About Us

The H.E.A.R.T. Program (Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training) was founded to create new opportunities for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to achieve their potential.

Click here to view an 7-minute video from our Executive Director Jane Borochoff.

H.E.A.R.T. ‘s philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program therefore embraces its mission to promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.

As a program of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc., The H.E.A.R.T. Program has been able to grow from an initial idea to a flourishing program serving hundreds of people since it opened its doors on February 1, 2006.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program has provided job training and placement for hundreds of adults with I/DD.  H.E.A.R.T. and its trainees also operate over 80 vending machines in the Houston area as well as as over 150 concession events annually.  In addition, H.E.A.R.T. provides the training and guidance necessary for trainees to work at all of these enterprises and earn paychecks at minimum wage or higher.

H.E.A.R.T. is committed to responsibility and transparency, please find our latest Form 990, audited statements, and annual report below:

H.E.A.R.T. is making a difference in the community, and people are noticing.  H.E.A.R.T. has been awarded the “Mayor’s Proud Partner” Award.  In 2012, The H.E.A.R.T. Program was honored with the “Leadership in Action” Award, presented by Leadership Houston.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program’s mission is made possible thanks to growing support from the community including  support from volunteers as well as donations.  The H.E.A.R.T. Program has created an environment fosters self-confidence, employability, and the ability of trainees to realize the full potential of their capabilities.

Board of Directors

Atour Eyvazian
Chairman of the Board

Sue Davis
Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Board

Heather Morgan
Board Treasurer

Jaqueline Carvalho
Board Member

Jane Borochoff
Executive Director

Young Professionals Board of Directors

Kavita Sinha
Chair of the Board

Kristina Koinis
Co-Chair of the Board

Radhika Achari
Board Member

Ginger Baldwin
Fund Development Chair

Mehr Dadwani
Volunteer Experience Chair

Gabriela Flores
Finance and Administration Chair

Brandi Mathis
Board Member

Taylor Miller
Board Member

Jose Mora
Board Member

Ethan Myers
Board Member

Jordan Nassif
Board Member

Raisha Smith
Social Media and Technology Chair

Joshua Taylor
Board Member

David Wells
Board Member

Yoshi Yohannes
Staff Member Experience Chair

Staff

Jane Borochoff
Executive Director

Shyra Baron
Vocational Training Instructor – H.E.A.R.T. Senior Program Manager

Yunchiu Chang
Development/Volunteer Manager

Erin Conner
Vocational Training Specialist I

Abigail Flame
Summer Internship Coordinator 

Sherma George
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Shereé Simmons-Gould
Vocational Training Instructor – CVS Program Manager

Thedrick Harris
Special Education Teacher

Mary Johnson
Vocational Training Specialist II

Jorge Limon
Vocational Training Specialist 

Tasmina Lakhani
Director of Grants and Campaign

Seth Malin
Director of Development

Oryonna Mason
Vocational Training Instructor – Food Bank Program Manager

Terena Morin
Interim Development Specialist

J’Qriyya Nelson
Vocational Training Specialist

Trang Tran
Controller