A native of the area, Hankins grew up and resides in Leelanau County with her husband and family. Hankins has over 27 years of experience in nonprofit management including work with Junior Achievement of Northwest Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, The Pathfinder School, State Theatre Group, Encore Society of Music, as well as Gilda’s Club and St. Cecilia Music Society in Grand Rapids. Hankins was also the owner of My Favorite Things and Tiny Toes, two retail stores in downtown Traverse City. Hankins brings extensive nonprofit management, fundraising, and business skills to the United Way of Northwest Michigan. Hankins is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and is currently the President of the Kiwanis Foundation.