Meet the Team

Jess Ekstrom - CEO & Founder

Favorite headband(s): Obviously, all of them! Knotted and Twist Turbans are my top ones!

Favorite quote: “But my fear of failure never approached in magnitude my fear of what if. What if I never tried at all?” ~ Will Ferrell

Quirky fact: I once made it on CNN when I completed the Krispy Kreme Challenge (when you eat a dozen donuts and run 5 miles!).

Why Headbands of Hope? 

When I first started Headbands of Hope out of my dorm room in college, I had no idea if it was going to work or not. Then one day I received an email from a mom whose daughter was in remission and was supposed to start kindergarten in a week. She said her hair hadn’t grown back yet so she didn’t want to go to kindergarten because she thought all the kids would call her a boy. Then she got her headband from us in the hospital and immediately laid out her kindergarten outfit and all her school supplies.


It was that moment that I realized this was going to work … and it did :)

Lauren Dellinger - President

Favorite headband(s): ALL the scrunchie sets and Velvet Infinity Turbans!

Favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

Quirky fact: I get huge satisfaction from physically crossing things off my “to do” list each week with a sharpie. It helps me stay organized. :)

Why Headbands of Hope?

During my first-ever major retail event that I worked for HOH, we were slammed packed at an expo booth in Richmond, VA. I was going cross-eyed from all the transactions and headbands we were gift wrapping when a man approached me with such grace and dignity. In the mix of the frenzy, he stopped to show me a picture of his daughter, Emma. Emma was currently at Richmond Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapy. With tears in his eyes (and as mine began to water), he thanked us for bringing a moment of joy to his daughter’s day during such a difficult time. At that moment, I knew what I was doing was changing the world.

Ashley Anastasio - Social Media & Outreach Director

Favorite headband(s): All the scrunchies (especially the darling scrunchies) and the knotted headbands are my faves! 
Quote: “Be happy with what you have while working on what you want” ~ Helen Keller
Quirky fact: I literally live on Pinterest. My entire life is organized throughout my Pinterest boards and my next project is an organized pantry. 
Why Headbands of Hope?
Being a part of such an amazing group of people is so inspiring for me. Social media and marketing has always been my passion. I have followed Headbands of Hope for over two years and love that the company has such a positive impact on so many people. The smiles on all of the children’s faces are the icing on the cake for me.

Brittany Gauvin- Wholesale & Product Developer

Favorite headband: ALL the tube turbans. 
Favorite quote: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ~ Audrey Hepburn 
Quirky fact: I enjoy running. I love running Spartan races, which are muddy and full of challenging obstacles, usually taking place on a mountain. Learning to climb a rope was a big accomplishment for me! 
Why Headbands of Hope? 
Bringing headbands and hope to the kids in the hospital on my first donation day really put things into perspective. Doing something every day that I love and putting smiles on children’s faces couldn’t be any more rewarding and less like work.

Katelyn Randall - Marketing Director 

Favorite headband(s): Knotted Collection & Glitz and Glam.
Favorite quote: “A candle never loses any of its light by lighting up another candle” ~ Rumi
Quirky fact: If you see me with my headphones on, I'm either listening to 90s/2000s music or a True Crime podcast.
Why Headbands of Hope? 
Giving back has always been important to me. I’ve always dreamed of a job where I could focus my energy on making people smile. Headbands of Hope is exactly what I was looking for.

Samantha Woods- Warehouse Manager


Favorite headband(s): Wire Ties & Clips!
Favorite quote: “The heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” ~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 
Quirky fact: I might not have a human baby, but I have a dog, and that is more than enough for this momma. 
Why Headbands of Hope?
It’s easy to get caught up in the mix of the real world and the duties of “adulting,” but then I snap out of it and realize the impact Headbands of Hope makes on the lives of children battling cancer. We really are changing lives, one headband at a time.

Bruna Oliveira - Wholesale & Warehouse Assistant

Favorite headband(s): Anything we make in Tie Dye & Chickens (Gotta Love the Chickens).
Favorite quote: “Remember the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Quirky fact: I’m afraid of the dark, of murky water and of mascots.
Why Headbands of Hope?
Not only do I get to work with an amazing group of strong women, but we get to put smiles on the faces of so many children. Work never feels like work when you are doing something great.

Lizzy Sanders - Wholesale & Product Management Assistant

Favorite headband(s): Twist Turbans & Scrunchies!
Favorite quote: “Everything works itself out” ~ Jacob Dentinger’s life motto
Quirky fact: The four things I love most are my boyfriend, my puppy, traveling and my to-do lists!
Why Headbands of Hope?
When my boyfriend was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, I was searching for a company to support that gives back to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. I found Headbands of Hope shortly after and knew it was meant to be!



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