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.
Chair – Board of Trustees
As a CHS adoptee, Dave Shuford knows firsthand how CHS — furthering its mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe and loving family — has the power to change lives for the better. He is therefore honored and grateful to have been able to support CHS’s critically-important work as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016 and now as its chairperson.
For Dave and his wife, Liz, support for CHS is a family affair. Until recently, Liz served as the chairperson of CHS’s Community Leadership Council in Charlotte, which they have called home since 2011. Liz and Dave have two sons, Harley (11) and Teddy (10) and are both Hickory, NC natives.
Professionally, Dave serves as executive chairman of CV Industries, Inc., an employee-owned manufacturing and real estate company. A lawyer by training, he was previously with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte and Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington, DC. Dave received A.B., J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Duke University. Following law school, he was a judicial law clerk to two federal judges and a legal advisor at The Hague, The Netherlands.
In addition to the CHS Board of Trustees, Dave currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Charlotte Latin School, the Advisory Council of Woodberry Forest School (his alma mater), and The Corners Society, a group of Charlotte men dedicated to honoring their community through philanthropy and direct volunteerism. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and of the Council of the International Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Vice President – Programs & 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.
Vice President - Finance
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.
Vice President - Human Resources & Employee Experience
Carli began her career as a social worker and holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from The Ohio State University. She brings more than 20 years of progressive experience in human resources roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Carli has served in leadership roles with New Page Capital, VF Corporation, and Greensboro Urban Ministry. She leads the areas of organizational culture, EDI, development, workforce planning, talent acquisition, and performance; employee relations; compensation, and benefits; HR systems and technology; policy development and implementation; and CHS offices and facilities.
Vice President - Information Technology
Allen brings extensive experience in IT, having served in leadership positions in several industries including Chief Information Officer (CIO) for two large companies. His people-focused approach and desire to collaborate will be assets as we continue to improve our services, IT support, and system-related experience of our staff.
Vice President - Marketing & Communications
Allison has more than 25 years of communications experience in industries for which building relationships and helping others were the foundation of her work. In her previous role as global SVP Marketing, Brand & Communications for a financial services and transport solutions company, Allison also served as the head of a philanthropy committee which supported children and families worldwide. She has significant experience in sharing stories that connect ideas and people, and creating communications that build awareness, understanding, and action on key issues. Allison also brings a deep passion for helping children feel safe, respected, and loved to her work with the Children’s Home Society. She is a devoted mentor for young adults and a dedicated volunteer in her community.
Vice President - 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 & 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.
CHS Board of Trustees
David Shuford – Chair
Robert H. Borden*
Gary L. Bowen, Ph.D.
Jane L. Cochrane*
Rabbi Andy Koren
Gail M. LeBauer
Susan L. McDonald
Sallie A. McMillion*
John B. Morris III
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