Make-A-Wish Vermont Welcomes New CEO

James (Jamie) Hathaway has been named CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont following an extensive national search. In addition to managing the operations of the organization, he will work closely with supporters throughout Vermont to promote the Make-A-Wish mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

“We are excited to have Jamie lead the already incredibly strong Make-A-Wish Vermont team,” said Julie Dale, chair of the local nonprofit board.  “He’s an award-winning nonprofit professional with nearly two decades of experience in program management, development, donor outreach, and communications.  As the principal of his own communications consulting firm, as a senior manager at The Orvis Company, and as the co-founder of a nonprofit organization created to support land mine survivors, Jamie comes to Make-A-Wish Vermont with tremendous energy and understanding about what it takes to run a mission-driven organization.”

Jamie succeeds Leslie D. Williams, who is retiring as president and CEO.  Under Leslie’s leadership, the Make-A-Wish brand has been elevated throughout the state.  During her tenure, Leslie built the volunteer and program department to ensure exceptional wish delivery and helped grant more than 140 wishes to Vermont children.

“We are very grateful to Leslie for her years of service to Vermont children and families, and for her leadership and stewardship of Make-A-Wish Vermont,” noted Dale.  “She leaves the organization in excellent financial and programmatic condition, and we will miss her passionate drive to make sure every eligible child receives the one true wish which can be the turning point in the life of the child and family.” ”

Jamie, who grew up above a country store in southern Vermont, has long admired the work of Make-A-Wish. “I’m thrilled beyond measure to join a team that gives hope to children with life-threatening illnesses as well as to their families and the communities that support them,” he said.  “I look forward to working with the staff and Board of Directors to elevate our visibility across the state, to serve more children whose lives will be enriched by our mission, and to build on the successes of my predecessor, Leslie Williams who created such a strong foundation for the future growth of Make-A-Wish-Vermont.” 

Jamie Hathaway, who is relocating from Dorset to the Burlington area while maintaining his strong contacts throughout the state, starts as the new CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont on June 15.

About Make-A-Wish Vermont

Make-A-Wish® Vermont grants wishes to Vermont children facing life-threatening medical conditions.  Since its inception in 1989, Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted the wish of every medically-eligible child referred to the organization, 716 wishes to date. For more information on the Vermont chapter, please visit or call 802-864-9393.