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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. Cecilia Polanco
    Entrepreneur-in-Residence Cecilia is a graduate of the Helius program, and founder of Pupusas4Education and So Good Pupusas.
Our Board of Directors/Advisors
    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)
    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)
    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
    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)
    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.
    Meredith Pagani
    Board Member
    Meredith Pagani works with the Raleigh Rescue Mission and volunteers at the Coalition to Unchain Dogs (Cary, NC)
    Julie Wells
    Executive Director of Partners for Youth Opportunity
    Dr. Phail Wynn
    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.
    Tom Droege
    Board Member
    Tom Droege is president of Droege Computing Services, a local software development and IT Services company.
    Libby Ulman
    Board Member
    Libby is earning her MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She previously served as an Engagement Manager at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm.
    Neil Levy
    Board Member
    Neil is an MBA student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to business school, he worked at User1st, a web accessibility software startup in Washington DC.