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Meet Our Staff

  • Betsey McFarland - Executive Director
    Betsey McFarland - Executive Director

    Betsey has worked her entire career in nonprofit organizations – from a public hospital, a children’s museum, an outdoor education group, a nonprofit consulting group and most recently an afterschool program for high school students. “I have loved every experience and learned so much from my colleagues over the years.” Betsey relocated from Florida to Cary 12 years ago with her three youngest children who are now all grown. She has spent most of her life on the east coast – growing up on Cape Cod; undergraduate work at Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); a master’s certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Tampa (FL); and most recently completed coursework in paralegal studies at UNC. In addition to her nonprofit work, Betsey is an active community volunteer. And while her softball career is behind her, she has recently started hiking and loves working in her garden.

  • Kelly Yaworski Ray - Operations Manager
    Kelly Yaworski Ray - Operations Manager

    A native North Carolinian, Kelly fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by volunteering with the SPCA at a young age, Kelly quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to pursue a B.S. in Statistics with a minor in Nonprofit Studies from North Carolina State University. She provides support to the HD Reach team, manages HD Reach’s data systems, website and social media. She has a unique perspective on serving others and on utilizing data to support HD Reach’s clinical programs, donors, and volunteer services. Kelly is most passionate about dogs, traveling, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

  • Erika Boulavsky, MSW, LCSW - Community Outreach Specialist
    Erika Boulavsky, MSW, LCSW - Community Outreach Specialist

    Erika Boulavsky, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Community Outreach Specialist for HD Reach. Erika is responsible for helping to build relationships and education within the medical community as well as assisting HD families navigate supportive resources. Erika has a BA in Sociology from Costal Carolina University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC and began her journey as a social worker for her local hospice agency in 2017. She moved to Raleigh, NC in 2020 and continued to work with the hospice population until starting with HD reach in July 2022. She and her partner have family members affected by HD and have been long time volunteers within HDSA youth programs, HDYO camps, and speakers at the HDSA convention. Erika and her partner enjoy relaxing with their two dogs, spending time with family and friends, and traveling as much as they can.

  • Brandi Dellenback - Care Navigator
    Brandi Dellenback - Care Navigator

    Brandi Dellenback serves as the Care Navigator for HD Reach. Her responsibilities include finding resources for people impacted by HD and ensuring that no one is struggling alone. Brandi assists individuals and families with navigating through all stages of HD, as well as addressing any complex issues that may arise.

    Brandi received her B.S. in Human Services from Gardner-Webb University and recently became CME4HD certified through the Huntington Study Group (HSG). Prior to beginning her role as the HD Reach Care Navigator, she was employed in the health care and education fields.

    Brandi currently resides in Pinnacle, North Carolina, and has 3 daughters. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Dr. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman - Special Programs Director
    Dr. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman - Special Programs Director

    Dr. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman has over 30 years of expertise providing and guiding clinical services to patients and family members suffering from neurodegenerative, physical, and psychiatric illnesses. She received her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Social Work from Boston University and her Doctorate of Social Work from Capella University. She is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in the Department of Basic Science Education and the Director of the Carilion Clinic Huntington’s Disease Program in Roanoke, Virginia. She has over two decades of experience working with people who are impacted by Huntington’s Disease.

    Dr. Hennig-Trestman is the president and owner of HTA Consulting, PLLC where she provides on-line tele-therapy to patients and their families in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Virginia. In 2018, Dr. Hennig-Trestman was awarded a seed grant from the Huntington’s Study Group to research attitudes and obstacles parents perceive when discussing Huntington’s Disease with their children. In 2003 Dr. Hennig-Trestman wrote a book called, “Talking to Kids About HD”. It has been translated into multiple languages and was revised in 2018. Dr. Hennig-Trestman has provided educational lectures to national and international audiences. Dr. Hennig-Trestman is a member of the Huntington Study Group (HSG) and the European HD Network (EHDN) and serves on the Board of Directors as the Research Co-Chair for Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization (HDYO).

    Dr. Hennig-Trestman was born and raised in the Northeast but now lives in Roanoke, Virginia. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Trestman, have five adult children. Dr. Hennig-Trestman volunteers as a docent at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. She enjoys cooking and traveling. She is also an elite level fencer and has represented the United States as a member of multiple World Veteran Fencing Championship teams.

  • Robert Trestman PhD, MD - Medical Consultant
    Robert Trestman PhD, MD - Medical Consultant

    Dr. Robert Trestman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.D. from the University of Tennessee, and trained in psychiatry and neurobiology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Trestman came to Carilion Clinic from UConn Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, where he was a tenured professor of Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Trestman has studied the neurobiology and treatment of people with severe mood and personality disorders, and conducts translational research on mental health. He has authored over 180 peer reviewed articles and other publications, and is the senior editor of the first textbook in the field of correctional psychiatry, the Oxford “Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry”. Dr. Trestman has given over 150 regional, national, and international invited presentations. Dr. Trestman serves on two American Psychiatric Association Councils (Psychiatry & the Law and Health Systems & Funding), on the American Hospital Association’s Council for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, serves as Chair of the Research Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Institute for Education and Research, and chairs the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry’s Clinical Enterprise Committee.

    Dr. Trestman was born in New Orleans, LA and has resided in the Northeast since 1985. He and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Hennig-Trestman now live in Roanoke, Virginia. They have five adult children. Dr. Trestman enjoys cycling, traveling, and fencing.