Dream Foundation Bids Farewell As Donor Relations Manager, Jackie Waddill, Retires After 23 Years » Dream Foundation


Dream Foundation Bids Farewell As Donor Relations Manager, Jackie Waddill, Retires After 23 Years

Press Release | November 10, 2021

Santa Barbara, Calif., Nov. 10, 2021 –Jackie Waddill who has served Dream recipients, their families, and Dream Foundation’s family of supporters with exceptional dedication, unwavering care and tireless enthusiasm over the last 23 years has announced her retirement.

“In my 23-year career with Dream Foundation, I’ve seen the delight and pure joy a final Dream can bring,” says Jackie. “I’ve felt the short distance between hello and goodbye. I have heard the urgency of need and voices from those willing to help. Above all, I have witnessed the power of the human spirit.”

Over the course of her tenure, Jackie served in a variety of roles including Resource Coordinator/Receptionist, Volunteer Network Manager, Dream Network Manager, Programs Manager, and today, Donor Relations Manager but her unofficial title and that for which she is best known for is ‘Director of Love.’

“Jackie is an incomparable and dedicated Dream advocate,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer. “She will always be remembered for the kindness and enthusiasm she showed our recipients and donors.”

When asked about her favorite Dreams over the years, Jackie looks back fondly on those involving twins, resonating with them as a twin herself.

She also recalls a Dream in which country singer, Kevin Sharp, sang and recorded 54-year-old Sacramento resident John Bartley’s songs. Diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at a young age, Kevin had received a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. When Dream Foundation contacted Kevin about John’s Dream, he felt honored to pay-it forward. “Life presents circles,” says Jackie. “My favorite Dreams always involved a bit of this magic.”

In retirement, Jackie looks forward to spending more time with family and friends. She will faithfully continue to fulfill final Dreams but this time on a more personal level, a full circle experience and adventure she eagerly awaits.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 32,000 final Dreams since being founded in 1994. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission, please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.

For a photo of Jackie Waddill or for additional information, please contact Dani Cordaro at dani@dreamfoundation.org.

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