Marianne M. Jones, Executive Director

Marianne Jones brings over 15 years of leadership experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management to her new role as executive director of Hospitality Homes, including extensive experience with collaborative initiatives among mission-focused organizations. Most recently, Marianne was President of the Women’s Fund of NH/NH Women’s Foundation where she was responsible for significant growth and statewide recognition through a focus on gender-based research, public policy efforts and strategic philanthropy. Marianne is active in community-based organizations, being a frequent presenter and panelist for leading professional associations, national nonprofits and philanthropy networks, as well as having served as Chair on several nonprofit Boards. A native of the East Coast, Marianne attended college and worked for many years in the Pacific Northwest before returning to the Boston area. She received her BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, studied at the University Freiburg, Germany, and worked at a home for special-needs adults in Switzerland, before embarking on a career in the nonprofit and foundation sectors. Marianne is active in the outdoors, enjoys playing music with friends and family, and loves adventure travel with her husband and three daughters.Contact Marianne by email

Shanon Heckethorn, vp OF Development & Communications

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

Emma Galin-Attleson, Program Manager

Emma comes to us from Southern California. She earned her BA in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Her experience includes working for non-profit organizations as well the county Human Services Agency. Emma considers Barcelona, Spain her second home, having studied and taught English there for four years. Her passions include reading, traveling and baking. She is also enjoying exploring New England with her husband. Contact Emma by email


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 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, nature, and movies. Contact Denise by email

katie hardiman, program coordinator

Katie is a New York native who recently relocated to the Boston area. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2015 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a focus on social justice movements. She spent a semester abroad at Queen's University, Belfast in a program entitled 'Society, Conflict, and Peace' where she expanded her knowledge of deeply divided societies, international human rights, and civil disobedience. She was the president of her college's premier, co-educational community service society and a weekly volunteer at a local homeless shelter that provided housing and support for people dealing with emotional, legal, and financial issues. She has spent the majority of her life working with children and under-served communities and believes that every human being should be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. Katie spends her free time taking dance classes, attending community organized events, and searching for the perfect gluten-free baked good. Contact Katie by email