Sharyn Keiser grew up in Abington, Pa and came to New Hope in 1994, becoming a vibrant member of the community.
She said her first impression of New Hope was that “she belonged and wanted to be involved. Together with her wife Sandy, they decided that the diversity and LGBTA acceptance of New Hope was where they wanted to live and where her college age children would enjoy. She now enjoys time with her grand-children who love to stay and enjoy their time here. Sharyn said, “I felt welcomed and part of all aspects of this wonderful town. She said she is fortunate to live here and to be a member of this special community.
Sharyn had a career with Johnson & Johnson in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Committed to her love of children, she went on to become a principal in the Philadelphia School system. She said that she was one of only 13 people to register for domestic partnership in the school district “at a time when it took courage to be openly gay.
As part of the community, Sharyn served on the New Hope Borough Council as Vice President and then President. She was a founding member of Partners in Progress and served on the Planning Commission and the Revitalization Committee. Sharyn said her vision was “to see the community thrive as a historic, artistic accepting place to live, as well as a place that embraces tourists who wish to share in our special place.
She was responsible for creating all the pocket parks in New Hope Borough including Lenape Park on W. Ferry St. New Hope now has 3 pocket parks to enjoy. Sharyn worked to have the entrance to New Hope opened from the Rt. 202 spur and to preserve St. Martin’s Church for the borough’s offices and community center. As an openly gay council member, she said she was able to support the diversity of New Hope.
Sharyn has served on many boards, commissions and committees and has helped at countless charity events including FACT Bucks County. She said she is “always working to maintain and enhance the broad fabric and history of our special place to live, love and play.
She has supported the revitalization of the Bucks County Playhouse and had a walk on role in the production of Barefoot in the Park. Sharyn is an avid traveler, traveling the world and said “the beauty here is such a gift. She participated in the Friends of the Delaware Canal, an organization that works to restore, preserve and improve the canal. When she wants to relax, she enjoys kayaking on the river and biking on the towpath. She also enjoys going to Square One Pub, the Raven and shopping on Main Street.
Among her favorite memories of New Hope are New Hope Celebrates Pride and the friendships she has made here.
Sharyn said, Being a member of the New Hope Community allows me to be a proud mother, wife, grandmother, civic leader and openly gay woman and has given me the opportunity to have a positive impact on my family and my neighbors.
Sharon & Sandy