Meet Our Team

Past Director of Operations

Naressa Allen’s mother, Ramona Fickle, is the founder of A Special Wish Foundation, and Naressa had been involved since its inception in 1982, volunteering, helping to set up chapters in Michigan and Montana, and working in the National office since 2008 as the Director of Operations. She loved working for ASW and granting the wishes for children with life-threatening disorders.

Since her diagnosis in May 2012, she had been so brave and steadfast in her battle with Stage 4 liver cancer, and lost the fight on August 29, 2018. Her courage, faith, love, and spirit will remain with all who were blessed to have known her.

Although we will always miss her terribly, in this moment, when the pain still seems so vast, we look for her and she sends us signs that she is never really far. God didn't take her away, He just moved her for now and we will see her again on the other side of the stars.

"One of the blessings of dying from cancer is that people listen . . . so I wouldn't trade my diagnosis for anything because I am able to be a witness for Jesus." Naressa Allen


Lisa Hardin, Wish Director

Lisa’s mother, Ramona Fickle, is the founder of A Special Wish Foundation.  Lisa and her family began volunteering for A Special Wish from the organization’s inception in 1982.  As a volunteer, she developed the SWAT (Special Wish Airport Team) to greet the families as they arrive to the airport, delivered wish packets to families prior to their wishes being granted, and helped start the Annual Children’s Christmas Party.  She became an employee of ASW in 1998 as the Wish Director.  Helping to create some wonderful memories for our ASW families has been her greatest reward as Wish Director!


Pam Spring, Event/Volunteer Coordinator

Pam Spring began volunteering for A Special Wish Foundation in 1991 and always knew that she wanted to do more.  As a teacher, she started the “Heart to Heart” program in 1999 in the Worthington City School District, and then created a program manual and helped introduce the program to other school districts in the Central Ohio area.  In the five years that the program ran in the Worthington City School District, over $85,000 was raised to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening disorders, including two Worthington students.  In 2001, she was awarded ASW’s Most Successful Fundraiser award.  After retiring from teaching in 2013, she became our Event/Volunteer Coordinator. 

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Are you interested in assisting ASW with our mission of Full-filling wishes from our "special" kids? We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors, and donors!