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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Brendan Buttimer
Senior Loan & NMTC Officer
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Deborah McKetty
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Joseph Dukes
Senior Loan Officer
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Kelly Sharkey
Program Manager
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Majda Cisic
Accounting Manager
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Martha Young
Executive Assistant
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Nancy J. Leon
Chief Financial Officer
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Nathaniel Barber
Chief Executive Officer
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Sedeyia Bellamy
Community Development Loan Officer- Midlands
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Shelley Hough
Portfolio Manager
Brendan Buttimer Senior Loan & NMTC Officer

Brendan is responsible for the growth, management and soundness of SCCLF's loan portfolio in Upstate SC as well as business development program marketing.

Brendan received his master's degree in history for Armstrong Atlantic State University. He has over 10 years of management experience, including two years serving as the Executive Director of Hub City Farmers' Market, a successful and widely known nonprofit organization in Spartanburg. Brendan graduated the Spartanburg Healthy Organization Institute in 2014 and serves on the Upstate Food Policy Council.

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.

Joseph Dukes Senior Loan Officer
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As the Coastal Community Development Loan Officer, Joseph is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in Coastal SC as well as business development and program marketing.

Joseph comes to SCCLF with 12 years of experience working in diverse outreach and programmatic roles within the public sector. Most recently, Joseph worked as a Compliance Manager with the City of Columbia where he was responsible for the management and monitoring of 8 million dollars in federal funds, as well as a staff of five. Prior to that role, he spent several years working with woman and minority small business owners on certification, underwriting, and business development at the Governor’s Office. He also previously worked in the claims department for Colonial Life Insurance and BlueCross BlueShield of SC. Joseph holds a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law.

Kelly Sharkey Program Manager

As Program Manager, Kelly oversees the development and implementation of SCCLF’s programs, emphasizing technical assistance, and assessment and knowledge sharing, across all four of SCCLF’s lending areas (affordable housing, healthy food, community facilities, and community business).

Kelly Sharkey began her career in non-profit work in New Orleans, LA, helping with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. There she gained experience in affordable housing where she assisted low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers achieve the ultimate dream of homeownership. As a licensed Real Estate Agent, she focused on affordable housing and provided homebuyer training to first-time homebuyers. She also oversaw all fundraising, volunteer recruitment and major events. Kelly recently completed a dual master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University. Prior to joining SCCLF, she was a case manager at a homeless shelter, working specifically with permanent supportive housing programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sedeyia Bellamy Community Development Loan Officer- Midlands

As the Midlands Community Development Loan Officer, Sedeyia is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in the Midlands SC as well as business development and program marketing.

Sedeyia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from South Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.

Sedeyia has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Her passion for non-profits began in Charlotte, NC assisting individuals in achieving the dream of home ownership. As a certified HUD housing counselor, Sedeyia was an advocate for low to moderate income individuals and minorities who have not been able to gain access to affordable home ownership. By providing comprehensive counseling, individuals were able to overcome financial roadblocks and find affordable outcomes.

Shelley Hough Portfolio Manager
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As Portfolio Manager, Shelley provides support to the financial management and operations of SCCLF. Her responsibilities include loan policies and procedures compliance, overseeing loan closings, loan document management, underwriting/closing loan modifications, site visits and loan monitoring, and borrower relations.

Shelley graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and in 2005 graduated from Trident Technical College from the American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program. Shelley has over 12 years of experience in the legal field, serving for over five of those years as a commercial and/or residential real estate closer.

Board Members

Loan Committee

Housing Loan Committee
Thomas Anderson
South State Bank
Jaclyn Kohlhepp
Martin Livingston
City of Spartanburg
Michael Mansson
Ziff Properties
Earl Porterfield
Project Consultant
Commercial Loan Committee
Jennifer Arato
The Bank of South Carolina
Zach Bearden
Origin Development Partners
Henry Givens
TD Bank
Drew Harrison
The Green Heart Project
Andy Hewitt
The Paramount Group-SC
Thomas Lauria
Small Business Development Center
Sedrick McCallum
Synovus Bank
Pamela Williams
Santee Cooper