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, Executive Director
Anna Laura joined our staff after years as a volunteer. As the Executive Director, she oversees the daily operations of Hope Scarves which includes staffing and programming, leading the Partnership Program, and donor management. Anna Laura is married with two grown sons. She enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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 leads the weekly personal & gift scarf program, incoming scarf donations & volunteer engagement, as well as manages programming materials and scarf inventory.
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. She is always willing to step up and help with any project or task.
Cari, Partnership Coordinator
Cari also started as a Hope Scarves volunteer helping with events and adding her creative touch to some of our merchandise. Cari now steps into a new role as Partnership Coordinator assisting with both the Hope Scarves Partnership and Ambassador Programs. She builds relationships with current and emerging partners & ambassadors and also facilitates partnership scarf fulfillment and promo kit distribution. Cari is married with two daughters, both active in school and sports. Cari loves to spend time back in her home state of Wisconsin with her family and friends.
Nanette, Accounting Coordinator
Nanette spends her time with us helping add up our donations and managing our 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.
Lauren, Communications Manager
Lauren joined our team in 2020 as our summer intern, which soon turned into a position on our staff. As Communications Manager, she oversees the Hope Scarves social media presence and assists with graphic design projects and campaigns. Lauren is a senior at Murray State University on track to graduate with a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. She enjoys Louisville City soccer games, tacos, houseplants, and spending time with family and friends.