Ann Lassiter - Executive Director
Ann Lassiter was appointed HD Reach’s first Executive Director after having served as a member of the HD Reach Board of Directors from 2013-2015. Ann and her family have been long-standing advocates for HD patients and their families ever since her father developed the disease in 1980. Through her own experiences of growing up in an HD family, of being at risk herself, and participating in clinical trials and genetic testing, Ann gained a unique understanding of the needs of an HD family. Prior to joining HD Reach in 2013, Ann was director of learning for a financial services company. In this role, she was responsible for leading teams in the development of innovative learning strategies, executing change management and process improvement, and problem solving for over 4,000 employees.
Ann is a dedicated community contributor to numerous domestic and international medical and educational nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from East Carolina University, and she is a certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator. Ann is also the recipient of the Ally Leadership Award, and she is a member of the board of directors of the Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum. Most recently Ann received her certification as a NCI+ trainer for prevention and defensive techniques, and is offering training seminars for professional and family caregivers.
Charlene Hudson, MSW - Social Worker
Charlene Hudson is HD Reach’s Triad-area Support Social Worker. Charlene is a graduate of Wayne State University with a master’s degree in social work, where she focused her studies on interpersonal practice and cognitive behavioral therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree in public affairs, with a concentration in public policy.
While in graduate school, Charlene was awarded a fellowship through the John A. Hartford Foundation (Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education). She also completed several classes at Wayne State University School of Medicine studying health and disease at all stages in the life span.
Charlene has worked in case management, community mental health and hospice. In each role, she has focused on helping people maintain their independence and continue to live fulfilling lives.
Katherine Sherry, LCSW - Social Worker
Katherine Sherry, LCSW, is our newest addition to the HD Reach team of social workers. Katherine has a BA in Sociology from University of Maryland, and a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College. For the last 11 years she has been working in the field of social work at facilities in New York, Atlanta, and most recently in Charlotte. Katherine has extensive experience with a wide range of mental health issues, geriatrics, long-term care, and palliative care. She is also proficient in cognitive and functional assessments.
Katherine relocated to Charlotte about six months ago. In her spare time she volunteers for Hospice and loves her black and white dog, aptly named Oreo!
HD Reach is happy to have Katherine on board to support the HD patients, families, and care-takers in the Charlotte area. She is excited to learn more about HD and become a valued and trusted partner to the HD community.
Kelly Yaworski - Organizational Support Manager
Kelly Yaworski is HD Reach’s Organizational Support Manager. Prior to taking this position, she served as an intern at HD Reach, focusing on statistics and analysis of data. Kelly graduated from NC State University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a minor in nonprofit studies.
Kelly has a unique perspective on serving others and on utilizing data to support HD Reach’s clinical programs, donors, and volunteer services. She has developed a strong passion for the HD community and is focused on providing care, compassion, and hope to every HD generation.