Return to mobile version

Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington Elects New Board Leadership


October 11, 2016


Seattle, WA

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, is pleased to announce its new Board of Trustees leadership for fiscal year 2016-2017.

Heather Morelli, board chair
Heather Morelli leads quality assurance, automation engineering and application administration for the Enterprise Applications group at Tableau Software. She started at Tableau in April of 2014 as the QA Manager for Business Systems and quickly established strong technology leadership within Operations. Prior to joining Tableau, Heather enjoyed time away from work to pursue athletic endeavors that would otherwise have not been possible without a break. Her previous work experience was almost 14 years with Expedia Inc., in a variety of roles that included Director of Test for Expedia Worldwide Engineering, Senior Director of Technology, Integration Services, Senior Director of Technical Training & Change Management, and Senior Director of Quality Management, and even had a stint in London with the technology group. Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan whilst competing on the Women's Rowing Team for Michigan. She now lives in Seattle with her husband.

Jeff Dunn, chair-elect
Jeff Dunn is the Vice President of Business Strategy & Analytics for the Seattle Seahawks. He was formerly an Associate Director in Investment Management for Vulcan Inc. where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation and execution of private equity investment opportunities. Prior to working at Vulcan Inc., he was a Senior Analyst for Greenhill & Co. in New York City. Jeff graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a concentration in Finance. He is a Board member of the Portland Trail Blazers and a former Board member of Vulcan Energy Corporation, The Hospital Club in London, and International Catastrophe Insurance Managers LLC. He resides on Mercer Island with his wife and two children.

Shane Tackett, treasurer
Shane Tackett is Vice President of Revenue Management at Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Alaska Air Group, Inc. since February 2015. Shane served as Vice President of Labor Relations Alaska Airlines Inc. since August 2011. He served as Managing Director of financial planning and analysis at Alaska Air Group since 2006. Shane has worked at Alaska for more than 10 years, started as an analyst in the airline's Corporate Real Estate Division and held several positions of increasing responsibility involving budgeting, airport lease negotiations, and ground and facilities equipment maintenance support. He served as Director at Alaska Air Group since 2006.

Lia Patton, secretary
Lia Patton is an Assurance Partner of the Anchorage office of BDO USA, LLP, and leads their audits of Native Corporation entities, employee benefit plans, and alternative investments. She also contributes to developing and implementing the national strategies and initiatives of the firm, including BDO’s Women’s Initiative, Cultural Diversity and Flex strategies in which she acts as a mentor for networking and career development on both the local and national levels. Patton graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, as well as a frequent speaker on the topic of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act for several organizations.

Julie Anne Halter, immediate past chair
Julie Anne Halter is a member of the Washington State and King County Bar Associations and is a partner in the Seattle office of the law firm K&L Gates LLP. Her professional practice includes general commercial and business litigation, with a core emphasis in discovery and e-discovery issues. For more than 15 years, Julie Anne has worked on cases involving intellectual property, securities and banking, antitrust and complex commercial matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations and public records act requests. Julie Anne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law. She resides in Sammamish with her husband, Sean, and their three sons.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington: 

Thirty years and more than 6,100 wishes later, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington is local and we are here to stay with your support! From granting six wishes in our first year, to now 368 this year, we have come a long way, but our work is not over yet. We’re lighting a spark within our organization and our community to grant a wish for every eligible child because we know wishes matter. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington does not receive a wish because they are not being referred to our program. That’s something we can and will change. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us at or on Twitter @MakeAWishAKWA.

# # #


Jessica Mathews
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
206.623.5300 (office)
425.770.3212 (cell) 

Press Contact

Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President of Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333


Stay in the Know!

Receive the latest news and updates with our Wish of the Month eNews delivered right to your inbox.

Sign up for e-News

You might also be interested in ...

Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-5300
Toll Free (800) 304-9474
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Eastern Washington Office
104 S Freya St
Green Flag Bldg #210
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 458-2618
Toll Free (888) 790-7005
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Alaska Office
430 W 7th Ave #110
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 258-9474
Toll Free (844) 510-9474