Staff

Janice McAdams, Executive Director

Janice McAdams

Janice McAdams joined Family House in June of 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 919.932.8007.

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 joining 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 granddaughter. She spends her leisure time playing tennis, reading, and doing water aerobics.

You can reach Janice Ross at janice@secufamilyhouse.org 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.

Connect with Kathy at kathy@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8004.

Sherman Riggsbee, Evening House Manager

Sherman Riggsbee

Sherman grew up in Chatham County and attended Kittrell College. He brings extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Trained at the Marriott Hotels in Virginia, he held positions at the Governors Club and the Omni Europa Hotel. Sherman 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, he's on duty in the evenings Sunday through Thursday.

Contact Sherman at sherman@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8008.

Martha Aldridge, Director of Development

Martha Aldridge

Martha was born and raised in Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University. She spent the past ten years in wealth management as a financial advisor to individuals, families, and non-profits. Prior to that, Martha worked as a development director for a large non-profit in the Triangle. With her background in finance and non-profit development, Martha understands the critical role that philanthropy plays for families and for the organization itself. Having served on numerous statewide and local boards, she is excited to serve the people of our state and Family House as Director of Development. Martha lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys running and baking.

You can reach Martha at martha@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8003.

Carolyn Fuller, Director of Annual Giving

Carolyn Fuller

Originally from Winston-Salem, Carolyn recently relocated to Chapel Hill for her husband’s new job. She's worked in fundraising for the past 25 years with a concentration in Annual Giving. A longtime volunteer for Ronald McDonald House, Carolyn feels right at home at SECU 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 carolyn@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8005.

Amanda Anderson, Development Associate

Amanda Anderson

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., 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. After graduation, Amanda moved to New York City to pursue a professional acting career. A position at the Durham Arts Council brought her to the Triangle, introducing her to a second passion in event planning in the non-profit sector. Outside of work, you’re likely to find Amanda busy at church, volunteering in the community, or planning her next DIY project.

Connect with Amanda at amanda@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8001.

Jennifer Adams, Database Manager

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer is North Carolina born and bred, landing in Chapel Hill after graduation 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. Jen is active in the community and spends a lot of time volunteering with her children’s school and church. If there's any spare time, she spends it running, training for triathlons, gardening, and playing with her kids.

You can reach Jennifer at jennifer@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8002.

Claire Veazey, Director of Volunteer Services

Claire Veazey

Claire joined Family House in July of 2017 from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was the Project Manager for a team helping non-profits in North Carolina successfully implement parenting support programs. As our Director of Volunteer Services, Claire loves learning from and building on the outstanding Family House volunteer program as it continues to grow.

Claire is a double Tar Heel, with both an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters of Public Health from UNC. She first learned about Family House while earning her masters degree, when she worked closely with the NC Cancer Hospital to evaluate and enhance its caregiver support program. She also has experience working in a number of non-profits, and is passionate about engaging and supporting volunteers in their desire to bring compassionate service and skill to any setting. If she's not at Family House, you'll find Claire spending time outdoors, baking cookies, or watching a good movie.

Connect with Claire at claire@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8009.

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 joining 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 often find Sandra lending an extra hand to our guests and acting as our go-to Spanish interpreter.

You can reach Sandra at 919.360.7878.

John Piekielniak, Facilities Manager

John Piekielniak

John comes to us by way of Edgefield, South Carolina. He has more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and project management, and his contributions to Family House - indoor and out - contribute to the health, safety, and comfort of our guests each day. 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 sons Matthew and Ty, and their dog, Leelee. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, and riding his motorcycle.  

Contact John at john@secufamilyhouse.org.

Michèle Flynn, Human Resources Administrator and Operations Assistant

Michèle Flynn

Born and raised in Laconia, New Hampshire, Michèle now considers Chapel Hill home following a nomadic life of personal and career locations in Washington, DC, New York City, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. Relocating to Chapel Hill when her husband retired allowed Michèle to enjoy proximity to family on the East Coast and relief from Minnesota’s Big Chill! Michèle and her husband Terry have two children in college.

Michèle began volunteering as a Front Desk Volunteer at SECU Family House right after moving here a decade ago. She's gradually assumed part-time admissions and other responsibilities since 2012. Michèle currently manages the Human Resources function reporting to Janice McAdams, and is responsible for administering payroll and benefits and coordinating recruitment. She also serves as Operations Assistant reporting to Janice Ross. In this capacity, Michèle is responsible for accounts receivable, special projects, and purchasing. When not at work, she enjoys reading, gardening, and quilting.

You can reach Michèle at michele@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8093.

Claudette Whitted, House Manager

Claudette Whitted

Claudette first came to Family House in May of 2016, after working with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for more than 16 years. She has lived in Chapel Hill for 20 years and counting. Claudette earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education from Wake Technical Community College. She has two children, Devin and Mikayla, and in her free time likes to watch movies, spend time with family and friends, and meet new people.

Connect with Claudette at claudette@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8008.

Ariyah April, Marketing Associate

Ariyah April

Ariyah joined SECU Family House in January of 2018 as a part-time marketing associate. She brings more than a decade of experience in mission-driven marketing. Ariyah has worked in communications for organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, Charlotte, and the Triangle, including as a public relations coordinator for Duke University Medical Center. She earned a master's degree in Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2009, and a bachelor's in English and Women's Studies at Duke in 2001. Ariyah and her family, which includes two rescue pups named Ava and Rocco, call Durham their home.

You can reach Ariyah at ariyah@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8006.


Laura Fisher, Finance Manager

Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher officially joined SECU Family House in November of 2017, after providing financial and accounting consulting the year prior. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial reporting and tax compliance in both public and private industries. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Laura has lived in Durham for a decade with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and being at the beach.

Contact Laura at laura@secufamilyhouse.org or 919.932.8094.