Who We Are
The Nashville Ronald McDonald House Associate Board is a group of professionals who help critically ill children and their families by raising awareness and funds to further the mission of RMHC of Nashville.
Founded in 2019 and consisting of 17 members, the Associate Board organizes activities for families, serves meals, assists with fundraising and events and much more so that families with children receiving treatment at area hospitals will have the support they need. In addition, the Associate Board provides opportunities for members to expand their personal and professional networks through social events. Their commitment to providing excellent service and social opportunities makes this group one of the top YP groups in the city!
An Associate Board membership is $100 annually.
What We Do
SERVICE- Associate Board membership provides a wide variety of service opportunities:
- Volunteering at the House (cleaning, cooking, movie nights, etc.)
- Volunteering at RMHC of Nashville Fundraising Events
- Serving meals in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
NETWORKING- Through its networking events, Associate Board members have the opportunity to connect with other young professionals interested in community service and career networking. These events provide a relaxed and social atmosphere while staying connected to the mission of RMHC of Nashville.
EVENTS- Create a signature event to support and promote RMHC of Nashville’s mission
Who Can Join
Young professionals who are interested in helping families with critically ill children are encouraged to apply. Members are encouraged to participate in one committee, attend at least one RMHC of Nashville Event during the year, and contribute the $100 annual membership fee.
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Contact Amy Southard at 615.343.4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Meet our members!
Kearra has two children, and can only imagine the challenges faced by the families served by Ronald McDonald House. She is grateful to be part of helping to continue those valuable services. Kearra is from Louisville, Kentucky and a University of Kentucky graduate. She is an interior designer at Esa, and weirdly good at pop culture trivia.
Joel Borski, High Five Merch Co.
Jamie Cologna, SMACKsongs
Dawn is a Healthcare Financial Analyst who has served meals in the past with employers and friends in the community. She enjoys volunteering and making a difference in the community, which led her to the Associate Board. Dawn enjoys music festivals and anything music-related, and was once in music video, (filmed in the old movie theatre on 8th Ave that is now Sinema). Dawn is from Nashville and attended Nashville State.
Phillip is from Murfreesboro, and spent time working in Washington, DC and Alaska before returning to Tennessee to study at Belmont College of Law. He is honored to serve on the Associate Board because family is very important to him, and he wants to contribute to his community. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families together when they need it most, and its impact in the community is readily apparent. Phillip’s hobbies include social sports, fishing, and trying new restaurants.
Meghan Downs, Architectural Granite & Marble
Shane is a Provider Network Specialist at Ascension Care Management from Reading, Pennsylvania. He enjoys watching movies, reading and going to see live comedy—in fact, he’s seen more comedy shows at the Ryman than music. Shane’s aunt was involved with the Ronald McDonald House and introduced him to the organization. He loved it and wanted to become more involved, which led him to the Associate Board.
Miller Hunt Eubanks
Miller’s family has had the privilege to be involved with the Ronald McDonald House for several years now. It is truly a wonderful organization that provides a much-needed service to families in need, and the Associate Board is a unique opportunity to support and further the mission of RMHC (not to mention tons of fun!). Her hometown is here in Nashville, and Miller enjoys running, petting all the dogs, and spending time on the lake. She attended Clemson University and is an attorney.
Taylor Genz, First Advantage Bank
Amanda joined the Associate Board because she has a desire to be more involved in the community, and to support children and families. Amanda loves the idea of helping to promote organizations that truly care and gives back to those in need. She is from Nashville and attended SCAD. Amanda is a realtor with Parks, and enjoys spending time with her dogs and husband, traveling, food, and physical activity.
Sarah Gromos, Nashville Predators
Several people from Allie’s hometown of Carthage, Tennessee have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and it was a tremendous help to them so they could be close to their babies. Ever since then, she has been somewhat involved by running in the Hustle for the House 5K, making donations and preparing meals at the House and Family Room. Allie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and is a nurse practitioner at Centennial. She serves on the Associate Board because it is a great opportunity to support and be a part of a wonderful cause. She has personally seen how much the House helps families!
Kasey always knew the mission of the Ronald McDonald House was so incredible, but after witnessing it first hand, she was even more amazed. Creating a “Home-Away-From-Home” for these special families who are going through such difficult times and providing them with not only the basic necessities that we all tend to take for granted, but also giving them a place where they can be loved and supported is so amazing. There’s so much that Nashville has given to her over the years, it’s nice to give back and she honestly cannot think of a better group to do that with than the Associate Board. Kasey is a CPA and has been the accountant to professional athletes, celebrities and musicians. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Kasey attended Auburn University before coming to Nashville. She loves to explore new cities and countries, and would rather spend her days outside than anywhere else.
Nicole has been volunteering with “the House that love built” for many years, and continues to be inspired by the mission of the Ronald McDonald House. It is so powerful to be able to support these families by providing a “Home-Away-From-Home” when it is needed most. She is honored to be able to further her involvement with such an incredible organization by serving on the Associate Board. Originally from Toronto, Nicole is a University of Arizona alumnus. She is an attorney with Burr & Forman who spends her free time running, reading and trying new recipes.
Lee is a Music Publisher at Smack Songs from Chrisman, Illinois. He served in the Army for six years, and is a Belmont University graduate. He was looking for a great way to give back, and found the Associate Board to be a perfect fit. In his free time, Lee works on his house and yard, watches sitcoms and sports, and spends time with friends.
Lauren was introduced to the Ronald McDonald House and the incredible work being done there by her co-worker and long time RMHC volunteer, Leslie Ann Wilson. A few years ago, she assisted with the installation of the new playroom at the House – which the kids and families have really enjoyed! RMHC is an outpouring of love to people going through a really tough time, and she think that’s an honorable cause and one worthy to champion. Lauren attended Auburn University, and is an interior designer with Esa who enjoys working on her old house, getting outside, and eating tacos.
Clark Malloy, Phoenix Design Group
Amber is in Human Resources with i3 Verticals, but still wants to be an astronaut when she grows up! She serves on the Associate Board to be involved with other like-minded souls and to have the opportunity to share her servant-heart to help others. In her free time, Amber enjoys reading, being outdoors, watching scary movies, and animals (all animals!). She is originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As a young child, Randall and his parents interacted and volunteered with patients at St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, Tennessee, where he grew up. While time at the hospital with the patients was extremely eye opening and rewarding, he found himself gravitating towards the siblings and family members living at the House, who had unique hardships of their own being a caretaker for their loved one. Randall knew he wanted to be a part of the great things going on at the Ronald McDonald House in Texas after moving there in 2014. So, Randall was introduced to a young leadership organization and eventually served on their Executive Committee. When he moved to Nashville with his wife and son last year, he was very interested to be a part of a similar group in Nashville. He then met the House staff, and some of the other volunteers who would eventually become part of the Associate Board, and knew this was something he wanted to do. Randall is a University of Mississippi alumnus, and a Private Banker for JP Morgan.
Mary is a Nashville native who enjoys attending concerts, trying new restaurants, and traveling. She attended the University of Georgia, and is in Sales and Business Development for Plumbing Distributors Inc. Mary serves on the Associate Board because she believes in the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities – to serve families of children fighting a battle most of us cannot relate to while just wanting to be a normal kid. It’s also an opportunity to connect deeper into the city she grew up in through new opportunities and new people.
Todd originally moved to Nashville from Weston, Wisconsin to be a songwriter. Now a Corporate Sales Manager for Hunt Brothers Pizza, he serves on the Associate Board because the Ronald McDonald House is an amazing organization and this was an opportunity to be an even bigger part of it. Todd enjoys anything outdoors or sports related.
Jonny is a Belmont University alumnus, who was born in South Korea. He works for Change Healthcare in Human Resources – Culture & Community Giving; Change Healthcare supports the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and through this partnership, he has been able to deliver pull tabs and dinners to the House. Jonny always had a passion for community giving and volunteering with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House that do so such incredible and inspirational work for a variety of people, and he thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the staff and volunteers who serve the House. He was extremely grateful when the opportunity came to personally support the Nashville Ronald McDonald House through the Associate Board, and looks forward to getting to know his fellow Associate Board members as they work together to support the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and Nashville community.
Taylor Young, HCA Healthcare
Melissa Leonhardt, RMHC Administrative Manager
Amy Southard, RMHC Development Director
Leslie Ann Wilson, Esa (RMHC Board Liaison)