The mission of Hope Matters non-profit is to give a voice and coping tools for families facing life’s difficult journeys.  Community outreach, educational resources, and awareness events, all serve to support families coping with dementia, cancer, and military deployment. The gifts of compassion, love and patience shine through our Neighborhood Memory Cafes, The Stocking Project, Annual Senior Prom and Military Family Events. We are equipping carriers of hope for generations to come!

Maryann Makekau

Board Member

Maryann Makekau is the Founder and President of Hope Matters. Her motivation to make a difference in hurting lives began in 2009, when her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Maryann's compassionate writing, practical tools, and community advocacy has helped families cope with cancer, deployment, and Alzheimer's disease. She serves to guide and shape the direction of Hope Matters' presence locally and nationally. She has formed partnerships with like-minded individuals and businesses to magnify hope through experiences in the arts. Her volunteerism has led others to do the same, with every neighborhood memory cafe being facilitated by other volunteers inside cafe spaces that are given in-kind. Maryann enjoys spending time with her husband Chuck, and their grown children. She swims daily and loves to cook. She also treasures her time ministering as an Elder at The Anchor church in Fort Walton Beach.

Nancy Monroe Hale

Board Member

Nancy Monroe Hale is a retired teacher; as a first grade teacher for 17 years and 23 years as a history teacher and reading specialist at Choctawhatchee High School. She created a special community tie for Hope Matters by fostering inter-generational service. Nancy regularly serves as Treasurer of Hope Matters. As our Youth Community Liaison, her action has led students to contribute time and talent in exchange for community service hours (as required for college scholarships). Her experience and connections are an invaluable asset to the mission of Hope Matters. She brings great joy to cancer patients during our Christmas stocking deliveries. Nancy loves to spend time with her husband Jim, their children, and grandchildren. She also loves to garden and plant flowers.

Bridget Carnley

Board Member

Bridget Carnley serves on the board of directors as Business Advisor and leader of community connections. Having owned the Destin Racquet and Fitness Center, Surroundings Home Decor and Deli, and The Breakfast Table, her expertise in planning, building, and leading is an invaluable asset to Hope Matters. She arranged for in-kind space to hold the Destin and Miramar Beach neighborhood memory cafes, and she lends her heart in welcoming those struggling with memory challenges. Bridget is a faith-driven inspiration to those young and old. She credits her upbringing as a military child with her desire to make a difference wherever she can. She is a supporter of Hope Matters' community endeavors, including the Christmas stocking deliveries to cancer patients.

Robyn Moye Stanley

Board Member

Robyn Moye Stanley has been a caregiver for numerous senior citizens, including her own parents. She has been a dedicated volunteer for our Neighborhood Memory Cafes in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. In helping facilitate those monthly gatherings, Robyn gives an active and loving voice to Hope Matters' mission. She serves on the board and as Community Outreach Coordinator and as an Intercessor for prayerful needs. In her spare time she enjoys the beach and nurturing friendships.

Tina Henderson

Board Member

Tina Henderson serves on the board as a community expert in military affairs. Having served 31 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, and as a military spouse, she has a deep understanding of military family needs at home and through deployment.  Tina gives her time and energy at Hope Matters' annual community events, and specifically serves as Spokesperson during those events. She enjoys learning and creating new things, traveling, and time spent with family and friends.

Chuck Makekau

Board Member

Chuck Makekau serves on the board in support of community events and website maintenance. Having served 28+ years active duty Air Force followed by 15+ years as a military contractor, he brings a wealth of experience to development and implementation of Hope Matters' mission.  From the beginning he has been a faithful source of strength and support, from neighborhood memory cafes to stocking deliveries to cancer patients, and all things in between.  Chuck enjoys problem-solving, fishing, surfing, and quiet time with family and friends.