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Our People

Make-A-Wish® Michigan seeks the best people to fulfill our vision of granting a wish for every medically 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.

President and CEO

Karen Davis
President and CEO

Make-A-Wish Staff

Dawn Antonelli
Donor Care & Gift Processing Coordinator

Hannah Bentley
Wish Coordinator

Alexandra Chambers
Marketing and Brand Manager

Jennifer Cleary
Development Officer, East – Walk

Sherri Collins
Vice President of Marketing and Brand Advancement

Jennifer Connery
Chief Operating Officer

Erin Ehlers
Senior Development Officer, Events

Dawn Gall
Office Manager

Kedrin Gall
Development Officer, Wish-A-Mile Manager Rider Relations

Sue Hachem
Program Director

Marta Hoetger
Development Officer, Grants, PT

Stephanie Hoenig
Development Officer, Annual Fund

Pam Holtz
Wish Coordinator

Erica Hunt
Wish Coordinator

Megan McGillis

Volunteer Coordinator

Lauren Metzendorf
In-Kind Manager, PT

Chris Music
Director of Finance and HR

Kelli Jo Peltier
Development Officer, Wish-A-Mile Manager Logistics

Julie Pendell
Vice President of Development

Bob Raymond
Senior Development Officer, Corporate

Eric Rilko
Medical Outreach Manager

Julia Robins
Development Officer, Corporate Relations

Victoria Rombach
Wish Coordinator

Kierstynn Rozema
Program Associate

Ashley Sanregret
Communications and Outreach Manager

Jessica Shafer
Executive Assistant and Administrative Services Manager

Jessica Shamie
Data & Information Services Manager

Christy Schulte
Communications and Public Relations Manager

Alissa Shipman
Wish Coordinator

Kirstin Short
Donor Analytics Manager

Nancy Spore
Vice President of Program Services

Joel Stern
Sr. Development Officer, Leadership Giving

Emily Symko
Office Coordinator, PT

Melissa Thompson
Development Officer, Northern Michigan, PT

Mary Veltema
Referral and Medical Eligibility Manager

Lauren Wenban
Program Associate

Ellie Wilcox
Leadership Giving Officer, West

Kylie Wodarski
Wish Coordinator


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Latest Status Update

  • We are truly inspired by the love story of Make-A-Wish Michigan alumni, Joel and his fiancée, Shae. Their journey is the perfect reminder on Valentine's Day that the power of a wish lies in love. "Falling in love with Joel has been the best journey of my life. Every day I am more inspired by the man he is. His experience with cancer and Make-A-Wish reminds me what it means to live with a grateful heart and to love others unconditionally. If you were to ask me my favorite trait about Joel, it’d be hard to choose, but I’d probably pick his willingness to give – a trait he credits to his wish experience." #HugsAndWishes (Make-A-Wish America)
Make-A-Wish® Michigan
7600 Grand River Avenue
Suite 175
Brighton, MI 48114
(734) 994-8620
Toll Free Michigan Only (800) 622-9474
Make-A-Wish® Michigan, Grand Rapids Office
648 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 363-4607
Toll Free (877) 631-9474