Staff

 

 

DeBORAH J. PEPPER, Executive Director

Debbie brings professional experience that spans corporate and academic environments along with over 20 years in the nonprofit world.

Debbie was responsible for corporate training, market development, accreditation and volunteer recruitment at the New England College of Business. As a member of the executive team at John Hancock, she wrote company-wide communications, developed strategic plans, organized community volunteer projects and was a member of the IBM governance team. At BAO, Inc. she spearheaded the market research division for a variety of clients in the High Tech space. For the last 9 years she worked in the Longwood Medical and Academic area as Senior Director of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a five college Boston based consortium. At COF Debbie negotiated and managed close to 100 contracts, created and supervised 3 shared positions and worked closely with a cross section of each college’s leadership.

For the past 4 years Debbie and her husband Doug have been hosts for Hospitality Homes and have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences they have ever had and believe they receive much more than they can ever hope to give.  They live in Milton with their two doodles Sophie and Stella. Debbie is an avid home team fan, enjoys trying new recipes on her friends, loves the theater, traveling and visiting her extended family in California whenever she can. Contact Debbie 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