Our People

Our Staff

Our Board

Catherine Aker

Director

Vice President, Communications & Community, Oakland Athletics

LeAnne Andersen

Vice-Chair

Vice President, HR Operations, National Employee Services, Kaiser Permanente

Ash Baraghoush

Director

Managing Director, Hanover Real Estate Investors, LLC

Kara Baysinger

Director

Co-Leader, US Insurance Regulatory & Enforcement Group, Mayer Brown

Dana Green

Director

Realtor, Compass

Charles Halladay

Director

Senior Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Advisory Councils

Our chapter is supported by several generous and active Advisory Councils. For more information on the Advisory Councils, contact Lynne Durie at [email protected]

Development Committee

Kate Shrout (Chair), ServiceNow
Marguerite Clark, Community Volunteer
Rishi Dixit, Valiant Capital
Kirsty EllisCommunity Volunteer
Marti Pozzi, SnapLogic
Victoria Columb Modrick, SoftBank
Shenna Huynh, Redis Labs
Ash Baraghoush, Hanover Financial
Heidi Silber, Golden State Warriors

East Bay Regional Advisory Council

Rick da Silva, LOH Realty & Investments
Jillian Loh Kearns, LOH Realty & Investments
Jen Rego, Community Volunteer
Del Ross, Community Volunteer
Tillie Ross, National Financial Title
Leslie Visbal, Ability Now
Celine Mactaggart, Community Volunteer
Loren Kimura, retired CEO of Basic American Foods
Jill Butler, Apple
Taj Tashombe, Oakland A's
Helena Cooper, Community Volunteer
Fran Baskin, retired from Chicago Title
Jan Kincaid, Community Volunteer
Antonella Raschio, Al Dente Events

North Bay Regional Advisory Council

Jonathan Polkinghorn (Chair), Edward Jones
Scott Ormerod (Past Chair), Leap Solutions Group, Inc.
Steve Falk, Sonoma Media Group
Bobbi K. Beehler, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Jorge Villareal, Vulcan Materials
Serena Lienau, Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership
Winnie Huff, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Volunteer Coordinator
Megan Nelson, Studio H Designs
Lindsey Ehrlicher Styles, Engel & Volkers
Katy Moranda, Jason Krist Electric
Christa Williams, Santa Rosa Plaza
Amber Rangel, Certified Massage Therapist
Misty Platt, Mason McDuffie Commercial Real Estate
Michelle Ausburn, BPM

Medical Advisory Council

Dawn Belardinelli, MD, Kaiser Permanente 
James Bennett, MD, Stanford Children's Health 
Amber Borucki, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Brittney Blockman, MD, MA, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Yen Kim Bui, MD, PhD, F.A.S.E, Kaiser Permanente
Wendy Celaya, MA, CCLS, Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer Cohen, MD, Kaiser Permanente 
Paul Fisher, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford 
Melvin Heyman, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Kai Kai Lam, MD, Kaiser Permanente  
Shirley Leong, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Katie Maniatis, RN, MSN, CPHON, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Sonia Milbank, LCSW, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital 

Sonia Partap, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford 
Hitu Patel, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Leigh Ann Pincus, MSN, ARNP 
Gabriel Sarah, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Lauren Mikula Schneider, Psy.D., Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford 
Denah Taggart, MD, Kaiser Permanente 
Lena Winestone, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital 

 

Marketing Committee

Dana Green (Chair), Compass
Catherine Aker, Oakland Athletics
Deborah Kirk, Diablo Publications
Jenny Kohler, Bay Area News Group
Melinda Marks, Soluble
Ann Rowlands, Bay City News Service & Foundation
Ronnie Singh, 2K
Willy A. Sosa, Innovating Media Group

Finance Committee

Ash Baraghoush, Hanover Real Estate Investors, LLC
Charles Halladay, JLL
Joe Hurwich, 2923 Adeline Associates
Dave Lonergan, Vista Capital Advisors
George Madrigal, Penserra
David Millstein, PwC (Retired)
Jason Schlesinger, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Eric Takaha, Investment Professional
Phillip Yim, Novogradac & Company LLP
 

Audit Committee

David Jensen, Code Advisors
Ben Kochalski, TMG Partners
David Millstein, PwC (Retired)

Young Professional Advisory Council

Our Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) members act as ambassadors for our chapter through fundraising and advocacy activities. The council is made up of professionals under 45 years old who are passionate about being active and philanthropic members of their community. 

Membership Levels & Applications

Memberships Guidelines

YPAC Executive Members

Michelle Horan, Chair, Samsara 
Andrew Tiemeier, Vice-Chair, Union Bank 
Rishi Dixit, Treasurer & Trivia Lead, Valiant Capital 
Gordon Hwee, Secretary 
Kayla Doty, Marketing Lead, Calm 
Theresa Sciole, Auction Lead, Asana 
Vanessa Gregson, Membership Lead, C100  
Danielle Hake, Wish-Granting/Mission Lead, Carmel Partners 
Heidi Silber, YPAC Fun Lead, Golden State Warriors 

YPAC Council Members

Sarah Barner, Airtable 
Ronnie Brant, Salesforce 
Faraz Fatemi, Bain Capital 
Vanessa Gatihi, Slack 
David Jensen, WeWork 
Michelle McClanahan 

Youth Board

The Youth Board is a philanthropy and leadership program open to students ages 13 to 18 in the Greater Bay Area who want to support Make-A-Wish by actively fundraising and spreading awareness.  

Children are at the heart of Make-A-Wish and it is our goal to have students as advocates for a mission that supports their peers. The Youth Board creatively fundraises in a kid-friendly way, shares ideas to get kids involved, and gives members the opportunity to learn from a network of mentors and community leaders. 

Youth Board Officers

Shanie Roth, Co-Chair 
Cailey Tennyson, Co-Chair 
Alexander Ruppe, Co-Social Chair 
Maya Druch, Secretary / Co-Social Chair 
Sasha Ryu, Secretary / Fundraising Chair 

Youth Board Members

Aarushi Buddhavarapu
Aarushi Wadhwa 
Alexa Belton
Allison Bradley
Alexander Ruppe
Anastacia Loukianoff
Annie Schwartz
Annika Baktha
Annika Muju
Ashleigh Winkler
Cailey Tennyson
Carson Bacci
Cathy Chang
Elise Lee
Emilia Mantilla
Eva Leavitt
Fiona Li
Hailee Seehusen
Hannah DelBarrio
Jake Preston Underwood 
James Preston Underwood
Leah Druch
Lindsay Recker
Lydia Schrag
Madison Belton
Mahek Bhora 
Margaret Lonergan
Maya Druch
Meshi Roth 
Nicolas Narloch
Olivia Woo 
Rachel Lakowsky 
Sara Vargas 
Sarah Banholzer
Sasha Ryu
Shanie Roth
Shriya Jain
Sophia Pham
Thresia Vazhaeparambil
Trisha Sengupta
Zachary Lachance 
Zoe Wulfstat

 

Wish It Forward Council

Wish It Forward Greater Bay Area is an alumni group for families who have experienced a wish with our chapter. The Wish It Forward Council is an incredible group of wish parents and alumnae/i who have stepped forward to help build a community that lives on beyond the wish experience and offers families opportunities to stay connected with our mission.

Wish It Forward Council Members

Becky Bauer, wish granted in 2004
Dylan Cazin, wish granted in 2019
Deborah Huber, mother of wish kid Jack (wish granted in 2018)
Stacy Keegan, mother of wish kid Waylon (wish granted in 2019)
Courtney Rodgers, mother of wish kid Kiera (wish granted in 2018)
Jake Silberg, wish alumni
Lena Strickling, wish granted in 2008
Patrick Suciu, father of wish kid Sophia (wish granted in 2016)
Erin Lewis Wade, mother of wish kid Ella (wish granted 2014)
Justin Wang, wish granted in 2019, and his mother, Yang
Kim Wong, father of wish kid Bryan (wish granted in 2017)