Board of Directors and Staff

Our Foundation

Danna Atherton

Retail Consultant

I serve on the Foundation Board because it is local and an immediate way for breast cancer patients to receive financial as well as nutritional help while in treatment without a ton of red tape. I lost my favorite Aunt to the disease and have many friends that are survivors. It is in their honor that I continue to serve the organization.

Nancy Benedict

Non-Profit Consultant

I’m excited by the dynamic vision and assertive growth plans of this Board and look forward to assisting. Personally, my life has been greatly impacted by cancer. I am so thankful that my family had the financial capacity to handle the medical and personal costs of cancer. Now I’d like to ease those financial burdens of others not as blessed.

Beth Brody

Retired, Faegre Baker Daniels

As a breast cancer survivor, I understand the challenges that accompany this disease. The Foundation helps to ease the additional burdens and challenges that face breast cancer patients who are also experiencing financial difficulties. I love that our funds are spent locally to address the most urgent needs of breast cancer patients.

Virginia Harn

Principal - CliftonLarsonAllen

There are many things I love about serving on the board. Volunteering for a Foundation that serves patients right here in the Twin Cities is such a direct, tangible impact. I learn so much from collaborating with a board committed to the success and growth of the our mission. A can-do spirit permeates the Foundation Board which I find electric and uplifting.

Barbara Hensley

Founder Visionary - Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

I was motivated by my two sisters’ fight-against and loss-to breast cancer. My dedication to the work of the Hope Chest has increased with every breast cancer story I have heard, every family I have met, every shopper in the store, every donor of merchandise and money. The need is great and I am honored to be part of the solution.

Stephanie Laitala Rupp

President, Commonwealth Properties

When I met Barbara, in 2004 she had a big dream. I was immediately drawn to her passion and drive, and inspired by her ability to turn heartbreak into progress. I got invovled right away. In a twist of fate, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Helping families through their most difficult journey is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

Dan Zdon

CEO - Five Star Professional

I serve on the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation Board because for many of the women who have breast cancer the disease is not their biggest problem. My wife and I saw these women when she was going through her breast cancer treatment, and that’s the people we help.

Anne Schoolcraft

Chief Executive Guru- a COUPLE of GURUS

I love the mission of the Hope Chest because it fills such a unique and important niche: serving the practical needs of our neighbors with breast cancer. It’s a way to do tangible good in our community. I also love the entrepreneurial way the Hope Chest raises funds, giving people a variety of ways to contribute, and building sustainability.


Nancy Pilhofer, Executive Director

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Leslie Wood, Director of Stores

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Jill Noack, Director of Merchandise

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Julia Warfield, Foundation Manager

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Sydney Allison, Foundation Associate

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