Christine Simmons, Co-Chair Family Advisory Committee
State of Illinois/DPH/ Healthcare Regulation
Growing up in central Illinois has provided Christine with deep ties to the community.
In 2016, Christine’s family stayed at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago for nearly 6 months. Christine credits the House and staff for providing basic comforts from home, and since that time, Christine has been a spokesperson and ambassador for the RMHCCI. She was also a member of the Peoria Capital Campaign that was tasked with funding the building of the new 40,000 sq.ft. Ronald McDonald House in Peoria, Illinois.
Christine works in the Office of Healthcare Regulation, Long Term Care for the State of Illinois.
Julie Welch, Co-Chair Family Advisory Committee
Director of Children’s Services, OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois
Julie Welch is the Director of Children’s Services at Children’s Hospital Of Illinois. After moving around the United States and being fortunate to have been part of some prestigious children’s hospitals such as Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Children’s National Medical Center, three years ago she returned to OSF HealthCare System where she began her nursing career. She is active in various nursing organizations and community activities. She began her relationship with the Ronald McDonald House Charities as a volunteer, then a board member of RMHC of Northwest Florida. She is excited to be a new member of the Board of RMHCCI.