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Our Chapter

Our Mission

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana has granted more than 9,000 wishes since its inception in 1984. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness.

Our chapter serves 47 counties in the Texas Gulf Coast and all 64 parishes in Louisiana.

Our Bold Vision

By 2025, Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana will double the number of wishes granted annually, and influence the healing journey of children through the magic and joy of a wish experience that unites and transforms communities.

Our Staff

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Yara Elsayed Guest

President & CEO

My Wish
I wish to be a contestant on Family Feud!
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Shelly Millwee

Chief Mission and Strategy Officer

My Wish
I wish to go to the Golden Globes and sit with Tom Hanks at his table!
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Jessica Ansel

Vice President of Philanthropy

My Wish
I wish to take a cross country road trip!
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Breeze Acevedo

Vice President of Mission Delivery

My Wish
I wish to visit Giraffe Manor in Kenya!

Melissa Henderson

Vice President of Finance and Operations

My Wish
I wish to have a front row seat to one of Dwight Yoakam's concerts!

Our Board of Directors & Advisors

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Kristin Palmer


Adjunct Professor, University of Houston

Thomas Hatfield

Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Julie Luecht

Immediate Past Chairman

Office Managing Principal, KPMG
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Ed Razim


Partner, Locke Lord, LLP
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Michael Bono


President & CEO, Corporate Care
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Bonnie Houston

Development Chairman

Chief Administrative Officer, National Oilwell Varco

How Your Gift Transforms Lives

A wish isn't just a single moment in time but an entire experience created specifically for each wish child. Your gift will help share the power of a wish with local children battling critical illnesses.

Learn more about the different ways to give and where your donation goes HERE.

Managing Our Funds

Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana finances endeavors through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. However, we do not solicit funds by telephone and receive no federal or state funding. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our financial statements are audited locally by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 

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At Make-A-Wish, we take our responsibility for the monies donated to our cause very seriously and are pleased to confirm that according to the fiscal year 2021 audit results, Make-A-Wish Foundation Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana spent 74% of every dollar on wish granting and related program expenses. Only 13% of every dollar was spent on management and general costs and 13% was allocated to fundraising. 

For full financial details, please review our most recent 990 form and FY2021 Audited Financial Statement.  

We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder, having met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability and received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator. 

Media Center

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In the News & Blogs

Newspaper and magazine articles, blogs and other media often tell stories about wishes.

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Media Requests

Fill out this short form and our Communications team will respond as soon as possible.

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News Releases

View our latest news releases to learn about major wish-granting events, new sponsorships, campaigns, and other news.

Please Direct Media Inquiries to:

Brian Smith

Director of Communications and Marketing 

281-491-9474 ext. 1521

[email protected]


Careers & Internships

At Make-A-Wish, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who, through a mosaic of backgrounds, thought and experiences, are united in purposeful work. We are fueled and guided by our values — values that are represented in the inspired people we work with and the life-changing work we do, every day. 


Positions available:


  1. Executive Director, Louisiana

Development Division:

  1. Development Director, Special Events

Mission Delivery Division:

  1. Wish Coordinator- Stafford, Texas

Please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]


Click HERE for internship opportunities.

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