Board of Directors
Dr. Stiles serves as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Charles E. and Katherine M. Brewer Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill, as Senior Fellow at the Cecil Shep’s Center, and as Physician in Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. He received bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship in neonatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stiles sits on a number of state and national Boards and committees and was recognized in 2008 as one of America's Top Pediatricians.
Mr. Kukla has been with the Center for Responsible Lending since 2002, and is the Senior Counsel for Government Affairs. Mr. Kukla also works with lawmakers and advocates in other states on consumer lending legislation. He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and received his B.A. with honors from Alma College in Alma, Michigan. Prior to joining the Center, Chris worked for five years on Capitol Hill, most recently as Appropriations Associate and Counsel to U.S. Representative Nita M. Lowey of New York.
Ms. Best has been the Senior Vice President of French/West/Vaughan since 2002. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked with the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets and the National Basketball Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Raleigh and was the Leadership Award Winner of the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2007.
Mr. Thompson serves as 2nd Vice President and Pricing Actuary of Transamerica Reinsurance. He has worked with N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company and Cigna Corporation, among other leading corporations. Mr. Thompson graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University, and he is a participant in Leadership Charlotte, president of the International Association of Black Actuaries, a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and a tutor.
Ms. Aiken serves as Director of Regional Community Relations in the Regional Affiliations Department of WakeMed Health and Hospitals. Aiken holds bachelor's and masters degrees from Appalachian State University and a master of healthcare administration degree from Pfeiffer University. She was a 2010 Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 Winner and participated in Leadership North Carolina. Aiken sits on a number of boards of organizations across the state dealing with health and wellness issues.
Mr. Cain is the founding chief executive of the John Rex Endowment. He previously served as Vice President of Planning and Marketing at Rex Healthcare. Cain holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. He currently chairs the North Carolina Health Funders Group, sits on the Eat Smart, Move More NC Executive Committee, and is a member of the Wake County Public Health Committee.
Dr. Clarke-Pearson is a pediatrician at University Pediatrics at Chapel Hill North and at Sandhills Pediatrics in Southern Pines, NC. Clarke-Pearson received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and did her residency in pediatrics at Duke University Hospital in Durham. She volunteers as the NC Pediatric Society Legislative Liaison and has won awards from the NC Pediatrics Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics for her work to educate parents and pediatricians on the importance of limiting TV-watching by children.
Dr. Devlin served as N.C. State Health Director from 2001 to 2009. Previously, she was deputy state health director and health director for Wake County. Dr. Devlin is now a Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Health. In 2008, she received UNC's Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Devlin received her dental degree and masters’ degree in public health administration at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus. She also received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UNC.
Dr. Earls, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is the medical director of Guilford Child Health (GCH), Inc., a large, non-profit, private pediatric practice in Greensboro, North Carolina that serves families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Dr. Earls holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, and a medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. She completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Dr. Earls sits on numerous boards and committees, including the North Carolina Pediatrics Society, the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Mr. High serves as a Chief Court Counselor for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in northeast N.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Mr. High has served as a social worker in Halifax County and as a dropout prevention counselor in the Weldon City Schools. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Communities In Schools Northeast and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Sara Huddleston, Director of Human Resources at Johnson Lambert LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina, has joined the Board of Directors of Action for Children NC for the 2013-14 term. In her work role, she provides HR leadership and support for the firm's eight offices, oversees firm-wide recruitment and talent management, and researches industry trends for benchmarking and policy development. A graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, she received both her Master of Education degree with a Concentration in Human Resource Development and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and German, and serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors She is also a member of the Junior League of Raleigh.
Ms. Mitchell received recognition in 2006, as Wake County’s second Volunteer of the Year. Among her better-known accomplishments are: Raising $11 million for The Healing Place to treat alcoholism and drug addiction and build a center for women; helping the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Meals on Wheels build a joint facility; and starting the Raleigh Hall of Fame. In the late 1990s, she helped a former Navy SEAL who had lost his sight run an ice cream truck at summer events to make a living.
Dr. Morris serves as Executive Director of Urban Ministries of Wake County. He is the past president of the N.C. Pediatric Society and is currently the president of the N.C. Pediatric Society Foundation. Dr. Morris received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Georgetown University and an MPH and medical degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Duke University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of El Pueblo and has served as chair of the N.C. Farmworker Health Alliance.
Dr. Perreira is a health economist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include child development and adolescence; Latino health, education and employment; and mental health and substance abuse. Perreira holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College, a master's degree in public health from Yale University and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has won numerous awards for her research, including the 2010 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.
Ms. Poss is the Senior Planning Analyst for Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Western Carolina University. She has served as the President of the Board of Directors of Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County and on the School Health Advisory Council of Asheville City and Buncombe County. In 2007, she was the YWCA of Buncombe County’s Tribute to Women of Influence Honoree of the Year.
Mr. Rist serves as Executive Director, 1:1 fund for CFED. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the organization’s work to develop, test, support and expand creative approaches to creating economic opportunity for Americans everywhere. A graduate of Davidson, Mr. Rist has also served for the past six years as the director of CFED’s Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) initiative, bringing innovative matched savings programs to children and youth in low-income families. Carl Rist received a M.A. degree in public policy at Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.
Dr. Stein is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From 2007-2009, Dr. Stein was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. She earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child and Family in 2007. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from Columbia University, New York, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed an APA Accredited Clinical Internship in 2007 at the University of California at San Diego/VA Consortium.
Mr. Stock served as the Executive Vice President and Counsel for the N.C. Bankers Association, where he worked from 1979 to 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law. He serves on the N.C. Bar Association and has served as President of the Board of Directors of Hopeline. Mr. Stock is a charter member of the N.C. Professional Lobbyists Association.
Sara Weed is an attorney with the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks, where she primarily supports the Non-Depositories Division, which regulates mortgage, consumer finance, and money service businesses. Prior to joining NCCOB, she was Operations Advisory In-House Counsel at Seterus, Inc. a mortgage servicing division of IBM where she provided compliance and general operations support. She was previously Policy Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit, non-partisan research and policy organization where she specialized in foreclosure prevention and intervention strategies, providing technical support to state and federal advocates and policymakers. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she has also worked in the legal departments at Grameen Foundation, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, and Self-Help.
Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in history (teaching) and an additional certification in Learning Disabilities. She taught special education in Caldwell County for seven years. She is a member of the board for the North Carolina Partnership for Children, serves on the board of Safechild, the foundation board of the NC Museum of Art, the board of Carolina Ballet, and the advisory board of the Lucy Daniels Center.