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.
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 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!
After graduating from Boston University College of Fine Arts, Tara moved to New York City and was a professional actress there for almost 20 years, working around the country and in NYC. In 2010, she moved to Denver, with her family, and began teaching playwriting at Girls Athletic Leadership School in the Santa Fe neighborhood, Acting for adults and youth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and performing whenever time allows. Story has always been a part of her life and now, being a part of the Bessie’s Hope family, every day she sees the never ending power of story and its ability to create connection and therefore ignite compassion and empathy.
Sarah has worked as an educator since 2008, when her love for arts-integration was sparked. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of North Texas and began working at Pasadena High School as a Theatre and English teacher. After four years in the classroom, she left to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh in Theatre and Performance Studies. Upon returning to the States, she work in the Alley Theatre Education Department. Her prior work experience has presented her with skills that make her an very effective Bessie’s Hope Program 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.