Board

Chair

John Henker

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 to Describe Me

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.

Treasurer

Richard Hendershot

Three Words to Describe Me
Amiable, giving, balanced.

Little Known Fact About Me
I continue to be a season ticket holder for Ohio State Football.

Past Chair

Ken Oakland

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 to Describe Me
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.

Secretary

Mark Schafer

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 to Describe Me
Integrity, approachable, respectful.

Little Known Fact About Me
I referee high school football.

Member

Kyle LaPierre

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 to Describe Me
Loyal, easy going, fun.

Little Known Fact About Me
My brother in-law and family are also very involved with the Wishing Star Foundation.

Member

Pam Cromer

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.

Member

Ken Mathistad

Favorite Wishing Star Experience
Seeing how excited my granddaughter was when her wish to go to Disneyland was granted.

Three Words to Describe Me
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.

Member

Marva Ulleland

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 to Describe Me
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.

Member

Theresa Petraszak

Favorite Wishing Star Experience
Being on the 2016 Tri-Cities Wishes & Wine committee and seeing the event become a huge success!

Three Words to Describe Me
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.

Member

Christie Vranich

Favorite Wishing Star Experience
Working on Taste Spokane with Leadership Spokane.

Three Words That Describe Me Best
Outgoing, passionate, hardworking.

Little Known Fact About Me
My husband and I went on double dates in high school but we were both dating other people.  Not until college did we start dating, and now love living in North Idaho with our 2 children and moose of a dog.