Staff

 

Shanon Heckethorn, Interim executive director

Shanon brings to the organization over 15 years of fundraising and communications experience in the nonprofit sector. After working in Development Departments at the Miami and Denver Children’s Museums, she returned to New England as the Community Manager at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine. While there she managed and coordinated the annual spring luncheon auction, Purses with Purpose; developed a strategic marketing plan; and coordinated efforts to redesign the organization’s website. Often, she had profound experiences scrambling to provide urgent housing options for families traveling from Portland to the Boston area. Shanon received her BA in International Relations and French from Simmons College. She loves to travel, enjoys practicing yoga and lives in Charlestown with her husband. Contact Shanon by email

 

Denise Duclos, DIRECTOR OF operations

Denise is a native of Chile, and has an engineering degree in Agronomy from the University of Valparaiso, in Chile, a Masters in Biotechnology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and a Ph.D. in plant Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is always excited about learning new things, exploring, finding answers to questions, and problem solving. As the parent of a child who spent the majority of her life in a hospital, she knows how difficult it is for patients and their families to remain together during prolonged hospitalizations. Throughout her career Denise was able to develop perseverance, trust, independence, and confidence...tools that she needed more than ever when life put her in one of the hardest paths, and tools that she now uses at Hospitality Homes to reach the hearts of patients, families, and hosts. Denise loves spending time her two children and husband, enjoys traveling, discovering new places and cultures. Contact Denise by email

 

Jodi Riseberg, Development and Communications Manager 

Jodi brings over 25 years of advertising experience to Hospitality Homes particularly in marketing, media, and public relations.  She was responsible for placing television, radio, print, and online ads for a variety of clients including New England Ford, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Massachusetts General Hospital, and BJ’s Wholesale Club to name a few.  She prides herself on being a tough negotiator and loves researching and learning new things. When her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 16, she realized how incredibly lucky she was to live in Boston, where the best medical treatment is available. She became involved with JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation) and then quickly knew she wanted to make a shift professionally to join the Hospitality Homes team, where she can truly make an impact. Jodi received her BA in Communications from UMASS Amherst and was a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team. She has run 4 Boston Marathons, is obsessed with creating the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, and loves to spend time with her husband, three teenage children, and pup Ozzy. Contact Jodi by email