Leadership Team

Michael Frisch, Interim Executive Director/President

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. 

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


Terri Hegeman, Director of Development

Terri is a seasoned fundraiser who joined Durham Habitat after 15 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, prior to that, at the Triangle United Way. She is eager to work closely with the community on behalf of Durham Habitat and the families we serve.

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

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

“Five years ago, a tree fell on my house and caused all but one room to leak. I used all my funds, so I called Habitat for Humanity, which helped me build a new roof. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life, and I just want to thank everyone at Habitat. God bless you!" - Rita