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Our Staff

Laetitia Vancon Pons

Full Time Volunteer - Marketing & Events Volunteer Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

James Apodaca

President & CEO, The Apodaca Group Logistics

Chris Barksdale

Secretary

SVP, People & Culture, Discovery, Inc.

Becca Boyd

Human Resources, SmartBank

Julia Bursch

Development, River City Company

Randy Carson

Vice Chair

Healthcare Management, COBE Enterprises

Lisa Carter

CEO, Niswonger Children’s Hospital

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Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 

We are always on the lookout for great talent who share in our passion. If you are interested in a career or internship with Make-A-Wish, check out our current open positions.

Managing Our Funds 

Make-A-Wish East Tennessee finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

At Make-A-Wish, we take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2019 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation East Tennessee spent 70% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 10% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 20% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review our most recent FY19 Audited Financial Statements or our latest 990.  

We are proud to be a BBB East Tennessee Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. 

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