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Our Team
  1. Geraud Staton
    Executive Director and founder Geraud believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the organization and seeks to improve women and minority owned businesses.
  2. Lisa Maida
    Chief Finance Officer Lisa has been with Helius since the beginning, helping to refine our mission and build a stable organization.
  3. Samantha Dina
    Program Manager Sam has been ensuring our organization runs as smoothly as possible, using her experience in the non-profit world and the skills gained at Duke's Fuqua School of Business.
2018 Donors

Members: $10 - $99

Supporters: $100 - $499

Advocate: $500 - $999

Consultant: $1000 - $1999

​​Meredith Pagani

2017 Donors

Members: $10 - $99

Supporters: $100 - $499

Advocate: $500 - $999

Consultant: $1000 - $1999

Blair Leadership Group
Blair Lanier
City of Durham





Jamie Anderson
Greg DiMarchi
Gregory Hawkins
Julie Knight
Killian Manning
Meredith Pagani
Meredith Sause & Paul Snow
Dawn Trembath
Regina Virgle
Adam Schultz
Dana Marks
GA Geraghty
Jean Alia
Jim and Lori Love
Kara Riehman
Marilyn Hays
Nation Hahn
Stan Gergen
Steve Schewel
Tamara Kissane
Juliet Anderson

Frank Konhaus & Ellen Cassilly
Patrick Scheper
Marshall & Karen Botvinick
Germaine McIver-Cherry
Jamala Harrison
Sheryl Waddell
April Errickson
Nancy Pagani Geraghty
Kate Elia
ADF
North Carolina Symphony


Reed Frankel
Lara Ezor
Christopher Gergen
Absolute Joy Catering

Leader: $2000 - $4999

21C Museum Hotel





Executive Circle: $5000 +

NC Idea





Our Board of Directors/Advisors
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    Sheryl Waddell
    Board Member
    Sheryl Waddell is a Program Manager with the University of North Carolina, leading relationship management within Innovate@Carolina (Durham, NC)
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    Blair Lanier
    Board Member
    Blair joined IBM Watson after completing her MBA/MPP at Duke and lives on a working farm in Bahama, NC. (Durham, NC)
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    Germaine McIver-Cherry
    Board Member
    Associate Director of the Business Services at Carolina Small Business Development Fund (Chapel Hill, NC)
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    Cecilia Polanco
    Board Member
    Cecilia Polanco is CEO of So Good Pupusas social justice food truck, and founder of their non-profit partner, Pupusas for Education. (Durham, NC)
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    Christopher Gergen
    Board Member
    Christopher Gergen is the CEO of Forward impact, an organization that develops entrepreneurial working and living spaces (Durham, NC)
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    Lisa Maida
    Board Member
    Lisa Maida is a Controller and works part-time for Scale Finance (Oak Island, NC)
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    Jessica Odeyemi
    Board Member
    Currently an MBA candidate at Duke University- Fuqua School of Business, who has held various engineering roles within the oil and gas industry. (Durham NC)
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    Meredith Pagani
    Board Member
    Meredith Pagani works with the Raleigh Rescue Mission and volunteers at the Coalition to Unchain Dogs (Cary, NC)
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    Brett Blair
    Board Member
    Brett is a life coach, author, speaker, recruiter and entrepreneur. His executive search firm, Sanford Rose Associates–Blair Leadership Group, recognized as one of the top 10% of retained search firms within the SRA network for the past nine years.
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    Julie Wells
    Advisor
    Executive Director of Partners for Youth Opportunity
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    Dr. Phail Wynn
    Advisor
    Vice President, Durham and Regional Affairs