Who We Are
Rebuild Durham, Inc (RBD). RBD, established in 1999, is a tax-exempt non-profit Community Housing Redevelopment Organization (CHDO). Rebuild Communities NC is an initiative under the umbrella of Rebuild Durham, Inc.
Our Mission is to address barriers to growth and development of healthy, safe, and affordable communities in minority and low wealth neighborhoods. The mission is achieved through Community Development Housing Initiatives and Economic Development Coalitions. We promote positive aspects of African American History and Culture to increase community awareness of African American contributions. We provide workforce development training, homebuyer education, financial literacy, fair housing/lending education, and small/women owned business entrepreneurship programs to assist in economic mobility and wealth creation.
Edythe Hall Thompson, Executive Director is a driven visionary and executive leader in the field of community and economic development. Hall Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in driving dramatic results in national economic development and partnership building. Hall Thompson is a former President for the Prince-George Maryland NAACP.
2018 RBD Board of Directors
Stancil Clark, Chairman
Edythe Thompson, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Dorcus Bradley, Phd , Secretary
Latasha Best, Treasurer
Charles Stephenson, Legislative Affairs
Sharon DuBois, Governmental Affairs
Sandee Washington, Social Media
Rudy Merritt, Construction Management
Sandy Jackson, President Emeritus
Tonya Hall, "My goal is to enhance the educational opportunities for those that have mostly
dropped out of high school and may feel education isn't as important." Hall is a veteran educator
who has been an instructor at multiple institutions such as Durham Technical Community College and
North Carolina Central University. July 9, Hall started her first free four-week GED program. Folks
can register for the free program by calling 919.680.8005 or by stopping by to sign up at the resource.
Robert M. Santucci and Carlis P. Sweat, our trainers have receive national awards for training excellence. They are masters of live instruction, a dynamic mixture of education and entertainment. “If we haven’t done it, we don’t offer it”. Each has completed at least 200 single-family renovations. Senior trainer RM Santucci edited The Rehab Specialist Manual Of Practice and has published over 80 substantial articles in 25 publications on effective rehabilitation . Carlis Sweat is an active Sr. Rehab Specialist with extensive current knowledge in North Carolina policies and renovation techniques. They are the best of two worlds – real, hands-on rehabbers who have also mastered the craft of adult training. Come see for yourself. They will change your concept of the benefits and advantages of classroom instruction.
David Del Vecchio has over 20 years of experience and 250 MW of design, installation, operations and maintenance of photovoltaic systems under his belt. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. David has designed and installed off‐grid systems with solar/wind/hydro/generator hybrid systems, commercial rooftops and large‐scale ground mounted solar farms.
David became certified by NABCEP as a Certified PV Installation Professional in 2005. He became certified as an IREC Certified Master Trainer for Photovoltaics in 2010. David has been President of Solar Seed, Inc., since 2006. In this capacity, David provides 3rd party services with design assistance, training, construction QC, inspections and commissioning, performance verifications, operations and maintenance. As a sought‐after PV trainer in NC, David teaches for the NC Solar Center, Central Carolina Community College, and for Solar Energy International based in Colorado. He also teaches in Canada, Hawaii and the British Virgin Islands.