The McKeever Family

Megan, Kevin, Calvin and Rhonda McKeever

Rhonda McKeever, MBA

Chair Emeritus

Rhonda McKeever serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board for Cure JM Foundation, a position she's held since October 2008. Rhonda provides strategic leadership, oversees all operations of Cure JM and regularly collaborates with Juvenile Myositis (JM) researchers globally.

Starting in 2006, Rhonda has been the lead organizer for all Cure JM's national educational and fundraising events. The events, held annually in different cities across the United States, generate approximately 50% of Cure JM's annual revenue and have been critical in establishing medical centers in Chicago and Washington, D.C., that specialize in JM treatment and research.

Rhonda is currently the Vice President, Total Rewards at MKS Instruments. She previously worked for PepsiCo for 17 years in a wide range of Compensation and Benefit roles, including Vice President Compensation and Benefits for the biggest operating businesses of PepsiCo in the United States and internationally. In addition to her core job responsibilities, Rhonda served for several years as the Executive Sponsor for EnAble, an employee resource group focused on assisting employees with different needs and abilities.

Rhonda and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Megan and Calvin. Megan was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis in October 2002 at the age of 2½. Megan was initially diagnosed while they lived in Dallas, Texas. Since that time, they have moved to Stamford, Connecticut to be closer to family and new job opportunities.

Beginning in college, Rhonda has been involved in a variety of non-profit organizations. At Kearney State University, she was an active member of the social fraternity of Alpha Phi Omega (APO). As an APO, she led a number of fund-raising efforts and volunteer projects. When she moved to Stamford, Connecticut the first time, she became a member of the Greenwich Jaycees and also joined Student Sponsor Partners in New York City. Through her efforts with the Student Sponsor Partners program, Rhonda was able to help an at-risk high school student graduate from high school by providing the financial support for attending a non-public high school and provided as a mentor/coach for several years. Rhonda’s student successfully graduated high school and went on to complete college.

Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree from Kearney State University (now University of Nebraska ­ Kearney) and has a MBA with emphasis in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys running, kayaking, playing competitive tennis, traveling and spending time with her family and Murphy, their yellow Labrador retriever.