MEET OUR STAFF

JENNIFER BASSETT

Founder/Executive Director

It all started with a simple idea.  I wanted to inspire my two sons to give back, show compassion and grow to be responsible individuals who look beyond themselves and aspire to make this a better world.  This was the foundation for creating Hands4Hope.  I am proud and honored to lead an amazing team of individuals who share my passion of empowering youth.

Phone: 916-919-5695 | Email: jbassett@hands4hopeyouth.org

NICOLE CRAINE

Program Director

Our Program Director oversees the development and implementation of our Education and Community Engagement programs in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: nicole@hands4hopeyouth.org

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SHIZUKA WIRE

Office and IT Manager

Our Office & IT Manager is the administrator for our data systems and provides administrative, clerical, and basic technical support, as well as acting as the liaison between our bookkeeper and staff.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: shizuka@hands4hopeyouth.org

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Jennypher Doan

Fundraising and Communication Coordinator

Our Fundraising and Development Coordinator supports Hands4Hope fundraisers, event planning, stakeholder communication, community outreach and all marketing efforts.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: jennypher@hands4hopeyouth.org

YOKO KONO

Community Engagement Coordinator

Our Community Engagement Coordinator provides oversight to the Community Engagement program, and the youth and adult volunteers who participate in all of our outreach events.

Phone: 916-294-7426  | Email: yoko@hands4hopeyouth.org

KATHY VAN SAUN

Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led service-learning clubs and committees for youth in 6-12th grades at schools in Folsom and at our El Dorado Hills Youth Center.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: kathy@hands4hopeyouth.org

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LORI WHITTLE

Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led service-learning clubs and committees for youth in 6-12th grades at schools in the greater Placerville area and at our Placerville Youth Center.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: lori@hands4hopeyouth.org 

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MELISSA PLACEK

Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led service-learning clubs and committees for youth in 6-12th grades at schools in the greater Shingle Springs area and at our Placerville Youth Center.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: melissap@hands4hopeyouth.org

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KATHY GERSTLE

Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led service-learning clubs and committees for youth in 6-12th grades at schools in El Dorado Hills and at our El Dorado Hills Youth Center.

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: kgerstle@hands4hopeyouth.org

 

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andrea Howard, Chair

Principal Planner

Parker Development Company

Heather Edwards, Vice Chair

Attorney at Law

Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP

Monique Baxter, Secretarty

Vice President/Business Initiatives Manager

Wells Fargo Bank

Estee Horn, Treasurer

CPA

Horn Fulton Inc. CPAs

Pam Bartlett, Director

Director of Special Education 
El Dorado Union High School District
 

Adam Kint, Director

Regional Director, Financial Advisor

Allworth Financial

 

Evangeline Scott, Director

Certified Mortgage Planner

Finance of America, Team Scott

Scott Spriggs, Director

Retired Senior Product Manager

Progressive Insurance Co.

Dolly Wager, Director

Owner

DSW & Associates

Meredith Wharton, Director

Health Coach & Personal Trainer

Mama Bootcamp

Steve Backers, Retired Chair
Professor

William Jessup University - School of Business

Youth Representatives:
Meghna Sehrawat, President, Youth Board

Grace Brasil, Vice President, Youth Board

Nivi Sudhir Kumar, Program Inter/Folsom Liaison

Liv Craine, Program Inter/El Dorado Hills Liaison

Jayce Kalfunski, Program Inter/Placerville Liaison