Our Leadership

Natalynne Walton

Founder & Executive Director


My journey began with a mother that was a very loving, nurturing and insightful woman. She shared a lot of her wisdom with me throughout my childhood and gave me all of the tools she felt I needed to become a successful independent woman. I received a Master’s in Education, was selected as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and voted DISD Teacher of the Year, to name a few of my accomplishments. The disease of addiction robbed me of all the positive things in my life for which I had worked. Instead of prosperity, my addiction took me to a place of emotional, spiritual and physical bankruptcy. It was not until I reached a place of

extreme hopelessness that I realized that jails/institutions were not a part of the vision my mother had for me. This is when I sought help to recover. In June of 2003 I began a new journey that involved walking a totally different path. I began praying for direction and realized that my passion for children was still there. I also discovered a new passion which involved working with women suffering from the same disease that so impacted my adult life. Through prayer, my vision became clear. I wanted to give women and children the same hope, comfort and stability that had sustained me growing up. It was with this vision that Hopeful Solutions was born.

Board Of Directors

Sidney Burkins

Board Member since 2019

Sidney is passionate in his beliefs that everyone should be given the tools and resources to meet their personal best.  With a professional background in finance, organizational and human capital management, he strives to be a servant to those we serve at Hopeful Solutions. Since joining Hopeful Solutions, Sidney’s roles have included governance committee chairperson, and most recently board chairman.  Prior to Hopeful Solutions, his volunteer affiliations have included Literacy Instructions for Texas (LIFT), Dallas Peace Center and the Dallas Life Foundation. Sidney holds a multidisciplinary BAAS degree in management from the University of North Texas and a MS degree in human resources management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Gregory Kissentaner, MBA

Board Member since 2020

Has over 18 years of experience in project management. He brings business skills that will add value and contribute to our financial and organizational goals. He is certified as a Project Management Professional and has a MBA in Information Technology Management. In addition to his professional skills and attributes, he is passionate about volunteering, especially with populations.

Kenneth Shepherd, BA

Board Member since 2018

Has over 15 years experience in the areas of program management, strategic planning, resource development and volunteer coordination. He has a commitment to social services and standards set forth by life experiences. His work experience includes extensive work with more than 500 children, adults, and families. His passion is for the children of Hopeful Solutions to have the opportunity to live joyful and carefree lives and is devoted to all efforts needed to make that a reality.

Honey White

Board Member since 2020

Honey White is a Financial Center Manager and has over 25 years of experience in the retail banking industry.  She enjoys helping people reach their financial goals and enjoys meeting new people to learn their story.  Honey is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and enjoys spending time with them and traveling whenever she can.  Honey would like to help make a difference in the lives of the mothers and their children through the meaningful work done through Hopeful Solutions.

Sean Williams, MBA

Board Member since 2020

Sean Williams has 26 years of experience in the receivable management industry. He has been a Managing Member at Williams Rush & Associates since 2011. The team at WRA has a passion for giving back to the community. His goal is make a difference in the lives of others. Sean can relate to the struggles of the mothers at Hopeful Solutions. He overcame homelessness and sought help for substance abuse. Then went on to a earn his BS and a MBA from Texas A&M. His company has partnered with Hopeful Solutions for the last 5 years on different projects for the organization. During this time, he was impressed with the transformational leadership at Hopeful Solutions, and the impact it is having on the lives of the women and children that it serves.

Matt Meredith

Board Member since 2021

Matt Meredith is the Owner/President of GreenBean IT and has over 15 years of experience in the IT and Marketing industries. He has always had a passion for helping others. Whether it’s helping entrepreneurs and business owners grow and maintain their businesses or giving back to the community and local non-profit organizations. Single mothers and children have always held a special place in his heart, and he was inspired by the impact Hopeful Solutions has been making in the lives of their struggling families. That’s why it was a no-brainer for him to take on a role as a Board Member of Hopeful Solutions.

Learn More About Us

Hopeful Solutions
P.O. Box 270674
Dallas, Texas 75227

Hopeful Solutions is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

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