Vice President of Human Resources, Chief People Officer

Don Barnes - VP of Human Resources, Chief People Officer at CHKD


  • Provides oversight of all areas of human resources for the Health System including, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits programs design and implementation, and human resources operations.  
  • Leads efforts to improve the employee experience and strengthen recruitment to attract, develop, reward, and retain top talent.
  • Develops collaborative and forward-thinking approaches to prepare the human resources team and operations leadership for change initiatives.


Barnes is a senior strategist with a proven track record of envisioning and delivering strong people programs, building employee engagement, operational efficiency, and talent development structure. With more than 25 years of human resources executive experience, including 15 years as the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Duke Raleigh Hospital and Clinics, Barnes has helped shape transformative, end-to-end human resources strategies for various organizations. 


Barnes earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Resources. In addition, Barnes has completed various executive leadership courses at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
  • American Hospital Association
  • National Human Resources Association
  • Society of Human Resources Management