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Our People

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

Gift Officer – Corporate
312.602.9455

Amy Ceciliano

Wish Manager
312.602.9411

Andrea Suderski

Accounting Manager
312.602.9418

Ashley White

Gift Officer – Community Programs
312.602.9419

Bridget O'Connell

Director of Program Services
312.602.9448

C. Lauren Jernigan

Manager - Walk Events
312.602.9425

Christina Merlo

Medical Outreach Coordinator
312.602.9446

Christopher Carson

Technology Coordinator
312.602.9470

Claire Feeney

Administrative Assistant
312.602.9474

Dan White

Volunteer Manager
312.602.9432

Daryl Mah Thomann

Chief Operating Officer
312.602.9415

Debbie Mayeroff

Donor Research Coordinator
312.602.9457

Debbie Purcell

Signature Events Manager
312.602.9424

Dina Thachet

Medical Outreach Manager
312.602.9435

Elizabeth Olson

Staff Accountant
312.602.9433

Emily Mulvaney

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9423

Emily Walters

Volunteer Coordinator
312.602.9440

Franki Jo Beckwith

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9438

Heather Simpson

Chief Development Officer
312.602.9434

Janet Alvarado

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9437

Janet Bantz Glavin

Community Relations Manager
309.637.1659

Janie Carlisle

Wish Coordinator
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 Miller

Communications Manager
312.602.9412

Jillann Demes

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9441

Josh Mann

Human Resources & Office Manager
312.602.9426

Justin Aaron

Alumni Manager
312.602.9465

Kate Hannen

Associate Director of Individual Giving
312.602.9429

Kelsey Regan

Signature Events Specialist
312.602.9430

Kevin Sheehan

Wish Coordinator
312.602.9459

Laura Cannavo Huerta

Community Relations Manager
217.544.9470

Lauren Levin

Wish Manager
312.602.9452

Linda Giovacchini Parck

Sr. Gifts Officer - Major Gifts
312.602.9420

Madeline Westman

Development Assistant
312.602.9443

Margo McCawley

Donor Services Coordinator
312.602.9428

Marisa Bognanno

Volunteer Coordinator
312.602.9413

Megan Flynn

Associate Program Director
312.602.9431

Nikki Lester

Gift Officer – Leadership
312.602.9464

Paula Foster

Senior Staff Accountant
312.602.9444

Rebecca Chacon

Referral Coordinator
312.602.9446

Ryan Blackburn

Marketing Director
312.602.9414

Sarah D'Amico

Digital Content Coordinator
312.602.9474

Sonja Arnesen

Senior Wish Coordinator
312.602.9421

Stephanie Springs

Chief Executive Officer
312.602.9439

Susan Rightsell

Development Services Manager
312.602.9450

Wande Olude

Associate Gift Officer – Corporate and Corporate Foundations
312.602.9445

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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