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MEET OUR STAFF

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Mary-Kate O'Leary, MA

Executive Director

Has been the Executive Director of A Wish Come True since 2018. Under Mary-Kate's leadership the organization has grown over 220% in revenue while growing those served by 164%. Her wealth of knowledge as a nonprofit business leader has provided A Wish Come True with financial sustainability, revenue growth allowing A Wish Come True to serve more families. Mary-Kate has her own personal experience of having a sick sibling at home, giving her the ability to connect to those we serve. She is a 25+ year experienced Executive Director that has had executive leadership positions throughout the country. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Bryant University. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a masters degree in psychology.

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Kelly Bolton

Director of Program Operations

Kelly has extensive experience in the travel industry. Her previous work includes time as a Coordinator, Production and Distribution Supervisor and Business Development Manager with Collette Travel Agency. Kelly was recently also a Business Operation Supervisor with AAA Northeast. Kelly’s experience coupled with her passion and enthusiasm make her a great fit for A Wish Come True. Kelly will provide oversight to all coordination of wishes and family engagement activities. She will be the primary contact for all referrals and she will assist in growing services further into Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Pamela Bhatia

Director of Philanthropy and Communications

Pamela brings with her a wealth of expertise in philanthropy, business development and communications. She has served as Director of Development and Executive Director at the American Heart Association for Southern New England and most recently owner of Artistic Images for the past 16 years.  

 

As Director of Philanthropy and Communications, Pamela will play a pivotal role in continuing our organization's outreach strategies, cultivating partnerships, and effectively conveying our mission. Her insights and innovative ideas will undoubtedly propel us forward as we continue to fulfill our commitment to bringing joy and hope to our Wish Families in need. Pamela lives in Bristol, RI and she is a published author and photographer.

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Hailey Nascimento

Assistant Wish Coordinator /
Family Support Worker

Hailey recently graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. She has great experience working with adults and children and she has already made a huge difference connecting with families. Hailey did her college internship with A Wish Come True last semester and was able to support making dreams come true for multiple families. She is extremely creative and is a wonderful addition to our team!

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Lisa Connell

Finance &
Administration Manager

We are very excited to have Lisa Connell join our amazing team as the Finance and Administration Manager. Lisa has spent over thirteen years as the Director of Finance/Operations and Human Resources for the Alzheimer's Association RI Chapter and then their New England Regional Finance Manager. Prior to that, Lisa was the Finance Manager for Purvis Systems. Lisa is excited to have a direct impact on making wishes come true as she maintains strong financial oversight for A Wish Come True.

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