Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois announces Crystal Kern as New COO

4/19/2022 RMHC of Central Illinois

The Board of Directors and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) has announced Crystal Kern as the new COO for their non-profit organization which spans 29 counties across central Illinois.

Kern has worked in the not-for-profit industry for over fifteen years, gaining experience in finance, human resources, operations, and organizational development. As Chief Operating Officer, Kern is passionate about making sure the daily operations are efficient, effective, and align with our mission and strategic plan. In addition to her professional experience, Kern holds a master’s degree in Accounting from University of Illinois Springfield and a BBA in Accounting from McKendree University.

"Crystal’s wealth of experience and leadership is a tremendous asset to the RMHCCI team. We are excited to move into the future with her leading our operations, says RMHCCI Chief Executive Officer, Amber Kaylor."

"I am thrilled to be part of the RMHCCI team during this high growth period and I look forward to advancing our operational excellence," says Kern.

RMHCCI's core programs are anchored by their two Ronald McDonald Houses® located in Springfield (since 1986) and Peoria (opened December 2019). Kern will assume this leadership role effective immediately and may be reached at, 217-528-3314 or 309-401-2525.