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Ronald McDonald House gets new director


The musical chairs of non-profits continues with Judy Burns from Autism Pensacola being named the executive director of Ronald McDonald House. Burns replace Andrea Farage who was selected to head United Way of Escambia.

Press Release: The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida is pleased to announce Judy Burns as the organization’s new Executive Director. Burns will assume the position on Monday, July 25th. At that time she will begin working with the staff, volunteers, Board members and the Board President on strategic planning, donor relations, board development and fundraising.

“After a comprehensive search, we are happy to announce Judy Burns as the new Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida,” said Paul Robinson, President of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors. “Judy has worked since 2003 with Autism Pensacola and was instrumental in the startup of ‘Kids for Camp’, a local summer camp for children with autism.”

Burns has dedicated the last eight years to founding and volunteering at “Kids for Camp” through Autism Pensacola. During her time with “Kids for Camp”, Burns helped recruit partners and donors for the Camp and raised funds to provide for staffing and various programs. Under her leadership, the Camp has grown from a two-week camp to a major, six-week summer camp, serving more than 70 children a year and acting as a learning lab for over 100 teachers. Burns was so successful in this role that she was named a Governor’s Points of Light Award winner in June 2008.

The staff is excited to welcome Burns to the House as well. “Judy comes to the Ronald McDonald House with a wealth of knowledge and experience,” says Angie Hanson, Development Director of the Ronald McDonald House. “She will be a great addition to the team and we are excited to have her as our new leader. I know that RMH donors and volunteers are going to enjoy getting to know Judy.”

In addition to Burns’ outstanding history of working within the nonprofit sector, she also has an extensive background and proven track record in the world of business. She held various positions with Southern California Edison over a sixteen-year career that included service as an analyst, supervisor, administrator and manager. In these positions, she directed staff, managed energy efficiency programs and was responsible for performance, contracting and budgeting.

“Her business background and experience working with volunteers and nonprofit groups makes her a great addition to our charity,” said Robinson. “We look forward to Judy’s contributions as we continue to work towards our mission of being the best available home-away-from-home and source of respite and resources for children and families of children suffering a medical crisis.”

Burns has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Virginia Tech University.