About Us

Hospitality Homes supports patient-centered care in Boston, beyond the hospital.

We match out-of-town patients with volunteer host homes and donated apartments, finding patients and their caregivers a place to stay during their medical treatment.

Hospitality Homes serves patients regardless of income level, background, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age or diagnosis. We host people from all over the country and the world, enabling them to receive the care they need – from the medical providers we are so fortunate to have here.

With a deeply rooted history in Boston for more than 35 years, we work tirelessly to improve access to medical treatment by providing a safe harbor in a time of crisis. We are proud to serve as the trusted, go-to connector, providing medical housing for patients treated by doctors, hospitals and health centers throughout the Boston area.

Our History

Founded in 1983, Hospitality Homes was the first program of its kind in the nation. But our story actually begins about 10 years earlier…

In 1973, Doris Jones traveled to Boston to get experimental cancer care for her 18-month-old baby.
When Doris was unable to afford a hotel room for weeks on end, the hospital provided a cot in an empty office building next door.

During her stay, Doris met Boston resident Sue Gracey. Sue was touched by Doris’s plight and, years later when she had space, she began opening her home to patient families. In the meantime, Joan Biggers, a local hospital leader, was also thinking about how to help people like Doris.

In 1983, Joan secured funding to begin The Hospitality Program. Along with Sue and Colin Gracey and the Rev. Jeanne Sproat, she developed a network of volunteers to house visiting family members while their loved ones were in a local hospital. In 2002, the Hospitality Program was renamed Hospitality Homes.

Durfee family, guests since 2017

Staff

DEBORAH J. PEPPER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Joined the organization after four years as a Hospitality Homes Host and still serves as a host today
  • Lover of the arts
  • 20 years in strategic management, relationship building, leadership
  • Influenced by her own family’s volunteerism at an early age.

[email protected]

DENISE V. DUCLOS

VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND OPERATIONS

  • Native of Chile
  • Knows firsthand, as a parent, how important it is for patients and their families to stay together during prolonged hospitalizations
  • Mass. Conference for Women 2020 Target Storytellers Contest Winner

[email protected]

JODI B. RISEBERG

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

  • 25 years in advertising
  • When her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she realized how incredibly lucky she was to live in Boston where the best medical treatment is available
  • Has run 4 Boston Marathons

[email protected]

ALANA B. GRECO

MARKETING AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT

  • Recent Emmanuel College graduate
  • Began as an intern at Hospitality Homes and soon realized her passion for the organization
  • Loves to travel and explore new places

[email protected]

HEATHER B. O’NEIL

FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR

  • 20+ years as a healthcare product manager.
  • Three adult daughters, including twins who spent the first three months of their lives in the NICU.
  • Enjoys laughing with family and friends, traveling, biking, the arts, and throwing dinner parties.

[email protected]

JESSICA A. MULLALLY

FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR

  • Over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry
  • A personal connection to our mission when a family member moved to be closer to medical care
  • Loves to hike with her dogs, read, and bake
  • Fluent in Spanish

[email protected]

Staff

DEBORAH J. PEPPER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Joined the organization after four years as a Hospitality Homes Host and still serves as a host today
  • Lover of the arts
  • 20 years in strategic management, relationship building, leadership
  • Email Debbie
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DENISE V. DUCLOS

VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND OPERATIONS

  • Native of Chile
  • Knows firsthand, as a parent, how important it is for patients and their families to stay together during prolonged hospitalizations
  • Mass. Conference for Women 2020 Target Storytellers Contest Winner
  • Email Denise
Read More

JODI B. RISEBERG

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

  • 25 years in advertising
  • When her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she realized how incredibly lucky she was to live in Boston where the best medical treatment is available
  • Has run 4 Boston Marathons
  • Email Jodi
Read More

ALANA B. GRECO

MARKETING AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT

  • Recent Emmanuel College graduate
  • Began as an intern at Hospitality Homes and soon realized her passion for the organization
  • Loves to travel
  • Email Alana
Read More

2022 Executive Committee

Sara Nochur – Chair

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Volunteer Host

Monica Fisher – Vice Chair

Managing Principal
SEI – Boston, LLC
A Systems Evolution, Inc. Company

Marc Volpe – Treasurer

Chief Compliance Officer
PanAgora Asset Management

 

 

Leslie Greenfield – Secretary

Retired – Human Resources Professional

Volunteer Host

 

Kathryn Crist emeritus

Senior Project Lead, Human Resources
Boston Children’s Hospital

2022 Board of Directors

Anu Advani

Retired – Elementary School Math Specialist
Brookline Public Schools

Volunteer Host

Rich Allred CFP, CFA, AIF

Partner
Core Wealth Advisory

Christina M. Bergeron

Partner
Corporate Department, Health Care
ROPES & GRAY LLP

Marty E. Ellis

District Sales Manager
Oasis

Nevan Clancy Hanumara PhD

Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Chelsey Huffman

Gastroenterology Nurse
Boston Children’s Hospital

Hospitality Homes Guest

Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy MD, MBE

System Director of Epilepsy and Ethics Associate, Steward Medical Group

Chair, Ethics Committee, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Monica Lussier MBA, PMP

Senior Director, Business Operations
ICE Fixed Income & Data Services

Sinead Oliver

Material Program Manager
Raytheon Corporation
MBA Candidate, Northeastern University

Judy E. Paradis

Realtor
Compass-Chobee Hoy Group

Robert Ettinger CPA

Corporate Controller
Putnam Investments

2022 Committee Members

Finance and Investment Committee

Tamiriashe (Tami) K. Gambiza CPA

Senior Audit Manager
CohnReznick

Financials

Hospitality Homes relies on donor support to make housing matches and foster a community of hosts. View our IRS 990 and audited financial statements.

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