Meet our Team

Anna Laura, Executive Director

Anna Laura has been with Hope Scarves since 2018.    Anna Laura serves as the first Executive Director of Hope Scarves.  She oversees all aspects of Hope Scarves which includes staffing and programming, fundraising, and donor management.   She loves gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Windham

Katie is our longest standing Hope Scarves employee!  She joined our team in 2014.  Katie currently manages our story collection and oversees all of our scarf requests.  Katie has three kids and loves “glamping” and tennis.

Nanette Merkley Vale

Nanette joined our team in 2018 and manages all of our accounting and finance needs.   Nanette has 2 daughters and 2 sons and enjoys her busy life spending time with her family.  When she finds extra time she volunteers for many different groups at her church.

Robin Kieper

Robin joined our team in 2020. Robin not only helps to fulfill scarf requests but she also helps to manage all aspects our database.   She loves reading, flower design, renovation projects & spending time with her 8 grandkids.

Lauren Morgan

Lauren joined our team in 2020.  She oversees the Hope Scarves social media presence and assists with graphic design projects and campaigns.  She enjoys Louisville City soccer games, tacos, houseplants, and spending time with family and friends.

Cari Teff

Cari also joined our team in 2020.  Cari assists with all the day to day operations of Hope Scarves.  From mailings to scarf fulfillment to the intake of scarf of donations, Cari helps with it all!  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.

Lisa Houghlin

Lisa joined the Hope Scarves Team in 2021. She manages our partnership program, welcomes volunteers, and helps fulfill our scarf requests. In her free time, Lisa likes to read, cook, and spend time with her family and friends.

Madison Malloy

Madison joined our team in 2022.  She oversees the Hope Scarves social media presence and assists with graphic design projects and campaigns. She is currently getting her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is an avid runner and enjoys writing, reading, and hot chocolate.

Lara, our Founder

The idea of Hope Scarves started as a way for Lara to live life over cancer.  Lara passed away on January 18,2022 at the age of 45.  Lara left behind two amazing sons and a loving husband. She always joked that Hope Scarves was her third child. She loved to run, sail, and travel.  As the Founder of Hope Scarves, Lara focused her energy on sharing the Hope Scarves story, building partnerships, and fundraising.

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 gave Lara a unique perspective on facing uncertainty, grounding oneself in gratitude and embracing each day.  Her vision & dedication to Hope Scarves was a powerful force for good in the world.   Follow along with My Hopeful Life as she expanded the way we cultivate hope.