We started with hope, providing grief companionship to families after the loss of a child of any age and cause. Our hope to help bereaved families led to the inception of 3Hopeful Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with the mission to help bereaved families through events, support, education, and remembrance. Keep reading for more about us.
3Hopeful Hearts Board of Directors
Chase Christensen (President) . Sarah Long (Treasurer) . Diane Grothe (Secretary) . BobbieJo Foster . Kristy Volesky . Rick Griggs . Dan Miller
Doreen Horan – Executive Director – MS, LPC, FAMI, NCC
For the majority of Doreen’s professional years, she has served as the Director of The Counseling Center at Stella Maris in Maryland. This counseling center serves the bereaved families of the Stella Maris Hospice program as well as all community bereavement needs. Doreen provided clinical counseling, trained and supervised graduate counseling students, created and directed a bereavement camp, facilitated bereavement groups, led day retreats, and was sought out for speaking engagements and educational workshops. Doreen also trained hospice volunteers and led a volunteer staff for the hospice bereavement services.
Doreen began working with the bereaved in 2000 and has served adults, children, teens, families, groups, schools, colleges, hospitals, churches and business who are seeking to journey through grief and to slowly discover a new normal. Doreen understands child & family loss on a personal level, at age 15 her brother, David-age 17, died suddenly as a passenger in a tragic car accident. This eventually equipped Doreen with a calling and passion to work with families who had a loss of child.
In Fort Collins, Doreen has worked at Wholeness Health and in private practice as a clinical counselor and enjoys being active in her community. She is blessed to have two amazing young adult children who graduated from CU and reside in Colorado with their spouses, and she now has one granddaughter. She raised her son and daughter in Maryland, before moving to Colorado in 2016.
Betsy Fecteau – Communications Coordinator – Co-Founder
Betsy acted as the Executive Director for 10 years and is currently the Family Support Liaison and Volunteer Manager and has been serving families who have experienced child loss, perinatal, or infancy loss since 2005. Betsy also facilitates the 3Hopeful Hearts monthly perinatal loss support group for bereaved parents as well as provides grief companion support and community outreach to bereaved families in Larimer County. Betsy is “Resolve Through Sharing” and “Youth Mental Health/First Aid” certified as well as a Family Support Team member. Betsy has been blessed to use her photography skills capturing memories when a child is stillborn or dies shortly after birth that may not otherwise be possible through her volunteer work with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), a non-profit organization. These portraits become an important healing tool for families and can change the way they heal forever. Betsy is the mother of two incredible boys.
Kristin Glenn – Bereavement Mentor -Co-Founder
After becoming a bereaved mom in 1993, Kristin Glenn has been passionate about supporting other grieving parents through a combination of her personal experience, education, and professional background. Kristin has an M.B.A. and B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colo.
She currently works at The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, where she provides grief support services and community outreach education. Kristin has been a high school teacher, nonprofit director, seminar presenter, grief consultant, and hospital marketing coordinator. Kristin and her husband of more than 25 years also volunteered for many years as newsletter editors and Colorado Chapter Leaders for The Compassionate Friends. In addition to being a mom to five children, she is a community volunteer, mountain enthusiast, and avid CSU Ram Fan. Throughout her varied professional and personal experiences, bereaved parents have been her greatest teachers and she feels honored to work for and with them on this shared journey.
Laura K. Johnston – Executive Assistant
Laura brings strong skills in the areas of leadership, management, training, supervision, communication, teamwork, and outreach. She worked as a middle-school educator for 14 years. She has a Bachelor’s in History and Teaching from Colorado Mesa University (go Mavs!), a Master’s in Reading Education from the University of Florida (go Gators!), and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University (go Rams!). Laura has co-authored a series of children’s books with her mother (author Barbara K. Tyner) called The Badger Books, and co-founded a game company, Netherhavyn Game Works. She and her husband have successfully KickStarted and launched their first card game, “Of War and Men: WWII”. Laura is always looking for the next adventure or experience life will bring her way.