Staff

Staff

Alyson McCarthy

Executive Director

Alyson McCarthy

Alyson McCarthy spent 20 years as a television news anchor and consumer investigative reporter for News 13 Inside Las Vegas and 8 News Now before she was bitten by the “non-profit bug” and resigned from the news business permanently in 2010. She became the Marketing Director for Nevada Donor Network, whose mission involves educating the community about the importance of organ and tissue donation to save lives.

One year later, an executive search committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas approached Alyson about becoming the Executive Director for the organization. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime,” Alyson said. “I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards that come with leading a wonderful organization and staff, whose mission is to help families in crisis.”

Four years later, Alyson has led the charge to remodel the existing Ronald McDonald House®, expand the organization’s hospital lunch program, and implement the first hospital-based Ronald McDonald Family Room® in Las Vegas, which celebrated its grand opening in March of 2016 at Sunrise Children’s Hospital – keeping local families closer than ever to their hospitalized children.

As with the Ronald McDonald House® mission, family comes first for Alyson. She has been married to Las Vegas CPA Bill McCarthy for 27 years. She is also the proud mom to 22-year old Nicholaus and 20-year old Matthew, both of whom are currently attending college in Reno, Nevada, and 15-year old Andrew, who currently attends Bishop Gorman High School.

Shannon Sacks

Director of Operations

Shannon Sacks

Shannon joined Ronald McDonald house in 2017 as our Director of Operations. Her desire to help children stems back to elementary school in Southern California where she became involved in assisting children with special education needs. She moved to Henderson, Nevada in 1989 and studied Business Management at University of Phoenix. She comes to the House with more than 15 years of management and telecommunications experience. She believes in working hard with a smile and being part of an environment that can provide a compassionate hand in helping children and their families in their time of need. Shannon is a wife and mother of two and loves to spend time with family and friends. She is an artist in all forms of media and shares this passion with her daughter.

Stephanie Franks

Director of Finance

Stephanie Franks

Stephanie is our Director of Finance. She joined the staff in 2013, after 5 years of volunteering and working as an independent accounting contractor for Ronald McDonald House® of Greater Las Vegas. As a wife and mother of three, Stephanie cherishes her alliance with RMHC® for its family values and its core mission of "Keeping Families Close™." Originally from St. George, Utah, she moved to this city she loves in 1997. Stephanie enjoys playing taxi cab to her youngest daughter, spending nights playing games with family and friends, and weekends on the lake in the summertime.

Donna Cline

Facilities Manager

Donna Cline

Donna came to the House in 2001 as a volunteer one day a week. She quickly fell in love with the House and volunteered more and more. A position soon became open to work at RMHC®, and Donna didn’t think twice about taking it! A few fun facts about Donna: She was involved in the House even before it was built; she has been with this House from day one. She has also been working since the age of 13 when wages were 50 cents an hour! For Donna, working as the Facilities Manager goes far beyond keeping the House beautiful. Her favorite parts about the job are interacting with the families, making them feel comfortable and getting to know each family story. Nothing happens in this House without Donna knowing about it, and no family leaves without having been uniquely touched by her.

Christine Fernandez

Volunteer Manager

Christine Fernandez

Christine has worked at the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas for nearly three years.

Christine hails from Great Britain and attended Coventry University. She was an Administrative Officer with the British Civil Service for over 15 years and has extensive experience in contract administration, customer service, security clearance programs and accounts payable.

After relocating to the United States with her family, she felt it was vitally important to put her career on hold to raise her family. While doing that she was an active volunteer at different organizations including Nellis AFB and the Ronald McDonald House® and enjoyed working with diverse people at each organization.

As Volunteer Manager, Christine enjoys working with the committed people who make up our volunteer workforce, giving their valuable time helping the families and children we serve. Without their support and dedication our mission would not be possible.

Julie Beard

Database Coordinator & Special Events Assistant

Julie Beard

Since 2008, Julie has served as the Family Services Coordinator, Volunteer Manager, and is currently the Database Coordinator & Special Events Assistant. Prior to coming to the House, she spent four years at the American Heart & Stroke Association, where she truly found her passion for the non-profit world. As a Bay Area California native, Julie has resided in Las Vegas for 13 years with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, traveling (especially to Disneyland) and spending time with family & friends.

Ashley Fawcett

Marketing Coordinator

Ashley Fawcett

Ashley joined the House in 2015 after graduating from Webster University with a degree in Mathematics. Originally studying to become a math teacher, she found her passion for nonprofits through an internship with Make-A-Wish St. Louis. She instantly fell in love with the mission and core values of RMHC® and knew it was the place for her. After a year as the Family Services Coordinator, she became the Marketing Coordinator. Her new role allows her to use her experience working personally with House families to better market their needs. In her spare time, Ashley loves to hike, play volleyball, try new food, and spend time with her puppy. 

Jacqueline Cruz

Special Events Coordinator

Jacqueline Cruz

Jacqueline joins the House as the Special Events Coordinator having previously served in the public sector managing community events and programs for elected officials as well as political fundraising and campaign events. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas in 2015, her community engagement efforts focused on connecting valuable educational and health resources to families in need, and she is grateful to continue supporting this work in a non-profit setting. Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys the Vegas trails and eateries and traveling with her husband.

Linett Posada

Programs Coordinator

Linett Posada

Linett joined our RMHC® family in the middle of 2016 as the Programs Coordinator. She graduated as a Rebel from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in early May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. She is a fluent Spanish bilingual and a Vegas native who has seen the growth in our community. Her love for non-profits sparked when she was first given the opportunity to discover it in high school, and since then she made it a part of her lifestyle in college to be more involved. Her passion lies within her drive to help children have better futures. She believes that children are our future, and they deserve a chance to all opportunities and support to succeed, whether it was in academics or a second chance at life. She is ecstatic in her role because she is able to be hands on with programs that impact the lives of children, youth seeking higher education, and families as a whole.

 

Emily Herrmann

Family Services Coordinator

Emily Herrmann

Having been a guest at a Ronald McDonald House® as a child herself, Emily enthusiastically joined the Las Vegas House in 2016 after spending time in the non-profit sector, working in the field of problem gambling prevention and education. Prior to that she received her BA in Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there Emily truly developed a passion for helping others as she worked for three years in the university residence halls as a Resident Assistant and Director of Student Advocacy. Emily originally comes from the small town of Ely, Nevada, and loves meeting and helping families from other parts of Nevada and neighboring states.

Zach Triplett

House Manager

Zach Triplett

Zach joined RMHC® in 2013. In his role as evening House Manager, Zach is here as each family returns home from the hospital and enjoys a home cooked meal. As such, he gets to know our families well and appreciates being able to be here for them throughout their stay with us. Zach is also the Houses “Mr. Fix-it”, and the guy who can lift the heavy stuff! Zach was born in Augsburg, Germany and has lived in Las Vegas since 2012. In his free time he enjoys hiking, spelunking and playing pranks on his fellow staff members.

Brenda Williams

House Manager

Brenda Williams

Brenda came to the House in 2012 as a volunteer. She was thrilled when a position as Overnight Manager became available. She loves working here, and feels it is such a blessing. What Brenda likes most about her role at RMHC® is the quietness at night. While our families are getting some much needed rest, it is Brenda who is readying the house for tomorrow, so that it inspires everyone and brings hope in a new day.

Marvella Baca

House Manager

Marvella Baca

Marvella is our Weekend House Manager, and how she came to be with RMHC® is a story with a happy ending for both Marvella and the House! Thirteen years ago her 16 year old son was involved in a terrible accident. Marvella stayed here at the House for nearly 5 months while her son underwent numerous surgeries and a difficult recovery. She fell in love with RMHC® and our mission. She sees working here as giving back to an organization which helped her in a time of need, and she can truly empathize with what our families are experiencing. Marvella has been with us for 12 years, and is happy to report her son is very well.

Richard Cooke

House Manager

Richard Cooke

Richard is our Morning Manager - up early every morning to take care of RMHC® families. He worked for USPS for 35 years before retiring in 2012. He then started volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House® and has been here ever since! Before becoming the Morning Manager, Richard was a Relieve Manager for a few years. He was more than willing to help fill an open shift if the house needed it. He enjoys making RMHC® families' lives just a little easier in a very trying try for them.