Austin Fowler, Referral & Medical Outreach Manager
Fowler brings years of non-profit experience to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. Most recently, he served as Nicaragua site coordinator for Manna Project International in Managua, Nicaragua. Prior to that, he served first as an agency relations representative and then as the food procurement manager for Food Lifeline. In his new role, Fowler is the first point of contact between Make-A-Wish and wish families, as he manages the referral process for all wishes. He also works with medical providers throughout the community to enhance understanding and awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission.
Fowler has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership form Seattle University. As a child, Fowler would have wished to meet Edgar Martinez from the Seattle Mariners and take batting practice in the Kingdome.
Aubree Kiaunis, Wish Coordinator
In her new role, Kiaunis coordinates the life-changing wishes of more than 50 or more local children with critical illnesses per year. She joins Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington after having worked as a marketing coordinator in Chicago. Kiaunis has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Western Michigan University. If she could have a wish granted, she would want to meet country singer Luke Bryan.
Zoe Kuhn, Events Coordinator
Kuhn joins Make-A-Wish from glassybaby where she was the Northwest Road Show Coordinator. In her new role, Kuhn will coordinate event logistics and special projects for the local Make-A-Wish chapter, with a focus on Brunch with Santa and Wish Night Gala & Auction events. Kuhn has a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies & Justice with a double minor in global health and international studies. If she could have a wish granted, Kuhn would wish for a month-long trip to Southeast Asia.
Monica Sobolewski, Wish Coordinator
Sobolewski joins Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington after serving as an intern with the wish department. As a wish coordinator, she coordinates with Make-A-Wish volunteers and wish families to grant the wishes of 50-60 children every year. Prior to joining the Make-A-Wish team, Sobolewski served as part of the associate team at Waldron, a search firm focused on the social sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in Communication & International Studies. If she could have a wish granted today, Sobolewski would wish to go to Hogwarts to compete in the Triwizard Tournament.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, visit akwa.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,400 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. From granting six wishes in our first year to now 332 this year, we have come a long way but our work is not over yet. With your help, we’re getting closer to reaching our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child by 2020, because we know that wishes matter. According to a 2011 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 five 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 all 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 akwa.wish.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA.