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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

  • Doris Asbury - Retired Public Educator
  • La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, Business Counselor - Small Business and Technology Development Center at NCCU (Treasurer)
  • Ed Byron, Attorney - Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Ed Fulbright, CPA, PA - Fulbright & Fulbright (Audit & Strategic Planning Committees)
  • Laura Jackson, Ecologist
  • F. David Kearns, Analyst - Duke Health Technology Solutions Service Operations Center (Vice Chair)
  • Thomas King, VP, Florida Market Leader - Accretive Solutions
  • George Lee, Audit Consultant - Resources Global Professionals
  • Deborah McKetty, President and CEO - CommunityWorks, Inc.
  • Scott Misner - Public Realtions President, Misner & Associates
  • Ivan Parra, Executive Director - North Carolina Latino Coalition
  • Jackie Mondora, Engineer
  • Tessa Petit – Co-Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Inc.
  • Samantha Pratt - Branch Manager, Self-Help
  • Alan Reberg (Secretary)
  • Natalie Williams, Executive Director - The Women's Business Center of Charlotte

Updated 5/19/22

Center for Community Self-Help

  • Farad Ali, President, National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Melvin Davis, Private Equity Investor and Attorney
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Center for Community Self-Help
  • Lewis Myers (Chair)
  • Gene R. Nichol, Professor of Law and former Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity - UNC
  • Linda Shaw, Retired (Affiliate Member Director)
  • Joseph A. Smith Jr, Senior Fellow Global Financial Markets Duke Law School
  • David Stein, Education Partnership Coordinator - Duke University Office of Community Affairs
  • Linda Shaw, Retired (Affiliate Member Director)
  • Lily Steponaitis - Project Manager, Self-Help

Updated 5/19/22

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

  • Kafi Blumenfield, Founder/CEO - Alisyo
  • Tanya Branch, CPA
  • Jose Caballero Jr, Solano County Public Health Quality Improvement and Accreditation Coordinator
  • Maggie Cervantes, Executive Director - NEW Economics for Women (Secretary)
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Karina Lopez – Loan Services Representative, Self-Help
  • Arnold Pugh, Retired - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; longtime Seaway member (Treasurer)
  • Raul Raymundo, CEO - The Resurrection Project (Chair)
  • Carl Rist, Executive Director - Senior Director, Prosperity Now (Vice Chair)
  • Karen L. Walker, Vice President for Finance and Administration Chicago Theological Seminary

Updated 5/19/22

Self-Help Ventures Fund

  • Elbert Avery, City of Durham Community Development Dept. Senior Business Services Manager
  • Maria (Pettinato) Bilonick - President & CEO, National Association for Latino Commmunity Asset Builders (NALCAB)
  • John Holdsclaw, IV, SVP, Corporate Affairs - Office of the President, National Cooperative Bank (Chair & Strategic Planning Committee)
  • Martin Eakes, CEO - Self-Help
  • Matt Hobbs, Vice President - Blue Heron Asset Management, LLC (Audit Committee)
  • Tara Kenchen, Lawyer and Community Development Professional
  • Jean Pudlo, JP Pudlo Consulting
  • Robert Schall, Retired President - Self-Help Ventures Fund
  • James H. Sills, III - President & CEO, Mechanics and Farmers Bank
  • Ronn H. Stewart, II – Senior Vice President, Laurel Street Residential
  • Lynne Walker - P&L Inclusion Strategist

Updated 5/19/22