Women Investing in Science & Health

In collaboration with Banner Health,
WISH provides education and
philanthropic support focusing
on women’s and family health.

Women Investing in Science & Health (WISH), formerly known as WISP, is a giving circle dedicated to health issues affecting women and their families, including Alzheimer's disease and care giving. We aspire to be the premier organization of women leaders in Arizona focused on providing education and resources to promote women's health. Download a flyer about WISH.

Members pool their gifts and decide together how best to invest funds in Banner Health programs important to women and their families. With an annual online gift of $1,000 at give.bannerhealth.com/WISH, members receive:

  • Voting privileges at the WISH Investment Meeting.
  • Invitations to all WISH luncheons, educational sessions, and special events throughout the year.
  • Networking opportunities with women interested in health, disease prevention, and care giving.
  • Educational sessions with experts in medicine, health care, and biomedical research.
  • Invitations to Banner Health Foundation signature events.
  • The WISH quarterly e-newsletter (download the latest issue here). 

WISH hosts online discussion

Earlier in 2020, WISH held an online discussion for members and their guests that focused on Banner Health and the Coronavirus: COVID-19. Originally planned as a live luncheon, the conversation was presented as a virtual meeting. You can experience the recorded presentation.

WISH Membership

Founding Members

Rebecca Ailes-Fine
Oonagh Boppart
Julie Lavidge

Board Members

Suzanne Hensing, Board Chair
Lois Zachary, Secretary
Joette Schmidt, Treasurer
Alison Lewis, Membership
Phyllis Kirk, Events
Judi Goldfader, Events
Stacy Klibanoff, Member at Large

Honorary Members

Robin Blackstone, MD
Kathy Bollinger
Janna Hami, MD
Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD
Jennifer Huberty, PhD
Sarah Payne, DO
Lurlyn Pero, MD
Debra Wickman, MD
Tamara Zach, MD


Natalie Atri
Marion Auray
Connie Binns
Connie Boker
Tracy Burns
Diane Cantile
Lauren Crawford
Carol Dillon
Ardie Evans
Jamie Fitzgerald
Amy Flood
Ginger Gipson 
Judi Goldfader
Stephanie Goodman
Sara Gordon
Terri Gould
Meighan Harahan

Suzanne Hensing
Shari Hilton
Suzi Hilton
Leah Hoover
Elissa Kelly
Gretchen Kinsella
Phyllis Kirk
Stacy Klibanoff
Julie Lavidge
Theresa Lioce
Linda Mueller
Carol Norman
Andy Kramer Petersen
Hazel Richards
Michelle Schechner
Linda Mueller
Carol Norman

Andy Kramer Petersen
Hazel Richards
Michelle Schechner
Joette Schmidt
Ina Smeets-Kort
Mary Joy Stead
Jo Taulbee-Flittie
Heidi Teets
Nancy Teets
Barbara Thompson
Alisa Timm
Sheryl von Blucher
Beth Whiteley 
Kathy Wills
Lois Zachary