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Otto Kelly


Otto was born in Detroit, Michigan, and at age 11 moved with his family to Henderson, Nevada. His father’s death two years later caused him to grope for a father figure, a search that was instrumental in his relationship with God, and his service to others. Otto had what he called, “a conversion moment,” in 1980. 


As a young man, Otto played football for the University of Nevada, where he studied Human Ecology. After football and college, he ingrained himself in his community. 


He spent 11 years as the Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services’ first gang specialist/community outreach counselor. This role earned him numerous awards, such as the NAACP Youth Advocacy Award, Nevada Policy Research Institute Distinguished Community Service Award, and the Truckee Meadows Community Staff Award to name a few. He was recently awarded the 2018 Community Service Award, presented to him by The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society. 

In 2000, Otto responded to God’s call and left his position with Juvenile Services to serve as a full- time Executive Pastor, focusing on biblical manhood, fatherhood, family preservation, youth advocacy, and community engagement. Over the years, Otto has spoken to hundreds of churches across America, as well as internationally. He was featured on a “TEDx Talk,” giving a speech entitled, “The Father Wound”. He is the Founder of Role Model Summit, and is Co-Founder of the Northern Nevada Christian Men’s Alliance. Mr. Kelly founded Dad-E Academy and Dad-E Academy radio.

Also in 2000, he humbly accepted the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole’s invitation to take part of a five-nation Africa tour, where biblical manhood was proclaimed to thousands of men. Otto was commissioned by Dr. Edwin Louis Cole and the Christian Men’s Network in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded a proclamation from the Office of the Mayor of the City of Reno proclaiming Thursday, May 27th, as Pastor Otto Kelly Day.

Otto currently serves as the Executive Director for the Reno Crisis Pregnancy Center. He also serves as a Chaplain for the University of Nevada Athletics Department. He is now the Religious Services Coordinator for the Washoe County Department of Juvenile Services. He serves on several active boards, including: The Children’s Cabinet, African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada, and the Reno Police Chief Advisory Committee.

He lives in Reno, Nevada, with Joy, his high school sweetheart, and wife of 31 years. They have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law, Alonzo and wife Alyssa, and Dominic.


LaMarcus Tinker

Chief Operating Officer

LaMarcus was born in Houston, Texas, and was raised by his grandparents. At the age of 8, he lost his grandfather. In that moment, he realized that it was up to him to continue on his grandfather’s legacy and spirit in life, not by what he says, but by what he does.


Tinker went to West Briar Middle School, where he studied theater. Even in sixth grade, he wanted to be a director, but was interested in all aspects of theater, including acting, writing and other areas of the arts. As a result, he participated in a multitude of school programs. He later attended the NBCA Academy, where he continued his activities in theater and graduated as class Salutatorian. After graduation from NBCA Academy, he received a full academic scholarship to the University of Texas, Arlington, where he studied English. However, the arts and helping people were where his heart was. 


Tinker joined the cast of "Friday Night Lights" in September 2009, playing Dallas Tinker, a small-town football player. He had initially gone to the shoot to support two of his friends who had landed work as extras on the show, taking the bus with them from Houston to Austin. He met the show's Executive Producer, Peter Berg, who was directing the episode being filmed, and unexpectedly found himself acting in a scene with two of the show's regulars. The series was filmed using three cameras, without rehearsal and without extensive blocking. Tinker later recalled, "It was cameras up, let's go. I did it, and he liked it." Two days later, the plans for the show's fourth season were being adjusted to include a new character, Dallas. He was a recurring character for that season, and for the final, fifth one. This was just the beginning of God’s plans for Tinker. 


In August 2010, Tinker signed on for the second season of the ABC comedy, “Cougar Town,” as a recurring character named Kevin. He portrayed the college roommate of Travis Cobb (Dan Byrd), the son of series protagonist, Jules Cobb (Courtney Cox). Tinker was cast for the third season of the hit Fox musical dramedy, “Glee”, as Shane, the long-promised boyfriend for Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley). 


After a decade in the film business, Tinker decided to step behind the camera. Tinker is a film producer, and the owner of LRT Interests, INC. and Scoot Productions, LLC. He is an Executive Producer/Director on several successful independent feature films. Tinker decided to use this platform to help others in his community have success, and more options than what were being presented. Tinker always said, "The only way someone will believe their dreams are possible, is if they know someone personally that came from their environment, and made it the right way." 


After Tinker conquered the film world, he decided to attain another impossible feat, and conquer the financial industry. Tinker worked his way up through the ranks of the banking industry, and is now a Branch Manager in South Lake Tahoe, CA, of a multimillion-dollar institution.  


Tinker currently lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, Brittany Tinker, and his daughter, Madison Tinker. Tinker says Madison motivates him to be a better father, husband, friend and most importantly, son of God.