John Henker, Chair
Henker Financial Partners LLC.
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Being asked by a friend to make a monthly contribution to Wishing Star for which I received a handwritten thank you note. Seeing a few wish kids and what it meant. (remarkable)
Three words that describe me best: Family man, gregarious, sincere
Little known fact about me: I enjoy sharing stories as far back as I can remember, about 4 years old. I can usually remember anything down to what the weather was doing.
Richard Hendershot, Treasurer
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Favorite Wishing Star Experience:
Three words that describe me best: Amiable, giving, balanced
Little known fact about me: I continue to be a season ticket holder for Ohio State Football.
Randi Johnson, Secretary
Lilac City Law
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Volunteering for Wishing Star alongside my Leadership Spokane team.
Three words that describe me best: Empowering, nurturing, bold.
Little known fact about me: I played clarinet in a HBCU internationally renowned marching band called the Marching 100 at Florida A&M University.
Ken Oakland, Past Chair
Ken Oakland, Contracting
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Listening to the stories at our annual breakfast. One of my friends told me afterward that it was one of the most touching events he had ever attended. I agreed.
Three words that describe me best: Honest, faithful, family-man
Little known fact about me: My nickname is Kayo. Years ago my brother was working with my old peewee baseball coach and the coach asked my brother if he had a brother named Ken. My brother told him no. Later in the day, my brother had to tell him “yes”, he had a brother named Ken, but he had always called me Kayo. He said he felt pretty foolish not knowing his own brother’s name.
Mark Schafer, Secretary
Wish Dad, Safeco Insurance
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: As a wish dad, the unforgettable memory of my daughter Maddy’s ear to ear smile when she realized her wish of swimming with the dolphins.
Three words that describe me best: Integrity, approachable, respectful
Little known fact about me: I referee high school football.
Windermere City Group-Spokane
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: My first Wishing Star Event, Wishes & Wine. Hearing stories from wish kids impacted by Wishing Star and learning about Wishing Star’s dedication to local children was very moving and inspiring to me.
Three words that describe me best: Hardworking, loyal, fun
Little known fact about me: I have two siblings that are adopted from Korea. Their birthdays are only 19 days apart and I am only 18 months younger. We have always been very close.
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Participating in Send-A-Friend-A-Goat in the Tri-Cities. I loved seeing the community rally together to put smiles on the faces of children and families. I think that perfectly describes what Wishing Star does.
Three words that describe me best: Loyal, easy going, fun
Little known fact about me: My brother in-law and family are also very involved with the Wishing Star Foundation.
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Meeting “Izzy”, my first wish kid.
Three words that describe me best: Hardworking, honest, kind
Little known fact about me: I was born and raised in a funeral home.
Kirkpatrick and Startzel, P.S.
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Attending the 2014 Spokane Dinner Banquet and seeing the level of support from the community for our mission.
Three words that describe me best: Caring, dedicated, advocate
Little known fact about me: I met Conan O’Brien at the giant Red Wagon in Riverfront Park when he was in town for a comedy show. He kept joking during his set about going to see the Red Wagon after the show so I convinced my friends to walk down there to see if we could meet him. A few minutes later, Conan showed up and talked to us for a while.
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Seeing how excited my granddaughter was when her wish to go to Disneyland was granted.
Three words that describe me best: Analytical, honest, reliable
Little known fact about me: My wife and I met on a blind date that neither one of us wanted to go on. We have been married for 44 years.
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: It’s so hard to pick a favorite. I think for me, the most moving experience was being part of Joey’s last wish. Although this was not an official Wishing Star wish, it demonstrated to me that once a wish kid, always a wish kid, and the commitment this organization has for supporting these special kids and families forever.
Three words that describe me best: Passionate, caring, fun
Little known fact about me: I am VP Operations, Insurance Services with Northwest FCS and have worked there for six years. Prior to joining NWFCS I worked in Pasco for Bank of Whitman also in insurance. I was an independent insurance agency for nearly almost 20 years prior to my soon to be four healthy little grandchildren. My hobbies include painting, wine and chocolate. I work hard and like things to be simple and fun.
Henker Financial Partners
Favorite Wishing Star Experience: Being on the 2016 Tri-Cities Wishes & Wine committee and seeing the event become a huge success!
Three words that describe me best: Organized, honest, analytical
Little known fact about me: My husband and I first met while participating on our junior high’s track team. We went on our first date three years later and eventually married five years after that.