After 25 years of helping to provide a home-away-from-home for families with children receiving medical treatment in our community, Lou Ann DeVoogd, President & CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida (RMHCCF) will be retiring at the end of December 2021. During her tenure, RMHCCF has grown from a vision for Orlando to serving up to 84 families each night, offering free housing accommodations, meals, comfort, and care on the campuses of all pediatric hospitals in Orlando.
“The Board of Directors’ Selection Committee conducted a thorough search, and I am pleased with their choice and excited about the future of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida,” said DeVoogd.
RMHCCF’s Board of Directors if pleased to announce the appointment of Jason “Clay” Osburne as the new President & Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective January 3, 2022. Clay brings a wealth of leadership experience, as well as a passion to lead, create, develop, and foster professional relationships to unite behind a cause.
“We cannot think of a better individual to lead the charity forward with our guiding principles. Compassion is our core, and we have every confidence that Clay will have a lasting and substantial impact,” said Liza Donselaar, Chair of RMHCCF’s Board of Directors.
Since 2014, Clay has served as the Vice President of Development for Orlando Health Foundation, where he created and grew the Champions Circle—a multiple-year giving society founded in 2015 to honor the care patients and families received at an Orlando Health hospital, as well as those who delivered care through Hope, Healing, and Compassion.
“Clay has been a valuable member of our team in his role as Vice President. We will miss him but are excited for him as he joins another wonderful non-profit organization in Central Florida. Ronald McDonald House Charities will certainly benefit from his leadership,” said John W. Bozard, Senior Vice President, Orlando Health; President, Orlando Health Foundation.
Clay has spent his entire 22-year career in the not-for-profit field. He has served in leadership and/or executive roles in education, ministry, and philanthropy while working in both small and large development offices. Clay also maintains a primary focus on establishing authentic relationships, specializes in pipeline growth, major gift progression, and providing the connective tissue in board function and purpose. Throughout his career, he has led and facilitated professional development through a relaxed and real-life application-based approach.
Osburne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Auburn University, as well as a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from State University of West Georgia. When he is not working, he volunteers for his church and various organizations throughout Orlando, coaches his three children (Shuler, 13, Easton, 11, and Emerson, 2), enjoys golfing and running, and traveling with his wife, Emily, and their family.
“Lou Ann, the RMHCCF team, and the Board have created a place of hope for thousands of families throughout the last 25 years in Central Florida. Under Lou Ann’s leadership, they have built three Houses to compassionately serve families within and beyond our nine-county Central Florida community. I am humbled to join this incredible team as we prepare to welcome the families who will need us in coming years with excellence and hospitality,” said Osburne.