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Our Staff

Make-A-Wish® seeks the best people to fulfill our vision of granting a wish for every eligible child. Every person who joins us commits to this vision — and uses it as a guide in every action. From program services and operations to fundraising and brand advancement, every staff member fulfills a vital role in our mission.

Alicea Starr

Corporate Gift Officer
312.602.9455

Amy Ceciliano

Wish Manager
312.602.9411

Andrea Suderski

Accounting Director
312.602.9418

Ariel Diamond

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9441

Ashley White

Gift Officer – Community Programs
312.602.9419

Brian McMeans

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9459

Bridget O'Connell

Vice President of Mission Delivery
312.602.9448

Britain Gebhardt

Office Operations Coordinator
312.602.9400

Daisy Rivera

Development Services Manager
312.602.9495

Dan White

Volunteer Manager
312.602.9432

Daniel Noga

Donor Services Coordinator
312.602.9428

Danielle Cavendish

Wish Granting Volunteer Manager
312.602.9438

Daryl Mah Thomann

Chief Operating Officer
312.602.9415

Debbie Mayeroff

Donor Research Coordinator
312.602.9457

Debbie Purcell

Signature Events Director
312.602.9424

Dina Thachet

Referral Outreach Manager
312.602.9435

Elizabeth Olson

Senior Staff Accountant
312.602.9433

Frances Jones

Gift Officer – Individual and Family Foundations
312.602.9427

Gabriela Miller

Development Assistant
312.602.9443

Gee Hoon Lim

Staff Accountant
312.602.9444

Heather Evans

Human Resources Coordinator
312.602.9440

Heather Simpson

Chief Development Officer
312.602.9434

Jamie Thau

Referral Outreach Director
312.602.9469

Janet Alvarado

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9437

Janet Bantz Glavin

Senior Community Engagement Manager
309.637.1659

Janie Carlisle

Alumni Manager
312.602.9436

Jarrett McGuigan

Business Analyst
312.602.9471

Jeff Spencer

Technology Manager
312.602.9442

Jennifer Perfect

Assistant to the CEO & Board of Directors
312.602.9439

Jessica Danker

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9421

Jessica Miller

Communications Manager
312.602.9412

Josh Mann

Senior Human Resources Manager
312.602.9426

Justin Aaron

Wish Logistics Manager
312.602.9465

Justin Swinson

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9458

Kara Pietrowski

Signature Events Specialist
312.602.9430

Katie Cholewa

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9462

Laura Cannavo Huerta

Community Engagement Manager
217.544.9470

Laura Mannion

Individual Giving Director
312.602.9429

Lauren Levin

Wish Experience Manager
312.602.9452

Lauren Loughery

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9449

Linda Giovacchini Parck

Sr. Gifts Officer - Major Gifts
312.602.9420

Megan Flynn

Associate Program Director
312.602.9431

Nikki Riskin

Gift Officer – Leadership
312.602.9464

Peyton McDermott

Digital Content Specialist
312.602.9447

Rebecca Chacon

Community Engagement Manager/
Gerente de Participación Comunitario
312.602.9446

Ryan Blackburn

Vice President of Marketing
312.602.9414

Sonja Arnesen

Manager - Walk Events
312.602.9425

Stephanie Springs

Chief Executive Officer
312.602.9439

Wendy Schultz

Corporate Giving Director
312.602.9450

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474