Leadership Team

Danielle Ferrier, MBA, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer

Danielle has more than 25 years of experience in the human services industry in addition to holding two master’s degrees: Master of Business Administration from Simmons School of Management and Master of Social Work from Boston University. She was most recently the Deputy Commissioner for Clinical Services & Program Operations at the Department of Children & Families. Danielle holds the highest level of independent licensure in social work (LICSW) and was a practicing clinical therapist for 15 years. Her training and primary practice is with “high-risk” children, youth and families with a clinical specialty in trauma and attachment. Danielle’s programs at Rediscovery specialized primarily with “aging out youth,” and unaccompanied homeless youth. Additional areas of professional interest and experience include early childhood development, dyspraxia and autism. Three years ago, Danielle developed an innovative program, YouthHarbors, which is based in high schools and designed to prevent unaccompanied high school students from becoming homeless or to rapidly house these youth when they are homeless. Danielle has served on many task forces designed to evaluate and address the issues facing homeless, unaccompanied youth and youth involved in state care.


Danielle has taught at the Boston University School of Social Work in the Policy Department and provided expert consultation on cases related to the clinical impact of foster care and programs designed to work with young-parenting adults who have experienced trauma and substance abuse. She has trained nationally on topics related to homeless youth, education and youth aging out of foster care.



Lisa Schorr Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and performance measurement to her position at Heading Home. Most recently, she spent five years as the Director of Impact Assessment at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Her extensive nonprofit experience also includes leadership positions at Pine Street Inn, City Year, and Project HEALTH (now Health Leads). Lisa received her MBA from Harvard Business School. As COO of Heading Home, Lisa oversees all internal operations, ensuring the implementation of our vision and goals throughout the organization.



Suzanne Picher, Chief Development Officer

Suzanne brings a unique combination of private sector and non-profit experience to her position as Chief Development Officer at Heading Home. During her extensive tenure in financial services, predominantly at Putnam Investments, Suzanne honed her skills in branding, marketing, and relationship building. As the Executive Director of a small non-profit at Babson College and later, in senior leadership at the Fidelity Foundations, Suzanne built a keen understanding of non-profit fundraising and outcomes measurement. Suzanne received her BA in Economics from Boston College. At Heading Home Suzanne leads the development team and all external outreach.



Kris Dougert, Interim Chief Financial Officer

Tim Flynn, Senior Director of Real Estate & Facilities Management

Tim brings extensive knowledge and the unique mix of for-profit and non-profit experience to the role of Senior Director of Real Estate.  Most recently, Tim was a Property and Service Manager at Samuels & Associates where he managed two commercial real estate portfolios and a Property Owners Association totaling over $10M in budget annually. Prior to that he spent time at Wingate Companies as Facilities and Property Manager and Family Aid Boston. Tim oversees all real estate, facilities, and maintenance responsibilities at Heading Home which includes managing 10 owned buildings and 350 units rented on the private market.  Tim also holds a Bachelors degree in science and is a certified manager of maintenance.



Board of Directors

Andrew Hoar, Co-Chairman

Andy Hoar serves as the President of CBRE/New England. A 30-year commercial real estate veteran, Andy began his career with Leggat McCall before joining CBRE/New England in 1991. As President of CBRE/New England, Andy leads a team of more than 400 real estate professionals including leasing, financing, management, and sales specialists for all commercial property types. Andy has personally arranged over 700 lease and sale transactions throughout the New England region. He was recognized by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board as the 2001 Broker of the Year, by CoreNet Global as the 2008 Real Estate Advisor of the Year and by NAIOP Massachusetts with the 2012 President’s Award for Charitable Service.


Throughout his career, Andy has been consistently recognized as one of the top senior professionals in the commercial real estate industry due to his exceptional level of professionalism, value-add approach, diligent focus on client service and his tremendous sense of integrity. Andy brings a high level of understanding to numerous philanthropic organizations including Franciscan Children’s and Heading Home, a non-profit organization focused on ending homelessness throughout the Greater Boston area. Andy previously served on the Board of the United Way and Middlesex School in Concord, MA. Andy is a graduate of Denison University. He resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife Mandy and daughters Katie, Hannah and Maddie.

Brian Kavoogian, Co-Chairman

Brian Kavoogian is the founder and President of Charles River Realty Investors, a private equity real estate investment firm that employs the extensive operating and investment experience of its team to make value-added real estate investments on behalf of its institutional clients in a closed-end fund format. Charles River is affiliated with National Development, one of metropolitan Boston’s largest real estate operating companies. Charles River and its principals have successfully acquired and/or developed over 20 million square feet of real estate with a value of over $4 billion. The firm is currently investing its fully discretionary Fund III, which provides the firm with capital to complete $1.5-2.0 billion of new investments. Our investors consist primarily of endowments, foundations, pension funds, and family offices. Charles River invests in well-located commercial real estate in which value can be created at the property level through the re positioning and redevelopment of under-performing, undermanaged and/or under-capitalized real estate as well as selective ground-up development throughout New England, with a particular focus on the Boston metropolitan area. The firm invests in office, multi-family, industrial, life science, health care and hospitality related properties.


Brian is involved with a number of civic, charitable and industry-related organizations. He is a past chairman of both of the region’s real estate trade organizations, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and NAIOP Massachusetts, where he remains on the Board of Directors.


He is a Trustee of Tufts University and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Tisch College at Tufts University. Brian also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Greater Boston YMCA, is an Overseer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a member of the Partners Healthcare System, Inc. Corporation and a Director of Heading Home. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the board of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency.

Brian received a BA from Tufts University in 1984.

Pamela Yanakopulos, Treasurer | PwC

Emmett Lyne, Clerk | Rich May, P.C.


Stephen Davis | The Davis Companies

John Edwards | Breed’s Hill Capital

Reesa Fischer | NAIOP Massachusetts

Mary Fowler | Advocate

Elliot Gould | Faros Properties

Joseph Hanley | McDermott, Quilty & Miller LLP

Elizabeth O. Lowrey | Elkus Manfredi Architects

Andrew Maher | Anchor Line Partners

Kevin McCarthy | Eliot Community Human Services

William Musto | The Baupost Group, LLC

Cara J. Nelson | DLA Piper

Josh Solomon | DSF Group

Nancy Solomon | Advocate

Gilbert Winn | WinnCompanies

Travis D’Amato | Walker & Dunlop