News Release

Verizon Wireless' Tracy Nolan Named To Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Board

October 9, 2002

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282

Steve Johnstone
sjohnstone@bluehorseinc.com
414-291-7620

MILWAUKEE, WI — The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Wisconsin has announced the election of Tracy Nolan to its Board of Directors. Nolan is the regional president for Verizon Wireless, overseeing the company's sales and operations throughout Wisconsin, as well as in northern and central Illinois, parts of northern Indiana and Davenport, Iowa.

Previously, Nolan served as president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. She also held senior management positions at Frontier Cellular and McCurdy & Co., and was president & COO of Rochester Retail Inc. Throughout her years of corporate and sales management experience, Nolan has demonstrated a history of record-breaking results and rapid advancement.

While in Upstate New York, Nolan served as the Rochester Chair of the United Way/American Red Cross campaign for 2001, and prior to that was a recipient of the United Way's "Award for Excellence Plus" for work she did as a campaign coordinator. Last year, Nolan also received the Rochester Business Journal's "40 under 40" award.

In addition to her new Board duties with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Nolan serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Clarkson University (NY) with a bachelor's degree in market research/management informational services.

"We are pleased to add Tracy to our Board of Directors," said Patti Gorsky, president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. "She is very dedicated individual with a history of helping organizations exceed goals and expectations. Tracy's strong leadership skills are sure to help drive our organization forward as we look to expand our services and continue to help to more children with life-threatening illnesses."

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an extremely important charitable organization," said Nolan. "I consider it a great honor to be able give back to the community by serving on its Board. On a personal level, I welcome the opportunity to be involved in helping children in Wisconsin and giving them an opportunity to further enjoy life."

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting organization in the world with 78 chapters in the United States and its territories and 23 international affiliates. For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call 262-781-4445 or visit www.wish.org/wisconsin.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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