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Our Staff

Sherry Houston

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.


Wandra Presley

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.

Harold Strom

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 ’80s 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.

Emily Pridgen

Director of House Operations & Programs

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Emily Pridgen joins the Ronald McDonald House as the Director of House Operations and Programs. Emily’s true passion is serving children and families. Before coming to the House she created and was the owner of a small family-focused business for 6 years. Prior to her business, Emily was the Associate Director of Children’s Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church. Emily was born in West Virginia, and at the age of 5, moved to Gainesville, Florida with her family. Emily is married to Andrew Pridgen, and they have 3 children: Jacob, Grace, and Liberty. The family lives on a 5.5-acre farm where they have over 30 animals. In Emily’s spare time, she enjoys trips to the beach with her family as well as spending time on her family farm.



Meghan Carl

Business Manager

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Meghan joins the Ronald McDonald House from the fast-paced world of hotels to assist in keeping families close as RMHC’s Business Manager. Having many years of experience in hospitality and event planning, Meghan brings a unique skill set to the house that will enhance the teams’ ability to serve and care for our families. She is originally from Upstate NY and moved to Gainesville in 2015 (you don’t have to shovel sunshine.. if you catch my snowdrift..) She is active in the Gainesville community as the Alachua County Hospitality Councils Treasurer. She also has two Australian Shepherd fur babies who are her whole world.


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RMHCNCF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) and therefore contributions to RMHCNCF may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility.