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March 25, 2020

McCormick joined the Make-A-Wish OKI team in September 2019 as the Interim President and CEO after transitioning from her previous role as President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County & The Inland Empire (Make-A-Wish OCIE), which she held since September 2011.

McCormick brings over four decades of nonprofit leadership experience, having previously worked for United Way of Allen County (Indiana), YMCA Orange County, Volunteer Center Orange County, to name a few before joining Make-A-Wish. At Make-A-Wish OCIE, she led the $2.5M chapter to $6M and celebrated many successes with her team.

“Stephanie has done a great job serving as the interim President and CEO. Her compelling passion for the Make-A-Wish mission, our wish families and the OKI team is undeniable,” said Make-A-Wish OKI Governing Board Chair, Jeff McFarland. “I have been impressed by Stephanie’s leadership and ability to further strengthen our team. I know she will continue the forward momentum and trajectory she has established for our chapter.”

“Make-A-Wish is such an empowering organization that delivers hope, strength and joy to children and families when they need it most. I was inspired by the mission from the moment I started almost nine years ago,” reflected McCormick. “As I’ve moved back to my home community in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join the OKI chapter and continue my journey with Make-A-Wish. I am honored to work with such a talented team and look forward to serving our wish families and communities with a life-changing journey that strengthens future generations.”

McCormick continued, “this is certainly an unprecedented time to formally be taking the helm at Make-A-Wish OKI. But, with our incredible team and our deep commitment to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child,know that we will continue to bring transformational life experiences to our wish kids and their families.”

McCormick lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband, Russ, and their beloved rescue dog, Jojo. She and Russ have four children and nine wonderful grandkids. She loves attending their grandkids sporting events, sailing and spending time with friends. On the weekends, you can often find her enjoying a walk in a park or a beautiful sunset; she also likes catching up on her favorite Netflix shows.

NOTE FOR MEDIA: Stephanie McCormick is available for interviews in person, or via phone
or email. Please contact her directly at or (614) 495-3730.

About Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana
Make-A-Wish® OKI creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1983, we have granted nearly 17,500 wishes, and in fiscal year 2019, granted the largest number of wishes in the country. Make-A-Wish is more than wish granting, it’s a global movement of transforming lives through hope, and wishes need YOU! For every wish we grant, there is another child waiting for a wish— nearly 2,000 children across Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana are waiting right now. To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer and share our mission,
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