Committed to the Cause
Credited with having the initial inspiration behind the creation of our foundation, Wendy Hunley is one of our founding team members. Inspired by her introduction to Mark Kelly Olson, a local pediatric patient, at an American Cancer Society event, she, along with several friends, became determined to make a difference. She brings her years of managerial experience and leadership skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.
Tiffany Stephens has been involved in the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation since its inception and has served as its Vice President since 2016. Tiffany is the mother of one teenaged daughter and has been married for over 28 years. Tiffany has lived in the area we serve for her entire life and is an enthusiastic supporter of the community. Having a long history of volunteer work with agencies such as the Jaycees makes Tiffany a great fit for our organization.
Tammy Bearden, along with the support of friends and family, helped found the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation. Having raised three boys and two girls herself, Tammy is a vocal advocate for children. Her unwavering enthusiasm for the cause is undeniable and has remained a constant factor in our success. This, in addition to her lengthy background in finance, makes her the perfect choice to serve as our foundation's Treasurer.
Rosie Olson, born in Indiana in the mid-sixties, is the mother of Mark Kelly Olson, the namesake of the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation. Mark Kelly's battle with leukemia greatly contributed to her passion of helping other families with children diagnosed with cancer. Rosie enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1982 serving at many locations in the U.S. as a Paralegal and General Administrator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in March 1994 and was subsequently commissioned as a U.S. Navy Officer. Rosie continued to serve in the U.S. and overseas in management positions involving budgeting, inventory, and distribution of repair and maintenance parts and supplies for submarines, ships, and aircraft, as well as food service management until she retired in June 2004. She then settled in Shelbyville, TN with her husband and three children who all share her passion as a childhood cancer advocate.
MARK KELLY OLSON
Honorary Board Member & Namesake
The Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation received its name in honor of Mark Kelly Olson. The founders were originally introduced to Mark Kelly at a local Relay For Life event. His positive attitude and determination, despite his precarious health, made such a lasting impression on everyone in attendance that they were moved to find a way to make a change within their community. Today, after enduring 1,303 days of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation and other various procedures, Mark Kelly remains in remission. As of October 2018, he has obtained his drivers license and is making great strides in returning back to some semblance of a normal life. Mark Kelly remains involved in each event and fundraiser the foundation hosts and is a tremendous asset to us all.
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