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Southern California Chapter

Unifying the efforts of our six houses, a camp, two family rooms and other programs, the Southern California Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is committed to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

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Our Houses

Ronald McDonald Houses located throughout Southern California help families stay close to their child when they need treatment for a serious medical condition. Our Houses provide a home-like setting, close to the region's top hospitals, where families can stay free-of charge for as long as necessary.

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Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times helps children with cancer and their families find hope, healing and a sense of normalcy at our year-round, medically supervised camp facility.

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Family Rooms

Our Family Rooms provide an oasis for parents and caregivers inside the hospital, giving them a chance to sleep, shower, and connect with other families just steps away from their child’s hospital bed.

Orange County Staff

Orange County Ronald McDonald House staff members are dedicated to providing comfort, care, and support to children and families in Southern California.

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Noel Burcelis

Executive Director

Noel Burcelis has been appointed as Executive Director for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House (OCRMH), a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC). Noel takes on this new role after serving as Director of Operations at OCRMH for three years and has an extensive background in non-profit management. Noel has served as Executive Director Community Development for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and has been a Lecturer at Cal State L.A. and graduated from California State University Long Beach. He has B.A. and M.S.W. degrees.

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Katie Russell

Director of Operations

Katie Russell has been with the Orange County Ronald McDonald House for over ten years and during her tenure with us has held a variety of positions such as: Guest Services Associate, Volunteer Coordinator, and Guest Services Manager. Her experience outside the charity include serving as Director of Operations for an Interior Design Company and over nine years with the Disneyland Resort as a Guest Relations Manager. Katie has displayed commitment to our mission.

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Burgandie Onekea

Director of Development

Burgandie Onekea is the Director of Development for Orange County Ronald McDonald House.  Burgandie is a seasoned, skilled, and accomplished nonprofit leader who has dedicated her career to improving the health and quality of life in our communities for over 20 years.  Burgandie has served in various leadership roles at the American Cancer Society, National MS Society, and MDA to name a few. She is adept at executing and creating effective strategies, strategic partnerships, and collaborative relationships which drive positive change that build sustainability and advance the mission.  She is a strong team leader focused on strategic organizational growth with an extensive background in staff & volunteer development, stewardship, business, and fund development. Burgandie has proven experience developing innovative programs and building high functioning teams that produce maximum results.

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Virginia Schacher

Virginia Schacher

Philanthropy Coordinator
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Ruth Wu

Special Events Manager

As the Special Events Manager, Ruth is responsible for executing all the House’s fundraising events and third party fundraisers. In addition to events, she is also responsible for maintaining the House’s social media presence on a variety of social media sites including the monthly newsletter that circulates to over 8000 subscribers. Prior to becoming the Special Events Manager at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Ruth was the Volunteer Manager for the House and had a role in planning the annual alumni family pancake breakfast, Trunk or Treat and the Family Holiday Party.

Before joining the House, Ruth was the Operations Manager at the Children Youth and Family Collaborative, in South Los Angeles, for eight years where she managed 25 after school sites and over 50 full and part-time staff. Ruth received her BA from Pepperdine University in Malibu and is a proud alumni who continues to stay involved with the school by hosting alternative spring break “externships” for current students.

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Johanna Stickles

Volunteer Manager
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Sida Chau

Sida Chau

Guest Services Associate
Sami Curry

Sami Curry

Guest Services Associate
Kristiana Lehotan

Kristiana Lehotan

Guest Services Associate
Albert Levalle

Albert Levalle

Guest Services Associate
Jazmin Morales

Jazmin Morales

Guest Services Associate
Densie Sikitari

Densie Sikitari

Guest Services Associate

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