Toward Resilience

Due to the increased restrictions and concerns over the coronavirus (Covid-19), we have decided to postpone our upcoming luncheon Moving Toward Resilience scheduled for March 31. There’s much to share about the long term health of children and families experiencing homelessness, and we hope to reschedule this session in June. 


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership
at The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd floor, Boston

Please RSVP to Melissa Robbins at

With the help of research being conducted in partnership with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Horizons is working to better understand what interventions result in desirable outcomes. Through the Family Partnerships Program, Horizons works directly with family members to build skills and resilience so they can be the strong and stable parent their child needs. While our work with children remains paramount, we also recognize that parents are the greatest single factor in their child’s future success.

Panelist bios:

Henning Tiemeier

As the Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard Chan School, he received both his medical and sociological degree from the University of Bonn, Germany, and his PhD from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Tiemeier is a psychiatric epidemiologist who studies child development in population-based studies. His work has a focus on prenatal exposures such as maternal depression and substance use. Much of his work takes a neurodevelopmental approach and his group conducted large scale brain imaging studies in children and adolescents. Recent work shows how parenting and environmental risk factors relate to brain development in childhood and pre-adolescence. Other studies highlight methodological problems in child and adolescent psychiatric research using multi-informant assessments. His multidisciplinary work combining epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, and child development bridges historically separate disciplines and forms Population Neuroscience. He has conducted large scale birth cohorts from fetal life onwards as well as follow-up studies of international adoptees with exposure to early life trauma and abuse.

At the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health he conducts cohort studies of preterm children and engages with Horizons for Homeless Children to set up a study of homeless families focusing on resilience and family factors that determine the long term outcomes of vulnerable children. Tiemeier has received several honors among which the Dutch VICI prize and the 2019 Leon Eisenberg Award.

Ayesha Rodriguez

With over 25 years of experience working with at risk and vulnerable populations, Ayesha joined the team of Horizons for Homeless Children in the position of Director of Family Partnerships in 2016. In previous roles, Ayesha worked with organizations such as Crittenton Hastings House, The Dimock Center, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Boston Public Schools. Ayesha also participated as the Dudley neighborhood lead organizer for Thrive in 5, was a member of Mayor Walsh’s Universal Pre-K Advisory Committee, and was selected by Mayor Menino to sit on the interview committee for the superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Throughout her career, Ayesha has dedicated herself to the service of diverse families and communities within the Boston and Greater Boston area. She brings a strengths based, culturally rich lens to the work. Ayesha received a Bachelor’s Degree from Simmons University. She is a proud Bostonian with strong Caribbean roots who takes great pride in her family.

Foluke Babalola

Since joining Horizons in 2016 as a Family Advocate, Foluke has worked closely with families to coach them, helping parents create and achieve goals to improve their families' lives. During this process, she works to connect them with supportive community resources beneficial to children and their families.

For more than 15 years, Foluke has worked with children and families in the Boston area. After receiving her B.A in Sociology at UMass Amherst, she worked with The Home for Little Wanderers and Roxbury Youthworks in partnership with the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Children and Families. Foluke's passion is people and her aim is to help Horizons' families win in breaking the cycle of homelessness so they can achieve their personal goals.


Kate Barrand

Before taking the helm at Horizons in 2016, Kate contributed as a strategy consultant and operating manager in the finance and technology sectors. She worked with C-suite and executive teams of financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations to define new strategies, develop marketing programs and realign business processes to increase efficiencies. Kate was the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Clareon Corporation the first online business-to-business payment engine sanctioned by the US Treasury. She also led Strategic Planning and Global Strategic Marketing at BankBoston. During her time in banking, she served on the Board of Directors at Horizons for 14 years. Immediately following her time on the Board, she deepened her involvement at Horizons by becoming a Playspace Activity Leader. Kate’s passion for children and families battling homelessness has been a meaningful part of her entire career. Kate holds a BA in Early Childhood Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department at Tufts University and an MBA from Boston University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Association of Early Education (MADCA.) Kate was the winner of two Silver Stevie® Awards in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Kate was recognized in the Female Executive of the Year (Government or Non-Profit) and Woman of the Year (Government or Non-Profit) categories. Kate resides in Beverly with her husband and enjoys spending time with her three grown children.

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