Formerly Gainesville’s loss and Nashville’s gain, erstwhile employee Theresa Drews recently returned to Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida after a two-year hiatus to oversee the organization as director of operations and programs.
Drews worked at the Gainesville facility for nine years until her family relocated to Tennessee, where she found employment as director of active aging at FiftyForward in Nashville. Having once again returned to Gainesville, Drews has now reconnected with her Ronald McDonald House community.
Executive director Sherry Houston spoke highly of her colleague’s compassion for others and ability to relate to individuals from all walks of life.
“We are thrilled to have Theresa back with us,” Houston said. “She truly embodies our values and the mission of our House.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida provides an opportunity to families who travel to Gainesville annually for medical care at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital through its programs: the Ronald McDonald House located in Gainesville, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Since 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida has served over 31,000 families of children diagnosed with heart complications, premature birth, cancer, kidney problems, brain tumors, burns, leukemia, seizures and other ailments from throughout Florida as well as internationally.