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
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Nancy J. Leon
Chief Financial Officer
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Evita Singleton
Director of Human Resources
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Menia D. Lee, MBA
Director of Operations
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Kimberley Brown
Community Development Loan Officer
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Majda Cisic
Accounting Manager
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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

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.

Evita Singleton Director of Human Resources

Evita joined SCCLF in 2022 as Human Resources Director. She has over 25 years of combined corporate and non-profit leadership experience in retail, manufacturing, technology, and communications. She has played a vital role in propelling organizations to thrive through periods of change, through her unique ability to foster positive culture transformations. As a proud “champion of people” Evita is committed to embracing the beauty of diversity and creating a sense of purpose in the workplace. Evita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management from Strayer University. She is SHRM-CP and PHR certified.

Menia D. Lee, MBA Director of Operations

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.

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.

Majda Cisic Accounting Manager
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As SCCLF's Staff Accountant, Majda supports the financial management and operations of the organization through the maintenance of loan accounting records, servicing of loans receivable, and by providing accounting support.

Majda graduated in May 2019 from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Previously, Majda worked for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank where she focused on lending to farmers in rural communities. While working in the Loan Accounting Department for AgFirst, she developed her accounting skills as well as an interest in nonprofit work and a desire to serve her community.

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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