Last year, long-time JA partner firm McDonald’s renewed their annual gift with JA, bringing JA programs to 100 classrooms. To add to the generous financial support, McDonald’s employees volunteered in 148 JA classrooms and reached 3,068 JA students in the local community. JA’s current Area Board member is Bob Stewart (Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain Services) and his leadership has been an integral part of McDonald’s 2016-2017 JA involvement.

Former JA Area Board member Susan Forsell (V.P. of Sustainability) and current JA DuPage County Divisional Board member Mark Grippando (Senior Director of US IT Supplier Management and Procurement) spearhead a leadership team to attract additional supporters. The JA leadership team is comprised of McDonald’s business leaders who represent a wide range of backgrounds and professional expertise. In addition to Forsell and Grippando, this group included Jana Midlock, Mary Lou Douglas, Linda Bartlett, Gregory Miller and Joan Ruedel. Bringing a great wealth of wisdom, insight and experience, this dedicated team provides a hands-on approach to positioning JA as a leader in economic education and volunteerism within McDonald’s. Together, they recruited 53 McDonald’s volunteers to participate in 148 classrooms during the school year, a 58 class increase from the previous school year.

Thank you McDonald’s for empowering the future!