Meet the 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

ESTHER NORMOYLE

Fundraising and Development Coordinator

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

Phone: 916-294-7426 | Email: esther@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: 916-833-1091  | 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 8-12th grades in Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Shingle Springs. 

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

LORI WHITTLE

Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led service learning clubs and committees for youth in 8-12th grades in the greater Placerville area.

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

MELISSA PLACEK

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Education Program Coordinator

Our Education Program Coordinator provides oversight and mentorship to youth-led, after-school service learning committees for youth in 8-12th grades in our El Dorado Hills and *Placerville Youth Centers (*pending opening).

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

SHIZUKA WIRE

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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

 

Steve Backers, Chair

Professor

William Jessup University - School of Business

Andrea Howard, Vice Chair

Principal Planner, Parker Development Company

Estee Horn, Treasurer

CPA

Horn Fulton Inc. CPAs

Heather Edwards, Director

Attorney at Law, Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP​

Pam Bartlett, Director

Director of Special Education

El Dorado Union High School District

Evangeline Scott, Director

Certified Mortgage Planner

Finance of America Mortgage, Team Scott

Maureen Gagliardi, Director

Substitute Teacher

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Monique Baxter, Director

Vice President, Business Initiatives Manager

Wells Fargo, Consumer Banking Control

 

Scott Spriggs, Director

Senior Product Manager

Progressive Insurance Co.

Meredith Wharton, Director

Health Coach & Personal Trainer

Mama Bootcamp

 

Youth Board Representatives

Mary Matlack

President, Youth Board

Alyssa Countryman

Vice President, Youth Board

Taylor Smith

Hands4Hope Intern, Youth Board

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Hands4hope youth Making Difference is a 501(c)3  |  Tax ID# 26-2548690  |  916-294-7426