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Natalie Young Williams, JD:
Executive Director

Natalie Young Williams, JD:
Executive Director

Natalie Young Williams, JD, is thrilled to join the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership as the organization’s Executive Director. The T3 Partnership, founded in 2020, is positioned to be a dynamic leader in bridging the high school to higher education and workforce gap by leveraging its strong and effective partnerships to create life-changing postsecondary pathways and supports for Tarrant County students.

As a cabinet member with more than 15 years of work experience in both the nonprofit and educational sectors, Natalie is ready to combine her passion for student achievement, sharp visionary intellect and dedication to organizational success with leading T3’s talented team. Her track record of managing high performing teams and instilling operational excellence in K-12 and higher education has prepared her for the transformational work required to lead T3 through the critical organizational stages of growth and longevity.

Natalie joins T3 after serving as the Chief of Staff and Director of Institutional Advancement at Paul Quinn College (PQC), an HBCU in Dallas, Texas. In that capacity, she worked to forge strategic alliances to advance the growth goals of the PQC Corporate Work Program and the development initiatives of the College. Natalie has more than a decade of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. Prior to joining PQC, Natalie was the Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Achievement Solutions and Corporate Strategy for EdisonLearning. While at EdisonLearning, she managed the strategic alliance with Magic Johnson Enterprises, led an education division of over 600 employees, and was the Executive Director of Friends of Magic, a corporate and community engagement effort for the national network of Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies.

Natalie is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and Arizona State University with degrees in Philosophy and Journalism. She relocated to Dallas/Fort Worth from Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Morris L. Williams III. Natalie and Morris have a blended family of three children.

Richard Owens:
Managing Director of Program

Richard Owens:
Managing Director of Program

Richard Owens began his career in the classroom teaching fifth-grade math and science, and later joined Teach for America in a variety of roles. As a senior managing director for Teach for America, where he built a community of more than 600 equity-driven corps members and alumni. With a focus on the power of diversity, Richard increased team composition from 25 to 45 percent people of color with varied backgrounds and experiences. He also designed and led staff learning experiences focused on the integration of personal values, cultivated relationships with key stakeholders and fostered an organizational culture that contributed to a 20 percent increase in teacher satisfaction.

Most recently, Richard served as a District Support Consultant at the Holdsworth Center. In this role, he supported two North Texas districts is assessing and revamping their district wide talent development systems and practices.

Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the Cobb County School District in Marietta, Georgia. Outside work, he enjoys spending fall Saturdays pining for the University of Georgia’s first football national championship in over three decades, acting like a kid with his two kids, and learning how to manage the Pandora’s box of Texas backyard landscaping.

Julian Torres, MBA:
Managing Director of Operations

Julian Torres, MBA:
Managing Director of Operations

Julian Torres is the founding Director of Operations for T3 and ensures strong support is provided to our student- and school-facing staff and manages operational responsibilities for the organization.

Julian has a profound belief that all children, regardless or income, race, or zip code have a right to a high-quality, free education and has dedicated his career to dismantling systems that aim to do otherwise. His career in education began as a 2010 Teach For America - DFW corps member where he taught middle school Social Studies and served as an instructional coach and classroom culture expert. Most recently, Julian worked with Uplift Education as a Regional Director of Operations managing all operational activities for numerous schools in DFW. Prior to that, he served as a campus Operations Director and a Dean of Students.

Julian holds a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's of Business Administration from Syracuse University. In his free time, he enjoys visiting his family back home in New York City, watching college football, playing sand volleyball, and cooking for friends and family.

Tanisha Buggs:
Human Resource Generalist

Tanisha Buggs:
Human Resource Generalist

Tanisha is a California native who transitioned to Texas. She joins the T3 team with over 7 years of broad-based work experience in Human Resources spanning across a diverse network of industries from higher education to healthcare, human services, local government, and private sector. Prior to joining T3, Tanisha served as the Interim HR Director for a Mental & Behavioral Health hospital in Arlington, TX. As Director she provided support, leadership and guidance in all areas of HR to both staff and the general public. However, having started her HR career in education assisting students, joining the T3 family brings her career full circle. Tanisha pursued her degree in Business Administration and Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University and continues her pursuit as a lifelong learner.

As widow and mom of 3 children (college graduate to high schooler) she knows firsthand the importance of education and the twists and turns that each transition in life can bring. In her spare time Tanisha enjoys working on her podcast, "The Unveiled Widow," where she serves as a resource and advocate for others dealing with grief and the sting of loss. She also enjoys event planning, traveling, bowling, learning golf, surfing the web and spending time with her family and loved ones.

Cory Caldwell:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Cory Caldwell:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Cory Caldwell is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Texas Christian University. As a Fort Worth native, he has witnessed the growth of postsecondary opportunities and the positive impact it has made in the community. Cory served as part of the inaugural TCU CAC cohort where he spent his time helping students at South Hills High School. After serving his two years with CAC, he transitioned into Fort Worth ISD as a College, Career and Military Readiness coach by collaborating with faculty and staff to build a college-going culture while managing the GO Center on campus. Before joining the T3 team, Cory continued assisting students at Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences as a CCMR Coach and University of Texas at Arlington as an Academic Advisor. His previous experiences allowed him to see students transition from high school to college while addressing some of the struggles they face on their college journey. Despite the challenges, he managed to help students move forward with their postsecondary plans.

Cory appreciates mentoring his students and seeing their development from being unsure of the future to planning their career and having a sense of purpose. While staying connected with some of his former students and celebrating their new accomplishments, he continues learning of new obstacles students are having to face in planning their future. He uses diverse methods to help students since each student has individual needs in order to be successful. In his spare time, Cory enjoys spending time with family and friends, video games, watching college football, trying new food and exploring restaurants in the DFW area.

Rachael Carranza Capua, Ed.D.:
Director of College & Career Success

Rachael Carranza Capua, Ed.D.:
Director of College & Career Success

Dr. Rachael Carranza Capua (CAP-you-uh) helps college and grad students go from wondering to finding their why, isolation to community, self-doubt to encouragement, and questioning to empowered. She serves as the founding Director of College & Career Success for the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership and is a speaker, encourager, blogger and believer in all things student persistence.

A Chancellor’s Scholar from Texas Christian University (TCU), "Dr. Cap" graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations. She has an Associate of Arts from Collin College, received her Master’s in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma, and has a doctoral degree in Higher Education from the Department of Ed Policy and Leadership at SMU.

Followed by a few years in corporate marketing and development in the risk management industry, Dr. Cap served as TCU’s Assistant Director of the Sophomore & Junior Year Experience. In this role, she spearheaded the University’s Transfer Center and launched the institution’s financial wellness program. Following TCU, she worked in the Chancellor’s Office at Tarrant County College, a two-year institution serving approximately 100,000 students, as the district’s first Manager of Internal Communications. In this position, she was charged with streamlining college-wide communication efforts for approximately 6,300 employees and planning district-wide events on behalf of the Executive Cabinet.

A Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Cap cares deeply about civic and community engagement and was recently appointed to the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission where she chairs the Education Committee. She serves on the boards for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Young Women's Leadership Academy, and the Center for Transforming Lives. Married to her husband Carlo, they love living, working, and serving in Tarrant County.

Daniela Castro:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Daniela Castro:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Daniela is a first-generation student with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from UT Arlington. Daniela has experience helping students find their focus, navigate the complex admissions process, and overcome rising obstacles once in college.

Daniela believes every person has a right to postsecondary education, regardless of background or socioeconomic status. She began her journey in higher education as a Success Coach at Tarrant County College and continued as a College Navigator at Clackamas Community College.

As a DACA recipient, she is excited to serve as a Postsecondary Pathways Associate to encourage equal and equitable access to postsecondary education in her community.

Arrianna Cervantes:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Arrianna Cervantes:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Arrianna Cervantes is a first-generation college student with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Arrianna served with the TCU College Advising Corps for three years at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth ISD. Arrianna is passionate about the opportunities access to higher education can bring to a community. She is also an advocate for access to mental healthcare and erasing the stigma surrounding its discussion. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family, and trying new things.

Delaney Clark:
Senior Systems Analyst

Delaney Clark:
Senior Systems Analyst

Delaney comes to T3 after working directly with public high school students in underserved communities to improve their educational attainment through the College Advising Corps. In her time there, she served two years at Trimble Tech High School and as the inaugural T3 senior college adviser at Dunbar High School. Now, as T3’s Senior Systems Analyst, she uses her technical expertise to drive her passion for increasing educational access by establishing ETL processed, implementing the technical components of new district initiatives, and designing and configuring Salesforce reports and dashboards to monitor progress toward program goals. In addition, Delaney, a Salesforce Certified Administrator, manages platform configurations and system integrations.

Originally hailing from a small town in West Texas, Delaney is the proud daughter of Texas public school educators. She herself graduated from Texas public schools before moving to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University. Delaney holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Geoscience and Master of Liberal Arts. Outside of work, Delaney enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.

Shawnta Coleman:
Family Engagement Associate

Shawnta Coleman:
Family Engagement Associate

Shawnta is a native Texan of Irving, but she has lived most of her life in Fort Worth. Prior to T3, Shawnta worked and supported students, colleagues, and the community at Tarrant County College. She served on several committees and collaborated on programs and events.

Her education started off as a non-traditional student. As a single mom of two daughters and a domestic engineer, she needed to enter the workforce. She earned two certificates in office administration and management before obtaining her GED ten years after dropping out of the 10th grade. After obtaining her GED, Shawnta also received her Associate of Arts degree along with a certificate in Management and Leadership. With over thirteen years of administrative expertise, nine of those years were served in higher education.

Shawnta is a fun-loving, life-giving mom of two adult daughters and friend to all. She also serves in many capacities at a faith base organization. In her free time, she enjoys movies, games, karaoke, and spending time with family and friends.

Kasandra Fernandez:
Family Engagement Associate

Kasandra Fernandez:
Family Engagement Associate

Kasandra’s extensive background of local community organizing, nonprofit outreach, and partnership cultivation have fueled her passion for engagement work.

Kasandra has a strong passion for creating social service programs that reflect the community that they intend to serve. As a proud first-generation college graduate, Kasandra focuses on creating accessible processes, spaces, and bridging opportunities for representation in an intentional way. As a Candidate for a Masters in Business Administration with a Data Analytics concentration, Kasandra hopes to further close the information gap to further address disparities in our communities.

In her most recent position as the Outreach Specialist at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), Kasandra spearheaded multiple recruitment initiatives for multiple social service programs at the agency. Kasandra's legacy at CCFW is leading the way toward the end of recruitment for their randomized control trial for their bold research initiative, Padua.

In her spare time Kasandra enjoys traveling with family and friends. She also enjoys watching classic films and reading a good book.

Mayra Flores:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Mayra Flores:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Mayra Flores is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Mayra is a California native that relocated to Texas in 2012 when she joined Teach For America as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher with Fort Worth ISD. After teaching in the Stop 6 neighborhood for 3 years, Mayra transitioned to an instructional coach position in Dallas ISD. In Dallas, Mayra was an ELAR instructional coach in the North Dallas and Pleasant Grove Area. Prior to joining the T3 team, Mayra also served as an Assistant Principal for 5 years at John Adams Middle School in Grand Prairie ISD.

As the oldest daughter of an immigrant family, Mayra is passionate about working with students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds. She is committed to helping such students realize their strengths and achieve their personal, educational, and professional aspirations. Mayra believes in coaching youth to leverage the power of their cultural uniqueness as they engage with the world and unlock their cultural intelligence potential. She hopes her students will utilize their communities’ resources - tenacity, and hopefulness among them - to create generational change. Mayra has become an unwavering advocate of mental health and encourages all individuals to take care of themselves in order to better serve their students and families. In her spare time, Mayra enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling as much as possible, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading a good book.

Emi Gomez:
Postsecondary Pathways Associate

Emi Gomez:
Postsecondary Pathways Associate

Emi Gomez is a first-generation Mexican American and a first-generation college graduate of Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She is currently working on her Master's of Education in Counseling on the Clinical Mental Health track in hopes of working towards her LPC. Born and raised in South Fort Worth, she knew as a third grader that she wanted to be the first in her family to attend college but didn't know the steps necessary to be successful in this journey. As a senior at South Hills High School, Emi visited the Go Center on campus to meet with Mr. Caldwell who helped her achieve her dreams and become a Community Scholar at TCU. After graduation, Emi served three years with the TCU College Advising Corps. She served her first two years at her alma mater, South Hills, and her last year as the Senior College Adviser at Polytechnic High School working with a talented female team of four other TCU advisers.

Emi is a passionate advocate for mental health access and education in the Hispanic community. She believes that every student, regardless of background, deserves someone that believes in them and to have equal access to the resources that can allow them to earn a postsecondary credential. Using her bilingual skills as a Spanish speaker, counseling, and college and career advising, Emi is excited to join T3 and continue to work with students and families as the Postsecondary Pathways Associate. In her free time, Emi loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and cook and bake vegetarian friendly recipes. She enjoys weight training, yoga and long hikes with the fur babies, her two rescue dogs Daenerys and Theon. Emi and her partner Aaron are excited to welcome a new addition to the family due this fall.

Alexis Gonzales:
Scholarship & Program Associate

Alexis Gonzales:
Scholarship & Program Associate

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Alexis is a graduate from O.D. Wyatt High School. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology, Alexis began her career working as the Programming Specialist on the Access & Inclusion Team within the Office of Admissions at UT Austin. As a first-generation college graduate, Alexis has a passion for serving future generations of students, while addressing inequities in historically underserved communities. In her free time, Alexis enjoys traveling, cooking, going to concerts, and spending time with close friends and family.

Schavion Graham:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Schavion Graham:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Schavion is a Huntsville, AL native and two time from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration. He joins the T3 team with a professional and volunteer history that focuses on serving others through education, the non-profit sector, and workforce development.

He has always had a passion for serving others through volunteering and began in high school tutoring and mentoring younger students in high school, serving as a student organization advisor in college, and lead to tenure as classroom teacher.

After leaving the classroom Schavion, found another avenue to continue to educate through Career Counseling and creating programing for young adults and adults, and displayed his passion for community through working in the non-profit sector.

He is a graduate of Leadership ISD’s Civic Voices Tarrant County class of 2021, Certified Business Services Consultant and serves on the board of directors for Western Hills High School Cougar Pride Alliance. Mr. Graham is a current resident of Bedford, TX and believes that community is not limited to where you live or work, but also where you invest your time and effort.

Rimaujhi’a Greenlee:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Rimaujhi’a Greenlee:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Rimaujhi’a Greenlee is a Tacoma, Washington native who graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a B.S. in Medical Anthropology and Global Health along with a minor in Diversity. Rimaujhi’a is very passionate about achieving equity and accessibility to health care and education amongst underserved, marginalized communities.

While in attendance at the University of Washington, she served the First Year Programs department as a Peer Instructor, supporting students through their first quarter of university. In her free time, she enjoys being around her family and watching movies. She is also very excited to serve her new community of Fort Worth, Texas with T3!

Beatriz Gutierrez, M.Ed.:
Manager of College & Career Success

Beatriz Gutierrez, M.Ed.:
Manager of College & Career Success

Beatriz Gutierrez is the Manager of College & Career Success at the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership. She joins the team with over 12 years of experience in higher education, and is committed to improving student opportunities as they navigate the path that is right for them.

A first-generation college student, Beatriz graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Communications and Spanish. She also has a master's in educational administration. Prior to T3, Beatriz was an Assistant Director of First Year Admission at TCU, committed to building a university for all and celebrating diversity in all its forms. In this position, she worked with Community Scholars, Stem Scholars, International students, and domestic students as well as counselor events.

In her spare time, Beatriz enjoys watching films and shows and visiting museums. She also enjoys a good Lavender Latte (Half shot) and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Arielle Hamilton, M.S.:
Director of Analytics

Arielle Hamilton, M.S.:
Director of Analytics

Arielle Hamilton is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s degree in Applied Data Science from Syracuse University. Once she completed undergrad, she moved to Dallas as a 2014 Teach For America corps member. She taught for 6 years and wrote network-wide curriculum for Uplift Education. Uplift Education is where she met her husband James, as well.

Following teaching, she explored corporate data science careers and quickly realized that her true passion was shifting the education system. Her degrees came at the expense of a substantial amount of student loan debt, and she wanted to ensure that this was not the case for future students that come from similar backgrounds.

As Director of Analytics for the Tarrant To & Through Partnership, Arielle provides data insights to ensure the success of students and the organization. In her free time, she loves to explore DFW restaurants with her loved ones.

Isaiah Herbert, M.Ed.:
Lead Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Isaiah Herbert, M.Ed.:
Lead Associate of Postsecondary Advising


As an educator with more than eight years of work experience in secondary schools and higher education, Isaiah is prepared to combine his passion for student success, mentoring, and advocacy, working alongside T3’s diversely dynamic leadership experts.

A Detroit native, Isaiah has overcome adversities with the help of his family, influential educators, and mentors. Being a first-generation college graduate and a proud Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) alumni, Isaiah understands the challenges of today’s youth. He is determined to be a champion for all students, by always having an open door, providing a nonjudgmental ear, and modeling how to find positive solutions for challenging situations.

Before joining T3, Isaiah taught high school English Language Arts, Advanced Placemat Literature and Composition, was a university English/Writing Class Instructor, worked as a College and Career Coordinator, and Director of Career Services. With his robust and unique experiences, he was able to become a published author in the English in Texas, Spring 2022 Volume 50.2 Edition, article titled, “Parking Lot Planning and Drive-Through Instruction,” where he discussed the challenges faced by teachers during the beginning of the pandemic and virtual learning.

Isaiah is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University Graduate School of Education and Florida Memorial University with degrees in Education, Reading, Writing, and English. He relocated to Dallas/Fort Worth from San Francisco/Bay Area with his wife and daughter.

Natalie Jacobs:
Director of Postsecondary Pathways

Natalie Jacobs:
Director of Postsecondary Pathways

Natalie Jacobs is the Director of Postsecondary Pathways at Tarrant to and Through Partnership. She joined the team as Manager of Postsecondary Pathways in 2020 with over eight years or experience in the non-profit and social services sector. Natalie has dedicated her professional career to improving the lives of those who have faced adversity. Once told that she would never graduate from high school, let alone get into college, Natalie has a strong passion for education and encouraging others to persevere, even when the odds may seem stacked against them.

Natalie graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to T3, Natalie was the Stay the Course Network Manager at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), a major non-profit in Fort Worth, which is committed to ending poverty. In this position, Natalie scaled and replicated CCFW’s research-backed community college persistence and degree completion program, Stay the Course, in four locations across the nation. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys being a mother to her two smart, strong, and beautiful daughters, watching college football (go Ducks), hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping – anything in the great outdoors!

Shelby Johnson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Shelby Johnson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Shelby Johnson is a proud Fort Worth native and alumna of Young Women’s Leadership Academy. She is a first-generation college graduate with Bachelor’s degrees in English, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Secondary Education from Texas Christian University (TCU) where she is currently working on a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Leadership.

As a Postsecondary Pathways Associate, Shelby is able to bridge her passions for K-12 education and higher education. She comes to T3 from working as a graduate assistant in the Office of the Chancellor at TCU where she led initiatives and programming centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Shelby is a devoted advocate for social justice. As a teacher at heart, she seeks to apply an equity-based lens to any work she does, especially with the realm of education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Hanna Lynch:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Hanna Lynch:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Hanna Lynch is a Houston, TX native, and she comes from a family of passionate educators. Her mother and sisters inspired her to pursue a career based in care and education. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology, Addiction Studies, and English. While completing her degree, she worked at Lubbock High School under various roles. She was a Resource and Inclusion educational aide, a paraprofessional in the Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills classroom, and an assistant to the diagnosticians for the Special Education Department. During her time at Lubbock High School, Hanna gained a passion for empowering students of all backgrounds. She hopes to continue inspiring students in Fort Worth to develop and pursue their postsecondary goals. New to the Fort Worth area, Hanna enjoys exploring new restaurants with her partner and taking her three dogs for walks in Fort Worth’s beautiful parks.

Imani Milton, BSW:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Imani Milton, BSW:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Imani Milton obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Abilene Christian University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s and working on research dedicated to identifying effective retention strategies for college/university students of color.

Her most recent experience was in advising and coaching first year students considered to be at high risk of attrition, in rural West Texas. During her time in Abilene, she discovered her passion to help empower students to push forward through obstacles and toward success. Imani is most excited to witness students grow in their confidence and acknowledge that they can do anything they aspire to achieve.

More than anything, Imani values loving one another and moving with a purpose. She is confident that working for T3 will allow her to grow and help grow others. In this way students may be encouraged to set their minds on exploring their own purpose and seeing it through.

Brooke Mims:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Brooke Mims:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Brooke Mims was born and raised in Fort Worth Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Texas in Arlington. Brooke served as Case Manager for the Boys and Girls Club Gang Intervention Program-Comin Up for 2 years. In this role, she was able to establish great connections with multiple high schools and student support groups in Fort Worth and Crowley ISD. Brooke had the opportunity to serve as a social and emotional support specialist at Crowley High School for two years. This role allowed her to help students with college readiness and social emotional support.

Brooke also served as the After School Program Lead and Sr Programmer with the city of Fort Worth for 5 years. Brooke has worked and volunteered for multiple non-profits around the City of Fort Worth. Brooke is very passionate about working with youth from all areas of life. She enjoys reading, traveling, trying new food, and spending time with her family.

Kennetha Perera, M.Ed.:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Kennetha Perera, M.Ed.:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Kennetha Perera is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Studio Fine Arts from Texas Christian University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Design from The Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from West Texas A&M University. She joins the team with 13 years of experience in education serving communities and their students in a myriad of capacities; from instructional to advisory as well serving as a Program and Behavioral specialist for the Morningside and Southside communities. Kennetha is passionate about providing equitable and accessible tools and guidance for ALL students in pursuit of their secondary and post-secondary goals and aspirations. In her spare time, Kennetha enjoys cooking with her Husband, playing the 1990’s edition of Super Mario with her Daughter, immersing herself in HGTV, and binge watching films of the 90s.

Sam Petty:
Director of Development

Sam Petty:
Director of Development

Sam Petty is a Fort Worth native and is passionate about serving her hometown. Prior to T3, Sam worked for Quindigo, a nonprofit management company and was Executive Director and Communications Manager for two local nonprofits. Sam is co-chair of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association where she helped design and launch a mentor program for FWAFA alumni and current students. She also volunteers for Vote Fort Worth, The Fort Worth Promotion & Development Fund and is a member of the Women's Policy Forum.

Sam graduated from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, TX with a bachelor's degree in studio art & graphic design. She has worked in various creative departments developing brand identity and continues to do freelance graphic design work for various non-profits and international clients. Sam has a garden of mostly exotic hot peppers that may or may not be too spicy to eat, keeps backyard chickens and enjoys time at home with her husband and daughter.

Tyler Provost:
Manager of College & Career Success

Tyler Provost:
Manager of College & Career Success

Tyler Provost is a TCU Community Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. Growing up with an educator for a mom, Tyler was instilled with the importance of education which would ultimately guide his professional post collegiate career. Upon graduating, he joined the TCU College Advising Corps Team serving at Oscar Dean (O.D.) Wyatt High School. After an impactful 2 years of service, he rejoined the O.D. Wyatt team as a College and Career Readiness Coach through Fort Worth ISD.

After marrying his high school sweetheart Marquia in 2019 and having his bundle of joy Leila Grace in 2020, Tyler worked at Meacham Middle School and Northside High School where he continued serving students in their post-secondary aspirations. He led scholarship workshops on both campuses, college application completion for Northside, and coached basketball. Most recently, Tyler served at Cristo Rey Fort Worth in the capacity of talent and learning development where he taught students soft and hard skills in order to maintain good employment status in their work study positions. This role would ultimately prepare Tyler to join the T3 family where he can continue advocating for student success in the higher education space.

Tyler’s passion is the advocacy of young people in the acquisition of collegiate exploration to persistence and completion. He has had many people come alongside him through mentorship. Today, as T3's Manager of College & Career Success, he wants to give back to students with similar experiences. Personally, he loves a good meal and good conversation!

Marqullia Robertson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Marqullia Robertson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Marqullia Robertson is a native of Los Angeles, California. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school with Honors. Marqullia attended Northern Arizona University in 2006. There she found her passion for helping others and connecting them to resources. While attending Northern Arizona University, Marqullia became a Senior Peer Advisor for students who were a part of the Student Transition Academic Readiness Program (also known as STAR). Marqullia connected well with her students and was able to assist many of them in this program because she also came from a similar background (low-income, first-generation, and minority student).

At Northern Arizona University Marqullia served on several committees and was able to advocate for her students, peers, and residents of Northern Arizona. Marqullia’s willingness to seek resources to ensure the University and the local community had options for their success earned her several awards, including Northern Arizona University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award. Marqullia graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with multiple degrees: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology. After graduation Marqullia maintained a career in management but felt she was missing her passion in life. Marqullia believed there must be a way to assist with the success of youth before they enter the system or before they become an adult. In 2015 Marqullia received her Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a focus on Applied Behavior.

In 2019 Marqullia started her career in behavioral health working with youth and families. There she had a hybrid position as a Clinical Projects Coordinator. This position granted her access to youth and families who needed the most assistance due to various challenges and roadblocks. Marqullia was able to advocate for youth and individual families’ needs by developing various programs and creating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and peers. Marqullia’s passion for generating opportunities creatively for youth and their families earned her serval awards.

Because Marqullia is a helper at heart she recently moved back to Texas to assist her family. In her free time, Marqullia enjoys: spending time with family, cooking, watching/going to sporting events, music, outdoor activities, and exploring new things in Texas

Alexis Robinson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Alexis Robinson:
Associate of Postsecondary Advising

Alexis Robinson is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Texas A&M University - Commerce.

Born and raised in the Fort Worth area, Alexis graduated from Southwest High School and started her college journey here in by attending Tarrant County College receiving an Associate Degree of Arts.

As a first college graduate, Alexis had to push herself to the completion on college, which is why she is excited be the helping hand for students post secondary success today. Alexis passion for student success begin during her years of being a substitute teacher while finishing her bachelors degree. She is excited to see and be a part of the opportunities and success that comes from this program.

During her free time, Alexis enjoys hanging with her nieces and nephews, watching sports or traveling. Most of her free time is dedicated to self care and mental health check ups on family.


Katherine Smith:
Executive Assistant

Katherine Smith:
Executive Assistant

Katherine Smith is a 4th generation Fort Worth native from a family rooted in civic and community affairs. She joins the T3 Team supporting the Executive Director and is committed to helping advance the T3 mission. Katherine joins our team from a background in professional photography and municipal government- most recently having served more than 10 years as a District Director for several Fort Worth City Council Members.

Katherine attended FWISD schools and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Major in Speech Communication and a minor in Art. At T3, she utilizes her professional and personal experiences to solve problems, make connections, and build collaborative relationships.

When not at work, Katherine enjoys her family, live music, sharing a meal with friends, baking, and tending to her urban garden.

Anissa Torres:
Operations Associate

Anissa Torres:
Operations Associate

Anissa Torres is a Fort Worth native and is very excited to provide her experience with Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership as Operations Associate and the community of Fort Worth.

Anissa is a proud recipient of the Sherwood Scholars scholarship for first generation college students and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Advertising. Being a first generation graduate, she is passionate about the opportunities that T3 is able to provide students.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Red Raiders, and quilt-making.

Candis N. White, Ed.D.:
Manager of Family Engagement

Candis N. White, Ed.D.:
Manager of Family Engagement

Dr. Candis White hails from the historic city of Birmingham, AL. She is a proud two-time HBCU graduate and devout lifelong learner. Dr. White received her B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana, M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University, Ed.D. in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University, and she is currently working on her M.Div. at Brite Divinity School.

Dr. White's career background spans from instructional, administrative, to governmental. The heart line of her career is her care and concern for people. Her passion is servant leadership, education, and advocating for underserved and unheard populations. She is an educator by trade and an advocate by passion. Dr. White is a firm believer that to whom much is given, much is required. Abiding by this core belief, she is committed to enriching the lives of others.