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 ever since her father developed the disease in 1980. Through her own experiences of growing up in an HD family, of being at risk, and of 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 2015, 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, is a certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator, recipient of the Ally Leadership Award, and a member of the Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum.
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; majoring in 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 elective courses in health, disease, and the life span at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Charlene has worked in case management, community mental health and hospice; with a focus on helping people maintain their independence in the community and live fulfilling lives.
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 very focused on providing Care, Compassion, and Hope to every HD Generation.