John Stanoch, ex-lawyer, ex-Juvenile Court judge, ex-President of Qwest, listened intently when the Ronald McDonald House Charities asked him to help out and lead their turnaround efforts. "It was the perfect job for me," says John, now scheduled to retire in late 2015. "I have always cared deeply about the community."
Especially kids. As a judge, he saw how generations of families who live in poverty would be stuck in a cycle of involvement with children protection and the juvenile justice system. But he also saw how "positive support of adults can help kids thrive and do amazing things." It was re-affirmed at Ronald McDonald where "anyone can make a difference." The turnaround is nearly complete. "There are still things in process, but I am very proud of the team and the work they have accomplished."
What might be next? "I am hoping the Rolling Stones will call me to play bass…" laughs John. If that does not happen – "Hey, I have only been playing again for a few years" picking it up again at Rock Camp for Dads after a 31-year hiatus – he will stay involved helping nonprofits and volunteering.