Denise has been the co-founder and Executive Director of Hope Floats since 2008. After the devastating loss of her oldest son Michael, she and her husband Ken, founded the nonprofit bereavement and education center as a way to support other families and adults who are dealing with loss and grief.
She is responsible for organizing and over-seeing all support programs, events and workshops at the center. She is the primary contact person and the daily manager, overseeing every aspect of Hope Floats.
She is the contact person for individuals seeking support services and counseling. She is responsible for doing the delicate work of in-takes, both over the phone and in person, for individuals and families who wish to attend support groups, retreats or our family program, Mike’s Club. In addition, she is also a support group leader, facilitator for daylong support retreats and is responsible for training and supervising volunteers and staff group leaders.
Denise organizes various fundraisers at Hope Floats and seeks out strategic partners and sponsors. She overseas financial operations and manages correspondence with private donors, business sponsors and grant providers.
Denise holds a Masters Degree from Lesley University. She is a long time educator and entrepreneur. She taught elementary school, primarily as an inclusions teacher, for 13 years and while she has left public schools, she continues to teach in new ways at Hope Floats. She strives to apply her skills and her life experience to support adults, children and their families who are grieving.