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our team

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.


Ta’Rell Burton Sr.


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Ta’Rell Burton Sr. is the Founder of A True Change and owner of Burton Welding and Fabrications LLC. He is an ex-gang leader 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 who 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 communities of Denver. 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 Colorado High School Charter, GES in Denver. He has been accepted into the Denver Foundation’s Executive Directors of Color Institute and was inducted into My Brother’s Keeper  (2018 MBK25)

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!”


Kisha Burton

Co-founding- Director

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Kisha Burton is the Co-Founding Community Engagement Director for A True Change. She is a native raised in Northeast Denver who survived several 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. 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, Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives (ODYGA). She worked as the Program Administrator 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 is a passionate writer and first African American Female Newsletter Editor for The Kiwanis Club of Denver 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”


“We are advocates of nonprofit organizations”

Dr. Antoinette Gomez

Doctor (DMFT)/ Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Doctor Antoinette Gomez is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)  & Certified Addictions Counselor III (CAC III); she earned her master’s degree at the University of Denver. 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 license 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.

Tara Barnes

Administrative Director

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Tara was born and raised in the Seattle area. From a young age, she was influenced by her grandmother’s passion for education and serving her community, and took her first international volunteer trip to South Africa at age 13. She worked as a Registered Nurse until 2015, and since then, she has traveled through Europe, but spent most of her time in Greece, where she now lives with her Iranian husband. Tara’s experiences of homelessness and close personal relationships with refugees from many countries has led her to become deeply involved in the refugee and homeless communities in Athens, and she is often called the “Sister of Eksarxeia (her neighborhood)”. She is involved with several organizations, but is best known for organizing free community festivals, and being the neighborhood first aid girl and safety net for womyn. Tara is passionate about helping and empowering people in need or at risk, with a commitment to maintaining the dignity of those she works with. She believes strongly in the power of education and community, and is thrilled to be able to work with the Denver community from the other side of the world. (Athens Greece)



Gang Prevention/Intervention Director

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Samuel Singleton was born in California, his family relocated to Colorado proceeding his father’s death. Samuel’s mother settled in 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 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.



A True Change is currently recruiting Board of Director Members; find out how you can get involved.


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Jarred Scott


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Jarred Scott is a successful young Entrapanuer, Founder/CEO of Keeping It Moving LLC, a full-service household goods mover that serves the Colorado area. His decision to serve on the Board is to help educate and bring awareness to the community. Jarred has a keen eye for new marketing ideas and offers over 6 years of experience with small business and nonprofit management. For many years Jarred has donated to charities and participated in volunteer work for Toys 4 Tots, USA Basketball for the youth, and the Colorado Coalition. He has guided many individuals off the streets, assisting them with finding work while mentoring and providing guidance. Mr. Scott’s immaculate drive to help others is his motivation to continually strive to make a difference within his community in any way possible.


Karen Thomas


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Karen is the Secretary for the Board of Directors for A True Change, she is an Entrapanure with 40 years experience in the Professional Healthcare Industry. Karen is a Licensed EMT, with an extensive Medical Billing/Coding background. Karen mentored at-risk youth for over 25 years; although her passion is working directly with gang-affiliated youth.  As a past Gang Prevention/Intervention Specialist for the PinonFoundation, Karen turned kids away from gangs and into the direction of a bright future. Karen serves as the Secretary for A True Change Board of Directors to have an opportunity to continually make an impact on the lives of Denver’s at-risk youth.

Arthur “AJ” Williams


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ArthurAJ” Williams is the Treasurer for A True Change Board of Directors, he is a retired Meat Cutter and Licensed Bail Bonding & Recovery Agent; CEO of En’Motion Bail Bonds. AJ worked in the bail bonding industry for 15 years, he retired from Colorado Meat Packers after working 32 years as a meat cutter in 2014. His drive and motivation stem from the 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.

Anpu Dabir

Board Advisor (Advisory of the Board)

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Anpu Dabir is The Board Advisor for A True Change, 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.”


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