About us 2018-04-18T10:54:49+00:00

About Us

Our Wish journey began over two decades ago. As the sibling of a Wish Kid and as volunteers, we recognized the inherent power and magic of a Wish. We all witnessed firsthand how the Wish experience gave families a brief respite from the illnesses and medical challenges they encountered but, while the memories created would last a lifetime, each Wish Family’s journey didn’t end with the Wish itself.

Founded in 2009, Children’s Wishes goal is to provide Rhode Island children with amazing Wish experiences while assisting their families with continued support beyond the Wish. The organization was built on the commitment to serve our Wish children and their families with love, honor, dedication and respect.

Children’s Wishes extended network of Wish Families, past and present, strengthen our commitment to serve and we are humbled & privileged to share this journey together.

Board

MARY O’ROURKE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MARY@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

TED TRAFTON
BOARD CHAIR
TED@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

DIANNE THIBEAULT
VICE CHAIR
DIANNE@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

JOANNE BAZ
SECRETARY
JOANNE@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

CHRISTOPHER SABBAGH
CHRIS@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

TERRENCE JOYCE
TERRENCE@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

COREY THIBODEAU
COREY@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

RON CASCIONE

JENNIFER DESMARAIS RIGHI

ANDY ZIEGLER

JOHN DEMAIO

ALLY PIZZI

MICHAEL ZIEGLER

Staff

MARY O’ROURKE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MARY@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

RUTH NAPOLITANO
DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS
RUTH@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG

LORRAINE PELOQUIN
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH
LORRAINE@CHILDRENS-WISHES.ORG