Board Vice President David K. Babb said Grant, who has 17 years of experience in nonprofit work with Grace Fellowship Church, was selected after a several-month search for a replacement for former house CEO Rowena Bailey.
“Malia exhibits the values, commitment to mission and servant-driven leadership we sought in our next CEO,” Babb said. “The breadth of her experience strongly aligns with our vision for the future of the house.”
Of more than 200 resumes received during the search, fewer than 10 applicants were interviewed.
The board described Grant as a “high-energy servant leader who will complement the amazing individuals we already have on staff.”
Grant, who officially began work last week, said she’s looking forward to increasing awareness in the community of the Ronald McDonald House’s mission and how people can help.
“It is pretty amazing all that this house and the volunteers and the staff here do,” she said. “I’m very humbled and excited just to be in this role and to help lead the incredible team that’s here and work together with the board and our community, and to raise awareness about what the house is doing for ours and surrounding communities.”
Located on the grounds of Johnson City Medical Center, the 10-guest room Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home, including daily meals, to families with children who are receiving hospital care at minimal to no cost.
“The vision and mission of this house is just to be able to keep families close,” Grant said. “When they have a sick child, they want to be as close as they can and not have to drive miles and miles away, but also be able to come home to a place where they can sleep in a comfy bed and they can take a shower and they can wash their clothes
“It’s a place where they can come and rest, and it takes a couple of worries off of them during a time when they’re worried about a lot.”