(COLUMBIA) – Terri Gray, pictured, has been named the new executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri (RMHC-MM), according to an announcement by its board of directors. Gray, who assumed the position on February 1, 2013, is responsible for implementing the vision established by the board, organizational plans, policies, procedures, and directly supervising all staff, management decisions and functions.
“During the search for a new executive director, Terri emerged as the clear front-runner,” explains Keith Schawo, president of the board. “The dedication Terri has shown and the results she has produced as both director of the capital campaign and as major gifts officer will undoubtedly be magnified in this new role. We are excited to have Terri lead the Ronald McDonald House as we wrap up our capital campaign, finish construction of the new house and start a new era for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Mid-Missouri.”
Gray will continue to be involved in all aspects of the capital campaign including fundraising, marketing, communications, special events and construction planning. Prior to joining RMHC-MM, Gray spent more than 15 years as a member of the University of Missouri’s development team, having established and served as director of MU’s Office of Corporate Relations and director of development for the Division of Student Affairs.
In addition to fundraising, Gray's areas of expertise include marketing and branding, stewardship, volunteer coordination and organizational management. She is active in several local organizations and also serves as leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
New construction underway
RMHC-MM recently completed Phase 1 (the exterior and shell) of the new House at 3501 E. Lansing. Phase 2 (interior completion) of the $2.6 million project will begin in 2013 with expectations for the house to be complete and ready for move-in by this time next year. The new 19,000 square foot house will feature 18 bedrooms with private baths, including one extended stay apartment. It will be ADA accessible, featuring an elevator and wider corridors, and is within walking distance of the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital.
Since opening its doors in 1983, RMHC-MM has welcomed and cared for more than 25,000 families of seriously ill and injured children.