Our Chapter

Our People

Board of Directors

Denise Kruse


Chief Executive Officer, Adams Gabbert, LLC

Jay Carlson

Vice Chair

Chief Information Officer, Charter Communications

Lisa Epps


Attorney, Creative Planning Legal

Kevin Howard


EVP, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Charter Communications

Dr. Brian Pate

Medical Advisor & Member

Chair, Pediatrics, Wichita University of Kansas School of Medicine

Lisa Brubaker


SVP, Enterprise Performance Excellence, Centene Corporation

Make-A-Wish Story

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas proudly manages and safeguards the generous contributions of individual donors, corporations and other organizations. Our fundraising efforts, fiscal practices, and business operations all are designed to support a single purpose: to grant wishes that change lives.  

Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas 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. 

We are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2019 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas spent 73% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 11% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 16% was allocated to fundraising. For full financial details please review the following financial documents: 

We are proud to be a BBB of Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. 

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: 

There are no open positions at this time. Please check back later. 



Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas offers a variety of unpaid internships to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates, to receive academic credit and/or valuable work experience in the nonprofit field. Students must be a junior or senior to apply. Internships are located in the St. Louis, MO office headquarters. Available internships can include administrative, fundraising/events, marketing/communications, and mission delivery/wish granting. Interested in learning more about our internship opportunities? Email [email protected]

There are no open positions at this time. Please check back later. 

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