Our Team

Meredith Laban

Executive Director

Meredith Laban has returned to Horizons in the role of Executive Director. Meredith was the first ED of Horizons at DCD. Her strong leadership skills, extensive experience, tremendous effort, and guiding hand through the six years she was with us from 2008-2014 resulted in Horizons at DCD being considered one of the exemplary Affiliates within the Horizons network. For two and a half years following 2014, Meredith worked with Horizons National as the Senior Director of Affiliate relations.

Meredith now oversees all program management and administrative operations for Horizons, as well as our fundraising efforts. Prior to working with Horizons, Meredith worked in educational program management for ten years. Meredith has a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. in education from the University of Michigan.

Haris Kuljancic

Program Director

Haris graduated from Connecticut College in 2016 with a double major in Sociology and History. Following graduation, he spent time working at the Portland Children's Museum in Portland, Oregon, and later served as Support Services Advisor at the Steppingstone Foundation working with Boston youth as they navigate their individual journeys towards higher education.

As Program Director, Haris now serves as point person for the day to day operations of the Summer and High School Program. He uses his extensive experience with youth and education to build strong relationships with Horizons students, families, staff, and volunteers, as well as partners in Boston and Dedham Public Schools.

Alison Badhwar

Development Associate

Alison is a graduate of Western University in London Ontario, with a BA in English Language and Literature. Alison is a native of London Ontario Canada, having moved to Attleboro Massachusetts in 2011.

She places a high value on building meaningful relationships with donors, foundations and sponsors. She brings over 15 years of experience working in development for both profit and not-for-profit industries for organizations such as The Canadian Hearing Society, TVOntario and Easter Seals Ontario. In her previous role at Bishop Feehan High School she worked to build relationships with the alumni, donors and volunteers and played a lead role in all aspects of project management, including the strategy development for internal and external program and event communications, timelines, financial reporting and database management.

As the Development Associate for Horizons at DCD she is responsible for managing the donor database, including data analysis, gift processing, tax receipts and acknowledgment letters. She will also assist the development team with special events and fundraising programs as well as prospect research.

Martha Lahti

AmeriCorps VISTA

Martha graduated from Elon University in 2020 with a major in environmental and sustainability studies. Following graduation, Martha joined the Horizons at Dedham Country Day team as the AmeriCorps VISTA.

As the full-time VISTA, Martha works alongside the Program Director to build the capacity of the Horizons at DCD program.

Liam McCarthy

Assistant Program Director

Assistant Program Director Liam McCarthy was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. In his time as an undergraduate, Liam developed a passion for issues of equity in education. Since graduating, he has held a number of positions in nonprofits focused on out-of-school time opportunities for youth. Most recently, Liam worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Program Coordinator for Horizons at the San Francisco Friends School, where he was introduced to the impact of summer learning. Outside of work, he enjoys running, reading a good book, and playing guitar. He is looking forward to the opportunity to continue creating opportunities for youth and building bonds with the Horizons at DCD community.