McKenzie Dern is our newest member of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation family. McKenzie joined the team in January 2020 as the Central California Regional Manager. Her journey with the foundation started many years prior to her coming on board fulltime. She became part of AARBF three years ago as a Champ Camp Counselor. Since then, she has participated in various regional trips such as Monterey Bay Aquarium Sleepover and the Outdoor Trip and assisted in the Clovis Dinner and Dance Fundraiser. McKenzie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the California State University, Fresno.
McKenzie brings a unique perspective to our team by being the daughter of a burn survivor. Her experiences as family member of a survivor allow her to be able to connect to not just the survivor but their family members and friends as well. She understands just how much a burn injury can impact a family. She is also well versed in the ways of her local fire departments and considers them to be a big part of her family.
McKenzie believes that a burn survivor is a symbol of strength, perseverance, and motivation. She wholeheartedly believes that family members, friends, and first responders associated with that patient are survivors too. For McKenzie it is important to her to make sure that no survivor or their family feels alone through the process of healing, surviving and ultimately thriving.
Through her involvement with AARBF and her experiences, McKenzie has developed a passion for helping others. She has the ability to empathize with burn survivors and their families. McKenzie hopes that her story and experiences can be used to help empower other burn survivors and their communities. She strives to fully embrace the foundation’s mission by helping to reduce the number of burn injuries through prevention education and to enhance the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries. McKenzie wants to serve our survivors and to make their healing and reclamation process as easy and fearless as possible. She desires to be someone’s sunshine during and after a traumatizing time.