Thompson Leadership

President/CEO- Will Jones

Will Jones has devoted his career to child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health services in residential- and community-based programming.

He joins Thompson with nearly 23 years of human services experience. Fifteen of those years were in senior- and executive-level leadership in public and private agencies.

He emphasizes innovation and creativity in solving complex problems, often through public and private partnerships, while leading high-performing, cross-functional teams.

Will started his career in 1994 with the Orange County Youth & Family Services Division in Florida where he spent eight years and led the organization to become the second public child welfare agency in Florida to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

At the Children’s Home Society of Florida in Orlando – where Will was director of program operations from 2005 to 2008 – he had overall responsibility for more than 100 child welfare staff, a budget of $15 million and day-to-day operations of programs including adoption, foster care, two emergency shelters and more.

As senior vice president of One Hope United in Orlando, Fla., he was responsible for overseeing child protective services in seven Florida counties.

From 2012 to 2015, he was chief operating officer at Eckerd Youth Alternatives, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit child and family service organizations. As a member of the executive leadership team, he helped generate substantial national growth in direct service work and consulting. Eckerd had an annual budget of $185 million, and Will oversaw more than 40 programs in 11 states, including North Carolina. 

In 2015, Will joined SAS, the largest privately owned software company in the world, as human services industry consultant. At SAS, he worked closely with state and local agencies and leaders to solve problems and improve outcomes using data analytics.

He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida. Will and his wife, Yereely, and their five children live in Waxhaw.

3/16/17 Press Release

Charlotte Observer Article 3/20/17


Chief Operations Officer- Anthony Jones

Chief Operations Officer Anthony Jones oversees the mission, vision, and philosophy of Thompson. He assists in establishing strategic direction for all of our programs and facilitates objective accomplishment. He received his Bachelor of Social Work from Mars Hill University and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Management and Leadership at Liberty University. He is bringing to Thompson over 20 years of experience in juvenile justice and rehabilitation.


Chief Administrative Officer- Andrea Smith

Chief Administrative Officer Andrea Smith leads Thompson’s Business Development, Grants, and Human Resources teams through fiscal efficiency, long-term relationships, and adherence to the agency’s mission. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She brings nearly 20 years of combined for-profit and non-profit experience in business development, management, and oversight.



Chief Development Officer- Alexandra Reardon, CFRE

Chief Development Officer Alexandra Reardon, CFRE, oversees resource development, marketing, communications and volunteer services. A graduate of N.C. State University, she has more than 20 years of non-profit experience. Ms. Reardon joined Thompson in 2010 as the Annual Fund Specialist and most recently served as Vice President of Resource Development.



Chief Facilities Officer- Danny Whitley

Chief Facility Officer, Danny Whitley, has expanded oversight and meeting of licensing regulations for four campuses with the responsibility of Supervision for Thompson’s Maintenance, Foodservice and Information Technology Departments. Mr. Whitley received a Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation Administration from Wingate College. He has 24+ years experience at Thompson as Director of Recreation Therapy, Director of Campus Life, Director of Residential Services, Director of Facility Services and Vice President of Facility Services.



VP of Residential Services- Jesse Tall

Jesse Tall oversees all residential services and staff, located on our Saint Peter’s Lane Campus included PRTF and Thompson Connect. Mr. Tall has dedicated well over a decade to the nonprofit field, specifically to the social and educational growth of children in need. He has served as a board member on the Juvenile Crime and Prevention Committee, Central Park NC and most recently served as the Operations/Residential Director at Eckerd Youth Alternatives. 



VP of Community and Public Relations- Jillian Totman

As VP of Community and Public Relations, Jillian advocates for various Thompson programs while facilitating connections between Thompson and Community and State leaders. Mrs. Totman comes from Raleigh where she was an Assistant Vice President at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC. She is an NC State Alumna, as well as a graduate of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. During her time at McGuireWoods Consulting, Mrs. Totman lobbied North Carolina General Assembly and Executive Branch officials on a variety of issues including justice and public safety, economic development, education and local government. Jillian’s career began as Political Director of the North Carolina Republican Party in 2007. After law school, Jillian joined the Romney Campaign in Boston, MA, as the National Email Director. She always planned to come home to North Carolina and did just that in late 2012.  Jillian currently lives in Matthews and enjoys spending her personal time with her husband and son.


VP of Performance and Quality- Hannah Dunham

VP of Performance & Quality Improvement, Hannah Dunham, oversees the performance & quality improvement processes for the organization. Hannah assists with the evaluation of performance outcomes through data analysis, monitoring of compliance with internal and external standards including programmatic contracts with funders and stakeholders, and oversees grievances and client rights violations. Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and Master’s in Social Work from NC A&T State University and UNC-Greensboro. Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has more than 14 years of experience working with youth and families in the mental health/substance use, child welfare, and/or juvenile justice system.


Board of Trustees: 2018-2019

Thompson is led by a group of individuals dedicated to being an active part of the solution. Members of our Board of Trustees donate their time and diverse talents for the protection, stability, and betterment of the children and families in our care. They are a pivotal part of our ongoing mission of hope.


  • Gilbert E. Galle, Chair of the Board~
  • Andrea C. Chomakos, Immediate Past Board Chair
  • Cantey S. Brown, Vice Chair/Development Chair
  • Thomas L. Temple, Treasurer, Finance Chair
  • Kirby D. Shealy, III, Secretary
  • Will A. Jones, President/CEO *
  • Andrea B. Smith, Assistant Board Secretary *

*Staff Positions

~ Serving their second consecutive term


Class of 2019

  1. Cantey S. Brown~: Community Volunteer
  2. Andrea C. Chomakos~: Attorney, McGuire Woods
  3. Christopher Y. Cooley: Community Volunteer
  4. Lorraine M. Eason: Senior VP and Personal Trust Officer, Bank OZK
  5. Douglas J. Fowler: COO, The Daniel Group
  6. Kirby D. Shealy, III~: Attorney, Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP
  7. Thomas L. Temple~: Managing Director, FIDUS Partners


Class of 2020

  1. Barbara K. Bascom: Client and Community Relations Director, PNC Bank
  2. William C. Bellamy: Senior Software Engineer, FireEye
  3. Frederic H. (Ted) Garner, IV ~: Managing Director, Piper Jaffray Charlotte
  4. John McGowan: Executive Vice President Wholesale Risk, Wells Fargo
  5. Gregory L. Taylor: Business Owner, Action International
  6. Karen Timmons Ellison~: Librarian, Gaston Day School 


Class of 2021

  1. Carl (De) Cordell~: Principal, BlueCap Marketing, LLC
  2. Nancy Downing: Community Volunteer
  3. Gilbert E. Galle: Retired, Community Volunteer
  4. Rhondale Haywood: Senior Vice President/Portfolio Manager, US Trust
  5. Heather Lawrence: Community Volunteer