Our leadership teams in Adoption, Counseling, Foster Care, Independent Living and Residential Living are all trained in Kaplan and Norton's Balanced Scorecard. From the top down, we are committed to performance, achievement and the pursuit of self-actualization. With these skills in hand, we have established strategic and child-centered measures that yield life-changing outcomes.

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Edward "Beau" Necco

Chief Executive Officer

A father of two daughters, Beau Necco feels very fortunate to live a purpose-driven life. Growing up in Appalachia by educator parents, social justice was a common theme at the dinner table. It laid the foundation for what would become his north star - to disrupt the foster care industry so profoundly, the nation’s child welfare system is forced to permanently change. Today, the company he founded over 20 years ago employs more than 750 people in four states and has built over 25,000 families. In 2017, Ernst & Young named Beau "Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Ohio Valley region.

Learn more about Beau Necco.

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Pamela Priddy

Chief Strategy Officer

Pam Priddy is Chief Strategy Officer for Necco. She is responsible for the development and implementation of Necco’s overall strategy of building families and extending holistic services to underserved communities.

Pam’s ability to thoroughly understand child welfare from every angle has fueled her 20+ year career in social services. Licensed as a LPCC-S in KY, coupled with an MBA from Xavier University, her unique blend of experience and education provides a vision of unexpected opportunities that only a social entrepreneur could recognize and act upon.

Pam’s dedication to cultivating relationships within the industry is recognized by many and she continues to serve as a liaison to profoundly disrupt the child welfare system.

Pam was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Mark Davis

Chief Operations Officer

Prior to joining Necco, Mark was with one of the nation’s top public accounting firms. During that time, he provided auditing and accounting services to numerous private business and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he provided transaction (M&A) advisory services on twenty business combinations with deal values ranging from $5 million to $290 million. He is at his best when working in a multi-disciplinary team. He prides himself on bringing a proactive, easily-implemented approach to managing the organization’s finances. Mark is a CPA and holds a BBA from the University of Cincinnati. Go Bearcats!

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Rob Goodwin

Chief People Officer

Since 1999, Rob Goodwin has been building families with Necco. A lifelong advocate for disadvantaged children and families, Rob found his calling and passion. Most recently, Rob became our first Chief People Officer, overseeing the Human Resources Department. He is a natural at building strong teams and leaders within the company. A champion of Necco’s corporate culture, he teaches it, models it, and lives it. Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ohio University and a Master’s in Adult and Technical Education Training and Development from Marshall University.

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Stephen Hahn

Chief Administration Officer

A native of Northern Kentucky, Stephen joined Necco in November 2017 as the Chief Administrative Officer. This is Stephen’s first foray into the world of child welfare. Previously he worked in IT Strategy, business intelligence, and analytics for over 15 years. He is instrumental at bringing together both the business and technologic sides of Necco, and will continue to help guide the company as they respond to increasing growth. Stephen’s first job was as a backpacking guide, he continues to enjoy the outdoors and backpacking with his family.

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Bob Carpenter

Vice President of Foster Care

Bob Carpenter has 23 years of experience building families. Beginning his journey with Necco in 1999 as a Home Resource Coordinator, Bob is an example of Necco’s “Home Grown Management” philosophy. He is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Miami University's Farmer’s School of Business. When Bob isn't helping others build families, he's spending time with his own - traveling, fishing, and coaching.

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Bianca Sexton

Vice President of Residential Services

From her early years with Necco Foster Care, to her current role as Vice President of Residential Services, Necco Center’s Bianca Sexton has been leading the way at Necco for over 20 years. Bianca is a Texas native, holding both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Communication. She and her husband, Michael, have raised their children alongside the kiddos at the Necco Center in Pedro, OH, focusing on diversity and inclusion and the belief that regardless of challenges, everyone deserves a chance to find their family.

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Greg Thompson

Vice President of Independent Living

Greg began his career with Necco as a case manager in 2005. After earning his law degree from the University of Louisville, Greg returned home to Necco, and eventually became Necco’s first Ohio State Director. As the director of teams in Cincinnati, Dayton and South Point, as well as The Necco Center in Pedro, Greg grew Necco of Ohio to new heights. In 2020 Greg continued to be a trailblazer and became Necco's first Vice President of Independent Living. Greg's experience with the company, as well as his personal background, blend together perfectly for his new role in guiding the young adults in Necco's rapidly growing Independent Living Program.

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Kelly Adkins-Conley

Executive Director of Foster Care for Kentucky

Kelly Conley has served the children, families and staff of Necco for a decade and counting. Though she has held six positions throughout her journey, she provides the same high-quality, hands-on service as Kentucky’s Executive Director as she did as a Case Manager. Her leadership style has propelled Necco into the future of building strong communities for the families and children of Kentucky.

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Frank Mizell

Executive Director of Foster Care for Georgia

Frank is from Rockledge, Florida and joined Necco in 2018, bringing 23 years of experience in Human Services. Frank began his career at Devereux Florida's Residential Hospital, where he dedicated 17 years of service, followed by 7 years leading community programs throughout Florida and Georgia. Frank has a thorough knowledge of Juvenile Justice Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Change and Organizational Leadership. He brings a unique blend of knowledge, experience and charismatic leadership that aligns with Necco's vision and culture. Frank holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and a MBA from Webster University. When he is not wearing his progressional hat, Frank enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends; traveling, exercising and always making the best of moments.

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Amy Kennedy-Rickman

Executive Director of Foster Care for Ohio and West Virginia

A native of Southern OH, Amy has worked in the social services field for nearly 16 years and has been with Necco for five years. She started as the Treatment Director of the Huntington office. She soon worked her way up to Program Director, a position she held for nearly 4 years. Amy holds a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of WV. Amy believes in Building Families and works toward that goal by overseeing all things foster care in both West Virginia and Ohio. Amy lives with her husband of 14 years and their four dogs.

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Dr. Ed and Dorothy Necco

Married for over 60 years, Dr. Ed and Dorothy Necco have spent much of their lives working with the most challenging children thrust into the most difficult of circumstances. When they weren’t working directly with children and families, they were consulting others on the most effective practices for achieving positive outcomes.

Ed began his career in 1962 teaching emotionally disturbed and behaviorally challenged youth in Gary, Indiana. That summer, Ed and Dorothy headed up the first summer camp in Lake County, Indiana for 100 special needs children. During the next three decades, they worked as consultants, directors and educators in public schools, residential treatment centers and universities. During their individual careers, Ed and Dorothy served children with severe developmental and physical disabilities, emotional disturbance and behavior disorders. Ed held teaching positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Illinois before moving to Huntington, West Virginia where he accepted a professorship at Marshall University. He retired from there in 1998. Dorothy taught elementary school and supervised Head Start programs while helping raise the couple’s twin children. In 1995, Dorothy became the director of a foster care program in Ashland, Kentucky before leaving the company to help Ed and her son, Beau, co-found Necco.

Ed and Dorothy each hold a B.A. and M.A. degree in Elementary Education with Special Education certifications from Indiana University. Ed also holds an Ed.D. in Education with an emphasis in Child Behavior Disorders from the University of Virginia. Both remain very active in their community, where Dorothy tutors migrant children and Ed leads lectures on history and the humanities.