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The Coalition's central staff works out of our Raleigh office to stay informed of the latest housing news, to remain proactive on housing-related issues in local, state and federal arenas, and to promote housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income North Carolinians.

Learn more about our wonderful staff below.  If you would like to contact any of our staff, please click here, and write their name in the subject field.

Satana Deberry

Satana Deberry, Executive Director

Satana, a native of Hamlet, North Carolina, is a graduate of Princeton (B.A.) and Duke Universities (J.D. and M.B.A.), and brings nearly two decades of experience in policy, regulatory, governmental, administrative, human resource and contractual/legal matters. She’s worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Washington, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and Durham’s Self Help Credit Union. Recently, during 2011-12, she served as Interim Executive Director of Durham Habitat for Humanity.


John Niffenegger, Deputy Director

John has been involved with the Coalition since September 2005, when he began his MSW internship in coordination with his studies at UNC-CH. John puts together the Coalition's bi-monthly Housing Matters, interacts with members, and works to increase the Coalition's visibility. In his spare time, he makes music, mountain bikes, and spends time with his wonderful dog, Bayla.

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Samuel Gunter, Director of Policy and Advocacy

Samuel is a native of Texas, and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (B.A.) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div). He brings several years of policy experience to the table, having worked with the Christian Life Commission, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Samuel has also served churches in Texas and North Carolina and is a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus. He enjoys running at Umstead Park, making music with any instrument, and spending time with his wife Isela, his dog Maya and his cat Clio.



Stacie Darden, Housing Programs Manager

Stacie began working for the Coalition in January of 2011.  In her position, she works with the Financial and Office Services Coordinator with the administrative and HR duties of the agency.  She has an MBA and BA in Bus. Adm. from Saint Leo University in Florida and has worked in nonprofits for over 10 years.


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