THE MAGIC STARTS HERE ⪢

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board oversees all the operations of The Wishes Foundation. From managing volunteers to keeping financial records to running our social media accounts, the Executive Board is the backbone of what our organization does.

Our board is 100% volunteer, meaning that none of our directors are compensated.

2019 - 2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Rachael Keneally

President

Major: Mass Communication & Entertainment Industry Studies

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite Quote: "Grab ahold of your dreams and make them come true. For you are the key to unlocking your own magic." - Happily Ever After Fireworks Show

"There is no greater profession than the pursuit to make others happy. Wishes is about bringing joy to sweet children who need it most. The effect is instantaneous, because every child should have the chance to believe in magic. In my four years within Wishes, it has become the greatest extension of myself -- my most precious college experience."

Joslyn Ellis

Vice President

Major: Biology

Hometown: Paris, Tennessee

Favorite Quote: "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh

"When you step into the shoes of one of these characters, it's obvious how much just a few moments with a child can mean. I can confidently say there is no feeling like the one you experience when a child recognizes your character and lights up with excitement. I love our Wishes family, and I love that I get to help this organization grow and reach more kids."

Sydney Lofton

Fundraising Director

Major: Theatre Performance

Hometown: Jackson, TN

Favorite Quote: "Just because it's what's done, doesn't mean it's what should be done." - Cinderella

"Find what you love and use it to help others. Wishes brightens the day of each child we visit, and I know it brightens mine! There is nothing more magical than making someone smile, and The Wishes Foundation brings that magic to every visit. Wishes is a family of service and love. I am so honored to serve Nashville as a part of The Wishes Foundation."

Josie Turlington

Social Media Director

Major: Entertainment Industry Studies and Music Minor 

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Favorite Quote: “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” - Walt Disney

 

"I’ve always searched for that group of place where I felt I belonged... and this organization has finally made me feel that way. I’ve found my people and found what I am passionate about and have made the most amazing little Disney family. I’ve loved getting to see the never ending smiles on all the little kids faces when we bring their favorite storybook characters to life!! This program has truly brought about the side of me I had been bottling up for so long and I am so thankful for it!"

Olivia Toliver

Digital Marketing Specialist

Major: Public Relations 
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Favorite Quote: "Listen with your heart, you will understand." -Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas

"This organization has provided so much joy and magic for children who need it the most. Seeing an entire family's face light up when their child's favorite character enters the room is an indescribable feeling. Through Wishes, I have discovered a passion for serving my community and it is so rewarding."

Leigh Marie McCarver

Assistant to the Fundraising Director

Major: BFA Theatre Performance
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Favorite Quote: “Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." - Snow
White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

"I love Wishes because we have the unique opportunity to connect with
children and share love, inspiration, and a little bit of magic. I am excited to bring joy to kids
who need a little extra love and see the change that hope can bring."

Sara Grove

Community Relations Coordinator

Major: BFA Theatre Performance
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Favorite Quote: “‘Ohana’ means ‘Family’. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” - Lilo and Stitch

 

"The mission of Wishes is something I hold close to my heart. Being able to make one person smile or bring joy to one child makes my heart swell. Wishes brings light to darkness and happiness to all. Wishes has changed my life for the better and I love the family I have found here. Wishes helps so many and I love being a part of furthering that mission in any way that I can."

Claire Striet

Treasurer

Major: Theatre Education

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Favorite Disney Quote: “if you reach for the stars all you get are the stars, but we've found a whole new spin. If you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in. Anything can happen if you let it.” - Mary Poppins

"The Wishes Foundation brings smiles to the children who need it most; it’s absolutely wonderful to see children smile with their favorite Disney and fairytale characters when they’re going through such a difficult time. It gives them a chance to put their worries aside and just have a good time! I’m so passionate about bringing the arts to children and students who don’t have access to it, especially when they really need it. Wishes does exactly that!"

Mikenzie Bartholomae

Secretary

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Favorite Quote: “Come what may, I know the way” - Moana

"Wishes is a great way to get involved in helping and spreading magic to communities that deserve it most. I love being able to not only see the joy in the children we serve, but also the joy in those serving. There is no greater reward than making others happy. This organization is one that inspires and lifts up all of its members. This family that has been created in this organization is truly something that has become one of my greatest joys and I am so honored to be apart of it."

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