our Leaders:

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Ken Collins

Executive Director

Kimberly Brown

Board Member

Cedric Brasfield

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Brandy Brasfield 

Board Member 

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Ken Collins

Executive Director

Brandy Brasfield 

Board Member 

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Our Board:
Ken Collins

Executive Director

Ken Collins was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo, by a persevering single mother with two brothers.  Because his mother worked tirelessly he relied on his older brother and community members to altruistically act as a support system when it came to extra curricular activities, academics, and redirecting negative behavior.  Growing up was relentlessly tough, and as a child, life was exposing its true hardships prematurely.

 

After graduating from high school in 1992, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  The same year he endeavored and became a certified Probation Officer for Tarrant Co.  Working with juveniles in a volatile and restrictive environment, Ken led various groups from anger management to physical fitness.  He later mentored students at the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) managing discipline for the middle school campus.  In 2002 Ken accepted the opportunity to continue working with the youth in a different capacity on behalf of Fort Worth Independent School District in the Student Engagement and Completion Department, where he currently serves as the Stay –in- School Coordinator. This honorable position has enabled him to forge endearing community partnerships with such agencies as the Morningside Children’s Partnership, Texas Christian University, and ACH Child and Family Services.  However, Ken’s vision to strike an indelible impact within the southern sector of Fort Worth has been the impetus behind the formation of Urban Truth in 2004, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Urban Truth provides:- mentoring, tutoring, job training, life skills, GED, college preparation, anger management, and family support group services.

 

The community’s response to Urban Truth has been a revelation in itself with such agencies as: Lena Pope Home, Tarrant Co. Juvenile Services, Sycamore Recreational Center,  and YMCA of Arlington recognizing the perpetual void that Urban Truth was filling. These esteemed organizations as well as many others are creating formidable partnerships and are collaborating to provide wrap around services for young people throughout Tarrant Co.  In 2008 Ken earned his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, to further advance his knowledge and expertise in the field of social juvenile rehabilitation and reintegration. In 2016 Ken earned certificates in Basic Mediation & Advanced Mediation and Family Law from the University of Texas Arlington.

 

In 19 years of dedicated service to young people of Fort Worth he has impacted thousands of students life’s in an unprecedented show of positivism and continues to receive calls and letters from families he has worked with. 

Kimberly Brown

Board Member

Kimberly Brown grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She studied Business Communications and received her Bachelor’s Degree out of Kansas in 2003. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Management from The University of Phoenix in 2011. She is the first in her family to ever attend college and receive a degree, something she is very proud of.

Kimberly has been in the education field for many years as a recruiter for Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She has also worked as an Enrollment Counselor as well as a Student Services Coordinator for the University of Phoenix.

 

Kimberly has a passion for education, whether it is teaching in the classroom, or taking the necessary steps of teaching people of all ages how to apply and enroll in college. Kimberly truly believes in the value of an education and her philosophy about it all is simple, anyone can attend a college or university and better themselves to make a difference in their society; all they have to do is try and believe. 

Cedric Brasfield

Board Member 

Cedric D Brasfield is a Health and Wellness Market Director for Walmart Stores Inc. He received his B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Biology-Pre Medicine with a minor in Business Administration.

 

After his twelve years in store operations at Walmart he relocated to Fort Myers, Florida to accept the position of Pharmacy District Manager for Sam's Club Inc., a subsidiary of Walmart Inc.. During which he also served on the board of the American Cancer Society of Florida.  

 

Mr. Brasfield later relocated to Dallas TX to assume his current role of Health and Wellness Market Director for Walmart. He currently serves on the board for Beyond ABC at Children's Hospital, a five county think tank for children's healthcare policy recommendations for Dallas Metropolitan municipalities. He currently resides in Mansfield, TX with his wife Brandy and baby boy CJ.

Brandy Brasfield 

Board Member 

Brandy Brasfield was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1999, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services and Addictions from the University of North Texas.  She later went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Texas at Arlington. 

 

Brandy began her career in the area of domestic violence, the segment of social service that remains very near and dear to her heart after losing an aunt to abuse. While working in the shelter, Brandy led treatment groups with domestic abuse victims and traveled to high schools talking to youth about the warning signs of abusive relationships. From there, Brandy went on to work for Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County where she worked with clients diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia amongst many other diagnoses.

Brandy spent a significant amount of her career with Child Protective Services where she started with investigating abuse and neglect of children in homes with substance abuse concerns. Brandy went on to supervise a disproportionality unit within the agency challenged with reducing the rate of institutional racism within the agency. Brandy served on multiple committees for domestic violence and gave presentations across the agency on institutional racism. Brandy then transitioned into medical Social work and is currently a Case Manager at UT Southwestern Medical Center

 

Along with raising a very active toddler, Brandy is currently working on her clinical licensure for Social Work (LCSW) which equips her to provide Therapy Services in a private practice setting. Brandy is also working on her certification to be a Certified Coach to provide services to those in need of career, relationship and life direction.  

Glenn Brown

Board Member 

Glen Brown grew up in Paris, Texas. Glen studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix in July of 2015.

 

Glen is the first in his family to ever attend college and receive a degree, something he is very proud of and believes that with hard work and dedication anything can be done. Glen has been a supervisor for LG Electronics for eight years here in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to that Glen was a manager for Kimberly Clark in Paris, Texas.

Glen is a hard worker and believes in mentoring and training others in his field to go on and hopefully run warehouses of their own. No matter who Glen is training he believes in a fair opportunity to mold that person and help them become a great leader to go on and do great things. Glen truly believes in the value of an education, for it has opened many doors and opportunities for him, and therefore he believes in giving back to others by training and showing them that no matter what anything is possible.

Tanisha Collins

Board Member 

Tanisha Collins has over 18 years’ experience in the education field. She currently works in Administration for the Arlington Independent School District. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Economics and Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University.

 

She is an active philanthropist in the Tarrant County area, having served as Past Board President of the Arlington YMCA. As an engaged community member, she is an advocate of social action, education for all, children’s rights and health and wellness for African Americans.

Tanisha is an Adjunct Instructor for Dallas County Community Colleges and has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to serving others through teaching for 15 years. She is also an alumna of Blueprint for Board Service Tarrant County. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she currently resides in Mansfield, Texas, with her husband, Ken, and son, Brayden.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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