Make-A-Wish Central New York announces new team members

SYRACUSE, NY – Make-A-Wish Central New York is pleased to announce its newest team members, volunteer and community outreach manager Jennifer Snyder of Fulton and PR – communications manager Dyana Smolen of Oneida.

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Jennifer Snyder

Prior to Make-A-Wish, Snyder served as vice president for Terax Hair Care, a luxury beauty care company in Syracuse. Her professional experience includes higher education counseling and administrative work.

In addition to Make-A-Wish, she also serves as an independent advisor for Lia Sophia.

Snyder is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and James Madison University, where she earned a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel.

Prior to Make-A-Wish, Smolen served as director of communications and grants at YWCA Mohawk Valley in Utica.

She has extensive experience in nonprofit communications and her professional experiences include work in media and state politics.

Dyana Smolen
Dyana Smolen

Smolen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Utica College. In 2009, her work garnered New York State ARC’s “Best Human Interest Story” award.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.

The organization is able to continue to share the power of a wish  thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit, call (315)475-WISH, or email [email protected]