MEMPHIS, TN - Make-A-Wish Mid-South board chair Paul Prather today announced that Casey Kaufman Tansey, a 14-year veteran of the organization, has been named its chief executive officer effective August 1, 2017. Tansey replaces outgoing CEO Liz Nelson.
Tansey currently serves as director of development for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, where she and her team have grown chapter revenue to over $3.6 million.
“After a nationwide search, we found that the right person was one of our own. Casey Tansey has a proven passion for the Make-A-Wish mission and a long history of success within our organization," Prather said. "We are pleased and excited that Casey is willing to take on the new role. She is well known in the Make-A-Wish family, and her selection assures our wish families, volunteers, staff and donors of continued excellence in fulfilling our mission.”
Tansey, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, is a life-long Memphian. She and her husband, Nick, are raising their two children in east Memphis.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Each year, Make-A-Wish Mid-South fulfills the wishes of more than 250 children in Arkansas, North Mississippi and West Tennessee. Founded in 1986, the Mid-South chapter has granted more than 5,200 wishes since its inception. The organization relies solely on fundraisers, corporate support and donations from the public to bring hope, strength and joy to families who need it most.