Who We Are

Mission: To advance Durham Tech’s people, programs, and aspirations through bold strategic partnerships, resource development, zealous advocacy, and wise stewardship.

Vision: To inspire the community to invest in Durham Tech as the smart choice for our local, regional, and global partners.

Meet the Board of Directors

John Anderson,

Melissa Chappell, Executive Director

Kay P. Gresham

Susan Hester

Dr. William G. Ingram, Secretary
Danielle Kaspar

Vinay Khanna

Katie Loovis

Carmella Melton

Walter Newton

Sam G. Nichols,
Vice Chair

H. Lowell Oakley, Jr.

Ellen Shannon

James H. Sills, III

Keith Spring
Geraud Staton

Deetra B. Watson

Matt Williams

Charles T. Wilson, Jr.

John Zaloom


Meet our Staff

Melissa Chapell
Executive Director
919-536-7200, ext. 6001
Rhea Deroian
Manager, Grants Development
919-536-7200, ext. 6008
JaNel Moore
Executive Assistant
919-536-7200, ext. 6007
Annie Gill
Coordinator, Annual Giving and Database Operations
919-536-7200, ext. 6009

Durham Tech Foundation staff members
Left to right: Annie Gill, Melissa Chappell (sitting), Rhea Deroian, and JaNel Moore