Children’s Home Society of North Carolina Welcomes New Board Members

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina is pleased to welcome new arrivals to the CHS Board of Trustees. Their diverse talents and rich backgrounds will add greatly to the agency’s enduring mission to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family.

New Board Members include Patsy Duke of Greenville, Edward Fort of Greensboro, Noah Huffstetler III of Raleigh, Charles Reid of Greensboro, Kevin Thompson of Greensboro, and Ryon Wilder of Raleigh.

Patsy Duke – Duke’s community service in the Greenville community is extensive. She is a past board member of Young Life, the Greenville Museum of Art, Women for Women, and ReLeaf. Her husband Rusty is a judge with the North Carolina Superior Court.

Edward B. Fort – Dr. Fort is a past chancellor of NC A&T State University. He is now Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Leadership Studies. Originally from Detroit, MI, Fort earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in educational administration from Wayne State University. He received his doctorate in educational administration from the University of California in Berkeley.

Noah Huffstetler III – Huffstetler is the managing partner for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Raleigh office and practices in the areas of healthcare law, administrative law, and business and appellate litigation. Huffstetler’s board and community service includes the Board of Trustees of the NC Teachers and State Employees Health Plan, the NC Bar Association, the Board of Directors for St. Timothy’s School, the Triangle Heart Ball, the Board of Visitors for UNC-Chapel Hill, the Board of Advisors for the UNC School of Public Health, the Board of Advisors for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Directors of the UNC Educational Foundation.

Charles M. Reid – Reid is the retired President and CEO of United Guaranty Corporation, a subsidiary of AIG. His extensive board and community service includes the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Well-Spring Retirement Community, United Way Foundation, Frank Family Foundation, YMCA, Starr Indemnity and Liability Company, the Moses H. Cone Health System, Cone Mills Corporation, UNC-Greensboro Excellence Foundation, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Junior Achievement, Wake Forest University Board of Visitors, and the Foundation for Greater Greensboro.

Kevin Thompson – Thompson is the Senior Vice President of Marketing with Bell Partners, a private real estate company focused primarily on the acquisition and management of apartment communities. His previous experience includes AvalonBay Communities, Iams Petfoods (a subsidiary of P&G), Fruit of the Loom Apparel Company, and Promus Hotel Companies (parent corporation for Embassy Suites Hotel, Hampton Inn and Harrah’s Casinos).

Ryon Wilder – Wilder is the owner, operator and partner of The Char-Grill Companies, operating restaurants in the Triangle and other North Carolina communities. His past board and community service includes past President of the Tar Heel Land Conservancy and West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.

Retiring members include Anna Marie Smith, John Redmond, Dr. Patricia Whitfield, and Dr. Vereda J. Williams.

The CHS Board of Trustees is responsible for financial oversight and governance of the agency, which serves thousands of children and families across North Carolina every year. CHS has placed more than 15,000 children into adoptive homes since its founding in 1902.