Board

John Henker

John Henker

Chair

Financial Advisor, Eagle Strategies

Joined Board of Directors in 2015


John loves to see a Wish Kid’s dream come true. He is proud to be surrounded by a dedicated board, staff and group of volunteers that work tirelessly to make wishes into realities.

 

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Christie Vranich

Vice Chair

Manager of Lending Solutions, BECU

Joined Board of Directors in 2019


Christie got involved with Wishing Star when she was part of the Leadership Spokane program. She volunteered with Wishing Star’s Taste Spokane and has been helping the foundation ever since. One of her favorite wish-granting memory is seeing how excited Dria was to have her own backyard playground where she could play without fear for her immune system. 

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Richard Hendershot

Treasurer

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.

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Ken Oakland

Past Chair

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.

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Mark Schafer

Secretary

Past Chair

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.

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Kyle LaPierre

Trustee

President, LaPierre Enterprises

Joined Board of Directors in 2013

After hearing about Wishing Star’s mission at a past Wishes & Wine event, Kyle knew he wanted to be a part this foundation. As a board member, he loves getting others involved with Wishing Star as well. He is passionate about spreading the Wishing Star message to help us grant as many wishes as possible. One of his favorite Wish memories is Sawyer’s trip to see the Dallas Cowboys.

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Pam Cromer

Trustee

Former Secretary

Retired

Pam believes in the power that a Wish has to change lives. Families don’t sign up for the challenges they face when their child has a life-threatening condition, and Wishing Star does all it can to help bring some relief to their situations. She finds every Wish rewarding and is passionate about Wishing Star’s commitment to families after the wish.

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Marva Ulleland

Trustee

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.

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Joel Adrian

Trustee

Marketing Associate, Sysco

Joined Board of Directors in 2019

Joel is passionate about family, both his own and the families impacted by Wishing Star. He joined the Wishing Star Board after hearing about all of the great wishes that have been granted in the past.

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Theresa Petraszak

Legacy Board

Stay-at-Home Mom

Joined Board of Directors in 2017

Theresa is passionate about the impact wishes have on families. Wishes provide lasting memories for families at a time when they need a bit of light in their lives. Theresa has been very involved with fundraising, particularly with Wishes & Wine and Send a Friend a Goat in Tri-Cities. Though she and her husband have moved away from Washington, Theresa is a dedicated member of the Wishing Star community and is an invaluable part of our team.

Ken Mathistad

Ken Mathistad

Legacy Board

Retired

Joined Board of Directors in 2012

Ken is the grandfather of a Wish Kid, and he was inspired to get involved after witnessing the magic of is granddaughter’s Wish. He is especially grateful to Wishing Star’s generous donors and is passionate about making the most out of every gifted dollar to grant as many wishes as possible.