Make-A-Wish Idaho announced Janie Best as its new President and CEO effective September 3, 2019. With over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience, working with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA, Janie promotes a collaborative and open communication atmosphere among board, staff, volunteers and external audiences. Janie recently served as the CEO of WHW (Women Helping Women) in Irvine, California. In her 8 years of leadership, the organization shifted its funding from 80% government to 100% private sources, placing WHW in a strong position to innovatively direct its own course and ensure impact and a great return for those who invest in WHW’s mission.
Janie was honored in 2012 by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, receiving the “Nonprofit Person of the Year” at their annual Difference Makers luncheon. She also received the Athena Leadership Award, a national recognition, from the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2012. In 2018 Janie was nominated for two prestigious Orange County Business Journal Awards, Woman of the Year and Innovator of the Year.
Commenting on her new role, Best said, "I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside our talented staff and Board of Directors to lead our chapter to new heights. Make-A-Wish is an incredible organization, and it is a privilege to lead our team in providing life-changing wish experiences to children with critical illnesses. I am dedicated to helping our chapter achieve its vision to grant the wish of every eligible child in our state."
Board Chair Alec Sarrazolla stated, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, we couldn’t be more pleased with the appointment of Janie. We believe her background in Board and Fund development coupled with her compassion to help critically ill children receive a life-changing wish will set the pace for moving our mission forward.