My name is Kate Wharton, and I am the founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization My Holiday Fairy. As CEO, I am responsible for managing My Holiday Fairy’s overall operations. I started this nonprofit hoping to bring magic into the lives of children in need during the holiday season. I thought to myself, what can we do to help those in need? Why not create a nonprofit that helps bring joy and love to children? Everyone deserves a little Holiday Fairy Magic!
I am a junior at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California. I play varsity tennis on a Division 1 team for my high school and am an administrative assistant at Van Clief & Van Clief LLP in La Jolla, California. On weekends, I participate in autocross events for San Diego Sports Car Club of America and BMW Car Club of America and I also volunteer with La Jolla Loves Pets Foundation.
With My Holiday Fairy, I have been able to combine my experience in project management, marketing, and community engagement to bring my vision to life. I value hard work, resilience, and empathy, and I am confident that the amazing people on my team each carry these values. Under my leadership, My Holiday Fairy has impacted countless families and has grown to become a recognized and respected organization in the community. I truly believe in my team and am certain that we will make the holidays amazing for the children in San Diego and Dallas.
Director of Dallas Branch
My name is Dia Ramchandani and I am the director of My Holiday Fairy’s Dallas Branch. As director, I am responsible for the overall operations conducted here in Dallas. I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this organization in the hopes of being able to truly make a difference in the lives of underprivileged.
I am a current Junior at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. During the week, I tutor students ages 12-18 through a small local company by the name of Homework in a Cafe. Additionally, on weekends, I spend my mornings working at a family-owned restaurant by the name of Hemingway Brunch. Through working in both the service and education industries, I have gained the abilities to work with a team, adapt to changing environments, and problem solve. I’ve been with each of these companies for over a year which has shown me the value of having consistency, time management, and most importantly, responsibility. Through my volunteer work at the SPCA animal welfare shelter, I have seen what it truly means and feels like to give back to one’s community.
I strongly support My Holiday Fairy’s mission and am eager to begin working with the rest of the team. I hope to make a difference in the lives of the children who don’t always get to experience the cheer of the holiday seasons and am ecstatic to be sharing My Holiday Fairy with the rest of Dallas!
Treasurer/CFOof San Diego Branch
My name is Abbi Archibald, and I am the Chief Financial Officer of the nonprofit organization My Holiday Fairy. As the CFO, I am responsible for all of the company expenses, and I manage our organization’s budget.
I am a junior at La Jolla High School and have devoted my time to work and varsity swimming. Through this, I have learned the values of determination and perseverance.
Not all children are fortunate enough to experience a warm and joyful holiday season. My Holiday Fairy’s mission is to change this. With the community’s kindness and outreach pool, our goal is to award all children the right to holiday joy and warmth. I am so excited to be a part of an organization where we can positively impact our community!
Secretaryof San Diego Branch
My name is Annika Inamdar, and I am the secretary of My Holiday Fairy. As the secretary, my role consists of keeping track of meetings, forming connections, scheduling meetings/appointments, and maintenance of corporate records.
I am a junior at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California. Having experience with entrepreneurship through creating the company I-cycle, organization outreach is a strong suit of mine that I’m so excited to utilize for this project. In addition, being an avid athlete on a competitive rowing team has taught me the skill of organization and how to prioritize. Previously having worked with younger children, I have learned communication, organizational, and conflict-management skills.
Joining this nonprofit with this fantastic group of people allows me genuinely connect with all members of society. I am ecstatic to watch My Holiday Fairy grow and bring joy to the lives of so many!
Director of Philanthropy
My name is Tyler Mason and I am the Director of Philanthropy for My Holiday Fairy. As Director of Philanthropy, I am responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining campaign fundraising activities. We work to give less fortunate kids a holiday spirit by raising money for gifts and holiday goodness.
I am a junior at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California. I spend my time working part-time at a restaurant named Wheat and Water, and in my free time, I participate in several extreme action sports, including snowboarding and skateboarding. Teaching myself these sports has given me a disciplined work ethic, which allows me to accomplish anything I put my mind to. In addition, since October 2022, I have been in the process of building a marketing agency. This entrepreneurial opportunity has allowed me to gain communication and leadership skills. My past, which includes experience in online marketing and brand building, will assist the My Holiday Fairy organization.
Being a native San Diegan, I have always felt responsible for giving back to the community that has given me so much. I am very thankful to the My Holiday Fairy team for allowing me to participate in this organization. I believe very strongly in our mission, and I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to grant the same joy I felt waking up on a holiday morning to others. I am ecstatic to work with these fantastic people and feel blessed to have such a wonderful community that allows us to bring happiness to our city’s children.
Director of Development
My name is Sydney Vaknin, and I am the Director of Development for My Holiday Fairy. My friends and I love giving back to the communities, and we decided that there was no better way to get involved than to start a nonprofit organization. My duties involve planning and implementing a development and fundraising program to provide for the short and long-term needs of the organizations.
I am a junior at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California. I have played field hockey since 2018 and am a Teen Collective member with the San Diego Contemporary Art Museum in La Jolla. I work part-time at Joann Fabric and Crafts, walk dogs, and take care of elders. I spend my weekends volunteering with Hands On San Diego and Surf Riders Foundation.
I love collaborating and working with others, and being part of this organization gives me a sense of independence and responsibility. My friends and I are excited to share My Holiday Fairy with San Diego!