Karen Jeffers, President & McDonald's Owner/Operator
Karen Jeffers is a native of Springfield, IL. Since 1999, Karen and her husband, Steve and family have owned and operated McDonald’s franchises in Springfield. She has been a board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois since 2003 and Board President since 2010. Karen enjoys photography, bicycling, and most of all being “Gaga” to 2 beautiful granddaughters and a handsome grandson.
Evan Westlake, Vice President & Vice President, Commercial Lending, Illinois National Bank
Evan Westlake has been on the Board since September 2012. In his role as Vice President he is the Chair of the Board Development Committee. Evan is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois, where he met his lovely wife, Courtney. Courtney and Evan have two children, Connor and Brenna, and reside in Springfield. During the day he is a Vice President of Commercial Lending at Illinois National Bank.
Megan Mitchell, Treasurer & Perioperative Finance Manager, Memorial Medical Center
Megan Mitchell is a native of northern Illinois and has lived in Springfield, IL for the last 6 years. Since 2013, Megan works as the Finance Manager for Perioperative Services for Memorial Medical Center, an affiliate of Memorial Health System. Megan’s previous roles within the Health System include both Treasury Analyst and Accounting Analyst with the Finance Division. She has over 12 years of extensive Accounting and Finance experience with for-profit and non-for-profit entities. Megan joined the Ronald McDonald House board in June of 2012 and serves as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Cheri Plummer, Vice Treasurer & Commercial Risk Consultant, Lee O'Keefe Insurance Agency
Cheri Plummer is a commercial insurance producer for Lee/O’Keefe Insurance Agency in Springfield, IL. Prior to her insurance career Cheri spent 14 years in the financial industry with her primary focus in residential lending.
Cheri enjoys volunteering with several community organizations- Illinois Women in Leadership, Springfield Rotary South and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Rochester with her husband Chris and 2 daughters- Paige and Libby.
Cheri has been a member of the RMHCCI board since 2012 and serves on the fundraising committee and as the Vice Treasurer.
Deb Philo, Interim Secretary & Retired, Illinois State Board of Education
Deb hails from Edinburg, Illinois where she began participating in community/civic-minded organizations at an early age. After moving to Springfield, she became interested in the Ronald McDonald House because of a co-worker's young son who was hospitalized in Chicago. In 1997, Deb began volunteering as an overnight/weekend relief manager and serving on fundraising committees. In 2004 she became a board member, serving as board secretary for several years, as well as serving as chairman of the Personnel and Review Committees.
Deb worked for the Illinois State Board of Education, Child Nutrition Programs in a variety of management positions for 28 years, retiring in 2003. She and husband Gary enjoy traveling, bicycling and spending time with their 5 grandchildren.
Gary Birschbach, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Gary Birschbach is an Owner/Operator of three McDonald’s restaurants in Decatur, Illinois. Gary started working for McDonald’s as a Junior in High School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in November of 1969. After working several levels of Management for an Owner/Operator in Wisconsin, Gary purchased his first Restaurant in Piedmont, Missouri in 1995. In 2000 Gary had an opportunity to buy two restaurants in Decatur, IL which grew to seven restaurants in 2007. He then sold four of the seven restaurants in 2009.
Gary has been married for over forty years to Laura, whom he met at McDonald’s, and has five children, all married. They enjoy each of their twelve grandchildren and expect number thirteen in November 2014. Gary’s passions include the McDonald’s business, RMHC, and the Green Bay Packers.
Steve Lashbrook, Retired, Roche Genentech Pharmaceuticals
Steve Lashbrook was a Divisional Manager in Ann Arbor, Michigan for Roche Genentech Pharmaceuticals and retired in 2005. Upon his return to Springfield, he became involved with a number of charities including the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and joined the Ronald McDonald House Board on December 2010. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Personnel Committee.
Jack Millan, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Jack Millan located to Central Illinois in 1989 when he and his wife, Gail, were first given the opportunity to become McDonald's franchisees. They have grown from that first restaurant to now owning seven, all small town locations in six different counties and are now partnering with a son in law and daughter in the business. Jack is active in all of his communities with various activities, organizations and sponsorships. He is also very active in several McDonald's committees and teams. He joined the RMHC Board in 2011 and considers it to be one of his most rewarding endeavors.
Ann Raynolds, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois Crisis Prevention Network
Ann Raynolds is a native of Buffalo, IL. Since 2012, Ann has worked as the Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network, providing consultation, training, support and expertise in the area of crisis interventions. She has 6 years of experience working in community mental health. Ann joined the Ronald McDonald House board in January 2014 and serves on the Review committee.
Pat Young, Human Resources Officer, Bank of Springfield
Patricia Young is a native of Chicago, IL and has lived in Chatham, IL for the last 4-years. Since 2010, Patricia works as the Human Resources Officer for Bank of Springfield, a growing local community bank. She has over 12 years of extensive HR experience with both large and small employers. She serves as the CIC-Society for Human Resources Management Chair for the Capitol Connections Mentoring Program. Patricia joined the Ronald McDonald House board in July of 2013 and serves on the Human Resources and Grant writing committees.
Dr. Beau Batton, Chief of Division of Neonatology, SIU School of Medicine
Dr. Beau Batton is a neonatologist caring for infants in the Neonatal ICU at St. John's Children's Hospital. He also serves as the Chief of the Division of Neonatology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Director of Newborn Services at St. John's. Beau’s wife, Angela, is an emergency medicine physician at Memorial Medical Center and they are the proud parents of Charlie (9), Delaney (5), and Everett (4). Dr. Batton joined the Board in July 2014.
Sherri Greenwood, Chief Nursing Officer, Interim Director of the Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center, HSHS St. John's Hospital
Sherri Greenwood was born and raised in Iowa where she began her nursing career as a staff nurse,eventually becoming a manager, director, vice president, and eventually hospital administrator. She relocated to Springfield, Illinois in 2010 to work for HSHS St. John’s Hospital. She serves as Chief Nursing Officer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital as well as Chief Nursing Executive for the Central Illinois Division of the Hospital Sisters Health System. She has a Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, and received her RN Diploma from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. Sherri and her husband Dave live north of Springfield.
Ed Brooks, CEO, Prairie Cardiovascular
Amy L. Sherwood, Partner, Sikich LLP
Amy is a native of southeastern Illinois and has lived in Springfield, IL for nearly 20 years. Amy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995, where she met her husband, Rase. As a partner at Sikich LLP, Amy’s primary focus is providing audit and attest services to State government and not-for-profit entities. Amy joined the Ronald McDonald House board in October 2014 and presently serves on the Review Committee. She also serves the Springfield community through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, West Side Christian Church, and Springfield Christian School. Amy and Rase have two children, Kaytlin and Rase Jr. Amy enjoys many hours at basketball and baseball games, and relishes the time she spends and memories created with her family on annual vacations.
Melissa Skinner-Liberman, Junior League of Springfield Representative
Melissa graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in elementary education and the University of Illinois at Springfield with an M.A. in teacher leadership. After teaching at Farmingdale Elementary School, Melissa also taught in Chicago and served as the Director of Advancement for St. John Berchmans School in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. Locally, she is involved with Junior League of Springfield, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Springfield Art Association, and Kidzeum of Health and Science. Melissa joined the Ronald McDonald House Board in October of 2014 where she serves as a member of the Fundraising Committee. Melissa's husband, Colin, is an anesthesiologist at Memorial Medical Center, and they keep busy with their children Anna, Owen, Alice, and Baby #4 (arriving Spring 2015).