- Sherry Houston
- Executive Director
- 352-374-4404, ext.230
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 Rosenzweig
- Director of Business Services
- 352-374-4404, ext.229
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.
- Dave Froiseth
- House Operations Manager
Dave served 20-years in Space and Missile Operations in the Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He worked another 17-years as an aerospace contractor at Cape Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base supporting space launch operations. This combined 37-years of operations experience makes Dave a good fit as a House Operations Manager at RMHCNCF. Prior to joining the staff Dave was a RMHCNCF volunteer for 18-months helping with facility maintenance. Dave is an active member of the Gainesville Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, paying back to the organization that helped him so much as a teenage cadet. Dave enjoys bicycling, kayaking, craft beer and attending Indy Car, Formula 1 and Sport Car races with his son. Dave has a BA in General Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2015 Dave and his wife Kathy moved to Gainesville to be close to their daughter Krista, son Justin and their families which include granddaughters Olivia, Fionna and Abby.
- James Hartzog
- House Operations Manager
James first joined us as a guest here while his son awaited a successful heart transplant giving him a first hand account of what some of our families go through during our time with us. James is married with 3 children and is also a state certified security officer. At one point in time, James was a traveling musician who has toured all throughout the United States. He enjoys spending time with his family, music, & training Mixed Martial Arts. James’ goal is to keep our families safe with a smile.
- Wandra Presley
- Executive Housekeeper
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.
- Tara Dolan
- Director of Volunteer Services
- 352-374-4404 ext. 224
- Tara comes to the Ronald McDonald House as a recent transplant from Chicago, where she worked in the nonprofit and public sector for 7 years in volunteer program management, operations, and human resources. She holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and a certificate of Nonprofit Human Resources from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Tara spends time outside of work traveling, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors.
- Harold Strom
- Facilities Manager
- Harold comes to the Ronald McDonald House after an almost forty year career in the Horticulture industry. During that time, he has worked for nurseries located in Quincy and Apopka, Fl. and even San Pedro Sula, Honduras for a short while. He finally moved to Gainesville in the mid 80’s and shortly thereafter, he met his wonderful wife of over thirty years. They are the proud parents of one adult son. Harold has been fixing things his whole life. That started on the North Florida farm where he grew up and continued as he helped his five uncles who all had businesses related to the construction industry. Ronald McDonald House holds a special place in his heart because some of his own family were able to stay at a Ronald McDonald House to be close to their newborn son who spent several months in NICU. Harold enjoys fishing on the area’s lakes and rivers and traveling with his beautiful wife. He also loves to watch the Gators play ball.