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Inkinen & Associates to lead Make-A-Wish Hawaii CEO search: Interim CEO Janel Chandler to manage mission delivery, granting life-changing wishes to children in Hawaii


September 13, 2018

HONOLULU, HI- Make-A-Wish Hawaii has hired Inkinen & Associates, a Honolulu-based executive search firm and employment agency, to lead the search for its next president and CEO.

The new CEO will advance Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s vital mission of granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses in the state of Hawaii and will also serve as a leader within the local nonprofit community.

“We are grateful to have the team at Inkinen & Associates working with us to find the best candidate to fill this important role at Make-A-Wish Hawaii,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Todd Apo. “We are sure that their expertise will be invaluable in identifying leaders within our community who can capably further our mission.”

Janel Chandler, who has served as the director of marketing and events at Make-A-Wish Hawaii for the past four years, will act as the organization’s interim CEO during the search.

“Our team is working as diligently and passionately as ever, and we are continuing to grant life-changing wishes to keiki across our islands during this transition,” said Chandler. “We are excited to welcome a new member to our team who is just as committed to this mission as we are.”

Those interested in applying for the position may contact Ben Ancheta, Inkinen & Associates, at rkrphgvirf@vaxvara.pbz or at 808.380.4175.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit


About Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek 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 their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit

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P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI  96805

Phone : (808) 537-3118
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