Hope for Widows is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Members Outreach Task Force creates and implements programs to increase and maintain membership and broad community engagement. Committees works closely with Executive Directors of the Foundation.
Shelle Ponfill, Health and Wellness
Shelle Ponfil is currently a senior sales manager at a convention hotel in Green Bay, WI. Shelle has worked in the hospitality and restaurant industry for pretty much her entire life. Being drawn to hospitality has led her to her current roll in sales where she is able to help clients get set up with an event that is exactly what they are looking for. When she is not at the hotel, Shelle is also a Beach Body Coach – focusing on health and wellness – both physically and mentally helping women to get through grief and depression. Her focus is connecting mind – body – spirit in a variety of ways to help women become – or get back to – the best versions of themselves.
Shelle met her husband Steve when working at a resort casino and they had an amazing 5 years together with his two children. The four of them spent their days 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing – pretty much anything outdoors. September 8, 2017 she woke up to find her husband not breathing, only 46 years old. Working though the experience of that tragic morning, along with all that goes into life after the death of a spouse, has led her to reinvent herself.
Going from not being able to get out of bed in the morning to now waking up at 4am (on purpose) to workout. Shelle is using this unfortunate, tragic experience to work on herself and help other women to do the same. There is something to be said about grief and trauma, we can let it defeat us or we can use the experiences to help others overcome and prosper – not because of it, but despite of it.
Shelle plans on honoring her husband and his life by motivating Hope Sister’s in the community to live the life they want, need and deserve. Areas of focus for Shelle will be meal planning, grocery shopping and easy fixed-meals, personal development, workouts, self care, motivation and inspiration. No one knows why life throws at us what it does, but each of us is capable of still living our best life. And no one needs to be alone on that journey to get there.
Be on the lookout for active initiatives within our community.
You can email Shelle directly for questions concerning Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can find her on Instagram at: @shellelynncoaching
Jo Hausman, Hope Connect Live
Jo Hausman is an Inspirational speaker and life coach, International live radio talk show host, and owner of Go For It! Media Group helping business owners expand their brand utilizing media. A couple of years after her husband’s passing Jo wrote and published her bestselling book called “Go For It! A Woman’s Guide to Perseverance.” It is a book for healing for her but also a help to others. The passion she has comes from empowering others to live in a positive life. She speaks to groups about going from grief to great! You can find out more and the services she offers at: http://www.johausman.com
Her humor, enthusiasm and love for GOD is where her strength comes from. She is a mom to one adult son and two fur babies. Nothing gives her greater joy than being a mom. She is very active in her community and gives back through networking and volunteering in her church and community. She has appeared on numerous television, radio, blogs and podcasts around the world. She is currently a contributing blogger to HuffingtonPost.com and her international live radio show airs live every Thursday mornings 10am US Central time on Voice America Business. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2578/go-for-it
Jo will help motivate and inspire her fellow Hope Sisters in our private facebook group by leading Hope Connect Facebook lives. She will help our community with information on different topics such as grief, widowhood challenges, encouraging reminders and much more. Watch for her the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of each month at 8pm CST. Going through grief of her beloved husband Jim in 2010 and the years ahead led her to wanting to help others and sharing there is light in the darkness.
Carole Sanek, Hope Connect Live
Carole Sanek is a public speaker, Facebook live streamer, writer and podcaster. She is currently working
on several books of her own to assist people in moving forward in the wilderness of their grief. Carole
invites you to learn more about her on Facebook at Fractured By Carole
Carole lives in the sunshine state of Florida, near Tampa and doesn’t ever complain about being cold.
Carole met her husband, Larry, through an online dating platform 21 years ago and they experienced
the joy of a wonderful marriage. They traveled extensively for business and pleasure all over the world.
Larry went outside one evening after dinner to take care of the rose bushes he had planted for Carole
and his last words were “I will come back in and have a glass of wine with you.” When he walked back
onto their lanai he tried to speak and couldn’t; that is when Carole looked up and realized he was having
a stroke. She caught him in her arms and got him into a chair. Thirteen days later Larry passed in
Hospice. He never regained consciousness.
Carole’s purpose in in joining Hope for Widows was to find a kind supportive network of women who
are also there to exchange emotional feelings, share photos and memories, smile and also shed tears.
She will be leading Hope Connect Lives where feelings will get shared, encouragement will be given and
uplifting messages will be shared because no one should ever feel alone in their grief journey.