Leadership Team

Brian Maness - President and CEO

As President and CEO since 2014, Brian is known as a champion for innovation and transformative change on behalf of children and families. He has led the growth and development of CHS from its traditional focus on adoption and foster care to its comprehensive array of child and family support programs today. Following an early career in marketing consulting and project management, Brian joined CHS in 2002 with the desire to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Brian has garnered respect within North Carolina and nationally for his leadership and contributions in organizational strategy, resource development, service innovation, advocacy, and public policy. Brian’s vision for the future is for CHS to continue to be a leader in innovative services that create, support and enhance loving permanent families. Brian, a father of four, brings his personal perspective on the importance of family and believes that nothing can replace the role of a loving supportive family in the life of a child.

Cathy Levinson - Chair – Board of Trustees

Cathy Levinson moved to Greensboro with her late husband, Henry, and their two daughters in 1983. She continued her career as a librarian at UNC Greensboro where she served as the Business Librarian until 2000. Her career has twisted and turned since then – as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the Toleo Foundation, a private, family philanthropic foundation. Since 2008, a main volunteer passion became early childhood education through AchieveGuilford and Ready for School, Ready for Life. Currently Cathy volunteers her time on the Boards of the Cemala Foundation, Downtown Greenway, Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, Greensboro Day School and now, most proudly, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of CHS, where she has served on the Board since 2010. Cathy has five grandchildren who activate her youthful gene, and she is a certified yoga instructor to keep herself strong and flexible in order to contend with the aging gene.

Executive Leadership

Matt Anderson - Vice President – Programs and Business Development

Matt leads foster care and adoption services, post adoption services, public policy, governmental affairs, and grants management.  Matt joined Children’s Home Society in 2011 and has held several increasingly responsible roles since then.  Prior to his time with CHS, Anderson worked nationally on child welfare reform initiatives. He produced an award-winning documentary on children aging out of foster care, worked in many states and with Congress on important child welfare legislation, and managed child welfare programs in Montana prior to moving to North Carolina.

Vicki Barringer - Vice President - Finance and IT

Vicki has more than 20 years of financial management and operational experience with 501(c)3 nonprofit, educational, and healthcare organizations. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Vicki received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Carolina State University and her Master of Business Administration from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business. She serves on the Board of PetPalsNC, a local nonprofit that promotes and supports the use of animal-assisted therapy and activities for K-12 students.  She is an avid volunteer in the local elementary school, and works alongside her dog as a registered therapy team to support the students. Vicki is honored to work with an exceptional team that is dedicated to making every child’s dream of a permanent, safe, and loving family come true.

Kristen Smalley - Vice President of Philanthropy

As Vice President of Philanthropy Kristen leads our Philanthropy team, guiding our fundraising and community engagement efforts statewide.  She has more than 20 years of experience in tax law and fundraising in the nonprofit sector and higher education, and she brings significant experience and expertise in major gifts and planned giving.  Prior to joining CHS, Kristen spent 10 years at Duke University, most recently as Senior Gift Planning Counsel for University Development. Previously she worked with the Triangle Community Foundation and as a tax attorney.  Smalley currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Durham Nativity School.

Rebecca Starnes, MS - Vice President – Programs and Quality Improvement

Rebecca has provided and led programs for parents and youth for more than 20 years. She was the Coordinator for Family Programs for the Family Life Council before serving as the Co-Director of that organization.  She joined Children’s Home Society through a merger with Family Life Council in 2010. She has led the Family Life Education division as Vice President and served on the CHS Executive Leadership Team since then. The Family Life Education division has tripled in size over the past seven years.  Today, Rebecca continues to be responsible for leadership of family education services as well as intensive services to preserve families, reunite children in foster care with extended relatives, and place the longest-waiting children in foster care with adoptive families.