Sherry is an expert nonprofit development professional with extensive fundraising, marketing, public relations and event planning experience. She comes to the Ronald McDonald House from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, where she served as Senior Vice President for Advancement. Sherry is actively involved both in the community and a variety of charitable organizations. This is evidenced by her active involvement in the Rotary Club of Gainesville, the Junior League of Gainesville, the Women’s Giving Circle, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Gainesville Women’s Forum. She is a well known and respected member of the Gainesville community. Her networking success is attributed to her lighthearted, humorous and authentic style. What you see is what you get with her, and everyone that meets her will know her enthusiasm for Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. Sherry has a BA in Sociology from Franklin & Marshall College and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband,Joel, have two grown children, Christopher and Meredith.
- Theresa Drews
- Director of House Operations and Programs
- 352-374-4404, ext.222
For nine years, Theresa graced the halls of the Ronald McDonald House until her family made the decision to move from Gainesville two years ago. While in Nashville, she served as Director of Active Aging at FiftyForward in Nashville, but now is excited to return to RMHCNCF. Theresa’s compassion for others and ability to connect with people from all walks of life is unparalleled; she is known for her thoughtful handwritten notes and always going the extra mile to make someone smile.
Jennifer’s background includes over 25 year in the accounting field with the most recent as the Financial Administrator for American Medic of Charlotte County. She attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana as a music major, but finished her Bachelor’s degree at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida majoring in accounting. In 2006, she was awarded Woman of the Year in Finance by the National Association of Professional Women for the state of Florida. Jennifer has also been a Notary Public for the past 20 years. In her spare time she plays the violin and piano, but what she is most proud of is her grown children: her son Patric is an attorney, his beautiful wife Debbie is a podiatrist and they have 3 great children: Lisa, Ashley and Chris. Her daughter Kate has a degree in Sociology, her husband Justin is a chef and they have 3 great children: Juliette, Indiana and Jorja. “As a mother and Nana, my heart belongs to my children and grandchildren – and the many Mommies and Daddies we serve every day at Ronald McDonald House Charities. I am humbled and grateful to be able to use my skills to help so many.”
Dorie Faulkner, Director of Volunteer Services, enjoyed a 25-year career as an environmental scientist before founding and developing the volunteer-run activity department of a new, large continuum of care facility in Brandon, Florida. Dorie stayed at our House extensively in 2002 – 2003 while her three-year-old grandson, Michael, underwent cancer treatments at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. She views her rewarding work here as opportunities to “give back.” Michael’s doctors now deem him a “survivor!” Dorie recalls that RMHC volunteers made the House a warm, hope-filled and loving home then, and today, that culture flourishes.
- Vicki Baker
- Director of Marketing and Communications
- 352-374-4404, ext. 228
Vicki was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, but moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. During her time as a student, she served on numerous executive boards, volunteered and fundraised for various non-profit organizations, and discovered her passion for the non-profit world. During her senior year, Vicki interned at the Ronald McDonald House, where she spearheaded the founding of our Red Shoe Society and served our House using her event-planning and marketing skills. During her free time, Vicki enjoys exploring Gainesville, spending time by the water, and pursuing her goal of watching every horror movie ever produced.
Fran Klinger, Night Manager, has spent the past 11+ years working at our House. Fran was born in McDonald, Ohio, attended McDonald High School and was married in McDonald as well. It is no wonder she chose to work at the Ronald McDonald House! She has two grown daughters and one grandson.
Wandra takes pride in making sure our House always looks its best for our guest families and has been on staff for over five years. She is from High Springs and is the devoted mother of five children. Wandra is an active volunteer at her church, Showers of Blessing Harvest Center.
Beth fell in love with construction when she started helping a friend who was building her own house. She began taking classes at Santa Fe College and got an Associate of Science in Building Construction Technology. After graduating, she left her computer programming job and started doing carpentry, became a building code inspector, and for the last 10 years, has owned her own painting and carpentry business. Beth got involved with non-profit work through Habitat for Humanity as a jobsite supervisor, where she oversaw the construction of three houses where all of the volunteers were women! Beth loves working with volunteers and doing a job that makes such a difference in so many lives. She lives in the country with her partner of 28 years and her cats, dogs and horses.