Communities In Schools of Durham 
3412 Westgate Drive, Suite 301 
Durham, NC 27707


Office: 919.403.1936



In partnership with:

Our Board of Directors



Helen “Sunny” Ladd, Ph.D., Board Chair

Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Duke University

Shawn Cockerham, Vice Chair

Insurance Agent/Business Owner, State Farm Insurance

Della Michaux, MBA, MHA, Secretary

Broker, Union Insurance and Realty Co.

Sherrod Banks, J.D.

Founder, The Banks Law Firm


Shannon Tucker, J.D.

Assistant Public Defender, Durham County, District 14

Melissa Ekanem, MBA

Data Consultant, Fidelity Investments

Nikia Williams, J.D.

Attorney, State of North Carolina

V. Dianne Pledger

Senior Director of Development, Shaw University



I had a conference this week with my son’s teacher about his grades, and she reported to me that she had seen such a magnificent change in him within the last month. And I owe it all to the Strengthening Families Program.