The mission of Hope Matters non-profit gave a voice and coping tools for families facing life’s difficult journeys.  Community outreach, educational resources, and awareness events, all served to support families coping with dementia, cancer, and military deployment. The gifts of compassion, love and patience shone through our Neighborhood Memory Cafes, The Stocking Project, Annual Senior Prom and Military Family Events.  For more than a decade we were privileged to equip carriers of hope for generations of care.

Thanks to community partnerships we will provide the following in our final quarter of 2020:  40 hours of caregiver respite through Home Companion; 5 therapeutic equestrian sessions at Healing Hoof Steps, for a military family experiencing PTSD; Christmas stockings for oncology patients at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Sacred Heart Destin (Mack Bayou Infusion Center).

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, book series, practical tools, and community advocacy have all 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 café being facilitated by other volunteers. Maryann enjoys spending time with her husband Chuck, and their grown children and grandson. She swims daily and loves to cook.  Discover inspirational stories on Maryann's blog.

Nancy Monroe Hale

Board Member

Nancy Monroe Hale is a retired teacher: 17 years teaching first grade and 23 years teaching history and as a reading specialist at Choctawhatchee High School. As the Youth Community Liaison, she has led students to contribute time and talent in exchange for community service hours. Her experience and connections are an invaluable asset to the mission of Hope Matters. She also serves as Secretary of Hope Matters. She brings great joy to cancer patients during the Annual Stocking Project. Nancy loves to spend time with her husband Jim, their children and grandchildren. She also loves to cook, garden and plant flowers.

Bridget Carnley

Board Member

Bridget Carnley serves 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 lends her heart in welcoming those struggling with memory challenges into  community events. 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 supports Hope Matters' community endeavors, including our Senior Citizen Prom and The Stocking Project for 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 Treasurer. 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.

Angela Beasley

Board Member

Angela Beasley was raised with heart and mind on service. She has served or ministered in some capacity from a very early age from church, school or the military. During her years as a military spouse, she held positions of squadron Key Spouse and chairperson for the Protestant Women of the Chapel organization.  "Angie" now serves on the board of directors and as Hope Matters chairperson for the planning committee.  She also jumps in often to help with the neighborhood memory cafes, military events, as well as other events.  Her  heart's desire is to build up and support others through difficult seasons.  With a background in Interior Design, Angie's artistic touch provides a bright spot in hurting lives.

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.