Patch Staff Report
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) has announced four new
members to its Board of Directors: Karen Bailey, Chris Hall, Melanie Kovach and Bob Swoszowski; and
named Brookhaven residents James Bria and Nate Medina to the ARMHC Advisory Council.
ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 43,000 families since the first Atlanta House opened in 1979.
Kovach is the Vice President of Consumer and Specialty Sales for Autotrader.com, a division of Cox Enterprises, which she joined in 2002. She is responsible for the strategic planning, marketing, development, sales and service of products to individuals who sell their cars privately as well as serving classic car enthusiasts and advertisers to that audience. Kovach is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She resides in Dunwoody.
Hall is the Chief Operating Officer of the Unsukay Community of Business which includes Local Three, Muss & Turner’s, and most recently Common Quarter. A self-taught cook, he has worked in kitchens from Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin to Atlanta’s Canoe and 4th & Swift. Hall has been a supporter of ARMHC since 2011, and donates annually to Charity fundraising events such as the Hearts and Hands Gala and the Dines In event series in the Morningside and Brookhaven neighborhoods. He resides in Smyrna with his wife.
Bailey serves as the Vice President of National Accounts for Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Food Services Solutions business. She is responsible for sales and customer relationships with Georgia-Pacific Professional’s foodservice industry clients, representing its broad portfolio of tissue, towel, cup, cutlery, plate and napkin products. Bailey resides in Atlanta.
Swoszowski is a McDonald’s Owner/Operator who owns 11 McDonald’s restaurants in Gainesville and
Buford. He opened his first restaurant in 1973 and will soon open his 12th store. Swoszowski served on the
first ARMHC Board of Directors in 1979 and today participates in Charity fundraising events including the Golf
Classic, BMW Raffle and Hearts and Hands Gala. He resides in Gainesville with his wife.
Bria is a finance director for the Georgia/Alabama district at Trane/Ingersoll-Rand; and Medina is a category manager for the Georgia- Pacific Corporation.
For more information about ARMHC, please visit www.armhc.org or call (404) 315-1133.