Lynette Evans has a longstanding reputation in her hometown of Springfield, Ohio as a business owner who prioritizes customer service. In 1996, Lynette created the Gourmet Gift Baskets company and served the community for eighteen years with her creative and thoughtful gifts. In 2006 she founded Xpand Your Brand to help companies across the state further their businesses through meaningful marketing and promotional materials. 

Throughout the years Lynette's passion for financial management and compassion for others has been expressed through teaching Financial Peace University classes aimed at helping individuals and families get out of debt.   

She lives happily with her husband of 36 years - Bill,  in Springfield, Ohio.  

Kirsten Garvin joined The Cardiac Bear team in August 2019 as Lynette's assistant. Using her educational background in Social Work and previous experience as an administrative assistant, she enjoys being a staff writer for The Cardiac Bear blog and helping Lynette on company projects and some social media. 

In her free time, Kirsten enjoys volunteering at her church's youth group and creative pursuits in textile arts. 


The Cardiac Bear, a subsidiary of Xpand Your Brand, was developed after an Ohio hospital needed an open-heart surgery recovery pillow for their patients. Months of searching proved that there was not yet a teddy bear that could meet and surpass the high standards required for therapeutic use in a hospital. Lynette designed The Original Cardiac Bear with the help of cardiologists, critical care nurse managers, and infection control staff. The Anti-Microbial Cardiac Bear, vinyl Healing Hearts Pillow, and vinyl Healing Hearts Mini soon joined the lineup of hospital-requested heart surgery recovery pillows!

Individuals and families around the globe have ordered bears and hearts for loved ones, and hospitals across the United States have been eligible for logo imprinting and bulk pricing discounts.   

Xpand Your Brand offers free expert consultation, has access to tens of thousands of custom gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts, promotional marketing materials, and more!