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Alicia M. Crowe Alicia M. Crowe, Esq. of the law firm of Crowe & Crowe is currently Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Ramapo. She holds a B.A. from Adelphi University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Crowe is a sought-after legal expert on the topic and has been featured several times on BET J's "My Two Cents", "The Wendy Williams Experience" FOX Good Day Atlanta, " Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show "Sharp Talk," WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM's "Open Line," Gary Byrd Show, Power 105.1's "The Power Hour" with Minister Kevin., The Bev Smith Show , WBAI-FM. The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Black Men Magazine and Sister 2 Sister." Sheila D. Bazemore Is a graduate of both North Carolina Central University (BA ­ Psychology), and East Carolina University (M Ed ­ Exceptional Children). She currently serves as the Family Involvement Consultant for the state of North Carolina in the Office of School Readiness within the NC Department of Public Instruction. She is the immediate past Chair of NC Parent Education Network (NCPEN). She co-founded the non-profit organization, NC Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families, a statewide resource and referral network; and the NC Fatherhood Development Advisory Council, both provide technical assistance and training to fatherhood program staff. Sheila devotes her time to promoting best practice initiatives for family involvement, parenting education and support, and fatherhood and mentoring in North Carolina. She is a requested presenter at local, state, national audiences. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Raleigh Alumnae Chapter. Sheila's most cherished role is as an adoptive single parent of 17 years. She and her daughter reside in Raleigh, NC. Jerry L. Hawkins, Jr. Jerry Hawkins, Jr. is an Independent Consultant and Fatherhood Advocate with an expertise in Involved Fatherhood, Manhood Education and Effective Parenting Methods. Jerry is also a Male Involvement Specialist and Parenting Facilitator for the Chicago Urban League's Male Involvement Program. He received his B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child & Family Services from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is completing his M.A. at Northeastern Illinois University's Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. He also is a husband and proud father of two beautiful children, and a member of the National Education Association and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ron J. Clark Ron J. Clark possesses over 15 years of experience developing and implementing program services targeting fathers, fatherless males, and young unwed parents. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy and a MBA Executive Education Certificate. Today, he serves as the National Director of Community-based Programming for the National Fatherhood Initiative. In 2001, he was recognized for his leadership efforts at the International Fatherhood Conference. He served as the Director of the Virginia Governor's Fatherhood Campaign for 7 years, where he led the state's effort to improve the social and health outcomes of children through father involvement. In this position, he facilitates the provision of training and technical assistance to family service providers in order


to increase their capacity to support fathers and families. He is regularly called up to consult, write and speak on the important issues of fatherhood and male responsibility.

Kenneth Braswell (See Panelist biographies) & Anne-Marie Yeates Ann-Marie Yeates is a Program Outreach Specialist who joined the New York State Fatherhood Initiative in November 2007. She has worked with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance since 1999. Ann-Marie came to the program with more than eight years experience developing and training programs for the Division of Child Support Enforcement. She brings extensive knowledge of the child support enforcement program, and she designed an innovative Customer Service curriculum that enhances the sensitivity of child support workers to the issues of noncustodial parents. The curriculum has received national acclaim and has been the subject of workshops at numerous conferences. Lisa Nitsch Lisa has worked at House of Ruth since 1998 and coordinates the abuser intervention service of the domestic violence prevention agency. She was the driving force in the philosophical shift and redesign of the program from `The Batterers' Program' to `The Gateway Project' in 2003. She currently serves as the Vice President of Women In Fatherhood, Inc., is a board member of the Maryland Regional Practitioner's Network for Fathers & Families, is a member of Baltimore's Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, is Co-Chair of the Maryland Abuser Intervention Collaborative, and is a member of Baltimore's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Robert G. Pinno Robert G. Pinno has been working as an advocate for children and families for over 15 years. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has resided in Atlanta, Georgia for the last ten years. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he holds a B.A. degree in Clinical Sociology. As FSM with Easter Seals North Georgia, he supports families by offering family capacity building strategies for desired child & family outcomes. As a certified trainer for the National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL), Center for Child Well-Being, and the University of Berkeley's Institute on Family Development, his trainings serve to empower parents to become stronger advocates for their child's social-emotional well-being. Diana Sims-Moore & Curtis Watkins Ms. Sims-Moore is President and CEO of Focus Point International, a human development firm that provides organizational development, staff training, survival skills training, group and individual counseling, mentoring and career coaching. Additionally, Ms. Sims-Moore is the President of the DC Metropolitan Healthy Marriage and Relationship Coalition and severs on numerous boards. Ms. SimsMoore served as partner and Public Affairs Officer with the National Consortium for African American Children in Washington, DC (NCAAC) founded in 1992, was a special initiative of the congressionally established National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality. NCAAC was created as a national strategy to improve the quality of life for African American children and their families. Cherie Green Cherie began her career with Head Start in 1993 as a Family Services Worker. In 1996, she was promoted to the Parent Involvement Coordinator position later changed to the Parent Trainer. In this position she was responsible for Parent Involvement and Program Governance. Cherie held that position until December 2002 when she promoted to the Acting Family Services Manager and in February 2003 she became the permanent Family Services Manager for the program. She has been elected to serve continuously on the Florida Head Start Association Board of Director's by her peers since 2003 and she also represents Florida Head Start Association on the Regional Head Start Board. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from University of South.



Leonard Bryant Leonard S. Bryant, II is a certified Master Trainer in the Fatherhood Development Curriculum through The National Partnership for Community Leadership. Mr. Bryant is certified to increase agency capacity and to equip individuals with the necessary skills to become successful professionals in working with men and fathers in diverse community settings. He also has the experience to provide knowledge skills, tools in program design and implementation curriculum development. Mr. Bryant manages recruitment, retention, and collaborative case management. Leonard has been with the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency for seven (7) years and has served as the Fatherhood and Male Involvement Coordinator for five (5) years. He is also a certified Family and Community Development Specialist through the University of Iowa. Mr. Bryant is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Human Services. He is an ordained minister and a steadfast advocate for the youth, especially young men, in his community. He is married to Chantal Savage ­ Bryant and has four (4) beautiful children.


Andrea Anderson & JoAnn Ornelas Ms. Anderson has experience in facilitating skill-based, educational psychotherapy groups in an outpatient an outpatient and partial hospitalization setting for both high functioning clients and severely mentally ill patients. Ms. Anderson specializes in treating adults, couples, and teenagers. She currently counsels those dealing with depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, abuse/trauma, and relational issues. She also has experience in psychological testing. She holds a master's degree in Counseling and is a national certified counselor. JoAnn Ornelas has over 15 years experience providing health education to adults and youth including those with special needs in school, private and community-based settings. Ms. Ornelas is skilled in working with culturally diverse populations. Ms. Ornelas is currently coordinating government-funded outreach programs, as well as facilitating Healthy Marriage and Healthy Girls groups in Spanish and English. Ms. Ornelas completed her BS in psychology and MA in Special Education in Mexico City. Krsnanandini Devi Dasi & Tariq S. Ziyad Krsnanandini Devi Dasi & Tariq S. Ziyad are co-directors are Certified Instructors in Family Wellness, Better Together, Prepare/Enrich & Prep. KDD: B.S., Education, TSZ: B.A. Psychology, B.A. Business Management. Additional workshops this husband and wife team have facilitated include: Avoiding Addictive Relationships: Choosing Health and Hope, Benefits of a Principled Family, Building Your Relationship House with the Right Tools, "C" Yourself in a Healthy Relationship,Finding, Keeping and Being Mr. or Ms Right in a Wrong World, Healthy Communication in the Workplace and Beyond & How To Avoid Being With a Loser. Carlis Williams & Nisa Muhammad Carlis V. Williams serves as the Southeast Regional Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Southeast Region includes 8 states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Carlis provides executive leadership, coordination and direction for ACF human service programs that include Head Start, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption, Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Support, and Runaway and Homeless Youth. She also serves as the lead Regional Administrator for Healthy Marriage programs and is co-lead for the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program. Nisa Islam Muhammad is a national correspondent for The Final Call Newspaper. It was while doing research on a fatherhood story after the Million Family March in 2000 she discovered the 1999 Morehouse Research Institute document Turning the Corner on Father Absence in Black America. In this publication, Ms. Muhammad read that married men make more money than single men. That statement


intrigued her to explore further. She asked herself, "Does anyone else know this?" That was the beginning of her quest to unearth a wealth of knowledge about the benefits of marriage. Her search took her to Diane Sollee of Smart Marriages, The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education. Ms. Sollee so wisely directed her to Charles Ballard of the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization and to Dr. Lorraine Blackman author of the African American Marriage Enrichment Program. These relationships guided her work and she's been a staunch activist in the Marriage Movement ever since.


Terron Edwards & Zack Curtis Terron, 28 has worked with youth and fathers in the non-profit community for all of his adult life. Beating the statistics by succeeding in life despite being a fatherless teenaged father himself, Terron works to be to living proof that there hope to break the cycle of fatherless in America. His work with fathers began as a peer mentor for a program for teenaged dads when he was just 19. Although for the past 3 years he has worked as the Fatherhood Programming Specialist/Project Representative for the New Hope Project in Milwaukee, WI, his most important job is being a husband to his wife and a father of his two sons. David Levy & Frank Banner David Levy, Esq., is a pioneer in the field of children's rights. He is co-founder of Children's Rights Council in 1985 and is charge of its operations. CRC has chapters in most states and in seven other countries. Levy is editor of "The Best Parent is Both Parents: A Guide to Shared Parenting in the 21st Century." Frank Banner is the Children's Rights Council, Washington, D.C. coordinator & teaches parent education to recently released prisoners. He is a law enforcement officer who has operated two access centers in Washington, D.C. for the Children's Rights Council. He has been helping children with various programs for more than 15 years. Reverend William F. Brown Pastor William F. Brown of Decatur, Georgia heads William Brown Ministries, Inc., a non-profit 501 (C3) organization. Pastor Brown is the executive director of "Georgia's First Step Transitional Academy, a prisoner's re-entry educational program with emphasis on "fatherhood." He is one of the community outreach pastors of the "Philadelphia Church of Spiritual Reconciliation." The focus of Pastor Brown's ministry is "fatherhood" as a moral obligation. He is also founder and CEO of "People Against Crime", a youth crime prevention project in Decatur, Georgia. Rev. Brown works with the Dekalb State Court's "Project Achieve" Program headed by State Court Judge Johnny Panos. Project Achieve is an alternative sentencing program in Dekalb County of Georgia, where defendants are sentenced to a GED program instead of jail. Dr. Donald M. Shell (Additional Panel Members: Charles A. Ballard, Alphonso Gibbs, William Hall) Dr. Shell began his relationship with the Prince George's Health Department in 1995 as a volunteer providing sports medicine and male health care for Prince George's County students, when the need for a comprehensive male health care center focusing on more than sexually transmitted diseases and sports became apparent to him and the Health Department, thereby giving birth to Adam's House in 1999. From 1999 to 2006 Dr. Shell served as the Medical Director and Program Manager of Adam's House providing multiple serves to fathers and men of all ages. From July 2005 to January 2007, Dr. Shell served as the Deputy Health Officer of the Prince George's County Health Department until his appointment as the Acting Health Officer. Dr. Shell was officially sworn in as the Health Officer on March 27, 2007.


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Dr. Edward E. Bartlett Edward Bartlett has a PhD in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He is married and has 3 boys. He has traveled extensively and is fluent in Spanish.Over his 30-year career, he has worked as an Army medical corpsman, researcher, college professor, and private consultant. He was editor-in-chief of Patient Education and Counseling journal for 8 years, and has written 6 books and over 100 scholarly publications. He has worked as a speaker and consultant in men's health and family issues for 20 years. He has done extensive research on the impact of domestic violence programs on African-American communities. Neil Tift Neil Tift is the Director of Operations for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association in Mesa Arizona. From 1998 to 2005, he was Director of Training for two national fatherhood organization based in Washington DC. From 1990 to 1998 Neil was the founding Director of the Fathers' Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over 20 years, Neil has served as Adjunct Professor of Family Studies at four universities in Minnesota, teaching ethics, child psychology, and human service administration. He is a parent educator, family mediator and men's therapist. .Neil is the father of three, the grandfather of seven and foster father of many. Alphonso Gibbs, Jr. Alphonso Gibbs, Jr., MSW is the Project Coordinator for Health Disparities in End-of-Life Care, and Men's Health Issues within the Human Rights and International Affairs Division at the National Association of Social Workers. He has served as Deputy Commissioner with Baltimore City Health Department and as Deputy Health Officer with Saginaw County Department of Public Health Officer with Saginaw County Department Department of Public Health, Saginaw, Michigan. At the Baltimore City Health Department, Alphonso oversaw the Men's Health Center, created to address health care issues of men in Baltimore who were either uninsured or underinsured. Alphonso holds a Masters degree in Industrial Technology from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Phillip Terrell Phillip E. Terrell, MA, is the Executive Director for Reaching Our Kids, (ROK, LLC). ROK, LLC is an educational and organizational development agency designed to assist human service organizations. ROK's areas of specialization include: seminars, program consultation and analysis, as well as, team and community development. Phillip Terrell is a consultant and trainer in Aggressive Conduct Replacement for youth. His work includes the development of Street Behavior Crisis Intervention. Other training includes, the Anatomy of the Aggressive Child, Youth and Trauma, and Youth Suicide Prevention Training. Johnathan Butler Johnathan Butler, a wellness expert believes in integrative efforts that will support the overall health of an individual. Butler is an advocate for intelligent food/health choices regarding men in particular. He strives to educate listening communities on the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and uses biblical verses and statistics to affirm presented information.



Ralph D. Belk & Douglas Gotel Ralph D. Belk is the Executive Manager, Program Administration with the National Center for Children and Families where he oversees the agency's ten direct service programs. He is a licensed social worker with over 18 years of experience ranging from child welfare, homelessness, mental health, community based preventative services to school social work. Mr. Belk is the Vice President of the DC Metro Chapter of NASW. Douglas Gotel, LGSW, is a social worker at JC Nalle Community School in Washington, DC. There, he coordinates mental health services for elementary-age students through a partnership with the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). Mr. Gotel is a 2006 graduate of the Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Delia Robinson-Richards & Gertrude Jackson Delia Robinson Richards, Ed.D is an associate professor at the University of District of Columbia, Washington, DC. Her research interest are Black fathers, and families. She is a graduate of Howard University, the University of Massachusetts and she was Fullbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies. Gertrude C. Jackson, PhD, MSW, LSW, is an assistant professor with the Social Work Department at the North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Her research interests are Black fatherhood, Black families and children, parenting, and mental health. A recipient of the Junior Faculty Award for Outstanding Faculty Services (2006) at the University of the District of Columbia, she has presented at numerous. Karima Morris Woods Karima Morris Woods is the Director of the DC Neighborhood College at George Washington University. She has been working with the Neighborhood College program since 2003 and has been committed to working toward building and empowering communities for the past ten years. She has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara. And is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration at George Washington University. Leon McCowan & Elma Goodwin Leon R. McCowan serves as the ACF Assistant Secretary's representative for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI, Dallas, Texas. He manages and coordinates special sensitive and cross-cutting projects and initiatives such as Healthy Marriage, Fatherhood, and Faith-based Programs in the region, consisting of the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. As Regional Administrator he helps achieve ACF's key national goals and priorities by communicating ACF's regional interests and concerns within HHS, with other Federal agencies, State human service departments and agencies, territorial and tribal governments, and with public and private local organizations that assist children and families. Elma Goodwin is on staff in the Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator and serves as the lead for the Fatherhood and Positive Youth Development (PYD) Initiatives for Region VI which covers Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Texas. The region provides guidance and technical assistance for cross-cutting programs such as Healthy Marriage, Fatherhood, PYD, Homelessness, Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness. Prior to her current assignment, she served in several leadership positions in the private sector.She has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University. She is married and the mother of a son and daughter.


Dana Ross Dana Ross is a filmmaker/author and President of purEquality Entertainment, LLC; the parent company of divisions designed to educate, entertain and promote positive images of cultures through multimedia. Dana is the filmmaker/author of "Black Fatherhood: Reconnecting with Our Legacy" and has researched and interviewed over 400 men within the past 8 years to bring forth an intriguing look at Black men in their roles as fathers from their time of enslavement to the present. Dana hosts a live internet radio talk show, "Our Families, Our Communities" which discusses issues and finds solutions in Black communities around the world. Dana has created an information hub for Black fathers via her new website, In December, 2007 Dana launched "Real Dads" a reality internet television show on The show previews the lives of fathers from various cultures and backgrounds.


Ja Na Bordes (Additional Panelists: Thomas Hardnett, Lori Keel) Ja Na Bordes conducts minority outreach including planning and organizing national forums for the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). The annual Hispanic and African American Forums include representation from state and local child support enforcement offices, national organizations, and local community and faith-based organizations. Prior to her work in this area, Ms. Bordes was involved in the development and implementation of new Tribal Child Support Programs and administered the Native Employment Works Program from its inception until 2000. As a masterful coordinator, Ms. Bordes was responsible for the Department of Labor's Youth Employment Programs, conducting extensive monitoring of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which was a seven hundred million dollar program. Thomas Hardnett, Jr. serves on S.T.A.R. (Sisters Together and Reaching) Board of Directors, Maryland State Childcare Association Board of Directors and the 100 Black Men of Maryland. He is President of Bugg, Hardnett and Associates t/a Phyllis Wheatley Services. In 2005 and 2007, Phyllis Wheatley Ed. Ctrs, was named the 58th fastest growing inner city business in the United States according to INC Magazine. That same year (2005), along with his partner, John Bugg, he helped develop the Strong Fathers, Strong Families program. In partnership with Maryland DHR Office of Male Initiatives, Bugg, Hardnett is responsible for assisting families with economic strategies that will help them gain employment and stay employed. Lori Keel is the Enforcement Supervisor for the Baltimore County Office of Child Support. She has been with Baltimore County for 20 years. Lori has assisted in developing, monitoring and establishing procedures for the Family Employment and Support Program since it started 4 years ago. This program has gotten national recognition for assisting non-custodial parent's in obtain employment and breaking down any barriers they may have in obtaining a job. She has also been involved with establishing Fatherhood Programs at the State and Federal level. This has resulted in collecting child support on cases that were not collectable. Keith Sears Keith Sears is currently the Vice President of Operations CTE, Inc. located in Stamford, CT. CTE, Inc. is the federally designated Community Action Agency serving the Darien, Greenwich, and Stamford communities. His professional experience includes over 15 years of increasingly responsible non-profit experience. Mr. Sears has operated a citywide twenty-five million dollar employment and training program for the city of Baltimore, where he established a Non-Custodial parent initiative targeting low-income fathers. Keith Sears received his B A in Political Science from Morgan State University. He has earned professional certificates in Fatherhood Development, Grant Writing, Project Management, and Organizational Structure. He is married to Jacqueline with whom he has one daughter, Janelle.


Kenneth Coats Kenneth Coats is the founder of and has 11 years of experience in the Technology Industry. He is a former IT administrator for a company called Equifax and is Chairman of KENTECH Consulting, Inc., a pre-employment risk management organization. Additionally, Mr. Coats is an author and expects and has recently published a book the focuses on background technology. Patricia Brown-Daniels Patricia Brown Daniels was born/raised in DC were she have always resided. A mother of three (one son deceased from gun violence in DC). A graduate of DC Public Schools and presently attending the Southern Baptist Institute to obtain a Master's Degree in Divinity, she is a minister at the `Thank GOD for JESUS' ministries. She is a civic leader, a youth advocate, and an ANC in Ward 5. Ms. Daniels graduated from the DC Neighborhood College March 2008. A life member of both NAACP and NCNW, she is also a tutor at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.


Dr. Gerry White Dr. Gerry L. White is the Director of Program Development and Research for Families First in Atlanta, Georgia. He has dedicated 15 years promoting fatherhood involvement and as Director of DHR funded Child Access and Visitation Program. He obtained his BA degree in Psychology from California State University, Hayward, a Master of Social Work Degree and Ph.D. in Social Work Planning and Administration and Social Science from Clark Atlanta University. He has taught social Statistics, and Policy at Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University. He is married and the father of three daughters. He's presented at numerous conferences including: National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Conference on Minority Public Administrators, and NABSW. James Rodríguez & Richard Claytor Mr. James Rodríguez, M.S.W., CEO/President, Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Inc., a premiere professional development and membership non-profit providing services throughout Arizona since 1994 and nationally since 1999. Under his direction FFC has collaborated to serve at-risk young fathers, welfare to work participants, at-risk youth, incarcerated parents, re-entry programs, best practice program development and other special programs statewide and nationally. He is a Board of Director member for Family & Corrections Network, an international organization serving those impacted by incarceration to include mothers and fathers behind bars and on the streets. James serves on Rehoboth Church of God in Christ Community Development Center and First New Life Baptist New HOPE Center Boards of Directors to advance the needs of at-risk youth in group homes and homeless mothers and children. Richard Claytor Richard Claytor is the Director of Fatherhood Initiatives for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division (CSE), a program development consultant and advisor to a number of community and faith based organizations serving fathers and families in New England. In his role as the Director of Fatherhood Initiatives for the Child Support Agency, Richard oversees the agency's services to non custodial parents, coordinates the community based partnerships and directs the outreach activities to CSE customers and professionals working with fathers and families impacted by the child support and public assistance systems. Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fathers and Families Coalition of America and the Brockton Area Private Industry Council and has affiliations with a number of agencies and organizations serving fathers and families. He is the proud father of two sons.



Dr. Wrenetha Julion As a nurse, researcher and educator, I have cared for families for my entire nursing career. My research interests focus on the health and wellbeing of the African American family. I am particularly committed to working with African American fathers who often bear the brunt of negative commentary around the challenging circumstances that often confront African American families. My research is focused on meeting the unique needs of African-American non-resident fathers in particular. My long term goal is to develop and implement fatherhood programs that will help African American non-resident fathers initiate and sustain positive involvement with their children. Shawn Matthew Cook & Patrick Jackson Minister Shawn Matthew Cook is a servant and friend of the Lord with a passion to see believers live in victory through exercising the principles of faith. He is a loving and dedicated husband to his wife of more than 21 years (Nichelle) and Father of three beautiful children (Tyrell, Tyron & Tiffany). Shawn was called to the ministry at 7 years old and after more than 30 years of walking with the Lord and being used in various capacities, Shawn has been called to the nations for this time to re-introduce biblical meditation to the body of Christ and empower men, women & children all over the world to connect with God through Prayer and God pleasing faith which is principally recognized by believing and speaking. Shawn and His family reside in Port Tobacco, Maryland. Reverend Terry Weston TW's Ministry have over ten years of engineering experience combined with ten years of ministry experience which allows TW' the opportunity to create, construct, connect and combine ministry principles with engineering principles to develop community programs that address community problems. A native of Maywood, IL a Chicago Suburb, Rev. Terry Weston has overcome many obstacles faced with youth of today. He grew up in an area of gangs and drugs infestation. With the help of God and home training of Mississippi values, TW's single mother raised her son without incident. Rev. Terry Weston (TW') assisted communities (1994 ­ 1997) in gang prevention and other programs while assisting other local agencies with their community projects until focusing on ministry related projects (1997 ­ 2008).


Jeanette M. Davis Loeb Jeanette Loeb is the Founder & CEO of the Rising Oak Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to directly affecting the intellectual, psychological and spiritual development of boys of African descent. She is also the former V.P. and C.O.O. of Dynamic Industries LLC, specializing in property development and asset management. At present Jeanette is a Resource Development Committee Member of Women In Fatherhood, Inc., Chair of the Pacific Northwest Advisory Board of the United Negro College Fund, and the Founder/Chair of their "A Mind Is Annual Giving Society." For more information: Vernon Williams After having received extensive training in money management from Larry Burkett, a well-known Christian financial counselor, Vernon became a financial counselor and educator in 1986. He taught people how to establish and manage a budget. Vernon has published numerous articles in various publications. He has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio Station WEAA and on Comcast's Money Matters Today


program. He is also the author of 425 Ways to Stretch Your $$$$. Vernon has a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University. John Jolley & Jessica Gordon Nembhard John Jolley is an Advocacy Relations Specialist for Office of Child Support Enforcement, United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He has presented at the Annual International Fatherhood Conference consecutively for the last 4 years, offering each attendee audience a wealth of knowledge in the fragile family field. He has also served as 2008 International Fatherhood Conference Ambassador for this year's 10th Anniversary event. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Assistant Professor and economist (political economist) in the African American Studies Department, and co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland (UMd), College Park. Dr. Gordon Nembhard specializes in economic development policy and Black political economy. Her research focuses on community- and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics, cooperative economics and worker ownership, alternative urban economic and educational development strategies, racial wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color, and popular economic literacy.


Milan Drake Milan Drake, Executive Director of The Jabez Project, embodies passion for his work and embraces his gift as a messenger of hope, strength, empowerment, and awakening. It is his passion for youth and his desire to do "a new thing" in the lives of young people that lead him to start The Jabez Project. Through his work with young people he has had the opportunity to participate with Mayor Ron Dellums Campaign on the Dropout Prevention Task Force/Committee and he has also been nominated an "Ambassador for Peace" by the Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. Henry Jones Henry Jones is a Native of Rochester, NY and has a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC. In addition, Mr. Jones has a MSW from Univ. of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning and has been a Social Worker for 25 yrs in DC. His specific involves how the Government empowers Teen Parents to become more responsible and self-sufficient, particularly young fathers. Dr. Preston Adams The Reverend Dr. Preston T. Adams, III, is a pastor, preacher, teacher, counselor, scholar, youth advocate, motivational speaker, life coach, consultant, entrepreneur, and highly successful CEO. Dr. Adams has three earned degrees from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio (BS 1982) and Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div., and D. Min 1996/2005). Dr. Adams was ordained in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, by Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin, Jr., Resident Bishop and Senior Pastor of the Light of the World Christian Church -- LWCC (Indianapolis, IN), in July of 1997. Dr. Adams currently serves as Executive Pastor of LWCC.


Mychal Sledge Mychal Sledge, is the Co-founder and the CEO of The Sledge Group Inc., a unique non-profit community based, family-oriented program, which provides male and female adolescent mentoring groups, tutorial services and a support network for the parents of the youth who participate. The Sledge Group, Inc. strives to empower, uplift and provide positive influence in the lives of urban youth. Mychal is a servant of God and husband and father. Mychal is a community activists, changed agent, a published writer. He is an inspirational and motivational speaker. . Mychal has been on the forefront of the Black Male initiative and youth development in urban communities.




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