Meet Our Team
The Foundation behind it all!
We strive to provide community education, service, and awareness that will leave an impact and sustain the lives of the at-risk populations in Denver’s neighborhoods.
EXECUTIVE KEY STAFF
Ta’Rell Burton Sr.
Executive Director / Founder
Ta’Rell Burton Sr. is the Founder of A True Change, and owner of Burton Welding and Fabrications LLC. He is an ex-gang member who served 13 years in prison and productively utilized the time by educating himself at Northeastern Junior College. There he completed several programs and earned his Welding, Culinary Arts, and Janitorial Certifications. The “Seven Habits on the Inside” program motivated Ta’Rell to make a promise to himself to be committed to a complete lifestyle change. After serving his time, he was faced with the devastation of returning home and burying his 18-year-old son whom was murdered one week before his release. Transforming his pain to motivation; he and his wife created a 501c3 non-profit organization to educate at-risk youth. The community welcomed him with open arms; the media documents his journey and continues to highlight his accomplishments. Mr. Burton is a Motivational Speaker, Author, Activist, Writer, and Teacher at Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver. He has been accepted into the Denver Foundation’s Executive Directors of Color Institute. He gives back by sharing his story of struggle and promoting a positive, healthy, lifestyle. Mr. Burton emphasizes youth education, leadership, and positive change resulting from the elevation of thought; he serves as the Founding Executive Director of A True Change Nonprofit Organization.
Where success is the only option!
Community Engagement Director/ Co-Founder
Kisha Burton, is the Co-Founding Community Engagement Director of A True Change. She is a native raised in Northeast Denver who experienced tragedies due to gang violence. In June of 2001, the father of her oldest two sons was murdered. Her struggles as a single mother created a desire to give back to the community and create a positive change. Kisha was licensed as a Bail Bonding and Recovery Agent in 2002; during her 10-year career time span she focused on her education. While studying Psychology and law; she earned her Paralegal Certification and Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice. Soon after she was contracted by Colorado Department of Corrections to facilitate a prison re-entry class (Flippin’ the Script) in collaboration with Rev. Leon Kelly. She worked as the Program Administrator at Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives in Denver and sharpened her skills in the areas of at- risk youth mentoring, parole reentry, grant writing, program design, curriculum creation, community engagement, and community outreach services. Her passion for public speaking blended cohesively with her strong belief in community education & awareness. Kisha accepted a job offer from the Sims-Fayola Foundation; she gained experience teaching and operating a foundation. She has put her heart and soul into the development of A True Change, and actively serves as the organization’s Community Engagement Director.
“Empowering the community with choices and resources for a better quality of life”
Social Worker/ Counselor
Antoinette Gomez is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Certified Addictions Counselor III (CAC III); she earned her master’s degree at the University of Denver. Antoinette is currently earning her doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) degree. For the past ten years, she has treated offenders, and victims of domestic violence, and sexual assault. Antoinette facilitated “Seeking Safety” support groups for women experiencing trauma and addictions at Project Pave (Teaching players to thrive on and off the field), Family Tree, and Sisters of Color United for Education (SOCUE). She assisted Sisters of Color United for Education (SOCUE) gain a Department of Behavioral Health licensure to diversify from federal, state, and local grant support. She has worked with criminal justice organizations, police, probation, and parole departments. Antoinette is passionate about helping families adjust during re-entry; her experience, drive, and determination is invaluable to A True Change.
Gang Prevention/ Intervention Director
Samuel Singleton was born in California, his family relocated to Colorado proceeding his father’s death. Samuel’s mother settled in the the Five Points district of Denver and raised her children in the area. Samuel’s experiences growing up in a neighborhood with gang infestation created a strong desire for positive change. As a young adult, Mr. Singleton developed a passion for spiritual knowledge and education. His hard work, devotion, and struggle redefined his identity and legacy; today he is known for bringing peace to the neighborhood. Singleton’s cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to several volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. He’s proud of his metamorphosis and wants the world to know about it. Samuel mentor’s youth struggling with legal issues while emphasizing gang suppression and intervention. As a frequent writer and presenter, Sam specializes in the areas of nonprofit formation, compliance, and leadership. His life-long experience dealing with urban families enables him to easily relate to the issues at-risk youth face. Samuel works hard to ensure that everyone acquires the necessities needed to cultivate youth leadership within the community. A True Change values the work and support Samuel Singleton provides.
“We are advocates of nonprofit organizations”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anpu is a world-renowned Astrologer, Founder of My Astrology Coach, and Author of several books. He is an Educator, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur who has accepted his full time calling to serve the people. Anpu currently offers three annual worldwide tours of vortex centers that enable self-healing and revelation of personal goals. From founding awareness programs and love funds that aid adults and children in need, Anpu exemplifies the spirit of A True Change in every sense of the word.
“The Caterpillar transforms into a butterfly so that you too may transform your ways.”
Monisha Sanderson is a Financial Representative with a passion to make a difference. Her investment lies within the community; she has helped over 300 families make better decisions to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. Her passion for change can be seen in the organizations that she had the opportunity to be a part of. Although she learned about the challenges and joys of nonprofit leadership from many different points of view, she has been blown away by what the team has accomplished in a short amount of time and is inspired by the opportunity to tell the story of the organization’s collective impact. Monisha is currently in partnership with the African Leadership Group (ALG) to assure positive economic development within immigrant and refugee communities by opening their minds to larger financial possibilities. Monisha has a passion for “getting it right”. Her commitment to accuracy and attention to detail ensures that the organization and its programs are presented in the best possible light. The decision to serve on the Board of Directors of A True Change compliments her mission to give back.
“I believe that through knowledge and discipline, financial peace is possible for all of us.”
Arthur "AJ" Williams
AJ Williams is a Colorado native raised in Northeast Denver; he retired from Colorado Meat Packers after working for 32 years as a meat cutter in 2014. He’s a Licensed Bail Bonding and Recovery Agent; CEO of En’Motion Bail Bonds. AJ has been in the bail bonding industry for over 13years; yet his drive and motivation stem from the recent loss of his son Clarence Lamont Thomas who was murdered in February 2017. He keeps going for the sake of his family and plays a vital, inspirational, role in each one of their lives. AJ believes in providing a foundation of love and parental guidance; he supports his family unconditionally and continues to lead them by example. Together he and his wife Pamela Williams share 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. AJ serves on the Board of Directors of A True Change placing emphasis on youth capacity building and positive outcomes for youth-serving agencies.
“Believes in the Power of Humanity and Doing Good”