Shelly Lesniewicz - Woman to Watch Class of 2013
Executive Director of Operations, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana
The birth of Michiana’s Family Room (a house within a hospital) began in 1994 when Kathleen Sparks met with Memorial Hospital to discuss creating a facility for Michiana and surrounding communities. The “house in a hospital” has three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, library, laundry room, bathrooms with showers and a Director’s office. Nineteen area hospitals send pediatric patients to Memorial Hospital by ground and air transport systems. Memorial Hospital is chosen by area hospitals because of its unique clinical excellence in the high-risk OB facility and the pediatric units, which include newborn and pediatric intensive care as well as the children’s cancer unit. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Hospital of South Bend opened November 5, 2002. The Ronald McDonald Family Room is an oasis for families of children receiving medical care on inpatient or outpatient basis. The Ronald McDonald Family Room is a temporary residence.
Attended Ball State University. Awards: American Cancer Society certificate of Appreciation - 1999, National VIP Sales Awards - 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2000 – 2007. Work Experience: RMHC of Michiana - Family Room Director, 2006 - 2007; Executive Director 2007 to present. Self-Employed Independent Sales Consultant 1998 to 2010, Independent Branch Leader 1993 to 2010 National Sales Leader, The Longaberger Company 2004 to 2010.
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE...
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LINE OF WORK?
I didn't choose it; it chose me. As the mother of two special needs children, I believe our community is blessed to have a Ronald McDonald Family Room, something we never had the opportunity to use.
Doing what you love while making a difference in your community.
Psi Iota Xi sorority for the past 20 years
Executive Leadership classes from Kellogg School of Business and Mendoza College of Business
WHY I LOVE MY JOB
I love that I am able to connect my personal passion and my work on a daily basis, helping families when they need it most.
To continue learning the best practices from leaders in the non-profit sector.
Best business advice you ever received and who gave it? Have a passion for your mission; you can learn what you need to know. —Peter Brinckerhoff
Who professionally inspires you? The parents we serve inspire me to do and be my best every day.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Lack of time to get everything done and leave with a clean desk.
What was your first job? I worked in the bakery at Thrif-T-Mart when I was 17.
Where would you go on your dream vacation if cost and time were not a factor? I would take my family on a cruise in the Mediterranean.
What is your favorite stress-reliever? A cup of tea and quiet spot.
If you were to describe yourself as a shoe, what kind would you be and why? A flip-flop on the beach.