The co-founders of Medical Missions for Children created the Charity in 1999 at their kitchen table to fulfill an inner desire to help sick children and to give them purpose in their post retirement years. Peg and Frank Brady have been married for 42 years and have two daughters Maureen who works in the field of risk management and Erin who owns and operates her own graphic design company. Peg was raised in Elberon NJ and attended Elizabeth Seton College. Frank grew up in Clifton NJ and attended Monmouth University. Frank worked for most of his career for CGE (the General Electric of France) and was on the Corporate Staff of the Chairman of the Board. Peg supported Frank’s business activities and raised their family. The Bradys now reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Along with their work for MMC the Bradys are committed to numerous other charitable causes. Frank and Peg sit on the Development Board of Operation Smile. Peg is a Trustee of St. Joe’s Children’s Hospital and Frank is a Trustee for the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Peg was named Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 by The Rothman Institute at Fairleigh Dickenson University. Frank is a Purpose Fellow and Tech Museum Laureate. In recognition of their work with MMC they have received: The 21st Century Achievement Award from Computer World Magazine, The Stockholm Challenge Award, IESC Award, Contact Center Award, Best Health and Arts Award from Johnson and Johnson, Healthcare Informatics Award, Federal 100 Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Medical Association. They have also received the prestigious Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the Congress of the United States of America.
SOMETHING ABOUT JOHNNIE MCDONALD
According to Johnnie, her father said, “The first one will be named John and the second will be named Frank.” What he got were two girls, Johnnie and Frankie. Her name has produced a lot of confusion over her identity and almost got her drafted, but for the most part, was a fun attention-getter.
She grew up in Oklahoma where she received an MBA, the first in her family. She worked for over 20 years as a human resources executive, primarily in the health care industry, a busy time in which she worked full-time while raising a family and attending school. When she took a break from the corporate world, she volunteered for a children’s hospital foundation and for Florida organ donor program. She opened a children’s furniture store in Florida and then ended up in New Jersey where her husband works for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson.
Johnnie has embarked on her third career as a novelist and is currently searching for representation. “Book selling is a difficult industry to break into,” she admits, “and I had almost given up until I got to know the Brady’s. Their positive attitude makes you think twice about being a quitter.”