Denise Brack is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center located in Kingston, MA. Hope Floats is a non-profit public charity that was born in part from the loss of her son, Michael. She and her husband Ken have created the non-profit foundation and educational center in a restorative, retreat setting where people can find bereavement and healing support. Having learned how such a loss can be devastating and isolating, she wanted to offer support and resources for other going through similar crises.
Denise is the primary contact and daily manager and has been running the day-to-day operations at Hope Floats since 2008. She spearheads the growth keeping a close eye and ear on which services and programs are most beneficial for our clients. She is responsible for organizing and over-seeing all support programs, events and workshops at the center.
She is also the contact person for individuals seeking support service and counseling and she does the in-takes for those looking to attend a support group or Mike’s Club, a bereavement program for families. In addition, she is a group leader for several bereavement groups and facilitator of day-long support retreats.
Denise organizes various fundraisers at Hope Floats and seeks out sponsors for events such as the Annual Hope Floats Memory Walk for Loved Ones. She overseas financial operations and manages correspondence with donors, business sponsors and grant providers.
Denise holds a Masters Degree from Lesley University and was an educator prior to becoming director of Hope Floats. She taught elementary school, primarily as an inclusions teacher, for 13 years and while she has left public schools, in some ways she continues to teach. She strives to apply those skills and her life experience to support adults and adolescents who are grieving.
His chief gig has always been writing. A narrative nonfiction author and freelance writer, Ken is an accomplished journalist and former teacher.
His forthcoming book, Especially For You, scheduled for publication in the late summer of 2017, tells the stories of people who find a new purpose after unspeakable loss. The full-length work is anchored in the Brack’s experience losing their son, Michael, in 2002, and offers a narrative of creating Hope Floats. Most of the book conveys how other families grow through their own catastrophic trials, and how some reclaim gifts their loved ones left while discovering a sacred duty. Together they offer hope to others searching for answers.
A hybrid of narrative, reportorial, and creative nonfiction, the book speaks passionately to readers facing loss and to a broader audience moved by stories of compassion, resilience, and our potential to heal. Ken’s research for the book included understanding how posttraumatic growth works, which describes how many people who struggle with loss undergo positive change.
Brack has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University and taught high school English at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Ma. He is the author of Closer By The Mile, the story of the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon for cancer research. As an award-winning journalist in New England, he has written for the Patriot Ledger, Kennebec Journal, and free-lanced for others including The Boston Sunday Globe West Weekly.
Ken also writes for targeted audiences including a blog for Psychology Today’s website, ”Unspeakable Gifts” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unspeakable-gifts). He also posts regularly on his author’s site, http://www.kenbrack.com.
Jane Corr became involved with Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center several years ago when a sudden, personal loss affected her life. The caring, compassionate atmosphere at Hope Floats, as well as the staff and practitioners with whom she came into contact, impressed her so much that Jane was eager to give back. Jane knew from her own, first-hand, experience the positive impact that Hope Floats could have on a person’s life.
A retired Boston Public School educator for thirty-six years, Jane also served on several educational leadership teams. During her many years in Boston, she served as a mentor to aspiring teachers. She holds a Bachelor degree, in Education and Psychology, from Emmanuel College and a Master in Education and Administration, from the former Boston State College.
In addition to her work with Hope Floats, Jane volunteers at the Kingston Elementary School, attended by her grandchildren. She also volunteers with the Kiwanis Club of Kingston and Duxbury who service many community projects throughout the year.
Kingston has been Jane’s home for seventeen years. She has a great love for the ocean and spending time with her children, Amy and Tim, and their families. Jane enjoys traveling and watching her grandchildren play sports.
Elizabeth Binari has been involved with Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center shortly after its opening in 2008. Having recently graduated as a massage therapist, she was looking for an environment in which to offer massage that was holistic and healing. During a snowy, Luminary, night in Kingston she was walking down Elm Street and looked up to see Hope Floats for the first time. She felt an immediate connection. Shortly after, she met with Denise who offered her a practitioner position at the Center. Elizabeth knew that this was the beginning of a life changing journey. She is often heard saying she receives much more from Hope Floats than she could ever give back.
Elizabeth provides individual massage therapy sessions at Hope Floats, in addition to being an ad hoc practitioner for our retreats. As a practitioner, she offers her time to the Healing Circle. She is also a co-facilitator for the Pet Loss Support Group. She is an active member of the Fund Raising Committee and has been involved with the annual Memory Walk and Barn Sale. Having recently obtained certification in Equine Massage, she also volunteers at the Bridge Center, in Bridgewater MA, where she provides massage to horses in the in the equine assisted therapy programs. equine-assisted therapy programs. equine-assisted therapy programs.
Elizabeth is a Registered Nurse, who also earned a BA from Suffolk University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Simmons College. Having spent 30 years in the health care industry, she has held positions in both the business and hospital setting; to include PricewaterHouseCoopers, McKesson Corporation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is currently employed as a Program Manager at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth.
Elizabeth is a Kingston resident who loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband Bill and their two greyhounds, Sadie and Hope. She welcomes the time she has walking the trails with her dogs, cycling and, most recently, spending as much time as she can with horses.
Janice Christo was invited to Hope Floats in 2012, shortly after her husband died un-expectantly. At Hope Floats she was surrounded by people who had suffered a similar loss
and who knew exactly what she was feeling. Being in that tranquil and peaceful environment, she was able to catch her breath knowing that she wasn’t alone. She will never forget how much Hope Floats was part of her healing process.
Janice was a finance major in college and is the owner of her own insurance agency in Belmont Massachusetts, one that she shared with her husband. She is busy managing the business and caring for her three daughters. She enjoys running, volunteering and taking quiet walks in the woods with her Cavalier King Charles, Tilly.
She is honored to serve on the Board at Hope Floats and especially looks forward to the memory walk each year.