Our Staff

Sharron Brandrup - Co-Founder/Executive Director

With a Bachelor's degree in English from Texas Weslyan University, Sharron brings over 30 years of training and development experience with her.  She specializes in the development and implementation of intergenerational programs, evaluations and curriculum.   As one of the co-founders, Sharron has been an integral part of the public relations facet, grant writing and financial management. 

In her spare time, Sharron enjoys swimming and spending time with her family, friends and puppies in beautiful Colorado!

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Linda Holloway - Co-Founder/Development Director

As one of the co-founders of Bessie's Hope, Linda Holloway has much passion and drive!  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University,  a Bachelor's in Music Education from Midwestern State University and a Master's in Humanities from the University of Colorado. Linda is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Clinical Chaplain. Presenting at workshops and speaking nationally, Linda strives to educate people everywhere on the importance of intergenerational relationships and community involvement with our assisted living and nursing home elders.  She is a key player in the success of Bessie's Hope and spearheads many of the fundraising and awareness events and plays a vital role in volunteer recruitment.

Bessie's Hope is a living legacy to Linda's grandmother, "Bessie Stephens".

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Kimberly Barr - Program Coordinator

Kimberly has twenty years experience in health care, and has studied in the fields of nursing and music therapy.  She has eight years experience as a long term care activity director.

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Darleen Stiny - Program Coordinator

Darleen Stiny grew up in Denver near Washington Park.  After two years at CSU she transferred to University of Maryland where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has lived several years in the DC area, in France, Canada, Korea and 19 years in New Zealand.   Darleen owned and directed several businesses, including a nannies college.  The love of transformations and miracles have always been a key motivator.  Darleen joined the Bessie's Hope team as a program coordinator in 2007 and loves the differences we make for our volunteers and for the elders!  When not at work, she enjoys traveling, dancing, exploring and spending time with loved ones.

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