Q: Why did you decide to join the mission of Make-A-Wish?
A: Prior to Make-A-Wish, I worked in nonprofit for 30 years. I decided I wanted to work for an organization that had more personal connection to the mission, like Make-A-Wish. When I imagined Make-A-Wish, I thought of the countless stories I had heard of wish kids receiving their one-true wish, creating an impact that drew you in. Since that moment, I knew I wanted to be part of that contagious impact and nine years later, here we are.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had with Make-A-Wish?
A: It is not just one thing, it is everything. The many wish experiences that I have had the honor to witness firsthand, the letters and cards received from wish kids and their families, as well as the numerous thank you cards received from staff throughout the years, have all been extremely rewarding to me. I have the honor to work with some of the most talented, resourceful and inspirational staff and volunteers in the world. One of the most rewarding lessons I have learned is that each and every individual has a different strength to bring to the table and those strengths can always be utilized to do impactful work.
Q: What has been your favorite part in working with Make-A-Wish?
A: The people that I have the honor to encounter on a daily basis. From volunteers, to donors, to sponsors and above all, the wish kids and their families. Each wish kid is as unique as their wish and this creativity requires a community of people to fulfill a wish. Every wish places emphasis on the part of our mission that focuses on community. I am often reminded of Savannah's wish to be a mommy for the day and the collective force of volunteers, doctors, and staff that came together to give her the wish experience of a lifetime. Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I am so honored to be a part of that.