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


October 09, 2015


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 2015-2016.

Julie Anne Halter, board chair

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, Halter 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.

Heather Morelli, chair-elect

Morelli is the senior manager of quality assurance in the operations organization at Tableau Software, a company that helps people see and understand their data. Prior to joining Tableau, Morelli worked at Expedia, Inc. for almost 14 years, where she served as director of test for Expedia Worldwide Engineering and was an active leader in Expedia’s Women in Technology focus. Morelli received her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, while she simultaneously juggled a demanding sport and won a varsity letter with the women’s rowing team. She lives in Seattle with her husband, who is also an active volunteer with Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

Brian Kingsbury, secretary

Kingsbury resides in Spokane and worked with Safeway Inc. for more than 40 years. Kingsbury first started off working at Safeway at age 16 and has established a renowned career with the company. From 1983 to 1991, Kingsbury served as a store manager at Cashmere and Wenatchee and later moved to district manager for North Central Washington. Kingsbury most recently as the district manager for portions of Eastern Washington and Idaho and chaired the Pacific Northwest Division Diversity and Inclusion Board for the company before retiring in June 2015.  Kingsbury has been a member of the Cashmere and Wenatchee Rotary Club, Spokane’s “Hire Ability Day” Steering Committee, and worked closely with several Spokane area Foundations. Kingsbury graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975.

Jeff Dunn, treasurer

Dunn is the Vice President of Business Strategy & Analytics for the Seattle Seahawks. Dunn is responsible for providing strategic and analytical support to each department of the Seahawks business operations. He also leads special strategic initiatives, including major stadium capital projects. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Dunn worked in the private equity investment group of Vulcan Capital for nine years. After graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2001, he started his career as an investment banking analyst with Greenhill & Co. in New York City. He is a Board member of the Portland Trail Blazers and a former Board member of Vulcan Energy Corporation and The Hospital Club in London. He resides in Mercer Island with his wife and two children.

Mitch Hansen, immediate past chair

Hansen is a Certified Public Accountant and shareholder in the audit and assurance practice at Clark Nuber P.S. in Bellevue. In this role, he works primarily with not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Mitch earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting and finance and minored in economics and geology at a Utah State University. He has experience as an auditor for the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as in accounting at Yellowstone National Park. Hansen is a member of the American Institute and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Leading Age of Washington finance committee, Washington Society of Association Executives Board of Directors, a coach for the Kent Valley Amateur Hockey Association, as well as the immediate past chair of The Hearthstone Retirement Living at Green Lake. He currently resides in the Puget Sound area with his wife, two sons, and two labs.

About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,800 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 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. Currently, there are more than 400 children awaiting their wishes and there are more who qualify for our services, yet we are unable to reach them and grant their wishes due to a lack of funds and capacity. In fact, every year, one in four seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington do not receive a wish because of a lack of funding. 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.

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Jessica Mathews
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

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


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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-5300
Toll Free (800) 304-9474
Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Eastern Washington Office
104 S Freya St
Yellow Flag Bldg #207
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