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Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities names new leader
by Staff Reports
September 25, 2013 12:47 PM | 2588 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beth Howell
Beth Howell
The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ board of directors has chosen Beth Howell as its new president/CEO, it announced Wednesday in a news release. Howell, currently vice president of academic administration at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, starts Nov. 4. She replaces Linda Morris, who died of complications from breast cancer in April after leading the nonprofit for 19 years.

In her new role, Howell will be charged with leading the growth of the organization as it seeks to increase its capacity to provide temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals.

Howell will be responsible for leading the capital campaign to complete Phase II of the organization’s expansion of the Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs. In addition to overseeing the expansion, Howell’s key priorities will be growing annual fundraising revenue and diversifying the organization’s donor base.

Howell was selected out of 160 candidates following a five-month search campaign by the board.

“Beth brings a wealth of expertise, which will be instrumental to the future growth of our organization,” Charities board Chairman Jeff Wansley said. “Her heart for the mission and proven leadership skills make her a perfect fit for the ARMHC family. We are confident she will enhance and strengthen our partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”

During her 23-year career with Children’s, Howell led the expanding efforts related to research and teaching in collaboration with academic partners, such as Emory University in DeKalb County and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Midtown. She also served as the administrative director of the Pediatric Center of Georgia, a nonprofit supporting Children’s and Emory. The center includes more than 300 Emory University School of Medicine faculty members working in more than 20 specialties and sub-specialties that are actively involved with pediatric clinical care, teaching, research and child advocacy efforts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.

“I’m excited about this opportunity and I feel the experience I’ve gained in the last 20 years prepares me to lead the growth of this exceptional organization,” Howell said. “The greatest joys of my career have come from knowing that I’m making a difference for children and families. I look forward to working closely with the board, staff, volunteers and key stakeholders as we look to expand our reach and improve the lives of children and families in desperate need of comfort, hope and healing.”

Prior to Children’s, Howell worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in DeKalb County and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. She joined Children’s in 1990 to assist with program planning. In 2001, she became chief compliance officer and was promoted to vice president of corporate oversight in 2004, before being named vice president of academic administration in 2008.

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