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Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington Elects Lauren Hudspeth, Sabina Norton and Michelle Peyree to Board of Trustees


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 three new members to the Board of Trustees.

Lauren Hudspeth has been a wish-granting volunteer for our chapter since 2008 and has helped grant nearly two dozen wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Washington state. She became involved with Make-A-Wish by volunteering with the Mid-Atlantic chapter shortly after graduating from Georgetown University and has been working with us ever since. She is also a member of our Corporate Council which she joined while working at Slalom Consulting. She currently lives in Seattle and serves as a senior program manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sabina Norton lives in Edmonds, Washington and currently serves as senior director of field readiness for Microsoft Retail Stores. Prior to this position, she held positions of director of client service and global operations practice for McKinsey and Company, and senior director of logistics and supply chain for Gap Inc. She received Bachelor’s degrees in communications and business administration from University of Washington and a MBA from Duke University. Prior to joining the board, Norton served as an active member of the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington corporate council.

Michelle Nautiyal Peyree has granted more than a dozen wishes as a wish-granting volunteer; she has also dedicated her time as an office volunteer. Michelle graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. She lives on Mercer Island and spends much of her time outside of Make-A-Wish volunteering at her daughters’ schools.

About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,700 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.



Jessica Mathews
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

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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