Traci Lopez - President
Traci was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2004, Traci moved to San Antonio, Texas where she resides today. Traci has three children-Jack (12), Isabella (10) and Ava (8).

Traci attended Miami University in Ohio where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. Traci worked as a Registered Nurse in an Adult Neurosurgical ICU and a Pediatric ICU/CCU. She also worked as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. In late 2003 after the birth of her first child, Traci decided to become a stay at home Mother.  In early 2015, Traci re-entered the medical field.  Currently Traci is working as an Aesthetic Nurse at Ayala Plastic Surgery in San Antonio.

After the tragedy that she faced in April, 2009 after being struck by an intoxicated driver Traci decided to start the nonprofit organization Ava's Wish which is named after her youngest daughter who sustained almost life threatening injuries. Today Traci is busy raising her three children , working as a Registered Nurse in Aesthetics and devoting much of her time to making Ava's Wish a success.

In her spare time, Traci enjoys exercising, especially running and spending time with family and friends.  

Jennifer Smith - Vice-President

Jennifer Smith was born and raised here in San Antonio, TX. She has been married to Michael Smith for 14 years and has two beautiful girls ages 13 and 10.

Jennifer spent the majority of her professional career as a major account sales executive with Sprint Communications. After her daughters were born, she stayed home and focused her time on her family and volunteer work. She began her volunteer work as a board member with Coker United Methodist Day School until her youngest left for elementary school. She has been active with the PTA at Wilderness Oak Elementary, a public school with an enrollment of 1200, for the last four years and is currently the president of the organization. She is very excited to be a part of Ava's Wish, and looks forward to giving inspiration to families in need.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys activities with her family and friends, volunteering, reading and exercising.

Danusha DeSilva - Marketing Director

Danusha was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Journalism (concentration in public relations) she moved to Washington D.C. to help develop marketing and public relations programs for a non-profit trade association. Danusha has worked and consulted with various non-profit organizations for the past 10 years in Austin, Washington D.C. and San Antonio.
In 2000, she and her husband, Dr. Thushan DeSilva moved to San Antonio, Texas where they reside today. Danusha has three young children and two active dogs that keep her life busy and rewarding. She is very excited to be working with the board to making Ava’s Wish a successful organization.

In her spare time, Danusha enjoys reading, working out, volunteering and scrapbooking

Michelle Southerington - Treasurer

Michelle was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she currently resides with her husband Matt, daughter Ella and dog Cooper.  
Michelle attended the University of Cincinnati in Ohio where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Masters of Education. Michelle has been an elementary school teacher for the last 13 years. She currently teaches 5th grade at an inner city school in downtown Cincinnati.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.  Michelle is very excited to be a part of Ava's Wish and hopes she can add to its continued success.

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