To develop the highest quality affordable and workforce housing possible while enhancing the lives of our residents and improving the communities in which we develop through affordability, education and advocacy.

Since 1992, Humanities Foundation has made a significant impact in the communities we serve by developing over 2500 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 50,000 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 T. Doran, President

Tracy has been a principal in all aspects of the Foundation since its creation in 1992 and oversees the organization's vision, mission, and goals. She was named 2013 Person of the Year of The AHC of SC and served as VP and Public Policy Comm. Chair. She was Chairman of Mayor Riley's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the COC and served on the Mayor's Comm. of Homelessness and Affordable Housing. In 2017, she was featured on the front page of Affordable Housing Finance, awarded in 2019 as the Homeless to Hope Honoree, and in 2020, appointed Housing and Mobility Committee Chair of the Special Comm. on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation of the COC. Tracy has a nursing degree from MUSC and is a SC licensed RE Broker.

Cheryl Ferraro, Executive Vice President

Cheryl has been a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Cheryl has a BS degree from the College of Charleston, serves as a board member and Treasurer of Humanities Foundation and the Charleston Redevelopment Corporation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

Stephanie Ford, Human Resources Manager

Stephanie brings with her 15+ years of HR experience in both for profit and nonprofit business sectors. She is responsible for managing onboarding process, training, employee relations, HR compliance & regulations, benefits administration, and developing & implementing policies and procedures. Stephanie works closely with the executive committee to understand, execute, and maintain the alignment between HR and the overall business plan. She received her Bachelor of Science in HR Management and Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She is a SHRM Certified Professional with focuses in business acumen, communications, ethical practice, and global & cultural effectiveness.

Kelly Sharkey, Director of Programs and Communications

Kelly works to increase the impact of Humanities Foundation’s programs to address the needs of the communities we serve. Her leadership helps guide external communications to assist with fundraising campaigns and community service programs. She brings over a decade of experience in affordable housing, case management, communications, and program design & implementation. Kelly has a dual master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University. She serves as co-chair on the Housing Subcommittee for the City of Charleston’s Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing.

Joseph Lamar Mowatt, Director of Community & Resident Relations

Lamar oversees resident services for the Foundation. He performs needs assessments and develops partnerships with community groups, churches and other non-profit organizations to collaborate and improve the overall quality of life for residents. He established the Foundation's youth services and is a key contributor to the success of the Marketplace food delivery service- exceeding 4 million pounds of distributed food to residents and the community. Lamar graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He also serves on the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) Affordable Housing Committee.

Ryan Hughes, Program/Grant Administrator

As Program Administrator, Ryan Hughes is responsible for managing the ShelterNet program. ShelterNet helps families and individuals by providing emergency financial assistance for those who have suffered a setback. He regularly has to communicate and collaborate with other non-profit organizations, people in the real estate industry, and government officials. Throughout his life he has always been driven by a desire to help others. Ryan has a diverse professional background. He was an educator and coach for 5 years and has also worked in the golf business. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The Pennsylvania State University and earned his MBA from The Citadel. In his spare time, he volunteers with the First Tee of Greater Charleston.

Courtney Knebel, Office Manager

With long-term experience in day-to-day office management, Courtney provides administrative support and customer service for the Foundation. She coordinates all front desk activities, including calls, reservations, meetings and monitors and orders office supplies. She assists each department as needed, keeps staff well informed by effectively communicating and maintains a professional work environment. Courtney is a mentor and active member at North Palm Community Church.

Matthew Grant, Marketplace Coordinator

As a part of the Resident Services Team, Matt coordinates the Marketplace Food Pantry Program, as well as other Foundation services. He works closely with his team, local food banks, property management personnel and community partners to ensure food is regionally transported and distributed to residents, food desert areas, and families and seniors of the community. To date, Matt has participated in the distribution of over 2 million pounds of food, which includes increased efforts in response to COVID-19.


TRACY T. DORAN, Board President

Tracy is the President and co-founder of The Humanities Foundation, Inc. (HF) and has been a fundamental principal in all aspects since its creation in 1992. Her hands on experience in each facet of HF’s structure allow her to oversee and achieve its vision, purpose, and future objectives. Under her leadership, HF has developed more than 2,000 units of affordable housing; 27 communities in SC, VA, GA & LA; and managed a portfolio valued at more than $148,000,000. Her dedication has also led HF’s designation as one of the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers in the US in 2011, 2013, and 2016 by Affordable Housing Finance.
Outside of Tracy’s expertise in the financial structuring, development, and management of affordable housing and a NPO, she has a passion for addressing homelessness, food insecurities, financial difficulties, child enrichment, and the quality of life of those in need. Her devotion and advocacy to help others have played an essential role in implementing the Resident Services Program which targets these specific needs within each of HF’s communities. Tracy’s ambition in fulfilling HF’s purpose has guided HF in administering federal, state, and local grants, whether for development, resident services, or the ShelterNet and Sustaining Seniors Aging in Place (SSAIP) programs, throughout the duration of HF’s existence.
Tracy graduated from MUSC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, currently is licensed as a SC Real Estate Broker and previously held a Series 7 securities license. She was named 2013 Person of the Year by the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina, served as VP and Public Policy Committee Chair of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina, was Chairman of Mayor Riley’s Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the City of Charleston, SC, and currently is President of HF’s Board and the Mayors Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. In March 2017, she was featured on the front page of Affordable Housing Finance magazine, and most recently, awarded as the 2019 Homeless to Hope Honoree.

CHERYL FERRARO, Board VP, Secretary & Treasurer

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).


As President of Utopia Marketing, a Greenville, SC based creative marketing agency, Anne has over 25 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.

Robert LaChapelle

Robert LaChapelle is Vice Chairman for CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from Tulane University in 1983, Mr. LaChapelle began his career with Coldwell Banker in New Orleans, Louisiana as an apartment broker. In 1986, he accepted a position with Coldwell Banker’s Financial Services division in Atlanta as a mortgage banker specializing in multi-family finance.
In 1988, Mr. LaChapelle accepted a position with First Fidelity Mortgage in Atlanta where he continued his specialization in multi-family finance and expanded his relationships to include numerous life insurance correspondents and pension clients. In 1993, Mr. LaChapelle joined Shoptaw-James, Inc., later becoming a partner in the firm. L.J. Melody & Company (now CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance Group) acquired Shoptaw-James, Inc. in May 1998.
Since 1993, Mr. LaChapelle has continued to focus his efforts in procuring debt and equity for multi-family clients, and has been instrumental in originating new sources of debt and equity for the company’s clientele, in addition to agency lenders, such as Freddie Mac and FNMA. He also enjoys numerous relationships with life insurance companies and pension clients interested in providing both debt and equity financing to the multifamily industry.
In 2011, Mr. LaChapelle was among the top 25 producers within the entire CBRE platform. He was awarded the Coldwell Colbert Circle Award in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 – 2016 and 2018 which recognizes the top three percent of commissioned salespeople worldwide. Mr. LaChapelle’s transactional experience is extensive, totaling in excess of $22.5 billion.
Mr. LaChapelle is a founding board member of Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), a 501 c3 Corporation whose mission is to reduce homelessness in metropolitan Atlanta to functional zero. He is also a founding board member of 3 Star Communities, an organization that purchases and transforms blighted apartment communities and further teams with local partners to bring educational, medical and community building initiatives to residents. Lastly, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of Atlanta’s Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) whose mission is to connect people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs, providing them with security and purpose.


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.


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.

Melissa Maddox Evans

Melissa Maddox-Evans, Esq. has over seventeen years of experience in the affordable housing industry and over thirty years in community development initiatives. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University, her law degree from the University of Georgia and is licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina and the District of Columbia. She served as both a Director of Housing and as General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and as CEO of the Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Authority. She is currently the Executive Director/CEO of The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA), Maryland. Ms. Maddox-Evans has formed several non-profits, including The Charleston Redevelopment Corporation, an affiliate nonprofit which created The Palmetto Community Land Trust, and served as the first President & Chair of its Board of Directors. She recently created the Annapolis Housing and Community Redevelopment Corporation, to facilitate grant funding for resident programs and housing redevelopment in local urban communities in Annapolis. She is a national speaker on affordable housing and fair housing laws, non-profit/corporate governance and is an advocate for domestic violence victims, disability, education and social justice issues and was a featured speaker for TEDxCharleston. She also helped form the Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative which promotes racial equity and social justice policies and programs, formed after the racial hate- motivated Charleston shooting massacre of 2015.

She has received several awards from housing, and government industry groups for her leadership and advocacy. Prior to working in the housing industry, she spent several years working in early intervention programs for developmentally delayed children and as a grassroots organizer for non-denominational churches throughout the Southeast. Ms. Maddox-Evans believes in being an active in her community and serves on several boards and commissions, including the Anne Arundel County and Maryland Affordable Housing Coalitions, and The Housing and Development Law Institute, Wash. D.C.

Rosie Doran

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Rosie has evolved in all facets of the Doran Family companies, especially in real estate and investments. With a skillful mindset and a broad array of talents, Rosie exhibits herself best with a modern and innovative approach. She is on the cutting edge of technology and social media. Her knowledge of the latest marketing trends provides the vision needed in all restoration and rehabilitation development projects of Humanities Foundation. Rosie studied Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina and is licensed by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. She also is engaged in the community by attending professional networking events and assists in fundraisers benefiting non-profit organizations, including the Humanities Foundation.


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