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Nancee Bakken to lead the important mission of caring for families with ill or injured children

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The Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho announces Nancee Bakken as the new Executive Director.

The board began a nationwide search earlier this year upon Mindy Plumlee’s announcement that she would retire from her role after 22 years.

Mark Anderson, President of the Board, said they are excited to have Nancee joining the RMHC family. “Nancee has been serving our community for over twenty years and we’re honored to have her lead our organization. She is an inspiring and enthusiastic leader with a contagious passion for our mission. As a board, we’re bullish about our organization’s future with Nancee and look forward to supporting her along the way.”

As the Executive Director, Nancee is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, ensuring that the essential mission and goals of the charity are delivered. Providing executive management, strategic development, fundraising, stewardship and awareness will be key focuses for Nancee. RMHC Idaho supports families of ill or injured children by keeping them together in times of medical need. This is accomplished at the 47 room Idaho Ronald McDonald House in Boise, the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Idaho Falls, and the Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts located in hospitals in Boise and Twin Falls.

“I am thrilled to join RMHC Idaho,” Bakken said. “I will work tirelessly to continue the success of the organization and the important mission.” Nancee has an extensive fundraising background, having served more than 20 years at Saint Alphonsus, including spending the last 14 years at the Saint Alphonsus Foundation. She was responsible for the Festival of Trees (doubling gross revenues during her tenure), the Capitol Classic Race for Kids, the Ski & Mountain Trauma Conference, and numerous special events related to Project Haiti and the Saint Alphonsus Women’s Healthcare Fund. She has led the Foundation Board and been a vital part of the Philanthropy Team.

The Executive Director role will transition to Nancee Bakken on December 11, 2023. On November 29, there will be a Community Open House to honor retiring ED Mindy Plumlee, and welcome Nancee. All are invited to attend between 2-6pm at the Ronald McDonald House, 139 E Warm Springs Ave in Boise.

“It has been an honor to serve and steward the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho,” Plumlee said. “I am eternally grateful to have been able to work alongside our board, staff, volunteers, and community of supporters to develop RMHC Idaho into a beacon organization for families when they need it the most. I am excited to have Nancee stepping into this role and for the future of the charity.”

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Mark Anderson
President of the Board of Directors