Rita Cyr, Chief Executive Officer
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Beverly Knapp, Business Office Manager
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Brittany Miller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Alex Randolph, Development Associate
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Isaiah Ashba, Signature Events Manager
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ProgrammingSharon Watkins, Chief Operations Officer
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Cara Arnold, House Program Director
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Tyler Brady, House Program Manager
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Julie Arias, Family Room Program Director
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Genna Stoffel, Guest Services Manager
Catherine Nelson, Dayton Children’s Hospital Family Room Manager
Adrienne Lewis, Miami Valley Hospital Family Room Manager
Will Crabtree, Community Engagement Coordinator
Part Time Guest Service Managers
Board of Trustees
Lori Kershner, RMHC Board Chair
President and CEO
Lori is the President & CEO of LMK Advocacy, a government affairs consulting firm based in Springboro and Columbus. Her business focuses on lobbying on behalf of their clients at the Statehouse in Columbus and the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C.
She is a past recipient of the DBJ 40 Under 40 Award, was the 2010 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Runner Up, Ohio University Delta Gamma Alumnae of the Year in 2002, Chair of the Dayton Chamber’s Executive Women’s Leadership Council and Chair of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, Dayton Chapter. She has also spent countless hours volunteering for Miracle League of Dayton/Warren County, Go Red for Women and Junior League of Dayton. Governor Kasich also appointed Kershner to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Council of Ohio. She is perhaps most proud of her involvement with her daughters in the RMHC Junior Red Shoe Society, teaching kids the importance of volunteering in the community and facilitating “kids helping kids.”
Lori and her husband Chris have two young daughters, Morgan & Tatum and two ornery boxer dogs. Her interests include politics, public policy, the arts, camping, hiking and travel.
She has a passion for the right of every child to have quality health care. Serving on the RMHC Board gives her the ability to assist families who are often dealing with the most challenging times of their lives.
Danielle Wiseman, RMHC Board Vice Chair
International Acquisition Project Manager
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Danielle joined the Dayton Foundation to be put in contact with a non-profit organization that worked with children to sit on the board. “When I was chosen by RMHC to sit on the board I couldn’t actually believe that an organization with such recognition and presence in the world would have chosen me. I am honored and moved to be chosen to work with one of the greatest organizations in world.” Danielle is working toward completing her MBA and enjoys singing with the Gem City Chorus, reading, volunteering, and most outdoor activities.
Al Herzog, RMHC Board Treasurer
Al has been a McDonald’s Owner/Operator for over 20 years and is the past recipient of the McDonald’s President Award. He is a married father of two who enjoys travel and road biking. His greatest accomplishments are providing consistent, quality employment to over 250 people and being a good example to his two daughters. Al has supported the House financially for years but is now excited to be able to provide a higher level of involvement through serving on the RMHC Board.
Rita joined RMHC’s leadership team in 2002. She has worked in non-profit administration for her entire professional career in positions committed to improving the lives of women, children, and families. Rita has been an active member of Dayton Rotary since 2005. She is a graduate of Ohio University and Leadership Dayton.
President and General Manager
Joe, his wife Sarah, and their two kids arrived in the Miami Valley late in 2012 from New England when Joe accepted his new position running WDTN-TV and Dayton’s CW. “I’m thrilled to be serving on the board of such a great organization. It’s easy to understand why Keeping Families Close is such an important mission, “ Joe said. He and his family reside in Springboro.
Jolyn joined the Miami Valley Hospital executive team in February 2014. Jolyn brings to MVH over 30 years of professional expertise as a registered nurse. In her leadership roles, she has served hospitals in Georgia, California, Florida, and now Ohio. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate program at the University of Illinois. Jolyn is married with tree adult daughters and one beloved granddaughter. She enjoys being active in her church and traveling. She is very excited to join the Premier Health team and is looking forward to getting more involved in the Dayton community.
Dr. Jeffrey Christian
Children’s Care Group, Dayton Children’s Hospital
Jeffrey and his wife Julie have two daughters, Claire and Nicole and two yellow labs, Jackson and Cooper. Jeffrey enjoys bird watching, golf, and volleyball and has served as a past chairman of professional staff. Jeffrey says he chose to serve on the board because the Ronald McDonald House has always been a huge asset to his hospital and patients and sees serving as an opportunity to give back.
US Operations Training Consultant
McDonald’s USA LLC
Linda has worked for McDonald’s Corporation for over 16 years and lived in the community most of her life. She has held a variety of leadership roles and is currently a Training Professional for McDonald’s Corporation. She is passionate about helping others to develop their talents. She is a proud mother of two children who are leaders in the healthcare community and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. Linda is excited to be able partner with RMHC to find avenues to help families stay close and better the lives of children and their families.
Sebaly Shillito + Dyer
Toby is married and the proud father of three daughters. When he is not with his family, Toby works as a trial lawyer with an international practice. Toby has a passion for helping children and families get and keep access to high-quality pediatric care. He knows firsthand how vital it is for families to be physically close to one another when a child is seriously hurt or ill and is receiving treatment at one of the region’s hospitals. RMHC’s mission includes just that – keeping families together in a time of crisis. Toby is honored to be able to help fulfill this critical mission through service on the RMHC Board of Trustees.
Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Jayne Gmeiner, MS, RN, NEA-BC, is the vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at Dayton Children’s hospital. She supports the patient and family experience, leads strategic planning efforts for the Magnet-recognized nursing division, provides oversight of financial management for the nursing division and operational oversight for all inpatient units. She has 35 years of experience in nursing excellence, directing care management and staff development. Jayne holds a master’s of science in nursing administration and a bachelor’s of science in nursing, both from Wright State University. Her evidence-based research in the profession of nursing has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Heart and Lung and the Journal of Health Administration.
Dr. C. Kirby Heritage
Owner & Wealth Manager
Jessup Wealth Management
Bryan M. Martin
Associate Director of Scholarships and Special Programs
Wright State University
I am a lifelong resident of the city of Dayton and earned both my B.S. and M.Ed. from Wright State University. I have been employed with Wright State University for the past 17 years in the Office of Financial Aid. My passion is giving back to the community through various organizations focused on improving the lives of children and underserved populations. I am a youth basketball and baseball coach for the City of Dayton Recreation and Youth Services. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as possible. My hobbies are grilling, basketball and travel.
Product Planning Manager
Reynolds and Reynolds
VP Patient Care
Kettering Medical Center
Debbie was involved in supporting our community by serving on the RMHC Dayton Grants Committee, is a member of the Centerville Evening Optimist, and runs the Safetyville Square and Angel Tree Adoption Programs. Debbie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Debbie says she considers her greatest accomplishment to be completing the McDonald’s Spousal Approval Program after the death of her husband, Ray, and raising her three wonderful sons.