Staff

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Executive Director

Lonna Smith

lsmith@wishingstar.org

Lonna attended the University of Idaho and Whitworth University, earning her degree in Secondary Education. She brings with her over 18 years’ experience in nonprofit development and leadership. As the mother of a “Wish kid”, Lonna understands the challenges our Wishing Star families face. Her first hand experience has ignited her committment to assist these families as they navigate the difficulties of a life threatening diagnosis. She is the mom of three (Parker, Dillon and Grace) and treasures her time with her family. She loves to scuba dive and travel to locations with sun, sand and surf. Lonna is passionate about serving her community and strives to be a positive force in the lives of others.

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Program Director

Andrea Kilgore

andreak@wishingstar.org

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 Community Partnerships & Develpoment

Cindy Guthrie

cindyg@wishingstar.org

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 excited about serving our community and making a difference one wish at a time.

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Office Manager

Amanda Bucholz (Norman)

amandab@wishingstar.org

Amanda earned her degrees in Human Resource Management as well as Management & Leadership from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon). In her youth, her younger brother was diagnosed with cancer which ignited her passion to help individuals and families who face similar struggles. She originally started as a Wish Conductor with Wishing Star to help make children’s wishes a reality, which led to her becoming part of the Wishing Star Foundation office team. As a devoted wife and mother she enjoys spending time with her family, taking her Boston Terrier’s for walks, and traveling as much as possible. 

Jane Mathistad

Programs Volunteer

Jane Mathistad

Jane has been a vital part of the Wishing Star team for many years! She is a devoted volunteer and knowledgeable resource. The Wishing Star Foundation is lucky to have amazing volunteers, but Jane is truly part of our staff. 

Paula Perez

Staff Volunteer

Paula Perez

Paula has been a shinning star on the Wishing Star team for many years! She participates in all of our events and works weekly to ensure we stay up to date with communication. The Wishing Star Foundation is fortunate enough to have exceptional volunteers, but Paula is truly part of our staff.