Meet the staff

Jennifer Bassett wanted to teach her two sons a lesson of giving back and being compassionate to the world around them, starting the foundation of Hands4Hope.  

"I truly want for them to grow up to be compassionate, responsible individuals, who look beyond themselves and aspire to make this a better world."

Founder/Executive Director

JENNIFER BASSETT

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

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

Program Director

NICOLE CRAINE

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

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

Fundraising and Development Coordinator

Esther Normoyle

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

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.

Community Engagement Coordinator

YOKO KONO

Phone: 916-833-1091  | Email: yoko@hands4hopeyouth.org

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. 

Education Program Coordinator

KATHY VAN SAUN

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

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.

Education Program Coordinator

Lori Whittle

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

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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).

Education Program Coordinator

MELISSA PLACEK

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

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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.

Office and IT Manager

SHIZUKA WIRE

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

Heather Edwards, Treasurer

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

 

Estee Horn, Director

CPA

Horn Fulton Inc. CPAs

Monique Baxter, Director

Vice President, Business Initiatives Manager

Wells Fargo, Consumer Banking Control

Maureen Gagliardi, Director

Educator

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

 

Scott Spriggs, Director

Senior Product Manager

Progressive Insurance Co.

 

Youth Board Representatives

Mary Matlack

President, Youth Board

Alyssa Countryman

Vice President, Youth Board

Taylor Smith

Hands4Hope Intern, Youth Board

Meet the board of directors

 

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