Combining his broad range of experiences in the environment in which he lived and worked with the knowledge gained as a Harvard Leadership Fellow, MetroMorphosis founder, and Chief Executive Catalyst Raymond A. Jetson has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at bringing the community together to solve many of the challenges we face.
A native of New Orleans Louisiana, Terina moved to Baton Rouge post Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Terina has spent 25 years overseeing the operations, logistics and administrative performance of minority owned, non-profit, faith-based, and government entities.
Tamiera (TC) Nash is the Communications Catalyst at MetroMorphosis and works in partnership with team members to replace the deficit-based narrative around Black and other POC’s communities and the individuals who live within them with an asset-based narrative.
A native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, Luke St. John McKnight is an artist turned community organizer and social strategist. McKnight began his community-based work in 2015, building initiatives with intent to multiply the individual and collective capacity for vibrancy, enrichment, and livability within Baton Rouge.
Michael L. Mitchell serves as the Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst at Metromorphosis where he is responsible for creating and implementing weekly outreach plans, working with the Sustainability Catalyst to develop marketing plans to recruit delegates, attend relevant community meetings, and participate in relevant council meetings.
Tyra Banks serves as MetroMorphosis’ Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst for our Business Development Plus program. Tyra Banks is a native of Marrero, Louisiana. She grew up serving the community through programs like Volunteers and Young Emerging Leaders of Louisiana.
Combining his broad range of experiences in the environment in which he lived and worked with the knowledge gained as a Harvard Leadership Fellow, MetroMorphosis founder, and Chief Executive Catalyst Raymond A. Jetson has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at bringing the community together to solve many of the challenges we face. As an ALI Fellow, Mr. Jetson also developed relationships with national think tanks and thought leaders who are available to strategize on approaches to different community challenges. His position as Pastor of Star Hill Church for 23 years resulted in a formidable network of people and organizations; he has also served on many diverse nonprofit boards throughout the parish. His lifetime body of work to date has, therefore, enabled Raymond to be a visionary and astute architect for building a connected web of city assets that are needed to support our models for transformative change.
Sherreta R. Harrison Sustainability Catalyst
Sherreta R. Harrison oversees the development of the infrastructure and the internal processes that will allow the organization and its programs to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. Originally from Houston, TX, Sherreta fell in love with the Baton Rouge community while pursuing her undergraduate degrees at Louisiana State University. During that time, she began working with a local non-profit to increase literacy rates in the Baton Rouge area. Upon graduation, she accepted the role of Program Coordinator where she spent more than 10 years teaching basic reading, writing and math, and job skills and developing programs to assist underserved populations before returning to school to complete her Masters in Counselor Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in Lafayette, Sherreta combined her teaching experience with her mental health education to provide in-home therapy services and life skill instruction to youth and their parents. She also served as an adjunct instructor at local colleges where she taught developmental and foundational courses. In 2013, Sherreta moved back to Baton Rouge to return to non-profit education. For the next 4 years, she would serve as the Student Support Specialist for Up Alliance (then the Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition) in which she developed programs and initiatives to increase educational and career access for low-skilled and underemployed adults until their closing. Sherreta now utilizes her 16 years of non-profit experience to help build the capacity of organizations and individuals in their work to transform their communities into thriving and vibrant places to live and work through her work with MetroMorphosis. Additionally, she has served on several boards, advisory, and planning committees and spends her free time learning new recipes, writing, and thinking of ways to make the world a better place.
Terina M. Washington Operations Catalyst
A native of New Orleans Louisiana, Terina moved to Baton Rouge post Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Terina has spent 25 years overseeing the operations, logistics, and administrative performance of minority-owned, non-profit, faith-based, and government entities. Currently, as Operations Catalyst at MetroMorphosis, she is responsible for managing the daily operations of the organization, financial management systems, and events logistics. In addition, She serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Catalyst. Terina is currently enhancing her professional development skills in Accounting at Baton Rouge Community College and is an active entrepreneur with her start-up, Wristy Business, and Co.
Tamiera Nash Communications Catalyst
Tamiera (TC) Nash is the Communications Catalyst at MetroMorphosis and works in partnership with team members to replace the deficit-based narrative around Black and other POC’s communities and the individuals who live within them with an asset-based narrative. Nash’s work is directly tied to influencing, creating, and supporting narrative change in the communities that the organization serves in an effort to create a Baton Rouge community where everyone can thrive, experience, and celebrate their success. Outside of work, Nash is a community advocate and organizer who works with local non-profits to coordinate events and conversations. Currently, Nash sits on the Foundation for Louisiana’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Advisory Board and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at Southern University A&M College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts from Spring Hill College in 2018.
Luke St. John McKnight Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst
A native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, Luke St. John McKnight is an artist turned community organizer and social strategist. Creative Director of the seasonal event series, Build The Fire, lead strategist and co-founder of planning bureau, Saint John & Company, McKnight began his community-based work in 2015, building initiatives with the intent to multiply the individual and collective capacity for vibrancy, enrichment, and livability within Baton Rouge. St. John further crystallized his interest in nonprofit work while providing services in creative development and program management for multiple programs within The Walls Project, a local nonprofit leveraging the arts for community revitalization. Under the Walls Project, Luke also served as their program director for the creative workforce program The Futures Fund. McKnight now works with the social enterprise MetroMorphosis, a systems change organization transforming urban communities from within by helping individuals and institutions transform broken and neglected communities into thriving spaces to live, work and experience success. Luke serves as MetroMorphosis’ Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst, Developing and coordinating place-based arms of the Urban Congress on African- American Males.
Michael L. Mitchell Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst
Michael L. Mitchell serves as the Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst at Metromorphosis where he is responsible for creating and implementing weekly outreach plans, working with the Sustainability Catalyst to develop marketing plans to recruit delegates, attend relevant community meetings, and participate in relevant council meetings. He is also responsible for scheduling and personally conducting presentations to community organizations and groups, maintaining relationships with collaborative partners, starting new relationships, and coordinating community events to increase participation in U.C. and O.S.O.E. This role allows him to fulfill his passion for improving the lives of individuals living in urban communities. In 2005 Michael graduated from Southern University of Baton Rouge with a BA. in Criminal Justice and an Assoc. of Law Enforcement. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Director of Field Operations for Knight Protective Service, a major security company in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was responsible for the payroll, daily operations, and disciplinary actions of officers at 5 Baton Rouge locations, 4 locations in New Orleans, 1 location in Covington, and 1 location in Hammond totaling more than 250 personnel. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the Youth Pastor in North Baton Rouge where he began to lay his foundation for community engagement. Michael would soon transition from church events to speaking at various in schools, conferences, and community events in both Louisiana and out of state. He collaborated with many individuals and organizations and built lasting relationships. While still inspiring youth, he built a platform as an urban community advocate and organizer for various issues. During this time Michael also secured employment with the United States Department of Energy from 2008 to 2016. There he operated computer systems and specialized in crisis negotiating. In late 2016 Michael made the decision to further his career as a Community Engagement Specialist.
Phelecia A. Udoko Performance Catalyst
Phelecia is an organizational and leadership development expert and evaluator with almost ten years of experience teaching and consulting in this area. She completed her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University with a focus on Leadership and Human Resource Development and has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She recently worked at Louisiana State University, where she was an instructor in the Department of Leadership and Human Resource Development, and as an independent assessor for the Jefferson County Personnel board in Birmingham Alabama.
Throughout her career, she has given her expertise to a variety of consulting firms across Louisiana and Texas, as well as internationally. Phelecia is also an avid researcher. Her research is predominantly focused on Work-Life and counterproductive work behaviors, and issues affecting race, gender, and nationality. She has presented her research at multiple national and international conferences and platforms. Phelecia enjoys being a mom to her five children and a wife. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling, singing, dancing, playing board games, and swimming.
Rachel Jackson Program Catalyst
Rachel B. Jackson serves an integral role in the development and management of the work of MetroMorphosis. With diverse professional experiences in the arts, public health, education, and community engagement, Rachel brings enthusiasm to her work with MetroMorphosis team members, citizen partners, and partner organizations to implement strategies and projects that advance LaunchBR, MetroMorphosis’s business development initiative.
As a Monroe native who migrated south to attend Louisiana State University, Rachel has spent over a decade living and learning in the Baton Rouge area. After completing a graduate degree in Public Administration and Public Management, she has applied her experience in academic research and public policy at every opportunity. She continues to emphasize a spirit of innovation in her work in social spaces of all types, including cultural institutions, local businesses, and governing agencies. In her spare time, Rachel is a small business owner that prioritizes community collaboration by working with local storefronts and other local organizations to plan events and initiatives for the public. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, writing, enjoying local live music, and visiting museums.
Tyra Banks Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst
Tyra Banks serves as MetroMorphosis’ Innovation & Partnerships Catalyst for our Business Development Plus program. Tyra Banks is a native of Marrero, Louisiana. She grew up serving the community through programs like Volunteers and Young Emerging Leaders of Louisiana. Right after Hurricane Katrina, Tyra became a disaster relief volunteer and worked with Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Augustine’s Church, and The United New Orleans Plan. Her public service spirit was born, leading her to complete an internship at the Center for Progressive Leadership in Washington, DC where she was later a fully funded fellow. During her time there, Tyra worked as Staff Assistant at a national public policy think-tank, Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on Capitol Hill, and Account Manager at a progressive political firm. Ms. Banks earned her Master's in Public Administration from Louisiana State University's Ourso College of Business. In response to her community’s need for strategy and organizing services, Tyra opened Banks Consulting in 2010, a firm that helps non-profits, businesses, and campaigns increase their community impact. For years, she had the honor of serving as Legislative Assistant to the late State Representative Ronnie Edwards. After studying the racial wealth gap at the Ford Foundation and inner-city issues at the Urban Leadership Development Initiative, Tyra pursued licenses in life insurance, annuities, and investments to equip her community in the area of financial literacy, seeing it as a major contributor to forward movement in the North Baton Rouge community where she grew up. Tyra was recently called upon to bring her skills in financial education and business development to the position of Program Manager for LaunchBR, a strategy of MetroMorphosis to increase business ownership in under-invested communities. Tyra also serves as Second Vice-Chair on the board of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority, and as a member of several other boards, including Partners Southeast, and Community Empowerment & Development Initiative. Tyra envisions a community where entrepreneurship is accessible, everyday people play a role in public policy, and there is an economic advantage for all. such as Loan-Loss Reserve and Credit Smart products. She also assisted nonprofits to obtain necessary operational funding and grants for their housing developments.
Her housing work has helped develop and preserve over 25,000 units of affordable housing for some of the most vulnerable individuals and families across Louisiana parishes. She is committed to high-quality and affordable housing for all people. Her expertise is in housing finance development, community development, and preservation of affordable housing is highly valued in her community and the state.