MEET OUR STAFF
Renee Sturkie - Executive Director
Renee began volunteering at the House almost 20 years ago - first as a meal volunteer, then as a weekend manager, then as a member of the Board of Directors, where she served as Treasurer for the past several years. She has nearly thirty years experience in commercial banking and finance, healthcare finance, government and internal audit and compliance. Originally from the Atlanta area, Renee and her husband Bill have been in Columbus since 1992. Renee and Bill have two grown children.
"I am so excited for this opportunity to serve the families of the RMH full time. Over the years, my family and I have volunteered here in a number of ways, so now to serve as Executive Driector feels like a dream come true. I look forward to lending my business administration and financial skills and to working with this amazing, dedicated staff and group of volunteers."
Melody Moran, Development Director
Melody was born in Louisville Kentucky. Her family owned a large, working farm in Madison Indiana where she lived until she was eleven. She spent her teenage years in Fairhope, Alabama; graduating from Fairhope High School, then attending University of South Alabama in Mobile. After moving around a bit, she settled in Columbus in 1987. She returned to college and earned a degree in Business Management. She is married with one grown daughter. She has been involved with the House in one way or another since its inception. She began as a shift volunteer, meal volunteer and weekend manger. In 2006, she moved into the House to serve as Resident Manager. In 2011, she moved out of the House to get married and buy a House of her own with Husband, Ryan. In April of 2012, she left her job of 23 years at Columbus Regional Healthcare to serve full time as Development Director for the House. Since 2012, she has created an increased social awareness of the House and its mission, as well as continuing existing fundraisers while creating new ones as well.
"I am so blessed to come into work each day knowing that I am tryly making a difference. After years of working a job for the sake of a pay check, I am incredibly blessed to be exactly where I am meant to be, doing what I do best! Being a part of a team where everyone cares as much about the House as I do makes working here seem like more of a mission than a job. Interacting with the families, volunteers and the public is incredibly rewarding. We as a community are so fortunate not only to have a Ronald McDonald House here but to have so many within our community that are dedicated to assuring that the House continues to be here to provide a true "home awy from home" for families so they can be with their children when they need them the most!
Mary Katherine Justice, Housekeeper
Mary Katherine first came to us as a volunteer and has recently joined our staff as our housekeeper. She is a nursing student at Columbus State University and is also in the Student Leadership program.
Harley-Quinn, Chief Cheer Officer in Training
Harley-Quinn has recently joined the House as our CCO (Chief Cheer Officer) in training! Harley is a Standard Poodle puppy who takes her job quite seriously. She loves to meet and greet everyone who comes to the House and is currently in trainig to become a certified Therapy Dog. In her spare time, she likes to play with her toys and inspect all the trash cans for "good stuff."