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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. During her tenure at Horizons for Homeless Children, Kate has transformed the nonprofit financially and programmatically, building an organization that’s helping children and families succeed through early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. A champion for young children, Kate initiated the design and construction of the Edgerley Family Horizons Center to serve 30% more children and their families, providing a stimulating and nurturing educational experience while setting a new standard for the facilities housing services for at-risk communities. Under Kate’s leadership, Horizons has moved from a scarcity to a growth mindset, extending and evolving its service delivery model to meet today’s needs. She has created an entrepreneurial culture encouraging a test-and-learn approach to creating innovative solutions. Over her tenure, revenue has grown 81% and Horizons has built a highly sophisticated layered funding model for its early education program. Kate’s passion for improving the well-being of the Horizons workforce has incorporated fostering an environment where diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are valued.

“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.”

Senior Advisory Board Council

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Laura DiMaria
Senior 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

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Sharon Fuller
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Team

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.

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Jayd Rodrigues
Executive Director of Early Education, Executive Team

Jayd Rodrigues handles the day to day operations of the Early Education Center, 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

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Ayesha Rodriguez
Senior Director of DEI Engagement and Family Partnership Programs, Executive Team

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

Tara Spalding
Chief of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, Executive Team

Tara Spalding brings over 20 years of advancement and
nonprofit expertise to Horizons and is charged with overseeing development and
marketing efforts to expand Horizons’ community and ensure revenue objectives
are met year-over-year. She has operational responsibility for the Playspace
program where she oversees the strategic expansion and community partnerships
that extend the impact of Horizons work in shelters across the state.  

“Keep looking up…that’s the secret of life.” – Winnie the Pooh

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Deborah Stolbach
Chief Program Officer, Executive Team

Deborah Stolbach has been a social worker for more than three decades, working with women and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, addiction, and violence.  She is grateful for the lessons about resilience that she learns from families every day.  Deborah is committed to building organizations that incorporate trauma-informed principles on every level: safety; trustworthiness and transparency; peer support; collaboration and mutuality; empowerment, voice, and choice; and cultural and gender responsiveness.  She seeks to balance hard work with joy, humor and fun.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”- Audre Lorde

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” – Emma Goldman

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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

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Shavon Drayton
Director of Early Education Training and Assessment, 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

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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.”

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Brendan Fogarty
Chief of Staff and Director of Evaluation and Policy, Operating Council

Co-chair, Allies ERG

Brendan Fogarty manages Horizons’ analytics and technology portfolio, and he uses the lessons learned within these verticals to plan and lead Horizons’ policy advocacy program. His background is focused on policy and analytics, and he has worked in state and federal service, the tech sector, and in a statewide issue campaign before his time at Horizons.

“As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” -Abraham Lincoln

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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

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Tammy Reder
Director of Program Revenue, Operating Council

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.”

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

Board of Directors

NameHorizons roleExternal role
Michael RobergeBoard ChairPresident/CEO, MFS Investment Management
Christine ScordatoBoard Vice ChairManaging Director and Founder, Crescente Advisors
EJ WhelanBoard TreasurerManaging Director, Berkshire Partners
Kate O’NeilBoard ClerkPrivate Investor
Bronwen Carroll M.D.Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Boston Medical Center
Maïta Vert CrockerManaging Director Global Head of Client Centricity, State Street Corporation
Elizabeth CrowleyPartner, Burns & Levinson
Ryan T. DebinManaging Member, Arena Capital Partners, LLC
Michael EisensonFounder, Horizons for Homeless Children Managing Director and Founding Partner, Charlesbank Capital Partners
Glenn EnglerExpert Partner, Bain & Company
Matt Epstein Director, Goulston & Storrs
Tim EstellaDirector of Trading Strategy for SAI, Fidelity Investments
George E. Foreman IIIFounder and CEO, Craft Boxing
Scott HaigManaging Director, The Baupost Group
Chip HazardGeneral Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Lauren KennedyCo-Founder, Neighborhood Villages
Kathy Klingler Chief Marketing Officer, Rapid7
Carl LongGlobal Quality Director, Cabot Corporation
Kate LubinDirector, United Way
Yvonne LynchVice President, Employee and Community Engagement; President of Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, Bright Horizons
Pamela MannWellbeing Specialist, Interfaith Chaplain, Beverly Hospital
Lauren MazzellaClassroom Volunteer
Greg MorzanoFounding and Managing Partner, Old Ironsides Energy, LLC
Sue O’Connell Retired Partner, Wellington Management Group, LLP
Shanna O’ReillySenior Managing Director, Wellington Management
Steven PrincipeManaging Director, Private Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
Rahim RajparChief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder, Plum Life
Barbara ShapiroClassroom Volunteer
Victoria SullivanClassroom Volunteer
Brian SungClassroom Volunteer, Chief Operating Officer, J.S. Enterprises Inc.
Liz VanzuraCEO/Founder, V2 Marketing & Entertainment LLC

Senior Advisory Board

NameHorizons roleExternal role
Robert AtchinsonFounder, Adage Capital Management
Joshua BekensteinManaging Partner, Bain Capital Management
Roger BrownFounderPresident, Berklee College of Music
Sandy Edgerley
Mark EdwardsCo-Founder, Upstream
Diane HessanChair, Communispace Corporation
Jonathan LavineManaging Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Sankaty Advisors, LLC
Linda MasonFounderChairman, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Laurie SchoenFounder, US4KIDS
Susan WhiteheadVice Chair, Whitehead Institute, MIT

Advisory Council

NameHorizons roleExternal role
Susie AllenCommittee Co-ChairCo-Chair, Associate Director, List Center for Visual Arts, MIT
Dr. Ruben J. AzocarVice President of Perioperative Services, Beth Israel Medical Center
Janice SturchioCommittee Co-Chair Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Annabelle BlakeAccountant, London Economics International
Jennifer Casas RajparSenior Financial Services Professional, State Street Corp.
Trenni CaseyAnchor/Reporter, NBC Sports Boston
Morea CutlerPresident, The Berlin Family Foundation
Emily GreensteinAcupuncturist
Robin HauckEditor, Misstropolis
Michelle HicksGlobal Client Relations, Business Development, GMO, LLC
Meaghan Hooper-BerdikVice President & General Manager, Turner Construction
Anna Housley JusterPhD, LICSW
Francesca JanuaryDirector of Events, Alumni Relations, Harvard Business School
Hannah KilsonPartner, Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP
Liz KleinermanManaging Director, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Wellington Management
Vijay KukrejaHead of Global Digital Strategy, Rapid7
Lillie LombardiCommunity Volunteer
Aaron MillerManaging Partner/Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Celsa Moreno-BarkerSenior Vice President and Community Loan Officer, Rockland Trust Bank
John MoreyFellow, Inspired Leadership Initiative, University of Notre Dame
Jessica Gifford NigrelliCommunity Volunteer
Shanna O'ReillyPartner; Co-Head, Private Investments, Wellington Management
Layla RamirezSenior Program Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Amazon Web Services
Adriana Rojas GarzónAssociate General Counsel, Bain Capital
Maurice SamuelsRetired, Convexity Capital Management
Lucienne S. Sanchez, M.D.Newborn Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
Danielle SerafiniDirector of Client Services, Adage Capital Management
Victoria SullivanCommunity Volunteer and Philanthropist
Guillermo TrinchetManaging Director, Wellington Management Company
Lisa TuckerCommunity Volunteer
Megan WattsDirector, Goulston & Storrs
Dr. Richard Antoine WhitePrincipal Tubist of the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic, Professor at the University of New Mexico
Karen WalshVP & Director of Marketing Operations, MFS Investment Management
Orlando WatkinsVice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation
Leslie Wilcott-HenrieCommunity Volunteer
Marianna J. YangLecturer on Law, Harvard Law School