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Executive Team & Board Members

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Latame Phillips, Ph.D

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Latame Phillips is a distinguished leader, philanthropist, and advocate born in San Diego, CA. He embarked on his academic journey at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.


Dr. Phillips' commitment to service led him to the frontlines of Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom, where he served in the Army and witnessed combat duty. Following his military service, he transitioned into the corporate world, holding prominent roles in wealth management with companies like Haliburton and other large corporations.



Driven by a passion for social impact, Dr. Phillips transitioned to the nonprofit sector, joining Hunger Busters, an after-school feeding program. Under his leadership, the program significantly expanded, providing nearly 3,500 dinners daily to students in need.


His dedication to community service has earned him prestigious awards, including the Dallas Police Department Civilian Partner of the Year, Zakat Lodge Nonprofit Partner of the Year, and the Presidential Community Service Award.


Dr. Phillips is a multifaceted individual, not only excelling in philanthropy but also making significant contributions to literature and public speaking. He is the author of a best-selling compilation book and a sought-after TEDx speaker, using his platform to advocate for combating childhood insecurity.


A familiar voice on various media platforms, Dr. Phillips has shared his story and insights on combating food insecurity on major radio and television networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and Telemundo. He has been featured in extended interviews on Zondra TV and Giving Outloud, amplifying his message to a wider audience.


Driven by a mission to raise awareness, Dr. Phillips launched the 145 Campaign, shining a spotlight on the 145,000 food-insecure students in Dallas. His campaign garnered recognition from two Dallas mayors, who declared the 145th day of the year as Hunger Busters Day in acknowledgment of his efforts.


In addition to his philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Phillips is a respected academic, holding a Ph.D. from Trinity University. He is also a certified Business Entrepreneur Coach, leveraging his expertise to teach advanced wealth-building techniques to others.


Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Phillips is an avid sports enthusiast who treasures spending quality time with friends and family. His diverse interests and unwavering dedication to service continue to inspire positive change in communities nationwide.

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Dee Baker Amos, MBA

Board Chairperson

With over 20 years in Communications/PR, Marketing, and Community Engagement, Dee is known for her innovative, collaborative leadership. In 2023, she launched DBA & Associates providing thought leadership in Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, and Crisis Management. Dee also offers coaching in the areas of career advancement, interviewing and telling your story, exit and next step career strategies and executive leadership. The vision for DBA & Associates is to help people and organizations soar.


In her most recent corporate role, she was Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Working for the 2nd busiest airport in the world, Dee provided strategic direction for the functions of media relations, internal communications, social and digital media, marketing, community engagement, board management, local government relations, and crisis response.

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Dee held leadership positions at the American Heart Association, including Vice President of Health Strategies for the Southwest Region; Delta Air Lines, as a spokesperson during 9/11; and the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, as the Communications Officer during the Anthrax attacks; and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.


Dee serves on several boards including: the Methodist Southlake Hospital Advisory Board, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, America's/Dallas Dinner Table, and Hunger Busters Board where she is the chairperson.


Dee holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

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Ashley Jenkins

Director of Development

Ashley was born in the vibrant city of Chicago, Illinois, but her family relocated to Dallas, Texas when she was just a young child. As the eldest of three siblings, Ashley assumed responsibilities at an early age, instilling in her a deep-seated passion for helping children and making a positive impact in their lives.


After graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, Ashley embarked on a diverse professional journey. She honed her skills managing multiple entertainment venues, immersing herself in the dynamic world of event management and customer service.

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In her mid-twenties, Ashley took a bold leap into entrepreneurship, driven by a desire to carve her own path and create meaningful opportunities for herself and others. Transitioning into the realm of wealth management, Ashley found her true calling in helping individuals navigate the complexities of financial planning, particularly focusing on those who had been overlooked or underserved by traditional financial institutions.


Throughout her career, Ashley has been dedicated to ensuring that her clients are well-prepared for a stress-free retirement, providing them with personalized guidance and strategic advice to secure their financial futures.


Beyond her professional endeavors, Ashley's most cherished role is that of a devoted mother to her three children. She has dedicated her life to nurturing and guiding them, instilling in them the values of hard work, compassion, and resilience.


In her leisure time, Ashley finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. She loves spending quality time with her friends and family, cherishing moments of laughter and connection. An avid reader, Ashley enjoys immersing herself in the pages of a good book, finding inspiration and solace in the power of storytelling. Additionally, she prioritizes her health and well-being, incorporating fitness into her daily routine to maintain a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.


With her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit and compassionate heart, Ashley Jenkins continues to inspire those around her and leave a lasting impact on her community.

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Cal Quigley IV, Ph.D

Board Member

Cal Quigley IV is an Air Force Veteran, Professor of Global Business, Ethics and Investing at the prestigious Neeley School of Business at TCU. Dr. Quigley received his B.S. in Information Technology while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force (National Louis University), M.B.A in finance from Texas Christian University.


Dr. Quigley’s research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, innovation, fintech, real estate and international business development. He is the recipient of the Community Champions award for work done in youth enrichment services in the Stop 6, Eastwood, and Poly communities in Fort Worth.

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Calvert Collins-Bratton

Board Member

Calvert Collins-Bratton is a seventh generation Texan, proud Dallas native, civic and park advocate, wife and girl mom. She is the Chief Relationship Officer for Communities Foundation of Texas, and previously spent eight years at Methodist Health System Foundation. Prior to her nonprofit work, she spent a decade as a television reporter and anchor in Omaha, Las Vegas and here with KDFW FOX 4. She was born and raised in Dallas and is a graduate of Highland Park High School and the University of Missouri. 


Calvert is very passionate about her community, helping others and improving Dallas. In addition to representing District 13 on the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Board for the past six years, she serves on the boards of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Resource Center, Christ’s Family Clinic, Hunger Busters and Safer Dallas Better Dallas. She is also a member of Charter 100, The Dallas Assembly and The Dallas Summit. Calvert lives in north Dallas with her husband and three young daughters. 

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Craig Baker 

Board Member

Craig Baker is a dynamic leader, community advocate, and visionary entrepreneur dedicated to creating positive change in underserved communities. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Craig's early years were shaped by the vibrant culture and rich heritage of his homeland. At a young age, he relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he navigated the challenges of adapting to a new environment while embracing the opportunities for growth and opportunity.

Craig's journey led him to Florida A&M University, where he excelled both academically and athletically as a standout member of the university's esteemed football team, making a name for himself on the offensive line. He pursued his passion for construction and engineering, earning a degree in Construction Engineering Technology, which laid the foundation for his distinguished career in the construction industry.

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With a wealth of experience gained from notable firms such as Haskell, Gray Construction, and SD Deacon, Craig honed his expertise in construction management and project execution. Drawing upon his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to community empowerment, he founded BAC Construction and BAC Consulting, where he serves as the visionary CEO, leading the company to new heights of success and impact.


Beyond his professional endeavors, Craig is deeply engaged in social issues affecting underserved communities, leveraging his resources and influence to provide opportunities for youth empowerment and mentorship. He has spearheaded initiatives to create jobs and mentorship programs both in the United States and Jamaica, empowering young individuals to pursue their dreams and build brighter futures.


When not leading his company or championing social causes, Craig finds solace and joy in spending quality time with his wife and three children. Whether relaxing on the beaches of his native Jamaica or exploring exotic islands, Craig treasures moments of tranquility and connection with his loved ones, embodying a life dedicated to making a difference and enjoying the beauty of the world around him.

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James McGee 

Board Member

James McGee is a transformative leader with extensive experience in the banking industry. His career has seen him hold pivotal positions with major financial institutions, including Citibank, Caliber Home Loans, and Bank of America. Additionally, he contributed significantly to a local Community Bank, where he served as a Senior Compliance Officer for four years.

Throughout his professional journey, Mr. McGee has consistently exhibited a robust dedication to fostering equitable investment in marginalized communities. He actively participated in committees and boards of organizations working towards this goal, and he has led community advocacy efforts to advance these initiatives. In recognition of his leadership and commitment, he was elected as President and Chair of the Southern Dallas Progress Community Development Corporation in 2019.

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A native Texan, James McGee was raised in the southern sector of Dallas, bringing a deep understanding of and connection to the community he serves.

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Justin Mapes

Board Member

Justin is a member of Blank Rome’s Real Estate practice group. He also has vast experience in hospitality and finance matters.


Justin focuses his practice on real estate and commercial transactions with an emphasis on the financing, acquisition, development, management, and disposition of commercial real property, including multifamily properties, mixed-use developments, retail shopping centers, healthcare and medical office building developments, condominium projects, and hotels.

Justin has represented major financial institutions, specialty lenders, and borrowers in numerous lending transactions, loan workouts, loan modifications, acquisition financing, mezzanine debt, remedy enforcement, and foreclosures involving a wide variety of collateral.


Justin routinely guides clients through the material business and legal issues in complex transactions, including commercial leasing, joint venture negotiations, operating agreements, construction contracts, agreements with design professionals, license and management agreements, and franchise agreements. Additionally, he has extensive experience advising clients on matters impacting or relating to operations of hotels and resorts in a variety of matters, such as dispute resolution, leasing, event contracts, and negotiating a wide range of supplier/vendor agreements, including contracts with online travel companies and sales intermediaries.


Previously, Justin served as deputy general counsel at an industry-leading hotel management, investment, technology, and development firm based in New York and Dallas. He was responsible for the legal affairs of the hotel management and investment platforms in connection with the acquisition, management, and operation of approximately 400 hospitality assets located across the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and Europe.


He also served as vice president and associate general counsel at a leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm, managing and supervising the legal affairs of the Portfolio Management, Real Estate, Loan Asset Management, and Specialty Lending Group divisions.


Prior to his work in-house, Justin spent more than eight years in private practice in Dallas, where he garnered significant general real estate and corporate finance experience.

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Laura Kovacevich

Board Member

Laura was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley where she found her passion early on for helping underserved communities and a lifelong mission of connecting individuals to the earth and their roots. Kovacevich’s family has deep ties to California Agriculture and ranching, as well as a lengthy legacy of civic service. For 70 years her family grew grapes in California. Her grandfather, John J. Kovacevich helped introduce the Flame Seedless grape in 1973, which has become one of the most widely recognized and planted grapes in the California table grape industry. His collaboration with the USDA-ARS in Fresno, Calif., ushered in a new era of table grapes.


Having spent a substantial amount of time in South America, Kovacevich saw firsthand how poor infrastructure, inadequate access to healthcare, and food insecurity impacted communities and families. These experiences inspired Laura to answer the call.

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Kovacevich’s mission to connect individuals to their roots and the earth, as well as her drive to irradiate food insecurity, echoed the ethos of Roots Food Group, a mission-driven technology, healthcare, philanthropic and food company that believes in creating healthy outcomes through 'Food is Medicine.’ 

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Mari Carmen Tamez 

Board Member

As the Community & Citizenship Director for Turner Construction Company, Mari Carmen Tamez has complete oversight for the coordination of Community Affairs activities for Turner's Dallas Business Unit. Her involvement includes membership in various community organizations and boards and she is also responsible for tracking MWBE involvement. She fosters community engagement by performing in-house and outreach activities which solicit and maintain the involvement of local professional interest groups within the communities. She brings a level of extraordinary commitment and local connectivity to ensuring that not just goals and objectives are met, but meaningful capacity-building is created with positive lasting effect.

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Mari’s personal commitment extends to her involvement across the metro area leading several initiatives including outreach and community engagement, workforce development and capacity building, educational programs, and relationship building/strengthening across industry and community organizations supporting MWBE businesses.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and PR, as well as a BFA in Interior Design from The Design Institute of San Diego. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and was part of Leadership Dallas 2024 cohort.

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Rodney Reed

Board Member

Rodney Reed's journey began in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was born and raised. Inspired by a sense of duty and adventure, Rodney joined the Air Force, serving as a firefighter and honing his skills in service to others.


Transitioning to civilian life, Rodney found his calling in the realm of Financial Services, embarking on a fulfilling career with Primerica. Recognized for his leadership and expertise, Rodney is an esteemed member of the Senior Leadership Council and the African American Leadership Council, where he actively contributes to shaping the direction of the industry.


Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Rodney ventured into the realm of real estate, founding Tash Tay Properties, a thriving investment company specializing in property remodeling and fix-and-flip projects. Through Tash Tay Properties, Rodney not only creates value in communities but also provides opportunities for growth and revitalization.


Outside of his professional pursuits, Rodney is deeply engaged in his community, coaching AAU basketball and inspiring young athletes to reach their full potential both on and off the court.


In his leisure time, Rodney indulges in his passions for tennis, golf, and investing. An avid traveler, Rodney has explored four continents, enriching his life with diverse experiences and cultures.


Above all, Rodney treasures his role as a devoted husband, father of six, and grandfather of eight. He cherishes moments spent with family and friends, recognizing that true fulfillment lies in the bonds of love and connection that he nurtures every day.

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Shiattin Makor

Board Member

Shiattin is an experienced board member, having served in many types of organizations in different roles such as President, Vice-President, Chairman, and Committee Chair. Professionally, Ms. Makor is a nuclear safety and security professional with 20 years of experience with engineering, oversight, and licensing within the nuclear weapons complex and operating reactors. As a chief and team leader for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ms. Makor has led multi-disciplined and cross-regional teams in agency oversight initiatives.

Prior to joining the agency, she worked for BWXT Pantex as a Process Engineer and led the process development for two weapons requalification facilities using non-destructive testing techniques.   


She is a native Texan and attended Southern Methodist University, West Texas A&M University, and Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and mathematics, a master’s in business administration, and extensive coursework in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, respectively. 

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Ms. Makor is an avid traveler, enjoys reading, and has a passion for service. Over the years, Ms. Makor has raised money for multiple non-profit organizations and currently serves as a passionate board member for Hunger Busters.

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Shenée Rayford, MBA, SPHR

Board Member

Shenée is a seasoned Human Resources professional with a wealth of experience and expertise in organizational development and leadership. With a strong academic background and over two decades of professional experience, Shenée has established herself as a trusted advisor and strategic leader in the field of HR.


Shenée earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, where she developed a deep understanding of human behavior in the workplace. She continued her education by obtaining an MBA from California State University, further enhancing her skills in business management and leadership.


Throughout her career, Shenée has held key leadership roles in several Fortune 500 companies, including Target Corporation, Kohl’s, ITW, and DaVita. Her diverse experiences in leading HR teams in large corporations have equipped her with invaluable insights into talent management, organizational culture, and strategic HR planning.


In addition to her corporate experience, Shenée has also held executive positions in high-growth private equity-backed organizations, where she played a pivotal role in driving organizational change and growth initiatives.


Currently serving as Vice President/Producer for Lockton Dunning, a global benefits brokerage firm, Shenée continues to leverage her expertise to provide strategic HR solutions and guidance to clients across various industries.


Outside of her professional endeavors, Shenée enjoys indulging in her passions for shopping, traveling, and fine dining. She cherishes spending quality time with her family, embracing moments of connection and relaxation.


Shenée Rayford's dedication to excellence, coupled with her deep knowledge of HR best practices and strategic leadership abilities, makes her a highly respected professional in the field. Her commitment to driving organizational success and fostering a positive work environment underscores her passion for empowering individuals and organizations to thrive.

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Trey Hoobler

Board Member

Trey Hoobler began his career in 2003 in real estate, and this took him all around the world, from Mexico to Europe and everywhere in between. Eventually, after spending years managing corporate portfolios, he decided to make a change and follow his passion by doing something that truly helps those who need it the most. He joined Florida State University in 2007 and was asked to assist in the creation of an intercultural dialogue program that focused on university bound students. In 2014, he made his way back to Dallas, becoming the CEO of Hunger Busters, and now servers as a passionate board member.

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Trey's expertise in strategy design, fundraising, and financial management has been instrumental in driving meaningful impact and resilience within organizations, even amidst challenging circumstances. 

Recognized as a Dallas 40 under 40 honoree by the Dallas Business Journal in 2018, Trey continues to be a driving force in community initiatives, serving on multiple boards and spearheading volunteer programs. With a Master of Public Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Christian University, Trey combines academic rigor with practical experience in tackling pressing social issues such as human trafficking and global security. His dedication to mentorship and community engagement underscores his commitment to fostering positive change on both local and global scales.

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Vantisa Jones

Board Member

Vantisa Jones is a passionate advocate for social justice and children's rights, with a diverse background spanning corporate leadership and community activism. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vanisa relocated to Dallas, Texas during her childhood, where she developed a deep appreciation for community engagement and social impact.


Vantisa holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Woman's University, where she cultivated her commitment to serving marginalized communities and promoting equity in the criminal justice system. Her academic foundation laid the groundwork for a successful career in the corporate sector, where she has held esteemed positions with industry giants such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, and currently, Neiman Marcus.

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Despite her demanding corporate career, Vantisa has always prioritized her passion for social issues and advocacy for vulnerable populations, particularly young women and children. As a dedicated community advocate, she actively supports initiatives aimed at empowering and uplifting marginalized youth, advocating for their rights and opportunities for a brighter future.


Outside of her professional and advocacy endeavors, Vantisa finds joy in exploring new cultures through travel abroad. Her adventures abroad not only fuel her curiosity and appreciation for diversity but also inspire her commitment to global citizenship and cross-cultural understanding.


Above all, Vantisa treasures time spent with her family and friends, cherishing moments of connection and shared experiences. Whether advocating for social change, embarking on global adventures, or simply enjoying quality time with loved ones, Vantisa approaches life with compassion, purpose, and a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact in the world.

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Andrew Sanchez

Board Member

Andrew Sanchez is a dedicated community advocate hailing from Balch Springs, Texas. Growing up in the southeastern communities of Dallas, he developed a profound understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by its residents.


With over 15 years of experience in the fields of Retail and Business Banking, Andrew has established himself as a trusted ally for clients and business owners throughout North Texas. His journey in banking began with Bank of America in Pleasant Grove, where he honed his skills in simplifying banking processes and empowering individuals to achieve their dreams of small business ownership.


Andrew is a proud first-generation college graduate, having earned his degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas, where he proudly supports his alma mater's Mean Green spirit.

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Currently serving as a Business Banker with Veritex Community Bank, Andrew is deeply committed to supporting the small business community. Leveraging his expertise and passion for service, he offers a diverse range of banking products tailored to meet the unique needs of business owners.


Beyond his professional pursuits, Andrew finds fulfillment in his role as a husband to his amazing wife, Silvia, and as a pet parent to two beloved cats, Loki and Apollo. He is driven by a genuine passion for serving his community and is always eager to lend a helping hand wherever it's needed.


In his spare time, Andrew enjoys immersing himself in community initiatives and volunteering opportunities, channeling his energy towards making a positive impact in the lives of those around him. With his unwavering dedication to service and his commitment to empowering others, Andrew Sanchez continues to be a beacon of hope and support for his community.

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