Sisters Who Serve the World: Esther Willis-Schroeder

Esther Willis-Schroeder (Zeta Gamma | College of Charleston). This Sister became involved with Make-A-Wish as a collegian and  has since made a career of granting wishes and raising money for this incredible organization.


In 2006, I had the joy of following in my grandmother’s footsteps and pledging Chi Omega. I spent four fabulous years at the College of Charleston making life-lasting friendships. It was through Chi Omega that I was first introduced to Make-A-Wish®. Now, in my current role with Make-A-Wish® Mid-South, I have the opportunity to work with the Psi Chapter at University of Arkansas. These young women inspire me and their passion for Make-A-Wish. They spend countless hours coming up with creative new ways to raise more funds to grant more wishes. They seem to keep just going up and up! This past weekend, on 11/11, they hit way over their goal and raised more than ever….$36K+ in one day!

I feel so privileged to work for such a transformational organization. A wish experience leaves a lasting impression on not only the wish kid, but the entire community. We know we can’t keep our children from getting sick, but what we can do is provide hope, strength, and joy for the ones who are sick (and their families). These wishes create something magical in their lives which make them emotionally, mentally and spiritually stronger. Often it gives them renewed resilience. Once you’ve been a part of one, you can’t stop. The gift of wish granting is contagious and that is why I love doing what I do.


Esther began working for Make-A-Wish Mid-South in January 2015. She had served as a former Development Coordinator and Development Officer and now serves as Development Manager for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. She lives in Fayetteville, AR.

Esther also volunteers with Girls on the Run International as a Girls on the Run Coach.  This organization provides a 10 week curriculum for 3rd through 5th grade girls at designated elementary schools. This curriculum is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength and inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms.