We started with hope. Betsy and Kristin, two of the founders, provide 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), BobbyJo Foster (Treasurer), Diane Grothe (Secretary), Kristy Volesky, Rick Griggs
Betsy Fecteau – Co-Founder
Executive Director Betsy 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 “Child Adolescent Death Response 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. She is honored to be the area coordinator and certified trainer for this organization. BetsyFecteau is the mother of two incredible boys.
Kristin Glenn – Co-Founder – Director of Outreach
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.