Jennifer Harter, Chair
Vice President, Branch Manager, City National Bank
Born and raised a Midwesterner, Jennifer Harter began her banking career in 1999 and is now Vice President, Branch Manager of City National Bank in La Jolla. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they moved to San Diego, which they now call home with their two children. Jennifer is committed to supporting youth, particularly through education, and instilling in them an understanding of financial literacy. She is passionate about family. Jennifer demonstrates her commitment to keeping families together during times of crisis through her service to the Ronald McDonald House.
Greg Rogers, Vice Chair
CEO, Pacific Building Group
Greg Rogers is a San Diego native with over 30 years of experience in commercial construction. Beginning as an apprentice with the District Council Carpenters, he eventually founded his own company in 1984. The company grew to become Pacific Building Group in 2001, for which Greg serves as CEO. His thorough knowledge of the construction industry is a vital addition to our Board, given the close attention and care required to keep our House in top shape for the thousands of families who use it each year.
K.C. Thompson, Secretary
Attorney, Hughes & Pizzuto, APC
A practicing attorney with over 40 years of experience, K.C. Thompson brings to our Board expertise in estate planning, business planning and formation, trust administration and real estate planning. He is a member of the State Bar of California’s Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Section and its California Real Property Law Section. K.C. also served as pro bono legal counsel for the San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce and for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar. Now his specialized skills allow us to better support the increasing number of families who depend on our services.
J. Nicholas Cole, Treasurer
Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking Group, Wells Fargo Bank
Nick Cole is an executive vice president responsible for the Wells Fargo Finance and Gaming groups. Previously, he served as the managing director and senior client manager with Banc of America Securities, working for 12 years in corporate and investment banking. Nick’s banking and finance knowledge has been invaluable to his work on our House Raffle and Finance Committees. In addition to those contributions, he also has volunteered for our Ronald McDonald House, alongside his Wells Fargo colleagues, serving meals to our families as a volunteer dinner provider.
Branch Sales Manager, Sharp Business Systems
Travis Alegria is Branch Sales Manager for Sharp Business Systems, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. He first was introduced to the Ronald McDonald House during the construction of our current facility, when his previous firm installed a phone system donated by the local McDonald’s corporate office. Travis now chairs our House Operations Committee and has skillfully guided the House through the implementation of several programs essential to serving families in need.
Ami S. Aranha, CFP
Client Relationship Manager, Callan Capital
Ami S. Aranha, CFP® is the client relationship manager for Callan Capital. Her extensive background in financial planning includes advising partners of Goldman Sachs on financial, tax and estate planning matters, and providing advice and consultation for clients of U.S. Trust Company and Ernst & Young LLP. Ami’s considerable volunteer experience working with children in New York City and abroad, as well as her appreciation for her own family, connected her to our goal of keeping families close. She now brings her legal background and financial planning skills to our Board, helping us further expand our services.
Brian Cahill, CCM, LEED AP
Division President, California, Balfour Beatty Construction
Brian Cahill is president of the Southwest Division of Balfour Beatty Construction, where he focuses on continuing business growth, developing client relationships, and gaining momentum in emerging markets. Prior to that, Brian supervised projects as executive vice president of operations, and in this capacity, he led the construction team that built our current Ronald McDonald House. Brian has been a longtime supporter of the House’s annual golf tournament, and he now serves as the chair for the event’s Golf Invitational Committee.
Executive Director, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation and The Conrad Prebys Foundation
A retired senior executive at financial institutions, including Union Bank and Bank of America, Doug Dawson is an established leader in San Diego’s philanthropic community. He has served as executive director of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation since 1972 and became executive director of The Conrad Prebys Foundation in 2017. Doug also supported numerous nonprofit boards across San Diego County. On our Board, Doug is a Past Chair, chairs the Philanthropy Committee, and serves on several other board committees supporting our work at the Ronald McDonald House. Doug’s breadth of financial and nonprofit experience provides essential tools to meet the needs of the thousands of families we host each year.
President, Evans Resource Group, Inc.
Donna Evans has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities for over 30 years, including service as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Ronald McDonald Charity. She is the owner of the award winning The UPS Store of Encinitas Ranch. Donna served as the founding chair of our 2010 Red Shoe Day and has led the Strategic Planning Committee for our House for the last four years. She is a graduate of Cornell University.
Owner, Hoehn Motors
Susan Hoehn is an established philanthropist and community leader. She is currently the Honorary Chair of our Giving Circles program, celebrating our most generous benefactors, and since 2011 has made possible our annual ROMP car raffles through donations from her family business, Hoehn Motors. Susan and her husband, Bill, also were the honorary committee chairs for our ROMP galas in 2011 and 2012.
Irvin A. Kaufman, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Irvin “Buzz” Kaufman, M.D., has been a pioneer in the field of pediatric medicine in San Diego. After completing his medical education at the University of Chicago, he has served at Rady Children’s Hospital in many capacities, including Director of Pediatric Education, Director of the Critical Care Transport Team, and currently as Chief Medical Officer. With Buzz’s assistance, Rady Children’s Hospital has blossomed into a facility that serves 92% of all hospitalized children in San Diego County. Buzz has worked closely with our Ronald McDonald House to establish programs that benefit families who are served by the Hospital.
Leslie Mannes is on the Board of the San Diego County McDonald’s Owner/Operator’s Association. As a third-generation Owner/Operator with several McDonald’s restaurants, she brings a wealth of business and management knowledge to our Ronald McDonald House. Leslie has actively participated in many key House events in support of our mission. Through community involvement and her support of our House activities, she demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the enrichment of children and families.
Managing Director, San Diego County Complex, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Chris Marsh is responsible for the Wealth Management businesses at UBS across San Diego County. Chris has 18 years of experience within UBS, in roles ranging from family governance, financial planning and investment allocation, to the technology and business management involved in serving clients around the world. Chris has learned from and helped develop teams across Switzerland, Germany, France, Monaco, UK, the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Chris and his colleagues teamed to be the founding sponsors of the San Diego Ronald McDonald House’s annual Giving Circle Celebration since 2013.
Vice President and General Manager, McDonald’s USA – Southern California Region
Ofelia Melendrez-Kumpf is the U.S. Vice-President and General Manager of McDonald’s Southern California Region. Ofelia joined McDonald’s over 20 years ago, starting out as a manager trainee and moving up through the ranks to her current position, in which her responsibilities include overseeing the marketing, finance, operations and human resources functions for over 800 restaurants. Ofelia has served in many managerial positions for McDonald’s in the U.S. and in Latin America, and she has served on the Board of Directors at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, in addition to currently serving on the Board at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California.
Paul W. Petersen
President & CEO, Trident Technologies (Retired)
Paul Petersen founded Trident Technologies, Inc. and spent his business career building Trident into the leading water management technology company in Southern California, with international operations in Latin America. He served in a variety of organizational leadership positions during his professional career. Paul served as President of the Tierrasanta Community Council and on La Jolla Country Club Board of Directors. His long history of leadership and business development benefits our Ronald McDonald House, as we strive to serve the growing number of families visiting each year.
Founder, PFS Management, McDonald’s Owner/Operator
Paul Schmid sits on the Board of the San Diego County McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association. He brings tremendous business experience to our Ronald McDonald House through his longtime ownership and innovative management of several McDonald’s restaurants. An active resident of San Diego for over 35 years, he once flew missions as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. Paul served a previous tenure on our Board, and now his creative ideas and business acumen can once again help us to better support our families.