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- Strategic Advancement

Matt joined CHS in 2011.  He led the effort to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Social Services to work with the NC General Assembly to develop strategies for older youth in foster care who are at risk of aging out of foster care without a permanent family. The result of this work was the Permanency Innovation Initiative and statewide expansion of the Family Finding and Child Specific Adoption Recruitment programs, as well as professional training and parent education.

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, Business Development and Advocacy, 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 - Family Education

Rebecca has provided family life education programs to parents and youth for more than 20 years. She was the Coordinator for Family Programs for the Family Life Council before serving as the Interim Co-Director of the Family Life Council in 2009. Rebecca has been a part-time instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for many years, teaching classes on child and adolescent development and theories of parenting. Rebecca received her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at UNCG and a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Rebecca is passionate about using family life education to improve the lives of youth, parents, and professionals. Through raising awareness and building skills, individuals can have healthier relationships with their families and communities.

Brook Wingate, MBA - Vice President - Philanthropy

Brook was previously Director of Development and Major Gifts at CHS, focusing on the Triad and central North Carolina. Prior to her time at CHS, she was the Director of Development for Triad Stage, bringing in record donations to the nonprofit professional theater. She was also previously the Vice President of Major Gifts and Executive Vice President of United Way of Greater Greensboro. Brook graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from Wake Forest University and received her Master of Business Administration with the Academic Excellence Medal and Bryan Achievement & Leadership Award from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Brook thrives on giving donors the opportunity to change their communities and, in turn, the world by supporting and creating forever families. Her favorite moments are those when individuals and corporations joyfully make the choice to invest in the importance of family.

Sandra Yarborough, MSW - Vice President - Permanency

Bringing 30-plus years of child welfare, program development and management, training, and grant writing experience, Sandra leads our Permanency team in their dedication to creating unconditional lifetime families for children. Sandra, who is an adoptive parent herself, believes that permanency means a child has a family to nurture, encourage and guide them along life’s journey – a family to laugh with, to cry with and to celebrate with throughout their lifetime. Sandra earned her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Hampton, VA, her MSW from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and other graduate work and professional experience at UNC-Charlotte and University of Michigan.