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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.

Pasadena Staff

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

Mara Leong-Maguinez

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, Mara advances the mission of providing comfort, care, and support to children and families receiving specialized treatment in the Pasadena area. Working closely with a dedicated Board of Trustees, Mara leads the Pasadena House by motivating engaged communities of support, upholding organizational values, and ensuring effective program delivery. Prior to joining the Ronald McDonald House Charities family, Mara served as Chief Development Officer of Youth Policy Institute and Director of Development at the Downtown Women’s Center. A Pasadena native, Mara spent several years as Development Director at Families Forward Learning Center (previously Mothers’ Club). She holds a Master’s of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge and received her B.A. from USC. Mara is deeply committed to providing all families in need with a warm and welcoming “home-away-from-home.”

Francisco Gallegos

Francisco Gallegos

Operations Manager

Hilary Manners

Development Manager
Luz Balbuena

Luz Balbuena

Lead, Guest Services Associate
Patricia Blamo

Patricia Blamo

Guest Services Associate

Jocelyne Flores

Guest Services Associate

Emmanuel Garcia

Guest Services Associate
Elizabeth Chin

Elizabeth Chin

Guest Services Associate
Jessica Limon

Jessica Limon

Guest Services Associate
Kevin Rosa

Kevin Rosa

Guest Services Associate
Cecelia Walker

Cecelia Walker

Guest Services Associate

Sponsors of Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

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