The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Announces 2016 Board Members

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire (RMHC) is pleased to announce three new members have joined its 2016 Board of Directors. The Board has also elected executive committee members for the upcoming year. RHMC is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment at Savannah area hospitals.

The new Board members are Dr. Sara Brawner, Geoffrey Smith and Monica Spells.

Brawner is a nurse practitioner (NP) with a doctorate in nursing. She is employed by United Healthcare as an NP serving homebound patients, and teaches health assessment and adult gerontology to nurses seeking their NP degree at South University.

Spells is an assistant county administrator, Civic Engagement and Outreach, with Beaufort County, South Carolina. She will serve as the Board’s liaison with RMHC’s Care Mobile program, which provides dental services to Beaufort County residents.

Smith, a certified public accountant and Tax and Business Solutions manager with TJS Deemer Dana LLP, will serve on the RMHC’s Board as treasurer.

The other executive committee members are: Lynn Brennan, president; Lisa Pinyan, 1st vice president; Ashley Dodd, 2nd vice president; Rebecca Page, secretary; and Amy Henderson, past president.

Executive Director Bill Sorochak will continue to serve in that position. Returning Board members include Donna Sapp Ball, Ed Bradley, Sherry Danello, Carter Eubank, Richard Geriner, Jr, Steve Kaplan, Bill Lee, Cecilia Russo, Gary Stanberry and Allen Williams; along with emeritus member Lisa Dean.

“Our new Board members offer a range of expertise from medical to financial and will enable us to continue to offer vital support programs throughout the Coastal Empire and Low Country,” said Sorochak. “Every member of the Board is instrumental in helping the Ronald McDonald House provide exceptional service to families.”

The RHMC Board of Directors is comprised of leading executives who represent banks, marketing companies, law offices, franchises, hospitals, insurance companies and local governments. Board members provide guidance on operation of the Ronald McDonald Charities of the Coastal Empire and securing funding for the organization’s objectives. For more information, visit

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The House provides a “home away from home” for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire.

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