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OUR HISTORY

It all began in 1973 when Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia.

While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment at the children’s hospital, they met other families in the same situation. These families drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go.

Fred Hill and his football team decided to do something for these families… build them a “home-away-from-home” in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to raise money to purchase and restore a house near the hospital where these families could stay. Hence, the first Ronald McDonald House was born. Since that time, more than 300 Houses have been built worldwide.

OUR STORY

The drive to establish a Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock, Texas first originated in 1981 by the Junior League of Lubbock. In 1983, a non-profit organization named Family House, Inc. was organized, and the local co-op of McDonald’s restaurants and the national McDonald’s Corporation solidly backed the project.

The Junior League made the Ronald McDonald House the largest project in their 50 years’ history and the community gave generously to raise construction funds.

OUR REGION

Although we serve families from across the country and around the world, our primary areas of service include Lubbock and the South Plains, the Permian Basin, the Big Country, the Concho Valley, and Southeastern New Mexico.

We have direct responsibilities in 68 counties, which equates to 26% of the state of Texas.

OUR BOARD

  • Ty Jones, Board Chair
  • Steven Maddux, Chair Elect
  • Todd Hardin, Board Treasurer
  • Laura Hon, Board Secretary
  • Paul Dannevik
  • Jennifer Irlbeck
  • Rich Jones
  • Alita Loveless
  • Jacoby Madewell
  • Brian Payne
  • Robin Snowberger
  • Sunshine Stanek
  • Hugo Vargas
  • Libby White
  • Sydney Witte

OUR STAFF

  • Dina Jeffries, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Linda Limon, Chief Operations Officer
  • Emmanuel Ramirez, Director of Finance
  • Julie Barron Wells, Director of Development & Communications
  • Cindy Antoniello, Volunteer Manager
  • Maryhelen Matsler, Family Services Coordinator
  • David Pike, Maintenance
  • Randy Hudman, Field Manager
  • Shalah Smith, Communications Manager
  • Caitlin Do, Communications Intern
  • Cynthia Black, Finance Assistant
  • Bud Caddell, Accountant
  • Lyle Yates-Bourasa, Resident Manager
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