These are the heroes with the passion to transform their communities

Our Board

President & Founder

Sam Ella McKinzie

Mother McKenzie, as the Community and supporters now call her, has dedicated her time and efforts to the service of God. Through ATTCOM, Sam Ella is joining with partners, donors, and volunteers to show that the only force more powerful than fear…is hope. As a mother of 10 children, Sam Ella knows firsthand the challenges of providing beyond reasonable demands. It is in this spirit, however, that she perseveres through the challenges presented by a community overwhelmed with need

Vice President & Board Chair

Reverend Cartha McKenzie, Jr.

Rev. Cartha Jr. is a licensed and ordained minister and serves as Assistant Pastor to his father, Reverend Cartha McKenzie, Sr. at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church located in the West Englewood Community. In addition to teaching bible-study and Sunday school each week, Rev. McKenzie, serves as a mentor to the community’s youth in many ways (including involving them as volunteers for ATTCOM’s activities). He is married to Deatherine, and with her shares three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren.

Board Member

David McKenzie, Sr.

David has served as Senior Board member to ATTCOM since 2005, overseeing the group’s finances and operations. He has secured support from major businesses in the West Englewood Community, throughout the Greater Chicagoland Area, and abroad. David is also a board member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for which he is primarily responsible for the church’s fiscal strength and physical upkeep. A godfather to many young men and women in the church, David is always available to lend a helping hand; often spending late nights answering calls for assistance with troubled teens and domestic disputes.

David holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Chicago State University, and is a Production Planning Manager at the Soudan Metal Company. He has three sons and one daughter with his wife, Anita. 


Don Berry
CEO, BJB Partners

Jeff Mariola
President, Brilliant™

Rev. Dr. Jonathan McKenzie
CEO, Family Centered Educational Agency

Mike Purcell
Vice President Human Resources, Ambius

Thomas L. Soudan, Jr.
President, Soudan Metals


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