Staff & People

Our staff, Board of Directors, and Loan Committees come from across the state to advance the vision of a more equitable South Carolina.

Our Staff

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Nathaniel Barber
Chief Executive Officer
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Deborah McKetty
President
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Nancy J. Leon
Chief Financial Officer
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Menia D. Lee, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
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Brian Colclough
Chief Lending Officer
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Allen Brown
Senior Loan Officer
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Tamera Adams
Grants and Data Impact Manager
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Kimberley Brown
Community Development Loan Officer
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Heather Green
Staff Accountant
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Katie Matthews
Office Administrator
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Greg Perry
Program and Partnership Manager
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Christine M. Smith
Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager
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Rebeckah A. Trapp
Office Administrator
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Martha Young
Executive Assistant
Nathaniel Barber Chief Executive Officer
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Nate joined SCCLF in 2021, and brings with him over 25 years’ experience in community development finance, 18 of which were serving as South State Bank’s Community Development Officer. Throughout his career, Nate has championed small business development and worked to advance equitable access to capital across South Carolina.

Nate holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. He has long provided leadership as a member of the Board of Directors for organizations such as South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development, Columbia Housing Development Corporation, and Richland Library Board of Trustees, Together SC, and the SC Community Capital Alliance.

Nate lives in Columbia. He is an avid gardener and enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Deborah McKetty President
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As President of SCCLF, Deborah plays a complimentary leadership role to the CEO to ensure highly-productive day to day management of the organization. She maintains general oversight of internal operations and work plans, and helps establish and execute organizational priorities.

Deborah has over 30 years of experience leading community development organizations and programs. She brings a depth of knowledge and experience in the CDFI industry having founded and served for 12 years as the President and CEO of Greenville Housing Fund, which later became CommunityWorks Carolina.

Deborah holds a Master’s degree in urban planning from Texas Southern University and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of South Carolina. She is also an alumna of Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Institute. Deborah currently serves on the boards of organizations such as SC Community Capital Alliance, SC Association for Community Economic Development, the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors.

Nancy J. Leon Chief Financial Officer
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As Chief Financial Officer, Nancy is responsible for all of the organization’s financial matters including formulating and implementing policies and plans to meet the organization’s short and long-term financial objectives, as well as assuring adherence to all required compliance, regulation, and financial reporting required of SCCLF’s programs.

Nancy is an accomplished accounting and financial professional with significant expertise in leading the consolidation of 11 multi-currency subsidiaries through audits and tax filings. She has demonstrated an ability to streamline business operations through system migrations that help improve efficiency, drive growth and ultimately increase the bottom-line of the organization.

Nancy holds a MBA in Finance from NYU and a BSBA from Bucknell University where she majored in Accounting and minored in Art.

Menia D. Lee, MBA Chief Operating Officer

Menia joined SCCLF in 2022 as Grants and Investments Manager. She has over 29 years’ experience as a trained research administrator and business professional, with specific focus on key areas - grants/proposal development, project management/leadership, operations, compliance, and nonprofit governance.  Menia has been highly instrumental and successful in securing federal, state, and local grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.  She has served as a principal investigator, compliance specialist and technology specialist for several federal grant projects (United States Army Medical Research, National Institutes of Minority Health Disparities, and U.S. Department of the Interior). She has served on national grant review panels and is a certified grant writer. Menia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Claflin University and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Claflin University.

Brian Colclough Chief Lending Officer

Brian Colclough is a seasoned banking professional with 13 years of experience in the financial industry. As the Chief Lending Officer for the SC Community Loan Fund, Brian plays a pivotal role in directing and managing the loan portfolio of the organization. His expertise lies in establishing effective procedures and strategies that promote the long-term growth and success of the company.

Throughout his career, Brian has demonstrated his proficiency in various areas of lending, including consumer and business lending, as well as merchant services. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and insights gained from his experience working with major banks such as Wells Fargo, regional banks like First Citizens Bank and Synovus Bank, as well as credit unions.

Brian’s primary focus and specialty revolve around small business lending and banking. He has successfully managed the entire lending process, from initial application to final approval, ensuring exceptional customer service and compliance with regulatory requirements. His dedication to providing tailored financial solutions to small businesses has been instrumental in driving their growth and success.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brian is a graduate of Claflin University, where he acquired a solid foundation in finance and business. He has also demonstrated his commitment to personal and professional development through participation in prestigious programs such as the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia Program and the Charleston Metro Chamber's Minority Board of Directors Training in 2023.

With his extensive industry knowledge, leadership acumen, and strong network, Brian fosters meaningful relationships with external stakeholders, including regulators, industry associations, and community groups. He actively contributes to developing and implementing the company's lending strategies, aligning them with broader organizational goals.

Brian Colclough’s passion for empowering small businesses, combined with his strategic vision and wealth of experience, make him a valuable asset to the SC Community Loan Fund and a trusted leader in the banking industry.

Allen Brown Senior Loan Officer

Allen joined SCCLF in 2023, bringing with him over 20 years of experience of assisting entrepreneurs start, grow, and fund their ventures. Prior to joining SCCLF, Allen served as the Midlands Coordinator and Business Consultant of the SC SBDC Columbia Area Center. Where he led the office to its best overall performance in recent history. His particular areas of interest/expertise are all things entrepreneurial finance, Business Model Development, Marketing and Sales, Business Valuation, and Exit Planning.

Allen Brown has long believed that entrepreneurship is a vehicle to create and transition wealth. The core of his work focuses on helping entrepreneurs of privately held businesses elevate their activities in order to get control of their companies while achieving their personal, business, and financial goals with a focus on creating transferable value.

Allen holds four (4) Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Webster University. He’s also a graduate of what is now Truist Bank, formerly BB&T’s Management Development Program.

Allen lives in Columbia. He is an avid reader and enjoys watching college basketball and spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

The quote that best expresses his philosophy toward work/life came from his wonderful wife of 20 years, Darlene, “Teamwork makes the dream work. If the dream isn’t working, it’s because the team isn’t working.”

How he defines success: Loving God, Loving People, Fulfilling My God Giving Call the way He Commands.

Tamera Adams Grants and Data Impact Manager

Tamera joins SCCLF as the Grants and Data Impact Manager. She has several years of experience serving non-profit communities including roles in global environmental conservation and local youth houselessness prevention programs. Tamera brings her expertise in both grants management and direct community service. She has received many accolades across her journey in the non-profit environment, namely a Letter of Commendation from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and an award from the Department of Homeland security for her work with survivors of human trafficking. She also served as the U.S Foundation and Grants representative for a global conference spanning 12 countries. Tamera holds a B.S in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services from the College of Coastal Georgia and continues to serve her community with diligence and passionate pursuit.

Kimberley Brown Community Development Loan Officer

Kimberley Brown joined SCCLF in April of 2023 as Community Development Loan Officer and will be responsible for supporting the mission through ensuring the continued growth of SCCLF's loan portfolio across South Carolina. She will be based out of the Columbia office. Kimberley has over 15 years' experience in the banking industry and has held a wide range of positions with increasing responsibility at several financial institutions. She also earned her South Carolina real estate license prior to joining SCCLF. Kimberley is a native of Irmo, SC. She received her Associate and Bachelor degrees in Business Management and Business Administration from Midlands Technical College and Webster University, respectively.

Heather Green Staff Accountant

Heather joins SCCLF as Staff Accountant with over 25 years’ experience as an accountant and Supply Chain Expert. Her career includes extensive accounting and data information management, having achieved 9 successive positions with such large-scale business and manufacturing enterprises as Campbell Snack’s, which she believes has made her the well-rounded professional she is today. She believes her greatest strengths at work is root cause analysis, data integrity and process improvement. Heather is detail oriented and truly loves accounting.

Heather enjoys working outdoors and helping the community. While in Charlotte NC, she frequently volunteered at local foodbanks and churches. Her desire to expand her knowledge in Non-Profit Lending and community development led her to the S.C. Community Loan Fund, where she hopes to use her skills to support its mission to help communities grow and thrive!

Heather is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BSBA Accounting degree and born and was raised in Charleston SC. She is a HUGE dog lover and enjoys traveling the country with her family in her RV.

Katie Matthews Office Administrator

Katie joins SCCLF as the Office Administrator. Her role supports the Operations Team and she is responsible for a wide range of operational and administrative support duties for the organization. In addition, she also assists with data entry and analysis, support of SCCLF’s LEAP Entrepreneurial Hub, and special projects coordination.

Katie comes to SCCLF with twelve years of banking and lending experience. She is passionate about making lending an available resource to everyone and draws inspiration from her many years of experience working in the lending space to support the SCCLF’s mission to provide lending to underserved communities. In addition to being a seasoned veteran banker, Katie is also a small business owner who understands very well the challenges facing small businesses today and is empathetic to their plight. Katie is committed to supporting our lending strategy for increased access to resource for businesses of all sizes.

Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in Media Studies from the College of Charleston.

Greg Perry Program and Partnership Manager

Greg Perry is a native of North Charleston, SC. Greg has spent his life seeking to be for others what he wishes someone would be for him if he found himself in that same circumstance. This is how serving his community became a vital part of who he is today. He started a nonprofit in 2009 to assist single moms with the necessities to enhance their everyday lives. He has served as a mentor, youth basketball coach, and adopted dad at schools for young boys. Additionally, Greg served as a volunteer Chaplain at the detention center in North Charleston, SC. Greg has a B.S. in Business Administration, M.S. in Higher Education, and graduate hours towards an MBA from The Citadel. He has worked as an educator in a middle school, taught a marketing course, and now he is currently a program manager of an entrepreneurial program at SC Community Loan Fund.

Christine M. Smith Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager

Christine Smith joined SCCLF in May of 2023 as a Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager and is responsible for closing and servicing SCCLF’s loan portfolio. She is based out of the Charleston office. Christine earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from SUNY Broome Community College and immediately went to work specializing in mortgages and real estate. She has over 30 years experience as a real estate paralegal. Christine brings to SCCLR her extended experience in handling many commercial and residential real estate transactions of all types from contract to close. Additionally, Christine obtained her NYS NMLS mortgage license and utilized that license and loan background as a loan originator at a community bank in NY.

Christine is a native of Binghamton, NY and moved to Charleston, SC in 2017. She enjoys working with people of our community and assisting them to accomplish their goals in real estate owning and mortgage loan borrowing.

Rebeckah A. Trapp Office Administrator

As the Office Administrator, Rebeckah works with employees to ensure they have all the tools and resources needed to complete their everyday tasks. She also helps implement new ideas and processes to SCCLF.
Rebeckah started working in administration when she served 5 years in the Air Force. When she transitioned out of the military she continued working in the administrative field. She has experience working with systems and creating new systems that fit well within a company. She is currently working on getting her bachelor's degree in business administration to continue she growth in administration work here at SCCLF.

Martha Young Executive Assistant

As SCCLF Executive Assistant, Martha is responsible for a wide range of executive support and administration tasks. She acts as a liaison and provides support to our Board and Committees.

Martha came to SCCLF after serving nine years as the Executive Assistant at CommunityWorks, Inc.
In addition to her direct experience providing executive support in the CDFI field, Martha was employed at Duke Energy Corporation for several years. While there, she provided human resource services through research, training, and development.

Board Members

Loan Committee

Housing Loan Committee
Adolphus Johnson
Selena Pickens
Ginny Stroud
Michael Mansson
Richard Doelling
Robert Thomas
Commercial Loan Committee
Charles Dew
Corey McClary
Nilsy Rapalo
Jennifer Arato
Sedrick McCallum
Andy Hewitt
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