Deans Council Prepares Dinner for 60 at Ronald McDonald House

June 15, 2016 -- Members of CNM’s Deans Council donated their time last week to prepare dinner for 60 people at the Albuquerque Ronald McDonald House.
Deans Council Prepares Dinner for 60 at Ronald McDonald House

Jun 15, 2016

“We're committed to helping others in the community and participating in various volunteer activities throughout the year,” said Donna Diller, Dean of the School of Business & Information Technology. “Being guest chefs at the Ronald McDonald House is a great way to help many families in just a few hours.”

This was the second time Deans Council has cooked meals for the Ronald McDonald House residents since 2013, Diller said.

This time they prepared a fajita and taco bar. They brought in the food and cooked it at the house.

Participants in the cooking project were Diller; Sydney Gunthorpe, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Erica Volkers, Dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences; Lis Turkeimer, Academic Affairs Executive Director; John Bronisz, Dean of the School of Applied Technologies; and Paul Quan, Academic Affairs Executive Director.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that provides a temporary home away from home for families who travel from around the state to Albuquerque hospitals and healthcare facilities with ill children. It runs a 30-bedroom lodging facility and rooms are provided to families with ill children at low or no cost, and the house provides the families with complimentary laundry and meals each day for up to five family members.

The families staying at the house are welcome to stay from one night to several months. Others interested in being Guest Chefs can call (505) 515-3013, email or go to for more information.