Meet the Team
Board of Directors
Kelly Allen Gray
Kelly Allen Gray serves as the Executive Director of the AIDS OUTREACH CENTER in Fort Worth. She accepted the position after nine years and half years of service as a Fort Worth Council member for District 8.
Service is nothing new to Allen Gray. She started early in her community, going door to door when a neighbor died collecting money that was presented to the bereaved family.
It was this early community service that started Allen Gray on a pathway of giving that continues to this day.
Later, as the Executive Director of the United Riverside Rebuilding Corporation, she continued this service by helping many of her neighbors in accessing assistance weatherizing their houses, obtaining needed home repairs, building new homes for first-time home buyers, and creating social service programs for families and senior citizens. Her work didn’t stop there.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, she used her proven tools to organize and maintain a food delivery service for those families most affected. Ultimately, this program fed almost one thousand families over fourteen months.
Difficult projects are nothing new to Allen Gray. During her tenure on City Council, she established new children focused library helped revitalize a neighborhood, added fifty-five acres to the Tandy Hills Prairie, (a carbon sink), rebuilt two neighborhoods with affordable housing in partnership with Trinity Habitat, provided low-income apartments in high-end projects, improved public parks and established new ones.
She serves as Co-Chair of the Community Food Bank Advisory and is a board member for the TJ Patterson, Sr. Golf Tournament benefitting the Eugene McCrae Scholarship Fund, which raises over seventy-five thousand dollars annually for graduating seniors and current college students.
Allen Gray graduated from Polytechnic High school and Texas A&M – Commerce.
She has one son, Ryland, with her late husband Billy R. Gray.
Ashley Carr, a Dallas native and oldest sister of Atatiana Jefferson, is a Special Revenue Senior Budget Analyst at Houston ISD, where she assists in the educational industry to ensure funds a budgeted appropriately to ensure every student has equitable amounts of education and resources.
Ashley Carr received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Texas Southern University. After being a secondary math educator for 7 years, Ashley Carr pursued and obtained her Master of Science in Finance from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas while continuing to educated high school students in urban communities.
Ashley Carr is an active member of the Zeta Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Outside of her current career, Ashley is a co-founder of Sisters of the Movement, a nonprofit made up of sisters who have lost siblings to police brutality.
Amber Carr is Atatiana Jefferson's sister. Amber is the mother of Zion and Zayden. Since 2010, Amber has been an entrepreneur where she has been focused on beauty. Amber is the owner and operator of Nailed by Amber K. Amber Carr is also a certified medical assistant in the state of Texas. Amber has survived two major heart operations since 2016.
Outside of The Atatiana Project, Amber serves in two other nonprofit organizations: Sisters of the Movement, a nonprofit made up of sisters of police brutality victims that have a common goal to reform laws that affect our community, and We are Her, a nonprofit that focuses on mentoring young women from elementary and beyond college.
Today, Amber is committed to bringing awareness to police brutality and being instrumental positively with the next generation.
BMC Adarius Carr born in Dallas, Texas, joined the Navy in November 2007. His first tour of duty was USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG-56) based in Yokosuka, Japan. While onboard he went from E-1 to E-5. He served as the ship’s Masterhelms and Repair Parts Petty Officer while supporting The Anniversary of the Great White Fleet and George Washington Strike Group.
After a successful tour, he received orders to Port Operations Souda Bay, Greece at where he served as primary Coxswain. BMC Carr took his capacities the USS STOUT (DDG-55) in Norfolk, Virginia onboard his duties were Leading Petty Officer/Workcenter Supervisor during 2 Deployment in support of BMD Deployment and Dogu Akdeniz. Thereafter, he reported to SWRMC San Diego, CA whereas Product Line LPO for 6 shops he created the Life raft Maintenance Assist Team where he corrected drawing and maintenance deficiencies throughout Pacific Fleet.
2017 he reported to the USS Essex where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and served as DLCPO (E-9 Billet) for a total of 18 months of his 38-month tour. During this time, he took part in one deployment for support of C5F-C7F.
Currently, he is a BM School House Instructor stationed at Mariner Skills Training Center where BM Supervisor, BM Apprentice, BM DIVO, 7M Coxswain, and Crane Simulator are taught.
BMC Carr is married to the former DeShanna Jones of Henderson, Tennessee. They are proud parents of son Thaddeus and are expecting a daughter in December 2021.
Community Board Members
Courtney Hamilton is a native of Oak Cliff, TX. Hamilton served 1 term in the U.S. Navy, working in the Intelligence field. then graduated with an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from MSU Denver. He is completing his Masters in Business at the University of North Texas. He has 5 years of experience as a Network Engineer and within the last 3 years has moved into cybersecurity; holding engineering positions with both Fortinet and Palo Alto networks, two leaders in the industry. In his free time, he loves to coach basketball and spend time with his wife of 10 years.
Alton Humphrey III
Alton Humphrey III is a Dallas native, born with a deep love for the arts; first through music at an early age and then through other mediums such as film, writing, architecture, and digital creation. Having worked in the studio, corporate, and live media production for close to 20yrs, his passion and expertise in his field is apparent in any project he's a part of, large or small. The desire to use technology to educate, stimulate, and solve real-world problems is a true passion of his and is a part of his everyday mission. Alton lives right outside the Dallas area with his two kids and wife of 12 years.
Community Advisory Board Members
James Smith, Mr. James to most that know him. A lifelong resident of Ft Worth particularly the south side 76104 area. An Army Veteran devoted to service outside the realm of the military. A caregiver for the last 20yrs giving the ultimate of care for those in need. Currently a member of the advisory board of The Atatiana Project and an advocate for accountability from the city of Ft Worth
Sean Paul Segura
Sean Paul Segura grew up an inner-city youth who started getting into trouble, was kicked out of school, & was going down the wrong path. He changed his life, attained his GED, enrolled in college & opened his own business. Sean Paul Segura is an effective youth advocate that can reach youth that is living a gang life or going down the wrong path. He is currently a business owner and an actor in film & commercials. He is passionate about empowerment through unity amongst all people regardless of color, culture, or language to bring positive change, such as bringing humanity, humbleness, respect & accountability to American institutions, especially those regarding policing & immigration.
Natasha “Nysse” Nelson is an Ft. Worth native and a US Army combat veteran. She is a black business owner in the city of Fort Worth as well as alumni of the Eastern Hills High School class of 2003. After her service in the Army Nysse studied audio engineering and production at the School of Audio Engineering in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to establish her multimedia company known as Varsity BPM along with its sister company Most Valuable Productions an artist development, consulting, and management firm. Nysse is also an active member in her community with the youth, the fight for humanity and justice for black lives.