Our Team

executive Director

Seth Harkins

Since 2010, Seth Harkins has taught students in Whitehaven, Oakhaven, and Orange Mound through the Memphis Teacher Residency. Seth is passionate about seeing others increase their potential through learning. At Alcy-Ball Development Corporation and as a resident in Alcy Ball, he uses that passion to connect families to new employment, housing, and financial opportunities. Seth has worked for ABDC since June 2016 and has served as ED since July 2019.


Director of Community engagement

Lenell Burton

Lenell joined the team in March 2021 after working in Community Organizing in several Memphis communities including Uptown and Binghampton. He is a strong advocate for our community and uses his skills as a relationship builder to promote residents’ interests. Lenell is gifted in identifying common interests and moving from a shared vision to operations.


Board Members


Elizabeth Williams
Shelby County Schools

Ethan Knight
Development Services Group Inc.

Samuel A. Thompson IV
Walnut Grove Capital Partners

Sharon Payne
Childcare Nutrition Director

Apostle Tony Wade (Board Chair)
Divine Life Church