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”.

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!

Kimberly Cates

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.

Phillip Enmark

Administrative Coordinator

Phillip worked as a teacher in the public school for 12 years before entering the for-profit world in 2007.  With experience in human resources, training, and office management he joined Bessie’s Hope in 2017.

Jaymie Sheehan

Program Coordinator

Jaymie grew up in rural Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in English. In 2014, she moved to Uganda, Africa and spent the next three years working for a small community development organization and traveling between Uganda and the United States. After returning to United States permanently in the spring of 2017 she joined the Bessie’s Hope team as a Program Coordinator. Jaymie is passionate about bringing people from different communities, generations, and backgrounds together and helping residents and volunteers connect through meaningful and fun programs.