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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. Our staff also includes members working remotely across the state on the Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN).

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.


 Vickie Cremeans, Finance Director


Vickie began working with the Coalition as a part time bookkeeper in 2006. She relocated from Ohio where she worked for a major utility as a regional accounting manager. Her favorite activities are anything that involves the grandchildren.



Laura McDuffee, Compliance/ Workflow Analyst, Carolina Homeless Information Network

Laura has been working with HMIS in NC since 2002 when she helped establish a regional HMIS in the Triad. She has reviewed several software options, provided training and technical assistance, and developed policies and procedures for HMIS implementation. Her current focus is on developing reports using the data collected by the system. Laura has a master's degree in public affairs and nonprofit management and a bachelor's degree in dance. 


Sonia Ensenat, Program Director, Carolina Homeless Information Network

Sonia has been working for the Coalition since September 2007. She has an MS engineering degree from MIT.  Her responsibilities include monitoring day-to-day operations, system testing and data quality control. She also volunteers for the Interfaith Food Shuttle and CESI Debt Solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, volleyball and gardening.


Holly Barham, System Administrator, Carolina Homeless Information Network

Holly began working with the Coalition's Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) in July 2007. With an education background, she moved from the coast to the mountains to coordinate CHIN's efforts in the west. Holly develops all the training materials for CHIN and serves as the HMIS point of contact for the HPRP and the veterans’ programs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, live music, and spending time with her husband and two children. 


Michael Tillman, Help Desk Supervisor, Carolina Homeless Information Network

Mike has been working with CHIN since April 2008. He manages CHIN’s Help Desk operations, including the creation of process-driven assistance methods for CHIN user issues and the development of CHIN's online portal, and part-time Help Desk staff. Mike is a native of the Raleigh area and has a strong background in customer service and working with federal grantees. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in English. Mike enjoys running, cinema, reading, and in his spare time practices and teaches his passion, Chinese Shaolin style martial arts.



Oliver Thompson, Help Desk Operator, Carolina Homeless Information Network




Stacie Darden, CHIN Bookkeeper, Carolina Homeless Information Network

Stacie began working for the Coalition in January of 2011 as a temp through Accountemps. She began working permanent full time in August of the same year.  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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