Susan Bertrand is the President and Founder of Maureen’s Hope Foundation, which she began in 2004 in memory of her sister, Maureen, who lost her battle with cancer at the young age of 31.

Susan resides in Baldwinsville, NY with her husband Ron and three sons, Connor, Ronnie and Charlie. She sits on the board for the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Northwest Family YMCA. Past awards include the 2012 Post Standard Achievement Award, 2013 Outstanding Philanthropist awarded by the CNY Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Girls Scouts CNY Woman of Distinction Award.

A favorite quote is “Little miracles come into our lives not on huge bolts of lighting, but on gentle beams of light, hope and love.”
– Dan Zadra

Susan Bertrand sits outside smiling and facing the camera. She is wearing a white blouse and silver jewelry. Behind her are 3 large window panes, each displaying the Maureen’s Hope Foundation logo, next to a brick wall and a flowering potted plant.

Board of Directors

  • Susan Bertrand, Board President
  • Ron Bertrand, Board Vice President – Manager Systems Tchnology, at Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Connor Bertrand – President at Revere Residential
  • Linda Gabor – Partner at Grossman St. Amour CPA’s
  • Robert Kirschner, Esq – Attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Kaushal Nanavati, MD – Medical Director of Integrative Therapy Upstate Medical Center
  • Brian Roberts – Partner at Filtersource

Advisory Board

  • Ashley Papworth
  • Katrina Grady
  • Cathy Hudson
  • Kristen Foote
  • Sydney Chalifoux
  • Patrice Robinson
  • Lauren Wilbur
  • Brian Kalfass

To learn more about Maureen’s Hope Foundation, read this article and view the photo gallery published on on January 4, 2015.

Our Mission

The mission of Maureen’s Hope Foundation is to offer practical support and assistance to people facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis or other life altering disease.

When faced with a life altering diagnosis of cancer or other disease, patients have many needs that cannot be met by the medical community. Maureen’s Hope helps meet those needs by catering to individuals on a personal level. By providing gift baskets and services that offer comfort and strength, Maureen’s Hope helps to improve their quality of life.


Thank you to all that attended and supported Maureen’s Hope Foundation and the 14 other recipient charities in Central New Yok at the 24th annual Syracuse Auto Dealers Association Charity Preview on February 8, 2023.

A special thank you to the following supporters that sponsored Maureen’s Hope Foundation on behalf of the families we serve:

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

  • Burdick BMW
    Grossman St. AmourCPAs PLLC

Bronze Sponsor

  • Easter Power
  • Shear Forte Salon
  • Corvette Club
  • Sydney & Matt Hopkins
  • Bertrand Family
  • Brian Kalfass
  • Brad-Luciani Real Property Services
  • Rebecca Shiroff
  • Broker 1 Inc.
  • Susan Bertrand