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Our Team

Jay McCall, MBA:
T3 Acting Executive Director

Jay McCall, MBA:
T3 Acting Executive Director

Jay McCall is serving as the founding Acting Executive Director of the Tarrant To & Through Partnership to ensure the successful launch of the community wide initiative focused on improving postsecondary outcomes for Tarrant County students and families. Concurrently, Jay serves as the Program Manager of Education for the Rainwater Charitable Foundation where he focuses on the overall education giving portfolio in the areas of 1) early childhood education and parent engagement, 2) K-12 education, and 3) education human capital development.

Prior to joining Rainwater, Jay was the Director of Programs for The Miles Foundation where he was responsible for developing and executing the overall grantmaking strategy. Jay has served on the board of directors for Child Care Associates, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s Education Advisory Committee, and Young Life Advisory Committee.

Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Hardin-Simmons University where he was the basketball team captain and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also holds an Executive MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU) where he graduated as the Top Neely Scholar. Jay currently lives in Aledo, TX with his wife, Tara, and two sons ages 8 and 11.

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 2017 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, TCU Clark Society, and the Center for Transforming Lives. Married to her husband Carlo, they love living, working, and serving in Tarrant County.

Arrianna Cervantes:
Associate of Postsecondary Pathways

Arrianna Cervantes:
Associate of Postsecondary Pathways

Arrianna Cervantes is a first-generation college student with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University and will complete a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this Fall. 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 health care and erasing the stigma surrounding its discussion. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, spending time with family, and trying new things.

Delaney Clark:
Systems Analyst

Delaney Clark:
Systems Analyst

Delaney is originally from a small town in West Texas. She is the proud daughter of retired Texas public school educators. Delaney moved to Fort Worth in 2015 to attend TCU as a transfer student. After graduating she served as a college adviser in Fort Worth ISD with the TCU chapter of College Advising Corps for three years. She served two years Trimble Tech High School, and her third year as the inaugural T3 senior college adviser at Dunbar High School. Delaney is passionate about increasing opportunities for public school students in underserved communities. Outside of work, Delaney enjoys traveling, working out, trying new restaurants, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Arielle Hamilton, M.S.:
Manager of Analytics

Arielle Hamilton, M.S.:
Manager 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 Manager 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.

Natalie Jacobs:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Natalie Jacobs:
Manager of Postsecondary Pathways

Natalie Jacobs is the Manager of Postsecondary Pathways at Tarrant to and Through Partnership. She joins the team 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!

Richard Owens:
Director of Postsecondary Pathways

Richard Owens:
Director of Postsecondary Pathways

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.

Sam Petty:
Manager of Strategic Philanthropy & Communications

Sam Petty:
Manager of Strategic Philanthropy & Communications

Sam Petty is a Fort Worth native and is passionate about giving back to her hometown community. She currently serves as Manager of Strategic Philanthropy & Communications for the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership.

Prior to her role with the T3 Partnership, Sam worked for a nonprofit management company and was Executive Director for the USS Fort Worth LCS-3 Support Committee as well as Communications Manager for the Tarrant Transit Alliance. Sam is also Co-Chair of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association and is the lead graphic designer for Vote Fort Worth.

Sam graduated from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, TX with a Bachelor's degree in Art and Graphic Design. She worked with multiple creative departments throughout Texas and Colorado and eventually started her own freelance design company in 2016. Sam has done creative work for various non-profits and international clients. Sam enjoys traveling, baking sourdough bread, keeping hens, growing her own food and spending time with family.

Raj Shah, MIT:
Director of Technology & Data

Raj Shah, MIT:
Director of Technology & Data

Raj Shah is the founding Director of Technology & Data for the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership. He joins our team with experience in leveraging information technology to enhance and expand accessibility to education in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Raj oversees the implementation of information technology systems to track student progress to and through their postsecondary pathways and ensures successful program outcomes. In addition, he develops and defines T3's overall IT strategy, systems and applications, data management and reporting, and management of internal IT operations.

Previously, Raj was the IT Services and Business Systems Manager at Momentous Institute, a non-profit organization owned and operated by Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Born in India, Raj grew up in Maryland and moved to Texas in 2013. In his free time, he loves to travel and enjoys trying new and local cuisines. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College, and a Master of Information Technology (MIT) and Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management from Virginia Tech.

Christopher Stafford:
Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships

Christopher Stafford:
Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships

Christopher Stafford is the founding Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships at Tarrant to and Through Partnership. He joins the T3 Team with over ten years of experience in the nonprofit and education sector.

Prior to T3, Christopher was the Manager of College Access and Partnerships at Uplift Education, the largest network of free public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. While there, he helped establish formal college and university agreements, created a leadership development program for rising juniors, and presented at several local and national conferences on the importance of true collaboration between secondary and post-secondary institutions. Prior to Uplift, Christopher served at several nonprofit organizations and public schools in New York City.

The organization that inspired Christopher to pursue a career in post-secondary access and success work was the College Advising Corps. Christopher was a proud member of the NYU chapter from 2012-2014.

Christopher graduated from Duke University in Durham, NC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In his free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family, reading a great book, playing scrabble, and jogging.

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.

Julian Torres, MBA:
Director of Operations

Julian Torres, MBA:
Director of Operations

Julian Torres is the founding Director of Operations for the Tarrant To & Through Partnership. He 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.

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.