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Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas Appoints New Chief Executive Officer


August 16, 2019

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 16, 2019) – After serving as the Interim CEO for the past three months, Caroline Schmidt was officially named President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas July 18, 2019.

Contributing to Make-A-Wish since 2010, Caroline has demonstrated robust leadership through multiple positions at Make-A-Wish, including:

  • Vice President of Program Services
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Served on Multiple Taskforces for Make-A-Wish® America
  • Medical Eligibility
  • Benchmarks of Excellence
  • Wish Taskforces

“I am honored to accept the role of President & CEO and humbled to work with such an incredible team of staff, board, volunteers and donors. I look forward to advancing our mission and moving our chapter forward to transform lives, one wish at a time,” said Schmidt.

The decision to appoint Caroline as CEO has been greatly supported by the members of the Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas Governing Board.

“We couldn’t imagine a stronger choice to lead this organization,” said Denise Kruse, CEO and owner of AdamsGabbert, who also serves as Governing Board Chair for Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.  “After a thorough regional and national interview process, the board was unanimous in support of moving Caroline from interim to full CEO.  Her compassion, creativity, and diverse business experience will continue to benefit the organization. May the wishes of more children than ever before be granted this year, and many years to come under her leadership.”

Caroline has shown leadership through a 21st century approach by governance, accountability and collaboration. Additionally, Caroline has a strong history in strategic planning, corporate communication, outreach and operations. Her decisions made while in a leadership position have always been based on extensive research and internal data, along with experience and vision. While holding a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from IUPUI The Fundraising School, she also holds a bachelor’s degree of Science in Health and a Master of Business Administration.  

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Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. The local chapter is headquartered in Ballwin, Missouri and serves all counties in Missouri and Kansas.

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas has granted more than 8,350 wishes to local children with critical illnesses. For more information about Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas and how you can transform lives, one wish at a time, please visit our website ( and connect with us on Facebook (makeawishMOKAN), Twitter (@makeawishMOKAN), Instagram (@makeawishMOKAN) and YouTube (MakeAWishMOKAN).

Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas
13523 Barrett Parkway Dr
Suite 241
Ballwin, MO 63021
(314) 205-9474
Toll Free (800) 548-5058