President & Founder
Since 1997, Michelle has been instrumental in developing programs designed to assist single parents, low-income families, and senior citizens in the Bay Area with food, clothing and holiday meals. She also leads teams of volunteers in visiting the homeless along the creeks to distribute food, clothing and personal hygiene items. In December 2011, she accepted a commendation by the City of San Jose in recognition “for support of the community and continually making an impact in the City of San Jose.“
It was also in 1997 that Michelle made her first trip to India, which became an annual occurrence while she worked on feeding the orphans and building a girls’ home, which opened in 2008. For the past several years, she has taken food and clothing to the dumps and leper colonies in Hyderabad. In 2011, Michelle began micro-financing programs in six leper colonies. General stores, goat farms and sewing shops have been started in each, with seven more colonies scheduled to receive funding in 2013. Other projects include sponsoring children in orphanages and digging wells to provide clean water.
She is currently writing her first book titled: The Untouchables.
Lawrence Fletcher, BA, MSW, LCSW
Lawrence J. (Larry) Fletcher is the former Director of Community Placement for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, a position he held for 24 years until his retirement in April, 2013. In this capacity he managed a program responsible for placing seriously mentally ill patients form psychiatric hospital units into community settings, and connecting them with necessary follow-up clinical, vocational, residential and other follow-up services. Other responsibilities during his tenure with the Department included certifying community mental health centers to provide services and investigating allegations of abuse and neglect by caregivers of individuates with mental illness. He has been providing consultation serviced to the department since his retirement.
Before his service with the State of Missouri, Mr. Fletcher was employed by the not-for-profit Easter Seal Society of Missouri for 14 years, providing services to physically and developmentally children and adults. His position there were staff Social worker, program director,and regional executive director.
Mr. Fletcher is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army form 1968 to 1970, including a deployment to Vietnam.
Mr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology form St.Louis University in 1968 and his Masters of Social Work degree in 1974. He is currently a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri.
Kimberly brings over 22 years of experience in non profit accounting and customer relations to Hope for Hansen’s. She received over ten years of training at Accounting Service, CPA, and Diana Sanderson and Associates, CPA in payroll processing, tax preparation, bookkeeping and customer relations with corporate clients. This laid the foundation for her to begin her own company in 2001, training non profit organizations in database and accounting management using Shelby Software Systems, Inc. She went on to teach and administrate the accounting divisions of numerous churches throughout California.
Dr. Susan Fletcher
Dr. Susan Fletcher serves as Director of international studies for Chamberlain College of Nursing. Dr. Fletcher developed Chamberlain’s international and multicultural nursing program and frequently leads nursing students on international nursing service projects to Bolivia, Brazil, Kenya, the Philippines and Uganda.
Dr. Fletcher previously taught nursing courses at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus and for Regis University in Denver. She has received the DeVry PRIDE Award and Chamberlain’s “Doing Well by Doing Good” Award. Dr. Fletcher was a finalist for Nursing Spectrum’s 2010 Nursing Excellence Program in the category of Community Service and was also nominated for the Dorland Health People Awards in the Public Health Nursing category.
Dr. Fletcher is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League for·Nursing, the American Public Health Association and the Vincent DePaul Society. She also has served on the boards of the Autonomous Case Management, Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry, Positive Family Enterprises and Epiphany Health Ministry.
She earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis in community health from St. Louis University and a Doctorate of Education in adult education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
RN with a Master’s in Nursing Education and currently enrolled at University of Missouri in the Doctoral nursing program and planning to graduate with a Family Nurse Practitioner certification.
Member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League of Nursing, a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse and certified Nurse Educator.
Started serving in medical missions in 1993 on short term teams to South & Central America, the Balkans, and Afghanistan where my husband and I met, married and served together before returning to the U.S. Continued serving through the year on short term projects in Haiti and West Africa.