Leadership Team

Blake Strayhorn, President/Executive Director

Blake StrayhornAs Durham Habitat's chief executive, Blake is leading efforts to significantly expand Habitat’s operations and to increase our impact in Durham. Blake came to Habitat after 20 years of banking, e-commerce, and entrepreneurial success with companies like Wachovia, Eurosport Soccer, and Cherokee Partners.

Blake received an undergraduate degree and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, and he and his wife, Dell, have two sons who are currently students at UNC-CH. Habitat's construction staff is amused that Blake and his boys reconstructed a 12’X18’ log cabin in their backyard with very limited help from a square or a level. 

Contact Blake at (919) 682-0516, ext. 105, or bstrayhorn@durhamhabitat.org.


Roxanne Hall Little, Director of Development

Roxanne Hall LittleRoxanne leads Durham Habitat's development efforts and works closely with major donors, who invest start-up capital to build our construction projects. An eight year veteran of Habitat, Roxanne is passionate about our mission and has raised funds to build hundreds of Habitat homes for Durham neighbors.

Roxanne has a communications degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked with the National MS Society before joining the Habitat team. She and her husband Tate stay busy with their new son Tavner, a Habitat Geezer-in-training. Roxanne is proud to be raising her son in the home in which she grew up.

Contact Roxanne at (919) 682-0516, ext. 113, or rhall@durhamhabitat.org.


David Larkins, Director of Construction

David LarkinsDavid leads our construction team in executing nearly 50 new home construction, rehabilitation, and repairs projects each year. Since 2007, David has managed more than 200 Durham Habitat construction projects and worked with thousands of volunteers.

He has a degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and worked as a software engineer before joining Habitat's staff. David lives in Granville County with his wife, Jessie, and two sons. David’s favorite toy growing up was Lego Technics, which he still has and builds with his two boys regularly. 

Contact David at (919) 682-0516, ext.108, or dlarkins@durhamhabitat.org.


Lakeisha Williams Minor, Family Services Manager

Lakeisha WilliamsLakeisha coordinates our homeownership program, managing the application process and our relationships with homeowners. In 1997, she became the youngest homeowner in Durham Habitat history, which gives her a unique perspective on working with our partner families. 

Lakeisha is is proud to be the first person in her family to finish college after graduating from Durham Technical Community College. She loves her daughter, Jzabri, who just graduated from the Durham School of the Arts and is heading to college.

Contact Lakeisha at (919) 682-0516, ext. 104, or lwilliams@durhamhabitat.org.


Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”