Tracy D. Burton, Director ~ A native of the place known as “Star City of the South” (Roanoke, VA), Tracy Burton was born there to Richard Ross and Shirley Wilson on August 17, 1962. She is one of two children born to the couple. As she was reared in Roanoke for a short time, then her mother remarried Robert Burton, and the family proceeded to move about and live on various military bases. As her family lived in a variety of states, as well as internationally, Tracy thrived in schools throughout the Department of Defense (DOD) school system.
She earned a Bachelor of Social Services degree (with a concentration in Urban Planning) from Virginia State University May of 1980. Realizing she was not ready for another educational setting, Tracy went to work for five years with Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) as an Employment Counselor. However, it was shortly after she began the position she realized she had to do a wealth of counseling before the clients would/could become job ready. After five years with VEC, Ms. Burton felt it was time to garner more education and focus on the arena of social work, as she had been doing social services in her position as a counselor for some time.
It was then Ms. Burton stepped out on faith and attended college full-time, withdrew her vested monies from Virginia State government, selected Howard University for her post graduate degree and paid for her tuition, in full, for two years. Thus, there was no reason to fail only to succeed. Since then, Ms. Burton has worked in several areas in the social work field to include: pediatrics, teens, the elderly, families and children. She has worked with such organizations as: NBC-4, Lutheran Social Services, Arlington Extension Service, Arlington Parks and Recreation, Community of Hope, Inc., and Boarder Baby Project. She is currently employed with the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for the past 15 years, and now heads a new program, "STAR" for children initially coming into care.
Ms. Burton is passionate about working with children and families and is inspired by those who are willing to serve in the community for the betterment of the people who live in it.
Kimberly A. Jewell, Executive Director ~ Kim's role with the Collective Work Group (CWG) is as an experienced business/corporate woman, trusted friend and confidant of 35 years of fellow CWG partner Tracy Burton, and as someone with personal experience on the "receiving" end of Social Workers. She is a divorced/single mother of three sons. She grew up as an "Army Brat" and is very proud of her military roots. She was in the food/restaurant industry on the corporate side for 20+ years.
After suffering a life changing health crisis, Kim went through some hardships which included having to give up her career and at one point being homeless and living in her camper for seven months. It was during that time that she realized she needed help and finally called a number on a flyer she saw posted at her sons’ school which read "Are you homeless and need help?" That was when she was connected with a homeless case manager who became an Angel in her life. Within a couple of weeks, with the guidance and assistance of her Angel she was able to move out of her camper and into a house. This experience showed her that there is help available to those who need and seek it and that Social Workers are here for that purpose.
Kim remains determined not to let the circumstances that have befallen on her break her spirit or her strength. She acknowledges that her situation could be worse and counts her blessings on a daily basis. Being a part of the CWG allows her the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and to pay it forward.
Larcell Arnett, Creative Director ~ was born into a large family of eleven and has lived a military lifestyle for over 20 years. She has traveled the east and west coast. Her interest in theatre was developed in junior high school where she was active in numerous talent shows and stage plays. She has been acting professionally since 1993 and is currently in the Drama and Music Ministry at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where she attended Evangel Cathedral School of Performing Arts. She has performed with Gospel's finest: Vickie Winan, Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Donnie McCurkin, CeCe Winan, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribett, Tonya Blunt, Willie Blunt, Laniel Lightfoot, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Rhonda Belt and Bryan Wilson. She has been cast in several stage plays such as: And Now, I See, The Ten Virgins, Go Tell It, written and produced by Derik Mark Stewart, The Bride, More Than Triumph and Christmas Celebration Productions Assistant Director for Christmas Celebration 2011.
Larcell has a degree in Social Work. She is now a Washingtonian and has a wonderful husband, Hank, two daughters; Tahbora and Tahnesha and an inspiring 16 year old grandson Malik who is a mime instructor, chorographer and has travel the east coast with his own ministry named MLA Mime Ministry.