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Hope Bradley Hnat
Hope Bradley Hnat comes to Stewart’s Caring Place with over twelve years of major gift fundraising experience on capital campaigns and non-profit management. She oversees the daily operations of the organization and works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to execute the vision for the organization’s growth and community impact. Hope has a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Akron. She has completed her coursework for her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University and will pursue her comprehensive exam and dissertation in 2014. She previously worked at Kent State University as the Director of Institutional Advancement and Coordinator of Operations and Special Projects for the College of Education, Health and Human Services.
Hope is an avid marathoner and ultra runner. She has completed 22 marathons, including several Boston Marathons. She has completed numerous 50K ultra trail races. She has successfully completed the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run. Yes, people really can run 100 miles. She lives in Brunswick with her husband John Hnat and her two children Andrew (age 11) and Karina (age 10).
Elizabeth is a Senior at The University of Akron studying Business and Organizational Communication with a minor in Consumer Marketing. Her dream is to go into non-profit fundraising and development. Elizabeth is very active in volunteerism in the Akron area including volunteering at Stewart's Caring Place since 2006. She believes in helping others and giving back to her community. Elizabeth is grateful to be a part of the Stewart's Caring Place staff as it is a truly rewarding experience each and every day.
As the Program Coordinator, Becki plans cancer support services and organizes professional facilitators to deliver programs at Stewart's Caring Place. Originally from the Manchester area, Becki graduated from Kent State University with a Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Becki previously worked at Summa Health System's Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center and at Kent State University. She is currently Past President of the Cancer Patient Education Network, an international professional organization for cancer patient educators. Becki's interest in supporting families affected by cancer began at age 10 when she was first diagnosed with bone cancer. After a recurrence at age 15, Becki began to seek out ways to get involved in the cancer support community. In addition to taking part in cancer advocacy efforts, Becki enjoys time with her beloved special needs dog, Bert, as well as traveling to Nevada every chance she gets and putting around town in her 1973 Volkswagen Beetle.
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Bio coming soon
Fall Semester Programming Intern
Brooke is graduating from Walsh University in December 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as Sociology. She became interested in the psycho-social needs of oncology patients after she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 18. After completing treatment she knew that she wanted to become an advocate for people who were enduring a cancer diagnosis. Brooke has been an avid volunteer in her community by committing to being a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a volunteer for Haven of Rest’s soup kitchen, and by helping residents at Heather Ridge Assisted Living Home. In Brooke’s free time she enjoys being involved with her Church by singing on the praise team and by teaching Sunday school.
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Kim Kost graduated from Cleveland State University with her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work. She joined Stewart’s after many years spent as a case manager at Coleman in the crisis unit and as the Director of Case Management. She also works at the VA finding homes for homeless veterans. Kim was diagnosed with Burkitt's Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 24 and underwent chemo and a stem cell transplant. During her treatment she received help from a cancer wellness center and wanted to give back. After one tour through Stewart’s Caring Place by a colleague at Coleman’s, she realized Stewart’s was the perfect place for her to be able to give back and help others like she was helped. She also has been involved in fundraising for Relay for Life. Kim spends her free time with her husband and enjoying her 7 year-old twins. She also enjoys scrapbooking and taking pictures.
Child Life Specialist
Amy Lee is a Certified Child Life Specialist with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. For the past ten years, she has worked with children and their families within the hospital setting. Although she continues to work at Akron Children’s Hospital, she was eager to pursue other avenues in working with children outside of the hospital. Stewart’s Caring Place has given her the opportunity to do just that by addressing the psychosocial needs of children touched by cancer. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in both Child Life and Family Development with minors in Psychology and Child Development from the University of Akron. Amy’s true passion is working with children to promote effective coping and healing to those who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. She lives in Akron with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.