December 19th, 2019
Ann Petrie has been President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin for eight years. However, her relationship with RMHC began 27 years ago. Ann stayed at our House when her eldest daughter, Victoria, was just six months old. Victoria was born with multiple congenital heart defects and needed medical treatment at Children’s Hospital.
Fast-forward about 15 years, Ann returned to work as a tax partner specializing in non-profit consulting, and she knew she wanted to give back to RMHC Eastern WI in some way. With the guidance and referral of Jim Pihos and Pam Buckley, two important figures in our House history, she joined our Board of Directors, where she sat on the Finance and Executive Committees. Ann was then appointed President and CEO to lead our House just before its 2014 expansion.
When asked to share what supporting RMHC Eastern WI means to her, Ann emphasized that it is an absolute honor to be the organization’s leader.
“I’m just so proud to be part of such an impactful local charity and I love coming to work every day with a great team of staff and volunteers.”
Ann also shared how grateful she is that RMHC Eastern WI has a tremendous circle of support.
“I would have never thought eight years ago that I would have the opportunity to meet so many interesting and compassionate people-guest families, staff, volunteers and donors. Seeing this community support our mission is truly amazing!”
As we finish out our 35th year, Ann is looking forward to 2020 and the opportunities it will hold for our House.
“2020 will be a really exciting year full of changes. We will be welcoming new Board Directors and employees, and focusing our energy on expanding our mission.”
RMHC Eastern WI has recently engaged Continuum Architects to explore what another expansion may look like, including adding more guest rooms, program space, office space and storage space.
“So this year ends with a deep breath in anticipation of the excitement ahead!”