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.
Kelly Yaworski - Organizational Support 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. Kelly came to HD Reach as an intern during her undergraduate program. Kelly liked the work with the HD community so much that she joined HD Reach as the Organizational Support Manager. She provides support to the HD Reach team, leads the HD Reach Volunteer Program, manages HD Reach’s 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 family and friends.
Katherine Sherry, LCSW - Clinical Program Manager
Katherine Sherry, MSW, LCSW, serves as Clinical Program Manager for HD Reach. Katherine is responsible for leading, developing, and executing HD Reach’s clinical programs of outreach, family services, community building, educational programs, and networking. Katherine has a BA in Sociology from University of Maryland, and a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College. Prior to coming to HD Reach, she worked at facilities in New York, Atlanta, and most recently in Charlotte, serving clients with a variety of needs ranging from mental health issues, geriatrics, long-term care placement, to palliative care. She is also proficient in cognitive and functional assessments. Katherine has enjoyed learning more about Huntington’s disease, and is passionate about providing person-centered help to everyone in an HD family.
In her spare time she volunteers for Hospice and loves her black and white dog, aptly named Oreo!
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.