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Our Team
  1. Geraud Staton
    Executive Director Geraud believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the organization and seeks to improve women and minority owned businesses.
  2. Lisa Maida
    Finance Director Lisa has been with Helius since the beginning, helping to refine our mission and build a stable organization.
  3. Sarah Holmes
    Operations Consultant Sarah worked in the mining and education industries prior to pursuing an MBA at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. (Pittsburgh, PA)
2018 Donors

Members: $10 - $99

Supporters: $100 - $499

Advocate: $500 - $999

Consultant: $1000 - $1999

​Rob Davis Family
Reed Frankel
​​Meredith Pagani
Carrie Gonnella
Jennifer Sherwin
Tim Wollin
Jenn Evans
Carolina Bretherton



Elizabeth Weiner
Sonia Frischemeier
Steve Schewel
Durty Bull Brewery




​​​​Ironworx
Carolina Small Business & Dev.
Caktus Group

Exec. Circle GOLD: $25,000

Leader: $2000 - $4999

Executive Circle: $5000 +

Exec. Circle SILVER: $10,000

21C Museum Hotel
Phail Wynn





NC Idea





ReCity





World Food Policy Center
AJ Fletcher Foundation






2017 Donors

Members: $10 - $99

Supporters: $100 - $499

Advocate: $500 - $999

Consultant: $1000 - $1999

Blair Leadership Group
Blair Lanier
City of Durham
Durham & Community Outreach





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 (Chair)
    Sheryl Waddell is a Program Manager with the University of North Carolina, leading relationship management within [email protected] (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
    Advisor
    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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    Julia Wuench
    Board Member
    Julia is a Director at Inspiring Capital and holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is thrilled to be helping Helius achieve its mission.
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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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    Julie Wells
    Advisor
    Executive Director of Partners for Youth Opportunity
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    Dr. Phail Wynn
    Advisor-in-Memory
    Dr. Wynn remains forever in our hearts. He was one of our first supporters and advisors. The Helius Foundation would not have been the organization it is today without his support and tutelage.
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    Tom Droege
    Board Member
    Tom Droege is president of Droege Computing Services, a local software development and IT Services company.