Lonna Smith – Executive Director                       

Lonna attended Coeur d’Alene High School, University of Idaho, and Whitworth University. She brings with her over 18 years’ experience in nonprofit development and leadership. As the mother of a “Wish kid”, Lonna has experienced the challenges our families face, first hand and has a deep desire to help these families as they navigate the difficulties of a life threatening diagnosis. Lonna is passionate about serving her community and to be a positive force in the lives of others.


     Andrea Kilgore – Program Director

Andrea is a Spokane native who has been involved with The Wishing Star Foundation, as a volunteer, since 2008. Her passion was kindled at a young age as her grandmother was one of Wishing Stars first volunteers.  In addition to raising her children and spending time with friends and family, Andrea enjoys Gonzaga basketball, cooking, volunteering in the community, and finding ways to connect resources for people in-need. She is always looking for amazing people to help Wishing Star grant wishes and bring joy to their kids and families.


                                 Michelle McLendon – Director of Marketing and Development                  

Michelle, a native of Montana, has moved to Spokane from Seattle to join the Wishing Star team. She brings with her extensive experience in marketing and development with national companies such as Franz and Sysco. Michelle has a passion to help others which has led to her work with a variety of other nonprofit organizations like City of Hope, the Ronald McDonald House and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She loves to spend time with her family, doing triathlons, and quilting.