Our Team

Mattie J. Parker, J.D.:
CEO of Cradle to Career

Mattie J. Parker, J.D.:
CEO of Cradle to Career

Mattie Parker is the founding CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career, a whole-community initiative to ensure every Tarrant County child and family has access to quality educational opportunities from birth to career. Prior to joining Fort Worth Cradle to Career, Parker served as the chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council where she directed all policy, strategy and communications, shaping major policy decisions on a variety of complex issues.

Parker is a licensed attorney, with over fifteen years of experience in national, state and local public affairs. She has served as the district director and campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, chief of staff to State Rep. Phil King and executive assistant to former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick.

Currently, Parker serves on the board of directors for The Gatehouse’s Legacy Early Learning Academy, Read Fort Worth, Operation Progress - Fort Worth, and ACH Child and Family Services. After adopting their daughter at age 10, Mattie and her husband, David, have appreciated the opportunity to advocate on behalf of children in the foster care system. In addition to their daughter, the Parkers have two boys, ages 9 and 3.


Parker graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in government and with a law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) where she was awarded the prestigious MacLean & Boulware Endowed Law Scholarship.

Jay McCall, MBA:
T3 Acting Executive Director

Jay McCall, MBA:
T3 Acting Executive Director

Jay McCall is serving as the founding 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.

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 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 Ed Leadership & Policy from Southern Methodist University.

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. Most recently, 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.

A 2017 Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 honoree, Dr. Cap cares deeply about civic and community engagement. 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 and serving in Fort Worth, TX.

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.

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.

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.

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 was Executive Director for the USS Fort Worth LCS-3 Support Committee, a nonprofit focused on the achievements of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat ship named after Fort Worth. In this position, she created a Family Readiness and Scholarship Program and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. Sam is also Co-Chair of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association Board of Directors and is involved with the Communications Committee for the Tarrant Transit Alliance.

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 continues to run a freelance graphic design company alongside her other commitments. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

Maria V. Barragán:
Program Associate

Maria V. Barragán:
Program Associate

Maria Barragán is serving as Program Associate for the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership. Born and raised in Fort Worth, and being a STAR Sponsorship Program graduate, Maria has always felt a passion for giving back to her community especially in matters concerning the education for children in her hometown.

Prior to joining the T3 team, Maria lived in Omaha, Nebraska where she worked for Union Pacific Railroad. Her focus was in LPG/Petroleum Markets. She then ventured to work for the Nebraska State Department of Economic Development where she helped lead an international Trade Mission to Mexico, as well as serve on the Business Recruitment team.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX where she served on the Marianist Leadership Program and studied abroad in Malaysia and Singapore. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She lives in Fort Worth where she is close to her parents Rafael and Esperanza and her two younger brothers Rafael Jr. and Jesus.