The Board of Directors of Hats for Hope is made up of people who have fought the Cancer battle themselves, or have stood with and supported a loved one throughout the Cancer journey.
To learn a little about each individual Board Member, see below.
Board of Directors
Santa Maria native Connie Garcin, founder of Hats for Hope, died in July 2003 of terminal blood cancer known as multiple meyloma. Prior to beginning cancer treatments, which included stem cell transplant, she owned her own transportation safety business. She held a degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
As co-founder and current President of Hats for Hope, Jeannie Miranda continues her passion of helping women with their dignity and self esteem while battling cancer. She is a three-time melanoma survivor. Jeannie is the current spokesperson for Hats for Hope, informing groups throughout both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County about the non-profit.
Natalie is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She has known since her diagnosis & treatment of breast cancer that she would do something to give back as a cancer survivor. She feels strongly that Hats for Hope is that place! Natalie is married and lives with her husband and daughter, in Santa Maria.
After retiring from a 25 year career with The Merced City School District, Cindy Bryant moved to the Central Coast in 2004. She cared for 2 family members during their journey battling cancer and volunteered at a camp for children fighting the disease. Cindy joined the Hats for Hope Board to continue paying it forward. She currently works with all of the oncology offices in San Luis Obispo County dispersing the Hats for Hope wig certificates.
A native Santa Marian, Julie Epps is a fully engaged mother of three, a wife and tennis coach. She is a long time board member of Hats for Hope. She was motivated to become involved in Hats for Hope after she recognized that the women on the receiving end of the organization are wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends just like her.
Diane Martino is a Santa Maria native. Diane was drawn to being involved with Hats for Hope because it offers hope to those going through what she saw her Grandmother go through with cancer. Her involvement with Hats for Hope has been a way for her to honor the example of generosity, selflessness and love that her grandmother was to her and to everyone that knew her.
Born and raised in Orange County, Julie attended Cal Poly with a degree in Recreation Administration. She and her husband decided to put down roots on the Central Coast after college and have raised two boys in Arroyo Grande. Active in volunteering throughout her beloved community, Julie feels that charity work gives her the opportunity to learn about herself and those around her, build new relationships and see someone else’s quality of life benefitting. She is honored and excited to be a part of the Hats for Hope family! “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
Marcia has been a resident of Arroyo Grande since 1975 raising two children and now enjoying 4 granddaughters. Having witnessed family members and friends who have been through the many challenges presented by cancer, Marcia found that Hats for Hope was a unique organization that focused on providing dignity during this difficult time. She became involved with Hats for Hope as a way to honor them and give back to the community.
Toni Mc Cracken
Toni, married with two adult children, has lived on the central coast since 1975 with the last 4 years in Shell Beach. She has a passion for volunteering and helping others, and so accepting the invitation to join the board of Hats for Hope was a perfect fit. Having lost family members and friends to cancer, her goal is to spread awareness of the good work and mission of Hats for Hope. It is an honor to be part of such a dedicated and enthusiastic group.