National Board of Directors

The National Board of Directors helps chart the Make-A-Wish® mission and vision.

It selects, evaluates and supports the president and chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish. The board also protects the organization's assets, enhances its public standing, ensures accountability, maintains legal integrity and assesses its own performance.
Phil Lussier

Philip J. Lussier

Chairman of the Board & Executive Committee
Principal, Crow Point Partners

Ned Allen

Edward R. "Ned" Allen

Philanthropist, Retired Hospitality Industry Executive & Entrepreneur
Home State: North Carolina

Brenda Yester

Brenda (Yester) Baty

Former Senior Vice President for Revenue Management, Carnival Cruise Lines
Home State: Florida

Peter J. Blatman

Peter J. Blatman

Former Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Home State: California

Carlos Cata

Carlos F. Cata

Managing Partner, CTPartners (Chicago Office)
Home State: Illinois

David Clark

David M. Clark

Senior Vice President Human Resources, American Express Company
Home State: New Jersey

John Crowley

John F. Crowley

Development Committee Chair & FY15 Board Chair-Elect
President and Chief Executive Officer, Amicus Therapeutics Inc.
Home State: New Jersey

Jay Emmons

Jay Emmons

Governance Committee Chair
Principal Consultant, Korora Partners
Home State: California

G.J. Hart

G.J. Hart

Executive Chairman, CEO and President – California Pizza Kitchen
Home State: California

Sharlyn C. Heslam

Sharlyn C. Heslam

Managing Director and General Counsel - Berkshire Partners LLC
Home State: Massachusetts

Jeff Lamb

Arthur J. "Jeff" Lamb III

Executive Vice President and Chief People and Administrative Officer, Southwest Airlines
Home State: Texas

Drew Lawton

Drew E. Lawton

Chapter Performance Committee Chair
Chairman and CEO, New York Life Investment Management, LLC
Home State: New York

Spencer Neumann

Spencer A. Neumann

Executive Vice President and CFO – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Home State: California

Kevin O'Toole

Kevin P. O'Toole

Executive Vice President and Project Principal, Hunzinger Construction Co.
Home State: Wisconsin

Tommy Parrett

Thomas M. "Tommy" Parrett

Managing Director, Project & Development Services for Jones Lang LaSalle (Texas)
Home State: Texas

Susan Parkes

Susan M. Parkes-Cirignano

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy – Time Inc.
Home State: New Jersey

Martine Reardon

Martine M. Reardon

Chief Marketing Officer, Macy’s Inc.
Home State: New Year

Matt Schuyler

Matthew W. Schuyler

Compensation & Management Development Chair
Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton Worldwide
Home State: Virginia

Dene Stratton

Dene B. Stratton, Jr.

Audit & Finance Committee Chair
Chief Financial Officer, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc.
Home State: California

Carla Vernon

Carla B. Vernón

Brand Advancement Committee Chair
Business Unit Director (Yoplait Division), General Mills Inc.
Home State: Minnesota

David Wheadon

David E. Wheadon, MD

Executive Vice President of Research and Advocacy – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Home State: New York

Don Yaeger, Jr.

Don Yaeger, Jr.

Award Winning Keynote Speaker, Business Leadership Coach, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated
Home State: Florida