HD Reach Staff

Ann Lassiter, Executive Director

ann-lassiter-photoAnn 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.

Terry Solovieff, LCSW, CEAP

Terry Solovieff is HD Reach’s Clinical Program Manager.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional with a broad range of experiences serving aging adults, individuals with disabilities, the mentally ill and patients and families dealing with end of life issues.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; earning her Master’s degree in Social Work.

Terry began her career working with Hospice of Wake County and later joined the staff of Wake County Behavioral Health.  She transitioned to ValueOptions, Inc., where she managed employee assistance programs for national and global customers.

Most recently, she has worked for the State of North Carolina as a project manager; developing a statewide system for streamlined access to long-term services and supports for aging adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers.

Charlene Hudson, MSW

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.

Katie Leegins-Vinson, LCSW, MSW

Katie Leegins-Vinson is HD Reach’s Eastern-area Social Worker. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialized skills in cognitive behavioral therapy. Katie has held various positions including therapist, case manager, program director, and director of Field Education at ECU’s School of Social Work. Katie is uniquely qualified to lead the HD community in eastern North Carolina with years of professional and personal experience as a patient advocate.

Kelly Yaworski

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.