Marc began his tenure as the President/CEO of Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina on February 1, 2023.
Having begun his career in child welfare as a Teaching Parent in the cottages of Boys & Girls Homes in 1996, Marc then founded the organization's foster care program. He then moved to Michigan and served in leadership roles at Bethany Christian Services, Northern Family Intervention Services, and Camps Leelanau and Kohahna Foundation. Marc returned to the state of North Carolina to serve as Director of Implementation and Staff Engagement for Children's Hope Alliance in Barium Springs, NC - his most recent position before coming home to BGHNC.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he is also a Board Member of the Teaching Family Association - an evidence-based model of care that is widely used in the industry.
Marc and his wife have two children attending college and are excited to have been given the opportunity to return to Lake Waccamaw.
Chief Residential Officer
Erika previously served as the Admissions Director and Residential Social Workers Supervisor before accepting the Chief Residential Officer position in early 2022.
Prior to coming to BGHNC, Erika worked for more than five years at the Columbus and Bladen County Departments of Social Services in Child Protective Services.
In addition to her time with DSS, Erika worked in mental health for over 10 years, starting as a one-on-one, she worked directly with clients before becoming a supervisor and providing Alternative Family Living which includes a client that lives in your home.
"From the day we are introduced to the youth, we are thinking about their future. We want to do everything in their best interest, providing the exact, personalized support they need to become the best version of themselves."
Chief Community-Based Services Officer
Ray Cockrell, CFP®
Chief Mission Officer
Cockrell joined the development team at BGHNC in April 2005 with a focus on planned giving and major gifts. He is a Certified Financial Planner and holds both a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to his work, Cockrell is active in scouting and serves as a leader for the scouts in Troop 26 in Wilmington. Cockrell is the President of the Wilmington Optimist Club, incoming Governor of the North Carolina East Optimist, and is an active member of his church.
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel oversees the Finance Office, business development, utilization management & review, insurance billing, business contracts, audits & reviews, and investments.
He joined B&GH in November 2020 after more than six years working as a Revenue Field Auditor for the North Carolina Department of Revenue. During his time there, he was a co-founding member of the NCDOR's Business Intelligence Analytics Programs for Audit Selection where he assisted in the development of essential software and databases for audit initiatives. Daniel also served as a trainer across the state to implement those initiatives.
Daniel holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from Guildford College where he minored in Business Administration and Money & Finance. He is currently completing the coursework for a Master's Degree in Finance and Investment Management at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a projected graduation date of May 2021.
He has a longstanding family connection with the organization. His father was a B&GH resident from the age of 12 through adulthood. Both his parents served as house parents in the Civitan and Kiwanis Cottages and Daniel spent his early childhood on the B&GH campus.
Chief Risk Management and Compliance Officer
John serves in a newly created but very necessary capacity as our Chief Risk Management and Compliance Officer. He has served BGHNC since 2005 in multiple positions including Director of Pastoral Care, Sanctuary Site Coordinator, and Continuous Quality Improvement and Risk Manager. He helped our organization achieve national certification in Trauma Informed Care and has played an instrumental role in organizational accreditation through COA. He is a graduate of Erskine College with a BA in Christian Education and holds a Master of Divinity with Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a certification in Risk Management. In his free time, he pastors a local church and loves watching Clemson Football.
Dr. Cathy Callihan Gantz
Principal of Thomas Academy
Cathy began on December 1, 2021, after spending more than 20 years with the Baltimore County Public Schools in a variety of positions including principal and assistant to the area assistant superintendent. She also spent 18 years as an adjunct professor with Notre Dame of Maryland University and more than two years as an administrator with Cumberland County Schools. She was a teacher in North Carolina for 19 years.
Cathy has been serving as the Coordinator for the Bladen County Substance Misuse Task Force and plans to continue supporting the task force as it is such a significant cause in the community. Community connection is something Cathy demonstrates with her own involvement. She is Vice President of the Lumber River United Way Board, a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, president of the Elizabethtown Foxglove Garden Club, and a member of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. An avid reader, she also participates in a variety of book clubs.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Administration and Education Specialist and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Fayetteville State University.