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Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Elects New Board Leadership and New Members to Board of Trustees


September 23, 2013


Seattle, WA

Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, the local nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, is pleased to announce its new Board of Trustee leadership for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Brian Mock, Chair

Brian Mock is the managing director for direct investments at Russell Investments. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership, portfolio management, implementation, research & development and growth for Russell’s global direct investments program. Mock is a member of the Russell Implementation Services, Inc. executive committee, an SEC registered investment advisor and FINRA member firm and serves as a member of Russell’s Investment Strategy Committee. Prior to this position, he was a senior member of Russell’s portfolio trading group and a trading specialist in the mutual fund trading department.  Prior to joining Russell, Mock enjoyed five years with Bank of America. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Economics from the University of Washington and resides with his wife and three children in Mercer Island.

Mitch Hansen, Chair-Elect

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 organizations aiding in fundraising issues, audits, and tax issues. 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, 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.

Andrew Farrell, Treasurer

Farrell is vice president of Sales in Symetra Life Insurance Company’s Retirement Division. He also serves as president, chief operating officer and director of Symetra Securities, Inc., the company’s institutional broker-dealer. A 20-year insurance and financial services industry veteran, Farrell joined Symetra in 2010. He previously served as director of Sales at Mass Mutual Financial Group in Enfield, Conn. Farrell graduated from Regis University. He lives in Redmond with his wife and two sons. 

Eric Persson, Secretary

As a lifelong Alaskan born in Anchorage Eric Persson has enjoyed an upbringing in Alaska’s unique culture and environment.  He and his family have the good fortune of participating in the abundance of outdoor opportunities and activities in Alaska. Eric is an accomplished outdoorsman, fisherman and Alpine skier.  He has served in many Foreman, Supervisory and Managerial positions in the construction industry for over 35 years. Eric is co-owner and principal of Meridian Systems Incorporated, a Building Automation/Energy Management and Controls company in Anchorage who proudly work closely with the US Air Force, Army and National Guard, as well as many private entities, in developing and implementing energy efficiency strategies and utility cost savings. He and his wife Jana raised their 3 children in Anchorage, enjoy involvement with their 5 grandchildren and now frequently visit their second home in Tucson Arizona as a hedge against the long Alaskan winters.

Ann Williams, Immediate Past Chair

Williams is currently a community volunteer. She graduated from New York State University with a degree in Science Education. She previously taught at Troy High School in New York and later moved to Buffalo where she worked for an environmental organization and volunteered at a homeless shelter for teens. Williams later went on to work for Sandoz, a pharmaceutical company, and soon became one of the first female regional managers in the industry. After moving to Seattle, Williams left the industry to devote her time to family and volunteering. She has served on the board for the Fine Arts Center of Edmonds (FACE) and Deaconess Children's Services and is currently on the Board of YouthCare, a homeless shelter for teens in Seattle. She is a member of the Duke University Parents Committee and currently lives in Edmonds, WA. 

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,300 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. 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. 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 on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.


Jeannette Tarcha
Director of Communications and Marketing or 206.623.5338

Press Contact

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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Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-5300
Toll Free (800) 304-9474
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Spokane, WA 99202
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Anchorage, AK 99501
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