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”.

Lee Ann Scherlong

Program Director

With over 25 years of experience in education and theatre, Lee Ann brings her passion for people of all ages to Bessie’s Hope. Lee Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a double Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance/Choral Conducting from Colorado State University. She has worked with all ages in the performing arts, was integral in the formation of the Augustana Institute of Music in Denver and performs extensively in Colorado and surrounding states. Lee Ann’s love for people and for bring groups together makes her a natural fit for Bessie’s Hope.

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!

Sarah Bassinger

Program Coordinator

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.

Joyce Brito

Administrative Assistant

Joyce brings to Bessie’s Hope her 25 years’ experience as an administrative assistant with an Associate’s degree in Business Management.  She has spent most her career with corporate America as a sales support analyst and corporate trainer.  Joyce also brings her excitement and energy to help others in the youth and elder community, especially as she was also the full time caregiver for her late mother who was diagnosed with Dementia.