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 by email at or by call or text at 919.810.4167.

Janice Ross, Director of House Operations

Janice Ross

Jan 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 Family House, Jan 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. Jan 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 Jan Ross at or 919.932.8019.

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 or 919.932.8008.

Kathy Yasui-Der, Guest Services Associate

Kathy Yasui-Der

Before coming to Family House, Kathy was an elementary school teacher in California, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Born and raised in southern California, she earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from UCLA 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, friends, reading, and traveling the world.

Connect with Kathy at or 919.932.8004.

Martha Aldridge, Director of Development

Martha Aldridge

Martha joined Family House to lead the Development Office in 2017. She 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. 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 or 919.932.8003.

Michèle Flynn, HR Administrator

Michèle Flynn

Born and raised in Laconia, New Hampshire, Michèle now considers Chapel Hill home following a nomadic life of personal and career relocations 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 adult children.

Michèle began volunteering as a Front Desk Volunteer at SECU Family House right after moving here in 2009. 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. When not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and puzzling.

You can reach Michèle at or 919.932.8093.

Laura Fisher, Finance Manager

Laura Fisher

Laura 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 more than a decade with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and being at the beach.

Contact Laura at or 919.932.8094.

Georgie Clemens, Volunteer Services Manager

Georgie Clemens

Georgie joined us in March 2020 as a Volunteer Services Manager. She grew up in New Braunfels, Texas and earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UT-Austin, later completing a second Bachelor’s in Education from Iowa State University. After working as a middle school teacher in California, she and her family moved to Chapel Hill where she served as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic Church for 20 years, working directly with teens and families. She then felt called to Family House to further her passion of working toward a greater good. Georgie and her husband Chris have five children and enjoy naps, movies, and Tar Heel sports!

Connect with Georgie at or 919.932.8009.

Amy Blackwelder, Assistant Director of Development

Amy Blackwelder

Amy joined us in October 2020 as Assistant Director of Development. She had spent nine years in various development roles with the American Heart Association in the Triangle, NC.  Amy graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two rescue dogs. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors, especially in the North Carolina mountains, visiting with family and friends, and supporting her favorite local sports teams. 

You can reach Amy at

Jennifer Adams, Development Associate - Administration

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 live in Chatham County with their two children and two dogs. Jen is active in the community and spends time volunteering when she isn’t shuttling her kids to their various activities. Her passions include health and fitness and spending time outside with her family.

You can reach Jennifer at or 919.932.8002.

John Piekielniak, Facilities Manager

John Piekielniak

John 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. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle.  

Contact John 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 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

Jabari Jerkins, Weekend House Manager

Jabari Jerkins

Jabari has been with Family House since the summer of 2008. He's a true Tar Heel, born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. Jabari earned a B.A. in History from UNC in 2005 and a Master's Degree in Information Science from North Carolina Central University. He works through the week as a Web Developer for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. In his free time, Jabari likes to spend time with his wife Akehia and daughters Alana and Alexa, as well as camping and volunteering with his church.

You can reach Jabari at or 919.932.8008.

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 or 919.932.8008.

John Blake Belcher, Weekend House Manager

John BelcherJohn began his role as a Weekend House Manager in May of 2019, after volunteering at Family House for two years. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BS in Biology. He works through the week as a Biology Instructor at Central Carolina Community College. John always presents a warm and welcoming face when working to meet the needs of our families. John is a mix of personality, enjoying both a relaxing read and a fast-paced workout.

Connect with John at or 919.932.8008. 

Chesley Cuicchi, Gift Entry Assistant

Chesley Cuicchi

Chesley serves Family House as our Gift Entry Assistant. A Mississippi native who routed to Chapel Hill via Indiana, Chesley has a master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Alabama. She can often be found volunteering in Chatham County schools when she isn’t shuttling around or cheering on her children in their activities. 

You can reach Chesley at or 919.932.8005.

Anna Lorenz, Volunteer Services Assistant

Anna Lorenz

A Chapel Hill native, Anna's first volunteer role was delivering mail and flowers to patients at UNC Hospitals during high school.  Following studies in Massachusetts, Italy, and Scotland, she managed membership programs at three university art museums.  Anna lives with her husband and two daughters in Chapel Hill, where she remains an active volunteer and enjoys baking, gardening, and music.

Logan Jackson, Marketing Associate

Logan Jackson, Marketing Associate

Logan first joined Family House as a student intern in the spring of 2020.  He has since returned as our Marketing Associate in May of 2021 after receiving a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Logan lives in Raleigh and enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, and listening to Taylor Swift.

Janice "Vette" Lackey, Weekend House Manager

Janice "Vette" Lackey

Vette joined Family House in April, 2021 after spending 15+ years as an administrative assistant and medical secretary.  She earned her AAS degree in Clerical Science at Durham Technical Community College and has worked at two major hospitals: UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.  A native of Chapel Hill, she was raised a Tar Heel from the moment she could walk and talk.  In her free time, Vette enjoys spending time with her two adult children, Eryka and Ty, and spoiling her grandson Dakota.  Vette's other interests include reading, cooking, visits to the beach, watching Tar Heel football and basketball games, and playing at area parks with Dakota.

Henry Kennelly, Johnson Service Corps Member

Henry Kennelly

Henry Kennelly joined us in September 2021 through his membership in the 2021-2022 class of the Johnson Service Corps.  Henry will be with us for one year and is assigned to Operations and Guest Services.  Henry grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts, studied History at Harvard University, and just finished a Master's in Development Studies at Oxford.  Henry's studies have focused on exploring church reform in the West Indies Anglican Church during the 1970s and 1980's.   Between those degrees, Henry lived and worked for two years as a teacher at a soccer academy/school in Ghana.  Henry likes to spend his time making/playing/listening to music, cooking spicy food, and playing sports.

Maddie Drake, Development Associate - Events

Maddie Drake

Maddie joined Family House in August 2021 as Development Associate for Events.  Maddie has worked in event coordinating for many years and her experience includes event coordinating for the University of Alabama.  Maddie graduated from the University of Alabama before relocating with her husband to Durham, North Carolina.  Outside of work, Maddie loves the outdoors and spending time with her family most importantly her son, Tatum.  She is a huge sports fan specifically football and basketball.  Maddie proudly screams Roll Tide any chance she gets!

Shayla Thompson, House Operations Intern

Shayla Thompson

Shayla is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she joined SECU Family House in August 2021 as a house management team intern.  Shayla is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and plans to pursue a Master's degree in Health Administration.  She is a member of the UNC softball team and enjoys spending time with her teammates and family.  In her free time, Shayla enjoys cooking, listening to music, and thrifting.

Raquelle LeBlanc, Accounting Intern

Raquelle LeBlanc

Raquelle is a graduate of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business school where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA).  She currently attends UNC's Master of Accounting program and will graduate June 2021.  Raquelle lives in Raleigh with her sister and enjoys running, reading, and painting watercolors.

Susan Anderson, Weekend House Manager

Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson comes to us after a long history of management at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Susan managed large and small staffs at the bookstore, auxiliary services, and printing.  During her more than 30 years in Chapel Hill, Susan volunteered at the Interfaith Council managing and serving meals and serving on the board, and she actively volunteers at St. Thomas More Catholic Community.  Susan is a lifetime Tarheels fan and especially loves basketball.