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Leadership

Kate Barrand
Kate Barrand
President & CEO, Executive Team

Executive Sponsor, Persons of Color (POC) ERG

Kate Barrand began her tenure as President and CEO in November of 2015, but has been supporting Horizons for more than 25 years. She has served as both a volunteer going into shelters to play with children and as a member of the Board of Directors. Her deep experience and knowledge from a career spent in the for-profit sector inform her visionary leadership at Horizons.  She is passionate and strategic as a thought leader and advocate for the poor, inspiring her team to reach new heights serving families experiencing homelessness.

“To thrive we must be willing to ‘test and learn’ as individuals and as organizations only when we hang on to ‘the way’ do we spiral downward.

Sheila O’Neil
Sheila O’Neil
Executive Director, Community Children's Centers & Family Partnerships, Executive Team

Executive Sponsor, Allies ERG

Sheila O'Neil joined Horizons with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is chief administrator of Horizons’ Early Education and Family Partnerships program, both of which provide direct service to the community. Her knowledge and experience fostering excellence in early education settings inform strategic and operational decisions affecting the children and families Horizons serves.

“You cannot expect what you do not communicate.”

Tammy Reder
Tammy Reder
Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Executive Team

Executive Sponsor, LGBTQIA+ ERG

Tammy Reder has a diverse financial background, working in multiple industries at non-profit and for profit organizations with a strong orientation toward fiscal accountability and management. She consistently works in the best interest of Horizons’ short and long term financial future and has proven herself to be adaptive to the complex financial and technological landscape.

“When we focus on what we can do instead of what we can’t; a world of possibility opens unto us.”

“You are not a true success unless you are helping others be successful.”

Tara Spalding
Tara Spalding
Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Executive Team

Executive Sponsor, Hispanic/Latinx ERG

Tara Spalding is a proven fundraising executive with over 20 years of experience working in all areas of development. She has consistently broken records throughout her career, growing from fundraising practitioner into strategic leader. Her greatest accomplishment is working with her team to find new and innovative approaches. Today she heads Horizons’ community support from both an engagement and philanthropic perspective.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

 

Kara Beauchemin
Kara Beauchemin
Director of Enrollment, Funding, and Compliance, Operating Council

Kara Beauchemin started her career as a teacher and fueled by her interest and desire to build a more robust program at Horizons, she has developed her skills and broadened her knowledge of the funding landscape.  Today she and her team work to ensure that enrollment requirements are met and most importantly, families are warmly welcomed and orientated to Horizons’ programs.

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”  – Brene Brown

Laura DiMaria
Laura DiMaria
Director of Human Resources, Executive Team

Laura DiMaria is focused on building and evolving Horizons’ organizational culture and practices in the areas of transparency, respect, empowerment and inclusivity. Together, she and her team oversee the policies, procedures, and systems that improve the experience of every member of the Horizons team.

"Being self-reflective and open to transformation is something we should celebrate, not fear." -Alok Vaid-Menon

Shavon Drayton
Shavon Drayton
Assistant Center Director, Operating Council

Co-chair, Persons of Color (POC) ERG

Shavon Drayton brings a passion for education to her role and works to build a culture and environment of inclusion and excellence in the Early Education Centers.  Her focus is on building relationships and competencies amongst the teachers and support staff so that they are well prepared and adept at handling the challenges implicit in their roles of supporting children experiencing homelessness.

“You are someone’s ancestor, what will your legacy be?” -Vanessa Garrison, GirlTrek COO & Founder

Deanna Dwyer
Deanna Dwyer
Director of Marketing & Communications, Operating Council

Co-chair, Allies ERG

Deanna Dwyer brings a creative perspective and business orientation as she and her team work to ensure the creation and delivery of consistent, compelling communications that keep Horizons’ community and supporters connected to the mission.

“Love your neighbor as yourself”

Sharon Fuller
Sharon Fuller
Senior Finance Director, Operating Council

Sharon Fuller serves as the project manager for the new Edgerley Family Horizons Center and has helped structure and manage the financial intricacies of the joint venture. Her financial services expertise complemented by her negotiation and project management skills serve the organization broadly and have been particularly crucial to the success of the building project.

Lynne Gaines
Lynne Gaines
Playspace Program Director, Operating Council

Lynne Gaines has a deep knowledge of early childhood development which she built as a child-life specialist at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  She leverages this deep knowledge as the Statewide leader of the Playspace program. With a focus on volunteer management and delivering value to families living in shelter, her innovative ideas are helping to build an already strong program into one that is diversified and meeting the needs of children and families during the pandemic in new ways.

“Supporting children to play requires us to remember what life is all about. It’s not about getting from A-Z, but rather dreaming beyond both.”  -Vince Gowmon

Jayd Rodrigues
Jayd Rodrigues
Center Director, Operating Council

Jayd Rodrigues handles the day to day operations of the Early Education Centers, overseeing educators, operations and practices that create a high-quality learning environment where children thrive.  Her positive outlook and ease connecting directly with colleagues, family members and children make her a valued leader and contributor.

“No two leaves are alike, and yet there is no antagonism between them or between the branches on which they grow.” -Mahatma Ghandi

Ayesha Rodriguez
Ayesha Rodriguez
Director of Family Partnerships, Operating Council

Executive Sponsor, Hispanic/Latinx ERG

Ayesha Rodriguez is a strong advocate for families and knows from her years in human services that children thrive when their families have access to the right supports, guidance and encouragement.  She and her team work with hundreds of parents each year to find their strengths, empowering each family to build a better tomorrow.

“You are your best thing” -Toni Morrison

We use a TRAUMA-INFORMED, STRENGTHS-BASED, WHOLE-FAMILY approach. Our children learn through
brain
PLAY.

Board of Directors

E.J. Whelan
Managing Director, Berkshire Partners
George Foreman III
Founder, EverybodyFights
Pamela Mann
Interfaith Chaplain, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bronwen Carroll, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Boston Medical Center
Orlando Watkins
Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation
Sue O’Connell
Partner, Wellington Management Group, LLP President, Wellington Funds Group
Kate Lubin
Director, United Way
Scott Haig
Managing Director, The Baupost Group
Eileen Smith
Vice President Recruitment and Temporary Staffing, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Karen Walsh
VP, Director of Marketing Operations, MFS Investment Management
Liz Vanzura
Managing Director, Boathouse, Inc.
Janice Sturchio
Vice President, BNY Mellon Private Wealth Management Group
Barbara Shapiro
PAL Volunteer, Schoen Community Children’s Center
Maurice Samuels
Managing Partner, Convexity Capital Management
Michael Roberge
Vice Chair; President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer, MFS Investment Management
Pete Riehl
Managing Director, Brookside Capital LLC; Managing Director, Bain Capital LLC
Rahim Rajpar
Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, John Hancock Insurance
Steven Principe
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
Kate O’Neil
Clerk; Private Investor
Sarah Nielsen
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Aaron Miller
Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual
Lauren Mazzella
PAL Volunteer, Putnam Investments Community Children’s Center
Kathy Klingler
SVP, Chief Consumer and Marketing Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Tim Estella
Director of Trading Strategy for SAI, Fidelity Investments
Glenn Engler
Managing Director, Parthenon-EY
Michael Eisenson
Founder, Horizons for Homeless Children; Managing Director and CEO, Charlesbank Capital Partners
Ryan Debin
Senior Vice President, Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors of Boston
Elizabeth Crowley
Partner, Burns & Levinson
Lori Colella
Financial Analyst, Fairfield Financial Advisors
Gregory Morzano
Treasurer; Founder and Managing Partner, Old Ironsides Energy, LLC
Chip Hazard
Chair; General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Matt Epstein
Director, Goulston and Storrs

Senior Advisory Board

Mark Edwards
Co-Founder, Upstream
Laurie Schoen
Founder, US4KIDS
Jonathan Lavine
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Sankaty Advisors, LLC and Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC
Diane Hessan
CEO, Communispace Corporation
Sandra Edgerley
Formerly with Bain Capital
Roger Brown
Founder, President, Berklee College of Music
Josh Bekenstein
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Bob Atchinson
Founder, Adage Capital Management
Susan Whitehead
Vice Chair, Whitehead Institute
Linda Mason
Founder, Horizons for Homeless Children; Chair, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Honorary Board

Barry Zuckerman
M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
William Julius Wilson
Ph.D., Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University
Francene Sussner-Rodgers
Trustee, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jack Shonkoff
M.D., Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard University
Diane Patrick
Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
Robert Paglia
CFO, Gordon Brothers Group, LLC
Eli Newberger
M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston
Sister Margaret Leonard
Executive Director, Project Hope
Loretta LaRoche
Author and Motivational Speaker
Howard Hiatt
M.D., Associate Chief and Co-Founder of Global Health Equity Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Arnold Hiatt
Director, Dreyfus Connecticut Municipal Money Market Fund Inc.
Marian Heard
President and CEO, Oxen Hill Partners
Wycliffe Grousbeck
Advisor, Highland Capital Partners
Theo Epstein
President of Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs
Barbara Ehrenreich
Author, Columnist and Essayist
Ellen Bassuk
M.D., Founder and President, National Center on Family Homelessness

Advisory Council

Carl Long
Global Quality Director, Reinforce Materials Cabot Corporation
Trenni Kusnierek
Anchor/Reporter, NBC Sports Boston 
Victoria Sullivan
Community Volunteer and Philanthropist 
Brian Sung
COO, J.S. Enterprises, Inc. 
Jessica Gifford Nigrelli
Community Volunteer 
Michelle Hicks
Global Client Relations, Business Development, GMO, LLC 
Daniele Serafini
Director of Client Services  Adage Capital Management
Robin Hauck
Editor, Misstropolis 
Meaghan Hooper-Berdik
VP & General Manager, Turner Construction 
Lisa Tucker
Community Volunteer 
Emily Greenstein
Acupuncturist 
Jonathan Bingham
CEO, Janeiro Digital 
Susie Allen
Associate Director, List Center for Visual Arts, MIT 
Lucienne S. Sanchez, M.D.
Newborn Services, Massachusetts General Hospital 
Annabelle Blake
Accountant, London Economics International 
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