President & CEO
About: Kate is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its’ vision, mission and financial objectives. Kate has been with Make-A-Wish Maine since '05 having previously served as Volunteer Director, Program Director and Interim Executive Director. She lives in Portland with her pup Remy, also known as the Make-A-Wish Maine Chief Hospitality Officer.
Kate's Wish: To go to the Olympics, either summer or winter.
About: In addition to producing the organization’s signature events (Walk for Wishes, Trailblaze Challenge, Wish Night, and Fantasy Auction), Samantha works with individuals and businesses who fundraise for Make-A-Wish Maine all across the state. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, trying new local restaurants, and spoiling her small dog, Claire.
Samantha's Wish: To travel to Paris and tour every museum
Wish and Volunteer Coordinator
About: It is the courage and strength of each Wish child that inspires her every day. Being able to witness the impact of a Wish on a child, their family and their community is something she cherishes. Lani also believes in and is grateful for the time, efforts and love that the Make-A-Wish volunteers bring to the table in everything they do.
Lani's Wish: To be a star on Broadway
Rita Sullivan King
About: Rita joined the team in February 2018. She is thrilled to be back in Maine and helping fulfill the Make-A-Wish mission after nearly 20 years out-of-state. She previously served as communications manager for The Rockefeller University Press in New York City. Rita enjoys gardening and exploring Maine with her husband and two sons.
Rita's Wish: To go to Wimbledon (as a spectator)
About: Mackenzie is a Maine native and a true caregiver with a love for planning and being creative. She loves to be outdoors during our beautiful, Maine summers, and only wish that they lasted longer. Mackenzie fell in love with the mission of Make-A-Wish while working as an intern during college, where she learned the true meaning of a wish.
Mackenzie's Wish: To take a year off to travel the world
Meredith Jones Plaud
Annual Giving and Donor Care Manager
About: Meredith joined the Make-A-Wish Maine team in 2012. Prior to this, she worked in development at private schools for over six years, most recently working in Major Gifts at the University of New England. In her free time she writes mystery novels and enjoys baking and trying new recipes.
Meredith's Wish: To visit Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and stay in a glass igloo beneath the Northern Lights.
Director of Mission Delivery
About: Sonya is responsible for wish delivery, medical outreach and volunteer services. Her prior roles have included marketing, development and leadership in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She enjoys antiquing, decorating, and going on outdoor adventures with her four sons and husband.
Sonya’s Wish: To design my own jewelry line
Chief Hospitality Officer
About: Remy has been with the Make-A-Wish Maine team since 2011, and takes her job as Chief Hospitality Officer very seriously. A self-proclaimed "people dog" she enjoys introducing herself to office visitors and isn't afraid to ask for treats. When not working long hours, Remy enjoys going on adventures with her mom and spending time at the doggy resort.
Remy's Wish: A lifetime supply of tennis balls