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Meet The 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.
Our Net Impact Team
The Duke Net Impact team has been an amzing group of students going through the Duke undergrad program. They have provided amazing hands-on work for our clients as well as helping to take Helius to the next level through social media, our web presence and outreach.




Our Board of Directors/Advisors
    Sheryl Waddell
    Board Member
    Sheryl Waddell is a Program Manager with the University of North Carolina, leading relationship management within Innovate@Carolina (Durham, NC)
    Blair Lanier
    Board Member
    Blair Lanier is currently pursuing her MBA-MPP at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and the Sanford School of Public Policy. (Durham, NC)
    Germaine McIver-Cherry
    Board Member
    Associate Director of the Business Services at Carolina Small Business Development Fund (Chapel Hill, NC)
    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)
    Christopher Gergen
    Board Member
    Christopher Gergen is the CEO of Forward impact, an organization that develops entrepreneurial working and living spaces (Durham, NC)
    Lisa Maida
    Board Member
    Lisa Maida is a Controller and works part-time for Scale Finance (Oak Island, NC)
    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)
    Meredith Pagani
    Board Member
    Meredith Pagani works with the Raleigh Rescue Mission and volunteers at the Coalition to Unchain Dogs (Cary, NC)
    Brett Blair
    Board Member
    Brett is a life coach, author, speaker, recruiter and entrepreneur. His executive search firm, Sanford Rose Associates–Blair Leadership Group, has been recognized as one of the top 10% of retained search firms within the SRA network for the past nine years.
    Julie Wells
    Executive Director of Partners for Youth Opportunity
    Dr. Phail Wynn
    Vice President, Durham and Regional Affairs