Our Leadership


CEO & Co-Founder: Martin Eakes

Martin Eakes is co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Read Martin's bio here.

Self-Help's Boards of Directors

Self-Help Credit Union

  • Ken Kalaher, President - Carolina Printing of Wilmington (Chair & Strategic Planning Committee)
  • La-Tasha Best-Gaddy (Vice Chair)
  • Alan Reberg (Secretary)
  • Scott Misner, President - Misner & Associates Public Relations (Treasurer)
  • Charlie Steel, Special Counsel - Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A.
  • Ed Fulbright, CPA, PA, Fulbright & Fulbright (Audit & Strategic Planning Committees)
  • Elbert Avery, Consultant
  • Gricelle Font, Mortgage Servicing Tax/Insurance Specialist - Self-Help
  • Harold W. Vaden
  • Jerry Plemmons
  • Joseph Battle
  • Kennis Wilkins
  • Leonor Clavijo, Executive Director - NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Sheena Foster, Cooperative Incubator Consultant
  • Tanya Branch, CPA
  • Ted Wacaster

Updated 12/31/15

Center for Community Self-Help

  • Lewis Myers, Director of Business Development - Perkins and Will (Chair)
  • Katherine Stern Weaver, President - Residence Development Company (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • David Stein, Education Partnership Coordinator - Duke University Office of Community Affairs
  • Farad Ali, President and CEO of NCIMED
  • Gene R. Nichol, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity - UNC
  • Linda Shaw, Executive Director - NC PACE Association
  • Lisa Stifler, Policy Counsel - Self-Help
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Center for Community Self-Help
  • Michael Giarla
  • Melvin Davis, Private Equity Investor and Attorney - Onset Capital Partners, LLC

Updated 11/18/15

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

  • Salvador Menjivar, Executive Director - Beneficial State Foundation (Vice Chair)
  • Raul Raymundo, CEO - The Resurrection Project (Secretary)
  • Carl Rist, Executive Director - 1:1 Fund, Corporation for Enterprise Development (Treasurer)
  • Maggie Cervantes, Executive Director - New Economics for Women
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Tanya Branch, CPA

Updated 6/23/15

Self-Help Ventures Fund

  • Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Director - Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison, Research & Development, SAS Institute (Chair)
  • Ivan Parra, Executive Director - North Carolina Latino Coalition
  • John Holdsclaw, IV, SVP, Corporate Affairs - Office of the President, National Cooperative Bank
  • Kevin Harris, Principal - KGH Solutions
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • MaryAnn Black, Associate VP for Community Relations - Duke University Health Systems
  • Miguel Rubiera, Retired Executive Director - Habitat for Humanity Durham
  • Robert Schall, President - Self-Help Ventures Fund
  • Matt Hobbs, Vice President - Blue Heron Asset Management, LLC
  • Catherine Clark, Director, CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing - CASE at Duke University

Updated 3/3/16