Janice McAdams, Executive Director

Janice McAdams

Janice McAdams joined Family House in June 2013 from Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, where she was Director of Advancement and Director of Community Advancement. At Family House, she continues her interest in building relationships with new and old friends, and is passionate about growing things: plants, buildings and friendships.

Janice moved to Chapel Hill to complete graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She spent many fulfilling hours working on a variety of projects at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University United Methodist Preschool, and the Public School Foundation. Janice loves reading and gardening. She has an open door policy, so if you come to Family House, please drop in for a visit!

Contact Janice McAdams at or 919.932.8000.

Janice Ross, Director of House Operations

Janice Ross

Janice Ross comes to Chapel Hill by way of Syracuse, New York, where she lived for most of her adult life. She attended college at University of Michigan, SUNY Albany, and George Washington University where she obtained her Master of Arts in Health Care Administration. Prior to coming to SECU Family House, Janice served as an Associate Administrator at University Hospital in Syracuse. In New York, Jan also served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York board for 8 years, including a stint as President.

Janice and her husband Haynes have four grown children and an adorable grand-daughter. Janice spends her leisure time playing tennis, reading and doing water aerobics.

Contact Janice at or 919.932.8019.

Kathy Yasui-Der, Executive Assistant

Kathy Yasui-Der

Before coming to SECU Family House in 2005, Kathy was an elementary school teacher in California and in North Carolina. Kathy was born and raised in southern California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from U.C.L.A. and her master’s degree in education from California State University at Los Angeles.In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, reading and traveling.

Contact Kathy at or 919.932.8004.

Allison Worthy, Volunteer Coordinator

Allison Worthy

Allison has been involved in the Chapel Hill community since 1995.  Prior to joining SECU Family House in May, 2011, she was a full-time community volunteer, dedicating the lion’s share of her time to supporting the local public schools.  She was the founding president of the Scroggs PTA and has served on the board of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation for the past eleven years including two years as president. She has contributed to the public schools through a wide variety of roles ranging from serving in elected positions on School Improvement Teams to providing one on one tutoring to underachieving and ESL students.  She also co-chaired the annual rummage sale for the Chapel of the Cross and is currently her neighborhood’s PORCH coordinator.

Allison’s previous work experience includes MBA admissions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Columbia University; advertising sales at Fortune Magazine and client service at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and Hong Kong. She grew up in Great Neck, New York and graduated from Middlebury College. She met her husband Ford, a native North Carolinian, in New York and they have two children.

Contact Allison at or 919.932.8009.

Sherman Riggsbee, Evening House Manager

Sherman Riggsbee

Sherman grew up in Chatham County, attended Kittrell College and currently resides in Carrboro. He brings with him extensive experience in the hospitality industry. He was trained at the Marriott Hotels in Virginia and held positions at the Governors Club and the Omni Europa Hotel. He also has experience in the public/ non-profit sector with Orange County Public Works and most recently held the position of part-time night manager at the IFC Community House in Chapel Hill.

Sherman is experienced in facilities management and brings his “can-do” spirit to Family House. As Evening House Manager, Sherman is on duty in the evenings Sunday through Thursday.

You can contact Sherman at or 919.932.8099.

Leslie Stewart, Director of Development

Leslie Stewart

Leslie Stewart joined Family House in June 2016 from the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, where she was the Director of Development and Annual Giving. As Director of Development at Family House, Leslie will lead our development efforts to increase support for the House and to introduce more people in North Carolina to our mission.  

Contact Leslie Stewart at or 919.932.8003.

Carolyn Fuller, Director of Annual Giving

Carolyn Fuller

Carolyn was born and raised in Winston-Salem and recently relocated to Chapel Hill for her husband’s new job.  She has worked in fundraising for the past 25 years with a concentration in Annual Giving.  A long-time volunteer for Ronald McDonald House, Carolyn feels right at home at Family House, and is thrilled to be a part of the organization.  In her spare time, she loves to read, watch movies, garden and spend time with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Contact Carolyn at or 919.932.8005.

Amanda Anderson, Development Associate

Amanda Anderson

Born and raised in Washington DC, Amanda relocated to North Carolina in 2010 and loves calling the south her home. She earned a BA in theatre arts (summa cum laude) from Susquehanna University and moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a professional acting career.  A position at the Durham Arts Council brought her to the Triangle and Amanda feels lucky to have found a second passion in event planning and working in the nonprofit sector.  Outside of work, you’re likely to find her busy at church, volunteering in the community or planning her next DIY project.

Contact Amanda at or 919.932.8001.

Jennifer Adams, Database Manager

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer is North Carolina born and bred and landed in Chapel Hill after graduating from UNC-CH with a BA in Political Science. She and her husband have now settled in the country in Chatham County with their two children and two dogs.

Jennifer is active in the community and spends a lot of time volunteering with her children’s school and church, and if there is any spare time, she spends it running, training for triathlons, gardening and playing with her kids.

You can reach Jennifer at

Sandra DeLeon, Supervising Housekeeper

Sandra DeLeon

Sandra was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. After receiving her high school diploma, she took several law classes at the Universidad Catolica Nordestana in San Francisco de Macoris before eventually moving her family to Chapel Hill in 1997.  Prior to coming to SECU Family House in 2008, Sandra worked as a teacher assistant at a local day care center.  She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jesus, and children, Sammy and Cipatri.

In her free time, Sandra enjoys cooking for her church’s special events and spending time with her family and dog, Lilly.  In addition to keeping the House spotless, you can oftentimes find Sandra lending an extra hand to our guests and acting as our go-to interpreter.

Contact Sandra at 919.360.7878

John Piekielniak, Facilities Manager

John Piekielniak

John comes to us by way of Edgefield, South Carolina, as our Facilities Manager, working 80% of the time at Family House and the other 20% at Legacy Real Property Group. He has over 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and project management. He attended Aiken Technical College and Augusta Technical Institute where he pursued coursework in HVAC/refrigeration and ornamental horticulture. John is a proud military veteran, having served in the Army National Guard as a forward communications operator. He lives in Pittsboro with his wife, Kathi, a licensed practical nurse, their teenage sons, Mathew and Ty and their dog, Leelee. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, and riding his motorcycle.  

Contact John at