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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

Since 1980, the Southern California Ronald McDonald Houses serve as a inexpensive, and often free, “home–away–from–home” for families of critically–ill children undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals and medical facilities.

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Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Each year Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times serves an average of 1,500 campers who are children with cancer so they can take a break from hospitals and find an opportunity to just be “ordinary kids.”

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Family Rooms

Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide an “oasis” within the hospital for parents with children in pediatric or neonatal intensive care units; allowing them a chance to sleep, shower and recharge while remaining within steps of their hospitalized child.

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Scholarships & Grants

We support the children of our Southland communities by awarding scholarships to high–achieving high school seniors and providing grants to non–profit organizations working to improve the lives of children.

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.

Noel Burcelis BioContact

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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Phone: 714-516-3662

Katie Russell BioContact

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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Phone: 714-516-3665

Virginia Schacher BioContact

Virginia Schacher

Philanthropy Coordinator
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Phone: 714-516-3661

Susan Kenny BioContact

Susan Kenny

Development Director

Susan Kenny comes to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House with over twelve years of professional fundraising experience. She started her fundraising career with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and created long lasting relationships with partners, volunteers and client families all over the country. During her time with MDA, Susan was responsible for business development, special events, grants and cause related marketing campaigns. She also worked with her team to coordinate MDA’s health care clinics and summer camp. Susan has a BA in Communication from the University of Arizona and a Human Resources Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.  She has volunteered her time with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Project Cuddle, Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Team in Training, Smith Elementary School and Huntington Valley Little League. She’s excited to join the Orange County Ronald McDonald House team and looks forward to continuing our mission to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California.

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Phone: 714-516-3695

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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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Phone: 714-516-3664

Johanna Stickles BioContact

Johanna Stickles

Volunteer Manager
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Phone: (714)516-3664

Sida Chau BioContact

Sida Chau

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

Helen Bouquet BioContact

Helen Bouquet

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

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Madison Garcia

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

Helen Magana BioContact

Helen Magana

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

Tiffany Pla-Mendiola

Guest Services Associate
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Densie Sikitari

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

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Keaton Williams

Guest Services Associate
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Phone: 714-639-3600

Maria Lira

Maria Lira

Housekeeper

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