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.


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.


Roxanne Hall Little, Director of Advancement

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 with 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) 698-3910, or rhall@durhamhabitat.org.


Nicole Tyra, Director of Construction

April McVey, Director of Finance

Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."