Since 1992, Humanities Foundation has made a significant impact in the communities we serve by developing over 2000 units of affordable and workforce housing.
Beyond serving as a non-profit developer of affordable housing, The Foundation has numerous resident services programs in place. Our ShelterNet program provides emergency financial relief that has helped over 25,000 individuals avoid eviction or loss of essential utility services since it was established in 1995.
The Foundation is also a dedicated advocate whose members serve on many local, state and national committees. In addition, we provide educational and health services to our housing residents as well as technical assistance to organizations and government entities.
Tracy Doran, President and Board Chair has been involved in the development of affordable housing for over 25 years. Tracy oversees the operations of the foundation to include organizational management and budgets, financing of all developments, resident services programming and fundraising. Tracy served as Chairman of the Mayor's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing for the City of Charleston, and as Chairman of the Public Policy Committee and President Elect of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina. She currently holds a South Carolina Real Estate Sales License.
As Vice President, Cheryl Ferraro oversees the accounting functions at Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Cheryl is responsible for financial reporting and for managing all financial systems for the organization. Previously, she worked at the accounting firm of Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett. Cheryl is a member of South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Shane is responsible for public relations and marketing related to ongoing affordable housing developments. He oversees leasing and promotional events and coordinates community events and foundation outreach. Shane is also a member of the Acquisitions team that identifies and negotiates the purchase of affordable housing sites in the Southern Region.
Andy’s responsibilities include engaging investors and lenders for development projects and managing projects through the development cycle. He is part of the Acquisition team that identifies and negotiates the purchase of affordable housing sites in the Southern Region. He oversees the submission of tax credit applications and manages the process from start to finish.
Michael works with third party contractor bids and contracts (architects, engineers, construction contractors). He assists with the budgets and financing for developments. Michael is also a member of the Acquisitions team identifying sites for affordable housing development in the Southern Region. Previously he worked in the banking, real estate and insurance industries.
Lamar performs needs assessments of existing HF property residents, identifies community resources to meet the needs and implements programs and services as a result of needs assessments. He also manages the HF Food Pantry program in four states.
Holly oversees human resources for the Foundation.
Martha administers the Shelternet Program by working with referring agencies and identifying clients to financially assist. She networks with community groups and organizations to research and develop new programs and services for senior and family residents. She assists with marketing activities for all new properties.
Becky oversees grant writing/management for the organization as well as individual and corporate donations. She is responsible for grant compliance and tracking outomes.
Tracy Doran, President and Board Chair has been involved in the development of affordable housing for over 20 years and is responsible for financing of all developments which includes commitments for permanent loans and syndication agreements, organizational management and budgets, and development of special projects for fundraising. Tracy served as Chairman of the Mayor's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing for the City of Charleston and currently serves on the Board of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina and on the Public Policy Committe of that organization.
Shane Doran has been on the Board of Directors since its’ formation and is currently Vice President of Public Relations for Humanities Foundation. Mr. Doran has years of experience in public relations and numerous contacts with the press in addition to an extensive knowledge of joint ventures, commercial development, asset management and construction management. This allows Shane to understand the public relations needs of the Foundation and act accordingly in a way that benefits the Foundation and the communities in which it serves.
A real estate professional with experience in the development and leasing of retail properties, Stephen brings experience in all aspects of product creation, pre-leasing, land acquisition, performance analysis and property financing, as well as the creation and ownership of multi-unit properties.
As President of Utopia Marketing, a Greenville, SC based creative marketing agency, Anne has over 18 years of marketing and branding experience. Anne previously served as Assistant Director for Humanities Foundation from 1994-1999. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A from The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Patty grew up in northern New Jersey, spending time as a child at her parents’ home on the Jersey Shore. She attended University of South Carolina Williams Brice College of Nursing and then began her 35 year career as a Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care nurse. She worked as a Neonatal nurse in New Jersey before moving to Isle of Palms, South Carolina in 1981. She continued her nursing career at Medical University of South Carolina in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. She also was the Pediatric Nurse Coordinator for the MUSC Pediatric Surgery Clinic for twenty years. She presently works at Roper Mt. Pleasant Hospital in the newborn nursery. Patty enjoys biking, walking (after many years of running marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and sewing.
As controller, Cheryl Ferraro oversees the accounting functions at Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Cheryl is responsible for financial reporting and for managing all financial systems for the organization. Previously, she worked at the accounting firm of Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett. Cheryl is a member of South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).