Together, we create life-changing wishes

for children with critical illnesses.


Since 2012, Make-A-Wish Alabama has been granting wishes in every county of our state. We have created wishes to see snow, to meet a hero, to visit Walt Disney World, to swim with dolphins, to have a treehouse and hundreds more. Our goal is to grant a wish to every eligible child in our state, but we can’t do it alone. We rely on the help of countless donors, volunteers, community members, staff, board members, medical professionals and others to bring the power of a wish to a child in need.


Key Wish Night Staff

For questions concerning Wish Night in Birmingham, please contact Christina Zabala.


Valerie Gerber

Vice President of Advancement



Christina Zabala

Development Manager



Tracy Smith

President and CEO



Make-A-Wish Alabama Board Members

Doug Eckrote, Chair
Senior VP, Small Business Sales & Ecommerce


Steven Marz
Vice-President of Strategy & Business Development


Mat Pope, Treasurer
Vice-President & Director of Sales

Palomar Insurance

Kevin Almond
Executive Associate Athletic Director

The University of Alabama

Heather Feathers
Community Volunteer


Chad Glover
General Manager

BD MedMined

Laura Gibson, Chair-Elect

White Arnold & Dowd, P.C.

Joe Maluff

Full Moon Bar-B-Que

Aaron Saturday
Territory Manager

U.S. Foods

Sean Shirley

Balch & Bingham

Trevor Trainer
Associate Broker

Coldwell Banker

Mike Williams
Special Agent in Charge

U.S. Secret Service

2020 Wish Night Event Committee

Heather Feathers, Chair
Make-A-Wish Alabama Board Member

Justin Lobdell, Vice-Chair
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council, Chair

Mike Williams
Make-A-Wish Alabama Board Member

Jan Belcher
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Bernie Brannan
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Joe Jacobs
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Dan Odle
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Ginger Pope
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Austin Shepherd
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Griffin Thomas
Birmingham Regional Advisory Council Member

Kirstin Ahearn

Carol Apol

Hattie Blackburn

Keely Brown

Darryl Burton

Sheri Corey

Leighton DeBray

Thomas DeBray

Megan Elder

Corey Jackson

James Lee Palmer

Ashley Richardson

Jessica Simmons