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LuAnn Bott with Wish Kid Savannah

LuAnn Bott with Wish Kid Savannah

LuAnn Bott served as President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas for the past decade, with over 3,000 wishes granted under her leadership. Caroline Schmidt, Chief Operating Officer of Make-A-Mish Missouri & Kansas, has been appointed as Interim CEO.


ST. LOUIS (June 3, 2019) – On Thursday, May 30, LuAnn Bott celebrated her last day as President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.


Beginning her non-profit career in 1979, LuAnn has 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector. During her decade tenure at Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas, LuAnn has heavily influenced and contributed to the success of the local chapter including:


«  - Over 3,000 wishes granted under her leadership

«  - Over $50M of revenue generated

«  - Realigned with the Kansas chapter to form Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas

«  - The largest Make-A-Wish Walk in the country

«  - Recipient of the 2017 Better Business Bureau TORCH Award for Ethics


In addition, under her leadership, the chapter received 20 awards from the Make-A-Wish National office, including nine mission-related awards, nine fundraising and event awards, the 2017 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award – presented to the Cardinals Wives and the 2017 Suzie Allen Volunteer of the Year Award – presented to Jeff Comotto.


“It has been my honor and privilege to serve Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas for the past decade. None of what we have accomplished would have been possible without the unwavering support of our staff, donors, volunteers and board members, but we all know the real heroes are our wish children and their families. I am extremely grateful to have been invited into the lives of so many families; and I am delighted to continue my journey with Make-A-Wish by serving chapters and wish children across the country as we transform lives, one wish at a time,” said LuAnn Bott.




LuAnn joined Make-A-Wish America in Phoenix as Vice President of Chapter Advancement effective Friday, May 31. Caroline Schmidt, who has served alongside LuAnn for the past nine years as Chief Operating Officer, has now been appointed to Interim CEO.


“We wish LuAnn all the best as she transitions into her role at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. She has served our Chapter’s territory with excellence for the last ten years. LuAnn’s leadership has positively impacted the lives of her team, volunteers, the community at large, our wish families and ultimately the children we serve. We will miss her deeply,” said Caroline Schmidt.


The decision to appoint Caroline as Interim CEO has been greatly supported by the members of the Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas Governing Board.


“It is because of LuAnn’s devotion to the mission that Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas was able to make such difference in so many lives. We, the board, wish LuAnn the very best and know that she will be successful in her future endeavor with the Make-A-Wish America. Caroline Schmidt will be stepping in for LuAnn as Interim CEO. I am confident Caroline will do a wonderful job continuing the momentum that LuAnn and the team has generated. I have no doubt she will continue to drive the Make-A-Wish mission to further success and to new heights,” said Jay Carlson, Vice Chair of Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas Governing Board.


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Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest 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 a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. The local chapter is headquartered in Ballwin, Missouri and serves all counties in Missouri and Kansas.


Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas has granted more than 8,350 wishes to local children with critical illnesses. For more information about Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas and how you can transform lives, one wish at a time, please visit our website ( and connect with us on Facebook (makeawishMOKAN), Twitter (@makeawishMOKAN), Instagram (@makeawishMOKAN) and YouTube (MakeAWishMOKAN).

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