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Meet our Board of Directors

Rebekah Wilson -President- Rebekah is retired from 35 years with University of Colorado Health as an Intensive Care nurse, past vice president of ambulatory Co Medical Group with a vast knowledge of marketing and is currently on her HOA board and holds an advisory board position.

Tina Deringer - Treasurer - Tina is a former certified oncology nurse. She has been a volunteer at a variety of non profits in different capacities since moving to Fort Collins from Maryland over 27 years ago. Tina is an ardent supporter of 3Hopeful Hearts and is the proud mother of college aged twins.

Rachel Olsen - Secretary-After two careers outside of photography (Vail Ski Patrol|Backroads bike guide and pharmaceutical sales rep), Rachel found herself back to where her heart never left, living the dream of being a professional photographer. Rachel brings her talents and passion of helping people to the 3Hopeful Hearts Board of Directors.

Daniel Jinich MD- Past President -  born in Mexico City and graduated from Swarthmore College with distinction, Baylor College of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been a family physician in Fort Collins for 31 years. In 2009 his 21 year old daughter was murdered at her college. His commitment to 3Hopeful Hearts honors her memory and strives to support and comfort families in Northern Colorado who share this terrible grief.

Pam Muncaster-Ney - Board member -  Perinatal-Child Loss Bereavement Coordinator for the NICU Women and Children Service Line Clinical Educator for the NICU and SCN. Pam has worked in the NICU at Poudre Valley Hospital for 17 years. 

Ginny Oddson- Board member- mother of Kelby and Grady, Ginny and her husband Dan have been recipients of 3Hopeful Hearts support after Kelby died of SUDS in 2014. Ginny has been instumental in providing support through the 3Hopeful Hearts Hope Mentor Program to other bereaved parents and has been an intregal part of planning and working with youth after a loss.

Melanie Voegeli-Morris - Board member  Melanie is a LCSW and is currently the Poudre School District Mental Health and Prevention Coordinator.  

 

About us


Founders- Betsy Strafach and Kristin Glenn 

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. Here's more about us...

Betsy Strafach - Co-Founder- Executive Director

Betsy Strafach -is the executive director and co founder of 3Hopeful Hearts. She 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.

Betsy also creates beautiful memorial montage videos for families to use at funerals, memorials and to have as cherished keepsakes. She created the very touching Grief Through Nature video shown at the annual Candlelight Tribute. Betsy Strafach 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 and a professional, 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.

 

Bonnie Cochran - Co-Founder is a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in grief, loss, bereavement, and women’s reproductive health and retiired from 3Hopeful Hearts in May 2015 to concentrate on her own practice and her family.

 

3Hopeful Hearts is a support organization that provides grief companionship to families after the loss of a child. Though we do not provide psychotherapy or counseling, we do collaborate with the professional community as part of our advocacy model.

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