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.


Susan Larson McDonald - Chair - Board of Directors

Susan is a retired executive of VF Corporation, the largest apparel company in the world, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. She began her career as an employment attorney and recently retired after serving as the company’s Global Vice President of Human Resources for 18 years. She has an undergraduate degree from Augustana College and a law degree from Wake Forest University. She has a passion for community service and has served in leadership roles on several nonprofit boards in Greensboro. Her love for CHS began with the adoption of her daughter who is now in college. Susan believes that families are the backbone of strong communities, and she is dedicated to ensuring the growth and success of CHS in order to serve more families.


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 Orange County Nursing Home Advisory Committee and is an avid volunteer in the local elementary reading program. 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.


Hector McEachern - Vice President - Operations

As Vice President – Operations, Hector oversees Human Resources, Marketing, Support Services and Facilities. Hector spent 30 years in the financial services industry with Wachovia Corporation, now Wells Fargo, retiring as an executive vice president in human resources. He served on CHS’s Board of Trustees for more than 20 years including Board Chair from 1995 to 1998. He took a leave of absence from life membership on the board to join CHS in his current role. He now serves on the Board of Guilford College, The Board of Visitors at UNCG, and the Advisory Board of Wake Forest University. Hector is dedicated to the mission, vision, and values of CHS, and he takes great pride in the love and quality of care provided by the devoted CHS staff. His own life has been enriched by the adoption of a beautiful granddaughter.


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.