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.

 

April McVey, Director of Finance

Contact April at (919) 682-0516, ext. 117, or amcvey@durhamhabitat.org.

Habitat Success Stories

Barbara is an elderly neighbor who suffers from COPD. Durham Habitat partnered with the Fuqua School of Business to replace Barbara’s roof and HVAC system. Barbara said,"I thank God that Habitat was able to fix my home because I was unable to do it for myself."

Barbara