Lamar Frazier is a Sales Director at Calpine Energy Solutions, one of the largest energy suppliers to the Commercial and Industrial sectors in the country. Before Calpine Energy Solutions, Lamar served as head of Sales and Marketing for Arizona Public Service Energy Solutions after an eight-year tenure at Enron Energy Services as a Sr. Director of Sales. Lamar also spent the formative years of his professional career in an investment banking role at A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, MO.
In his capacity as a chair of the Board of Directors for The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Lamar works with his fellow board members on the Governance Committee and the Finance and Fundraising Committee. Lamar is a charter member of the Board of Director and recognized an opportunity to give back to the LGBTQ+ community in a unique and rewarding way – by working to insure that members of the community have a safe place to express themselves for the purpose of dealing with mental health challenges and promoting healthier sexual behaviors. In his time away from energy markets and The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Lamar and his husband, Thomas, enjoy working out, dining out and exploring the globe.
Jacques J Davis
Jacques J Davis is the Payroll Manager at Newpark Resources, Inc., a worldwide provider of value-added drilling fluids systems and composite matting systems used in oilfield and other commercial markets. Previously, Jacques worked for Rowan Companies, Inc. and LyondellBasell all of which have molded his 20+ year payroll career. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Marketing.
Jacques is a founding Board Member of The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc. He serves as Treasurer and the Finance-Fundraising Committee Chair. He is also an active member of the Governance Committee. In his spare time, Jacques enjoys arts (visual, performance, and applied) and travel as well as bonding with family and friends. Frequent attendance at heart&SOUL, a former monthly art showcase, and at the early days of its derivative, The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc., was the catalyst for his induction into the governing body of the organization.
Abiola is a digital consultant for a global technology firm and a visual artist from Parma Italy, by way of Nigeria. At the age of 20 she moved to TX to attend Baylor University on a basketball scholarship. After graduating with a BA in Spanish & Spanish literature she continued playing basketball professionally across Europe. On her 10th year as a professional athlete, Abiola moves to London where she obtains a Masters in International Business Management while playing in her last season.
After being a guest artist in various Truth Project events, Abiola decided that it was time to be more active and vocal in the community sourrouding the work being done for LGBT+ people of color, the Truth Project felt like the right place to do so.
Raymond Turner is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Advanced Practitioner, and a Board Approved Supervisor through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. Mr. Turner is a graduate from Texas Southern University with a master’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. Mr. Turner has garnered over 40 years’ experience working with children, families, and individuals as an agent of support and guidance. As a social worker, Mr. Turner embodies extensive history of managing and developing social workers to be successful at their craft.
In addition to his social work experience, Mr. Turner has additional expertise in the areas of Loss and Trauma, Long Term Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Social Emotional Learning Initiatives, Family Systems, Crisis Intervention, and Public Health Response. He is especially attentive to the needs of older adults and the end-of-life process.
Mr. Turner has a strong belief that change happens when people are given the guidance, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilled and happy lives. Mr. Tuner likes to provide an environment of compassion and support to help individuals, families and employees overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.
Mr. Turner’s current and previous board affiliations include the following: Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church Board, Gulf Coast Sickle Association and Gulf Coast Head Start Advisory where he served as chair. In Raymond’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, coordinating events for family and spending quality time with persons who the most important to him.
Taryn “LoveReigns” Wharwood is a poet, writer, author, emcee, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and curator of Dopeness. Love, as she is affectionately called by many, is known for creating opportunities for performers, artists and entertainers. She believes wholeheartedly that if she has a stage, everyone does! LoveReigns currently facilitates weekly workshops through Hope at Hand, Inc and is host of The Random Thoughts of Reign Podcast. She is the founder and owner of IAmLoveReigns Enterprises LLC, a digital marketing agency committed to simplifying online branding and exposure for small to medium sized businesses, artists and entertainers. LoveReigns is truly in a lane of her own and isn’t afraid to create another one if she has to.
I wanted to be a part of The T.R.U.T.H. Project Board of Directors because I believe that the purpose and mission mirror my hope for Jacksonville. I also wanted to be able to utilize my skill sets in helping T.R.U.T.H.’s cause.
As a Social Services Administrator, David specializes in areas of advocacy, process improvement, and strategic planning. He received his bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Southern University. He also received a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Houston, specializing in neurological and developmental disorders. David has worked in state government services for the past ten years in areas of leadership, management, evaluation, development, and forecasting. Eight of the ten years have been dedicated to ensuring the safety of children and families in Harris County, TX. David has a particular interest in supporting and developing other emerging leaders. Outside of his educational endeavors and work experience, David has been extensively trained in conflict resolution as a mediator. During his leisure time, David enjoys running, cycling, and traveling with friends.
Rashaad Newsom is an ambitious leader that resolves complex problems with creative solutions. He received his MBA from Texas Southern University, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations Management from Clark Atlanta University. He has 15 years of work experience across various industries to include accounting, public relations, federal and state government, and nonprofit. He has essential skills in project/ program management, communications, relationship building, and accounting policy/ procedure.
Ricky O’neal Berry Jr.
A native of Houston, Ricky grew up spending a great deal of time around people, and he thrived on it. From that time on Ricky loved spending time with as many people as he could. But it was not just people that Ricky very quickly came to love. It was also the church where he spent a great deal of his time, and at the age of 17 he pursued his true calling into Ministry. He knew there was still more that he could do to help people, however, and upon his high school graduation, Ricky entered the U.S. Navy, following which he spent over 13 years gaining experience within the areas of administration and executive support.
Organizations and companies that include The Student Conservation Association, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, and the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center allowed him to cater to the desires of his heart and his focus toward the area of helping others, and especially those who are members of disadvantaged communities. It is the desire to aid these individuals and more that has led him to the non-profit sector and specifically to his role at Target Hunger, where he engages with volunteers, residents, and donors within the community, including supporting community events and volunteer opportunities related to the mission of the organization.
Even more, it enables him to be personally involved in fundraising events, including the development of the CANnecting program and Everyday Giving Campaign, both of which have led to increased levels of donations and support from the community. In any way he can, Ricky works to aid the organization in achieving its goals and furthering them with their supporters. Ricky also not only works with organizations that encourage the development and advancement of disadvantaged communities, but volunteers with them as well, including Heart & Soul, The Truth Project, and The Men’s Gathering.