Leadership Team

Michael Frisch, Interim Executive Director

Michael assumed the Interim Executive Director role on November 12, 2019.  He brings a wealth of business and non-profit leadership experience, and a deep commitment to Durham Habitat, to the role. Michael is a former Durham Habitat Board member, has participated in a number of projects for the organization, and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Blake Strayhorn, the previous Executive Director, will remain a part of the team through January 31st, working with Michael to insure a smooth transition and to lead a Habitat service trip to Honduras.

Contact Michael at (919) 682-0516, ext. 105

 Lakeisha Minor, Director of Family Services 

Lakeisha Williams

Lakeisha oversees the homeownership and repairs program. As a Business Major and Certified Housing Counselor, Lakeisha ushers Habitat partner families step-by-step through the homeownership and repairs process.   

As a homeowner herself, she is passionate about setting our families up for success through hands on learning and education. She and her husband, Harry, share their home with their two children.

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


Director of Development

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Valerie Thompson, Director of Finance

Valerie Thompson

Valerie joined Durham Habitat in November 2019.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and MBA from Pfeiffer University.  She has cultivated her professional career thru various Tax, Senior Management and Controller roles. Valerie is passionate about all things accounting and is excited to be a part of the well-respected Habitat team.

Contact Valerie at (919) 682-0516, ext. 103, or vthompson@durhamhabitat.org

Habitat Success Stories

Worth helped found Durham Habitat as part of his Bible study group. He has volunteered to build hundreds of homes, but if you ask about his role with Habitat, he will take no special credit, saying, “Habitat just fits in with who I am.”