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Executive Director

Lonna Smith

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.


Program Director

Andrea Kilgore

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.

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Director of Marketing & Development

Michelle McLendon

Michelle grew up in Montana and earned her marketing degree from Montana State University. After working in the corporate world in Seattle for most of her professional career, she is excited to call Spokane home and be part of the Wishing Star team. Michelle brings with her a tremendous amount of experience in sales and marketing as well as a passion for helping others. She has been involved with nonprofits in the past through volunteer and contract work, and she is dedicated to using her talents to help Wishing Star grant more and more wishes.


Director of Donor Relations

Cindy Guthrie

Cindy has a journalism and political science degree from the University of Colorado. After many years in the advertising business, she has found her heart devoted to the children in our community. Cindy became involved in a past wish and was so inspired she decided to join the Wishing Star team full time. As a member of Rotary 21, she has chaired Foster Kidfest as well as participated on the Civic Affairs Committee and International Services Committee. Cindy loves to ski, travel, spend time on the lake and is passionate about serving our community and making a difference one wish at a time.