Bessie’s Hope is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. all donations are tax deductible

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.

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”.

Claire Hatton


Program Director

Claire came to Bessie’s Hope with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and a Masters of Education. She also studied at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Before joining the Bessie’s Hope team, Claire was an elementary school teacher in the Indianapolis Public School District. She provided students effective core instruction while offering supplementary support and interventions to students in need, ESL students, and Special Education students. Claire’s education and work experience make her a perfect fit for Bessie’s Hope.


Cortney Malpiede

Administrative Coordinator

Born and raised in Denver, Cortney grew up enjoying Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. In 2018, Cortney pursued a Masters in Psyhcology from Ashford University. Over the years she has worked as a Clinical Counselor and Human Resources professional. She is excited to now be the Administrative Coordinator for the Non-Profit, Bessie’s Hope, and to continue serving her community.