Staff

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 jmcadams@secufamilyhouse.org 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 janice@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8019.

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 sherman@secufamilyhouse.org 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 leslie@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8003.

Kirsten Beattie, Director of Annual Giving

Kirsten Beattie

Kirsten is a native of upstate New York who fled the lengthy winters for warmer climates. After attending the University of Virginia, Kirsten spent two years in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she taught and lived at a co-educational boarding school and traveled throughout Europe. Upon returning to the U.S., Kirsten earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Prior to joining the Family House in 2012, she worked at Blackbaud, a provider of software services for nonprofits, and then at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kirsten loves being part of the family at SECU Family House and is humbled and inspired daily by the guests, volunteers and staff here. In her spare time, Kirsten trains for half-marathons, reads for her book club, volunteers, and takes frequent trips to visit her nephews.

Contact Kirsten at kirsten@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8005.

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 allison@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8009.

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 kathy@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8004.

Ann Weissler, Development Assistant

Ann Weissler

Ann is a native of Weston, Mass., and earned her BSN from the University of Vermont. She and her husband, Mark, have lived in Chapel Hill since 1986 and have two children, Kate (25) and Sam (19). Ann has been an active volunteer with Chapel Hill Schools and the SECU Family House. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, volunteering, walking, and yoga. Ann works part-time at the Family House.

You can reach Ann at ann@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8002.

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 jennifer@secufamilyhouse.org.

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 amanda@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8001.

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 john@secufamilyhouse.org