Nonprofit Executive of the Year Finalist
President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin
To Ann Petrie, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, clear and honest communication is key for any successful organization, particularly a nonprofit that relies on donor funding.
In her capacity as president and CEO, Petrie has implemented and expanded several programs to help participating families lessen the stress of experiencing their child battle illnesses such as cancer. Art therapy, a secret garden and an improved meal program are just a few services offered to families, who stay in the Ronald McDonald House while their children are treated at the adjacent Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Petrie believes in creating an open, inviting workplace for her employees, who are encouraged to share ideas and concerns regarding the Ronald McDonald House.
Ashley Childers, senior audit manager at Sikich LLP, who nominated Petrie for the award, said: “Ann’s positive attitude and demeanor play a large role in the vision and advancement of the organization.”