DR. TRACY L TOLBERT
HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Tracy L. Tolbert, is now the first to take the Honorary seat on the advisory board. Dr. Tolbert was the first active member to establish The In The Spirit Entertainment and Foundation. advisory board on Ocober 9th, 2014. Dr. Tolbert was in charge of the small business and entrepreneurs , networking and developing business. leaders. She was a Dallas Native with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration minor in Real estate from University of North Texas. Master’s degree in Training and Development fro Texas A&M University Commerce. 2nd Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Recieved her Doctorate of Education in Supervision. Owner of Carousel Concessions of the State Fair of Texas and Owns “Chickcan Shaq On Da Run” Food truck. Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., We were deeply saddened of her homegoing on January 31st, 2017. In The Spirit Entertainment honors you for your leadership as a board member.
DR. PAULETTE HURD
Earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from North Texas State University and Master’s of Education from Texas Women’s University. Completed her Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University Commerce. Established the Math and Computer enrichment center in Dallas. Currently the Mathematics interventionist for Uplift Mighty Preparatory Fort Worth, Texas. Retired from Cedar Hill ISD. Active in Dallas LINKS stem program.
Felecia is a native Texan, graduating from Texas A & M University at Commerce with a Degree in Business.
After graduating from college, her first 10 years of work experience were with Fedex, where she began at entrylevel
and promoted into various mid-level management positions. The second stage of her career life began
with Morgan Stanley where she was trained on Wall Street as a Stock-Broker. She spent the next 20 years in
the Financial and Investments industry. The last 7 years of her corporate career were spent managing and
investing $350 Million-Dollars in assets as a Corporate Pension Manager.
With the financial crash of 2008, Felecia saw many of her clients unable to obtain traditional bank loans and
subsequently they filed bankruptcy. These circumstances created a desire and curiosity about alternative
business loans for companies that failed to meet the lending criteria of traditional banks. She soon connected
with a New York firm that created a network of alternative direct lenders offering commercial loans for specific
market niches. After completing training with the Underwriting Dept. of each lender, she began marketing
alternative loans to small businesses as a part-time project. This proved to be very successful and in 2013
Felecia took a leap of faith and purchased a commercial building of her own, and committed full-time to the
business. Thus the word “Imani” means “Faith”.
BISHOP NATHAN KORTU
then returned to his village to enter a traditional bush school where he was trained for five years. He was educated in the science of witchcraft. But thank God for the power of the Gospel that was planted in his heart by the missionaries of the United Pentecostal Church.
After graduating from the bush school, he return to the mission school and rededicated his life to God. In 1975, he received his calling into the ministry on Fassama Mission. He migrated into the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, for high school education and later return to his village to start a Church and an elementary school for his people in 1980. In 1985 he received a scholarship to attend Christian Life College in Stockton California where he earned a bachelor degree in theology and met his wife Dianne. The couple married in Guam in August 1989 and then moved to Dallas to pursue higher education. Rev. Kortu started New Life Fellowship Church in 1994 with just a few friends. This man of God has been an inspiration to many Christian leaders. Under his leadership the church has grown to almost two hundred members, expanding to other states, and established a branch in San Antonio, Texas. The Church has operated a day care center since 1999, runs a food bank, owns a restaurant, and provides other services in the community. Rev. Kortu is a true man of God, a man of faith, a dreamer, and a visionary. He and his wife Dianne are blessed with two children, Jonathan and Alyssa.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Jason Schulman is a director and producer, playwright, actor and instructor of theatre. Jason has been involved in the theatre and entertainment industry for over forty years. He has been involved with every aspect of the theatre, whether it be as a touring actor, producer or techie, Jason has been engaged.
Jason is originally from Chicago, Illinois and now he is located in Dallas, TX. While in Dallas, Jason has been active at, The Dallas Children's Theatre, The Latino Cultural Center, The Bishop Arts Theatre, The African American Museum, Ann Seen Productions, TeCo and along with many others, he recently partnered with The Arts Mission Oak Cliff and ITS Entertainment.
Jason continues to expand his reach in the dynamic arts culture of Dallas and anticipates extensive growth in the arts and entertainment industry in the area.
Jason attended the renown, School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a proud alum of, The University of North Texas. Jason is also the Theatre Director at The Greiner Arts Academy where he has, directed, produced and instructed for the past nine years.
Jason finds his work to be an absolute joy, he is extremely humbled at the opportunity to work with a plethora of so many great people throughout the years and Jason looks forward to forming new synergies with a vast array of colleagues, in a variety of eclectic milieus.
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