Executive Leadership


Robert T-Ray Manley lll

Robert T-Ray Manley III joined as Executive Director in November 2019. Robert provides strategic leadership and operations, guiding the The Way Back’s mission and expanded impact. Robert is an experienced nonprofit professional with demonstrated success in philanthropy, community development, leadership and social change.

Robert previously served as Chief Impact Officer at Operation Blue Shield, Managing Director of Economic Development at Community Council, Chief Operation Officer at North Collin Habitat for Humanity and Community and Workforce Development at Dallas Leadership Foundation.

He has vast ministry experience including, church planting and community development in Atlanta, Georgia and the south Texas/ Mexico Border area. Robert also served as Executive Director of Vertical Ministries, a Community Development nonprofit. Robert holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science from Howard Payne University.

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Our Staff


Katie Milholland

‪Katie joined The Way Back as the Director of Reentry Programs in January of 2020 and brings with her nine years of experience in reentry and prison ministry. Prior to coming to The Way Back, Katie was the front line coordinator for a Dallas based nonprofit organization serving over 600 individuals annually, both in and out of prison. She is deeply passionate about providing equal access to resources, jobs, and housing to returning citizens. Seeing lives changed, families restored, and our communities safer is the driving force behind her work in this field. ‬‬

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Board of Directors


Board President
Harry J. McCalla

Sales Executive, Agilysis & IBM (retired)


Richard Christy

Vice President of Industrial Insurance Services, Summit Financial Group

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Robert Hemphill

Attorney, Palmer, Lehman and Sandbera


David Echols

Owner, Deltan Group, Inc. (retired)


Jimmy Stawn

President, Genpro Resources, LLC

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Robert Billingsley

Associate Principal, HKS (retired)


Ron Brown

Director of Finance Improvement, Exter Finance

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Jan Howell

Attorney (retired)


Rev. Cindy Kennedy

Pastor, Pilot Point First United Methodist Church


J. Denise Huginnie

Founder and President, Impact Focus


Michael Cox

Maintenance Technician, Skillman Church of Christ