Our Staff

Lara, Founder

The idea of Hope Scarves started as a way for Lara to live life over cancer, and it continues to fuel this passion. She has two sons (only one of which she is still taller than) and jokes that Hope Scarves is her third child. She loves to run, sail, and travel. Lara digs into storytelling and her personal experience facing cancer through My Hopeful Life, an extension of Hope Scarves that includes her film, speaking, blog and podcast.  As the Founder of Hope Scarves and Chief Hope Slinger, Lara focuses her energy on sharing the Hope Scarves story, building partnerships, and fundraising.

Anna Laura, Partnership Director

Anna Laura joined our staff after years as a volunteer. As the Partnership Director, she manages our nationwide Partnership Program, Ambassador Program and sends promo kits around the world.  For most of her life she was known as Laura, but joining the Hope Scarves staff prompted her to use her given name of Anna Laura to help alleviate the confusion of many Laras, Lauras, and Laurens involved with Hope Scarves.  Anna Laura has two sons and loves to needlepoint in her spare time.

Katie, Connections Director

Katie started volunteering at Hope Scarves in the original spare bedroom office as a way to support her friend Lara- she was so good we hired her! Katie has three kids and loves glamping and tennis. As Connections Director, Katie organizes our awesome volunteers and oversees our weekly scarf & story collection & distribution.

Nanette, Accounting Coordinator

Nanette spends her time with us helping add up our donations and manage expenses. After years of doing the same for her family jewelry business, we are grateful she found a little extra time to share her talents to support Hope Scarves.   Nanette has 2 daughters and 2 sons and enjoys her busy life as the family’s schedule coordinator and taxi service.  When she finds extra time she volunteers for many different groups at her church and her children’s schools.

Robin, Connections Coordinator

Robin volunteered weekly for Hope Scarves for over three years – regularly bringing homemade treats and a warm smile to our studio.   When we regretfully suspended volunteers during the COVID pandemic we simply couldn’t do without her help, so we hired her!  She loves reading, flower design, renovation projects & spending time with her 7 grandkids.

At Hope Scarves she has hands her creative hands in everything from scarf collection, story editing and scarf fulfillment to window washing.

Katie – Terminally Joyful

Katie lives her life through a joy lens.  Not because her life is perfect.  But because it is fragile and precious.  As a metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patient she lives with immense uncertainty and the prospect of never ending treatments. Yet she isn’t letting this drag her into darkness.  She chooses to live her life […]

Hope Scarves Founder, Lara MacGregor launched My Hopeful Life as an extension of Hope Scarves in 2020.  This initiative, rooted in her personal story, started with her widely followed blog, My Hopeful Life.  And now includes a film, podcast, speaking engagements and one day, a book.   Living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer has given Lara a unique perspective on facing uncertainty, grounding oneself in gratitude and embracing each day.  Her vision & dedication to Hope Scarves is a powerful force for good in the world.   Follow along with My Hopeful Life as she expands the way we cultivate hope.