be close to their ill child. We serve families who have a child 21 or under who are hospitalized at RMH. Seeing the “smiles” and receiving the many “thank yous” from our guests lets us know we are helping to relieve some of their stress.

Donna Kester

Family Room Coordinator

Robert Ellis

Program Coordinator

De'Aushanae Blake

House Manager

Debbie recently relocated to Roanoke from South Florida and is excited to bring over 20 years of non-profit and corporate management experience to the Ronald McDonald House team. She is focused on providing the best possible guest services to our families and also helps with technical projects.

In her free time, Debbie is an avid pickleball and tennis player, loves to ski, is a licensed Foster Child parent, and a substitute teacher. These are just a few of the ways she tries to be a positive impact in our great Roanoke valley area.

Debbie Garland

House Manager

Ruth Guthrie

House Manager

“Kat” moved to Roanoke from Maine a few years ago to be close to her son and his family. She has been enjoying her active role as “Omie” to her grand dog Fiona and two amazing grandchildren. When not attending their athletic and school events she enjoys sewing, crafting, and “junking”. She loves a good yard sale and regularly haunts local consignment and antique stores.

Having survived life-threatening health challenges and personal loss, Kat brings to the House an understanding of, and empathy for, the difficulties families can face. And with many years of experience in the hospitality industry she believes the House is an opportunity for her to “pay forward” some of the love and support she has received over the years.

Kathleen Hobson

House Manager

Joe Kirk

House Manager
Jill, our House Manager

Jill has served RMHC as a House Manager for nearly 2 years.

Jill has 2 grown sons, one of which is about to get married. Jill also has a step-daughter who is getting ready to go to college next year.

Jill loves spending time with her sister, who she describes as her BFF. She also embraces any opportunity to travel, especially to warm, sunny beaches. Jill also loves hiking, kayaking, and being involved in her church.

Jill explains that the best part about working at RMHC is "being able to support the families staying here... seeing how grateful they are for having this home away from home."

Jill Lucas

House Manager

Sierra moved to Texas when she was 21, after being born and raised in Roanoke. Two years ago she came back to her old stomping grounds. She has two young children.

Sierra has always had a passion to help others even since she was a little girl and use to volunteer here in the RM House when she was a teenager.

"I'm a single mother of two and have always held all children close to heart even before having kids. I believe kindness goes a long way in this world and it brings joy in so many hearts to know they have a home away from home here at RM House, I'm glad I get to be apart of it," - Sierra

Sierra Tate

House Manager

Katrina Vermillion

House Manager