Empowering females in honor of

Emma, Alyson and Katie.

Three incredible daughters lost too soon.



Eight-year-old Emma Alexandra was equal parts scholar and athlete, with honors in math and reading as well as gymnastics, soccer, track, basketball and softball. She also loved performing onstage. Emma took her role as the oldest sister very seriously, looking out for her sisters and setting the perfect example for them: polite, helpful, caring and warm.



Alyson Elizabeth had a smile that would light up any room. She was protective and nurturing, vivacious and joyful. At 7, Alyson also excelled at both school and sports, enthusiastically taking part in soccer, softball and gymnastics. She was a smart and loving girl for whom acquaintances became friends instantly and joyfully.



Kate Marie, known to many as Katie, was very mature for her age – inquisitive and self-assured. As all the girls were, Katie was adored by her sisters and her extended family. She loved to dress up and had many, many friends, both boys and girls. Katie was a loving, confident, completely adorable 5-year-old, who embraced life and wanted nothing more than to bring happiness to her friends and family.


Our Story


 The Hance Family Foundation was founded in 2009 after eight-year-old Emma, seven-year-old Alison and five-year-old Katie Hance were killed in a car accident. Out of that tragedy, an idea was born to keep the girls’ spirits alive through programs to help females everywhere build self-esteem. The Beautiful Me curriculum was created and over the next nine years, the foundation reached over 50,000 women and girls, and requests were coming in daily to bring the self-esteem program to more and more places. In 2018, a new creative team came on board with the Hance Family Foundation to help them turn their local mission into a national movement. After a re-launch campaign to bring nationwide attention to the important work being done by the foundation, Self-Esteem Rising was born and became the new name for the large offering of innovative programs. And rather than one Beautiful Me program, Self-Esteem Rising offers a suite of programs that help females in corporate offices, on college campuses, and at facilities everywhere activate their genuine self-confidence. Throughout every program, Emma, Alison and Katie’s spirits live on. Each girl was self-assured and bursting with joy, and everyone who goes through the program winds up leaving with that exact same attitude.



Warren J. Hance, Jr. SRA

WJH Appraisal Services, Inc.

Jackie A. Hance

Quality in Real Time

Executive Board Members

Robert C. Votruba CFS, MBA, Ph.D

National Financial Network

Bradley Katinas

Jefferies, LLC

Douglas Hayden, Esq.

Wright Risk Management

Kathryn Tuffy MS. Ed, BCBA

Changing Behavior, Inc.

John Power

Con-Kel Landscaping, Inc.

Lynn Pombonyo, Ed D.

Floral Park-Bellerose School District, retired

Mark Herbrich P.T., M.A., CEEAA

AgeWell Physical Therapy & Wellness

Dianne Heggie

Council of Family & Child Caring Agencies, retired

David Hance

MSgt (Ret) USAF