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. 

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.

Lori Nelson Blix

Marketing Consultant

After meeting Barbara Hensley, I was instantly inspired to be a part of Hope Chest. I’m excited to be a key contributor in a movement that will enable hospitals and clinics to offer new meaningful resources, help patients and children get through what feels like the impossible, and inspire others in the community to do more and be more.

Beth LaBreche

Independent Consultant at LaBreche

I've admired Barbara's vision and Hope Chest for many years. Finally, the stars have aligned in my own life to prioritize time and attention to this worthy cause. I want to collaborate with others on ideas to help Hope Chest grow. When it grows, it can provide more people with assistance so they can concentrate on fighting breast cancer.

Jill Noack

Principal - Noack Retail Group

After serving for two years as Merchandise Director for Hope Chest, I had the opportunity to engage in the day to day operations at the HC corporate offices and retail stores. From the top down, the energy, enthusiasm and effort that results in support to those battling breast cancer in Minnesota was all the inspiration I needed to commit to the organization indefinitely.

Camille Hepola

Communications Expert

Cancer, unfortunately, has affected Camille’s life. She lost her mother to cancer and she has seen the affects breast cancer has had on close family and friends. Using her strengths and expertise in marketing and communications, Camille felt a need to give back to her community and to an organization that is truly saving families from having to deal with the financial hardship that often time comes with battling this life-threatening disease.

Lindsey Hagan

VP Integrated Health Business Unit at Medibio Limited

Working in healthcare I have been amazed at the pace of innovation and improvements in care. I have also seen the cost limit access to that care and feel that we can do more to lessen this burden. I believe that nobody should go bankrupt or loose their home to pay for healthcare. I was inspired by Barbara's mission to provide impactful grants that cover the costs that insurance does not. I believe that Hope Chest provides a high value and low cost model to ease the burden of cost. I am looking forward to working with the talented board at Hope Chest.


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