The Ronald McDonald House Akron announced its new board officers for the 2017 term.

The new president is Janis Worley from Hudson.

"The Ronald McDonald House Akron has been helping to keep families close to their sick children for more than 30 years. Many people do not know we even exist, even though we are right on the campus of Akron Children's Hospital," Worley said.

Worley said they are currently building a 42-room addition to its 20-room house, which will allow us to help many more families each year.

"Being a part of this expansion has been very exciting for me, as I know how important our services are to the families of patients," she said. "As a mother, I know I would not want to leave my sick child alone in the hospital, so being able to help where we can with a hot meal, with a place to eat or shower, is very rewarding."

Worley joined the board in 2012, most recently serving in the governance chair.

The other officers elected were: Vice-President -- Kristin Susick of Uniontown; Treasurer -- Kim McFarlane of Munroe Falls; and Secretary -- Connie Nolte of Akron.

New trustees joining the Ronald McDonald House Akron Board are: Mike Trainer of Hudson, John Williams of Hudson, Trisha Dillinger of Stow, Don McCardle of Stow, Linda Gentile of Munroe Falls, Barry Hollis of Clinton, Anita Ferris Sears of Akron, Mike Soful of Akron and Tai Stephens of Akron.

The Ronald McDonald House Akron has been serving the community for over 30 years. Funding for 96 perent of the operating budget for Ronald McDonald House Akron comes from private donors and fundraising efforts. To contact or support the Ronald McDonald House Akron, call 330-253-5400 or visit