Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Names New Board President

Leonard Bernstein

The Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH), the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, announced that it has named Holland & Knight Partner Leonard A. Bernstein as its new Board President.  Bernstein has served as a board member of PRMH over the last seven years, most recently as Vice President. He will lead the board as the organization finishes the final phase of its expansion at its 3925 Chestnut Street, which is more than doubling its capacity to provide rooms and services for families of seriously ill children.

Outgoing President of the Board Peter J. Degnan expressed that “Serving the Board and our families has been an honor and a truly rewarding and meaningful experience. Many challenges lie ahead as our annual budget increases, and I am confident we will rise to the occasion with the leadership of our incoming president, Len Bernstein, and the support of our wonderful Philadelphia community.”

“It’s an exciting time at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, and we are proud to have a Board of tremendously dedicated and experienced professionals,” said PRMH CEO Susan Campbell. “We thank Peter for all of his expertise and commitment throughout our expansion and we welcome Len Bernstein as our next president to lead us through the next chapter of our organization. Both leaders have proved time and again their commitment to the organization and the families that we serve.”

“The demand from families of children under treatment at CHOP, St. Christopher’s, Shriners and other hospitals is spiraling, but we are determined to give each family the comfort and attention needed to enable them to overcome the heart wrenching challenges to their kids,” said Bernstein. “I am honored to follow the footsteps of our founders Jimmy Murray and Dr. Audrey Evans and invite corporate and community groups to help us.”

At Holland & Knight, Bernstein specializes on financial regulatory, consumer compliance and banking matters as a financial services attorney, and is a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers He is one of the founding partners of the new Philadelphia office of the national Holland & Knight law firm, an office with now over 40 attorneys that opened one year ago.

Bernstein is past Board President of the pro bono legal nonprofit The Support Center for Child Advocates, past President of Temple Adath Israel and Board Secretary of the national Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Organization since 2012.

The Board of Directors also welcomed Matthew Hinton, Area Vice President for Boston Scientific Corporate Accounts & Healthcare Solutions, as one of its new members. Through his career at Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson, Hinton has lead teams in new product development, operations, and commercialization of medtech technology that meaningfully improves patients’ lives.  He earned a B.S. Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and M.B.A. from Columbia University.