Leadership Team

Lexie Vaughn, CEO

Lexie Vaughn





Lexie has held senior leadership positions in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors around the world for 20 years. Accomplished in organizational leadership, strategy development and implementation, and community engagement, she has moved fluidly between borders throughout her career. Vaughn earned her MBA in General Management from the Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a proud resident of Durham, NC.

Contact Lexie at 919.682-0516, ext. 105 or avaughn@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

Lakeisha Minor, Director of Family Services 

Lakeisha Williams






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

Nicole Tyra, Director of Planning and Construction

Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and commercial construction worlds and is a licensed GC. She manages all aspects of planning and construction for our affiliate, and is proud to be a part the Durham Habitat Team working to build and repair high-quality, affordable, and safe homes for Durham neighbors.

Contact Nicole at 919.201.2970 or ntyra@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

Theresia partnered with Habitat and twelve Durham congregations to renovate a historic home in East Durham. She became one of three Habitat families to renovate homes on her street, helping rebuild the neighborhood.