Meet the Alumni

2015 Fellows

Charles Daniels
Founder & CEO
Fathers' Uplift
Quincy, Massachusetts

As a child, Charles Daniels, CEO and Founder of Fathers’ Uplift witnessed his mother’s struggles as a single parent. So, why is he focused on supporting low-income fathers? Because when Daniels thought about his father, he took an unexpected approach: “I thought about the things he was going through that prevented him from remaining active in my life,” he says. “Then I said to myself, ‘What if someone had been there to help him?’ It might have made a tremendous difference.” That’s exactly the sort of difference Fathers’ Uplift is designed to deliver. In his words, “If we can identify the problems that are preventing men from being in their children’s lives, we can find ways to help them work through those problems and remain engaged.” Charles’ mentor, Dr. Anthony Owens from Daytona Beach, Florida, dedicated his life to making sure he remained on the right track; “His commitment to making sure that the problems I had at home did not outweigh my success changed my life for the best. I remember his words: ‘Don’t let your negative determine your future—keep pushing.’” This is the same message Fathers’ Uplift was created to relay—and this same support and therapeutic relationship-building—to fathers in low income communities.

Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from the Simmons School of Social Work. Charles’s wife recently gave birth to a baby boy, Clayton Charles Daniels. Charles is a proud a father and husband with a mission that is deeply rooted in love.


Jacqueline Del Rosario, Ed.D.
Founder & CEO
ReCapturing the Vision International, Inc.
Miami, Florida

As a former educator and tireless champion for America’s youth, Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario is uniquely equipped to develop and implement hard hitting programs that instills core values into youth for a positive trajectory towards success. Dr. Del Rosario’s exceptional leadership as Founder/CEO of ReCapturing the Vision International has resulted in numerous awards and accolades, including the 2003 Humanitarian of the Year award from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, a nomination to the President’s Advisory Board on HIV/AIDS, and a state commendation from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Dr. Del Rosario is consistently breaking new ground as the author of youth-centered curricula and workbooks and the producer of positive teen media. As Editorial Director of Teen Vision Magazine, Dr. Del Rosario reaches thousands of youth with her powerful messages. She has guest appeared on CNN, testified in front of the United States Congress, served as an educational specialist for WPLG Channel 10 in Miami and worked as a motivational speaker both nationally and internationally.

In addition, Dr. Del Rosario spearheads the Best Marriage Keys campaign, a series of video presentations that provides tools for healthy marriage formation and fortification. As a premarital course provider, Dr. Del Rosario continually develops cutting edge tools to help couples talk through their problems and find healthy solutions in support of her vision to break generational cycles of dependency that has crippled so many families. Being considered as the go to expert for marriage and relationship advice, De. Del Rosario, known as America’s Marriage Coach™, has been featured on multiple TV platforms, such as KTLA, The Hallmark Channel, Fox News, etc.

Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master’s in Education, and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership. She resides in Miami, FL with her husband and two sons.


Charles Dillon
Director of Workforce Readiness & Self Sufficiency
Anthem Strong Families
Dallas, Texas

Charles Dillon holds the position of Director of Workforce Readiness and Self Sufficiency with Anthem Strong Families Dallas. With the goal of improving opportunities for client self-sufficiency, he serves as a liaison among community-based organizations, governmental entities, educational and health care institutions, workforce development initiatives, mental health agencies, and private industry. He is responsible for the development and build-out of effective client services systems through leadership, administrative management, and the implementation of quality programming. Presently, he also oversees and ensures contract compliance involving case management and supportive services offered through partner agencies. In September 2012, he joined Anthem Strong Families in his present position after overseeing the service contract with Anthem Strong Families for two years with DOORS.

Previously, Mr. Dillon served as program director and COO for two other organizations servicing formerly incarcerated persons returning to society and their families through mentoring, workforce readiness training, housing assistance, educational/vocational referrals, support groups, and case management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Master’s degree in Community and Agency Counseling. He is an offender workforce development specialist, a certified anger resolution therapist, LSCMI trainer, and a certified mentor trainer. His 30 years of career experiences includes probation and parole, corporate security, interview/interrogation training, client assessments, applicant screening, and program development for at-risk families.

Mr. Dillon has served in the role of speaker, facilitator, and trainer on many occasions for local organizations ranging from churches, community based organizations, and youth development programs to conferences hosted by Dallas County Community College District, U.S. Federal Probation, and Texas Workforce. In 2009, Mr. Dillon presented before the Texas State Legislative Committee on Strengthening Families in an attempt to secure policy changes involving divorce intervention. For five years and prior to defunding in 2011, he and his wife, Dianne, served as facilitators of a monthly pre-marital workshop funded through the State of Texas called Two-gether In Texas. He has been married to Dianne for 33 years and they are the parents of one son, Kevin, a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Mr. Dillon has been an active community volunteer serving at-risk youth for over 25 years in the role of mentor, coach, and advocate.


Gayle Covington Fowler
Chief Executive Officer
PFACES, LLC (Parent, Family and Couple Education Services)
Dayton, Ohio

Gayle provides consulting for family engagement, responsible fatherhood and two-generation program approaches.  She offers guidance to professionals and organizations to increase the significance of family education, community, school and parent engagement, school readiness, family literacy and early intervention and prevention.  Her expertise includes cultivating collaborative programs and partnerships to maximize social capital and increase return on investment as well as creating promotion, recruitment and data management structures for successful outcomes and organizational growth.  She’s called to speak at national family and relationship conferences, Head Start programs, universities, schools and community agencies. Her experience includes over twenty years of board and community involvement, family advocacy, program management, public speaking and training. 

She currently has partnerships that includes one of the largest child development centers in Ohio and several family, parent, fatherhood, community and government agencies.  Her PLI experience, training and the leadership network provides support with implementing workforce development and family financial literacy programming. As an initial PLI goal to expand and enhance her menu of services with families, Gayle’s involvement helps her provide greater economic stability and sufficiency to families and nurture their advancement.

Previously Gayle created, implemented and managed a successful multi-generation program federally grant funded program, Family Works that served over 700 families within four years.  She trained and managed child instructors to deliver engaging social-emotional learning and self-regulation skills to children.  Her and her husband co-facilitated a multiple format program that educated parents, fathers and couples on relationship and parenting skills to increase healthy and vital families and prevent the pathologies that impact the next generation of children. 

She is a certified Nurturing Parenting Facilitator Trainer and Consultant, Nurturing Fatherhood Trainer and evidence based instructor for several relationship and abuse prevention programs.  Additionally, she is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Gayle holds a master’s degree and is an associate minister at her church.  Her and her husband led the church couple ministry for over twelve years.  Currently, they provide Christian centered classes, workshops, and training to churches and organizations, also.



Sharron Jarmon
Senior Facilitator
Faith in Fathers, Supportive Integrated Services, Inc.
Shreveport, Louisiana

Sharron Jarmon is a Senior Facilitator for “Faith In Fathers,” a Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grant program of Supportive Integrated Services, Inc., located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her areas of expertise include nurturing parenting, relationship enhancement, career development, domestic violence intervention, family counseling, self-esteem building, re-entry services, and ex-offender job placement.

Sharron takes pride in being a social advocate, coalition builder, community organizer, and non-profit consultant. She works part-time as a Functional Family Therapist with Community Enrichment Program, and is also the owner of Cultural Connections Unlimited, an organizational development consulting company with a mission of helping others connect to their success.

Sharron has worked as a non-profit and social services professional for more than fifteen years and is the recipient of many career and scholastic honors, fellowships, and awards. Most recently she was named “Employee of the Year” by Supportive Integrated Services, Inc. for her hard work, dedication, and determination. She is a proven leader, accomplished speaker, and an active volunteer. Sharron serves on the Board of Alano Club of Shreveport, Inc., and Winners Circle Peer Support Network of Louisiana. She is also a member of the Shreveport-Bossier Domestic Violence Coalition, HOPE for the Homeless Coalition, Northwest Louisiana Re-Entry Coalition, Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sharron is passionate about helping people and has a personal mission to develop, cultivate, and enlarge the awareness within every individual of their ability to achieve and succeed. She does this by reaching, teaching, and sharing a message of hope, love and unlimited possibilities to the disadvantaged, impoverished, disabled, incarcerated, addicted, and homeless.


Barbara Linek
Event and Community Outreach Coordinator
Family Bridges
Oak Park, Illinois

Barbara Linek began her career as an educator, teaching English to immigrant students from all over the world. Realizing the value of the relationships she built with the parents of her students, she left the classroom and moved into family literacy, where she could impact the future of the entire family. After completing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Lewis University, she became the DuPage County Director for University of Illinois Extension, providing leadership for community education programs. When University of Illinois Extension became a partner in Family Bridges in 2006, Ms. Linek found her passion for its core mission: strengthening families. From personal experience, she knows that strong families are the foundation of society. She joined Family Bridges in 2010 and serves now as Event and Community Outreach Coordinator, sharing her passion for this work with others.


Lima Pereira
Program Director
Friends of Fathers
Detroit, Michigan

Lima Pereira considers himself a champion for vulnerable fathers and families. Currently, he is Program Director for Friends of Fathers, LLC, a men’s life coach organization enabling men to realize their potential as fathers, co-parents, and productive citizens. For more than five years, he provided leadership and direction for the City of Detroit Head Start Fatherhood Initiative followed by a stint with Community Development Institute - Detroit, an interim operator appointed by the Federal Office of Head Start where his chief responsibility was strategy and oversight for fatherhood programming across 130 locations serving 6,200 Head Start families. Nationally, he served as Midwest Coordinator for the National Fatherhood Leaders Group on a nationwide initiative to mobilize programs serving fathers and families. Prior to 2009, he was employed in the commercial business sector for 20 years in sales and sales management positions with corporations such as Dun & Bradstreet, LexisNexis and ADP. He is a graduate of Norfolk State University (HBCU), married, and a father of three.


Chandra Pitts
President & CEO
One Village Alliance
Wilmington, Delaware

With the realization that it truly does take a whole village to raise a child, Chandra Pitts has dedicated her life to mobilizing “the village” and inspiring intergenerational leadership. Throughout her career she has been known for her passion, integrity and authentic voice of advocacy for marginalized youth and families in communities around the world.

Chandra began her life’s work educating youth in Jamaica whose families could not afford to send them to school. In 2008, she developed the largest school-based mentoring program in Delaware’s Christina School District serving 247 at risk youth in just eight months. In 2009, Chandra founded The Village Learning Center, a 2.1 million dollar federally funded academic based mentoring model. Designed to bring learning to life for underachieving students, this innovative program was adopted by the Department of Education in Delaware and New Jersey and has since been implemented into 42 schools throughout the region.

Chandra’s primary work takes a gender-specific approach to healthy youth development. One of the leading women in Delaware’s responsible fatherhood movement, Ms. Pitts’ leads the development of two nationally recognized initiatives focused on the healthy development of men and boys of color. Suitable Men engages young men and fathers in man-to-man mentoring, professional development and entrepreneurship training. Raising Kings supports the mental and physical health of African American boys. The goal is to change society’s prominent image and expectations of Black males by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys. Chandra’s commitment also includes redefining womanhood and what it means to be a girl! “Girls Can Do Anything!” an explosive healthy girl’s initiative engaging more than 700 phenomenal females in a series of powerful forums cumulating in the annual “Girls Can Do Anything!” Conference. A large piece of Chandra’s work with girls is a father led series entitled, “Daddy’s Little Girl. The monthly get-togethers and school programs educate, empower, celebrate and uplift ALL girls through genuine connections to mentors, resources and opportunities that foster healthy development.

In 2012, Ms. Pitts was honored at the United Nations Global Women’s Empowerment Forum. She is the 2012 recipient of the NAACP Youth Impact Award. Chandra spoke about her work during an appearance on CNN Newsmakers and was recently featured among African American and Latino Leaders in Ebony Magazine. A University of Delaware Women’s Studies documentary depicting the personal narrative of Chandra Pitts won the Nanú Paloma Guerrero Award for Excellence and is now archived at the University’s Special Collections in the Morris Library. She currently serves as the Hispanic Chair for the Delaware Fathers and Families Coalition and was recently appointed by the Governor of Delaware to serve as the newest Commissioner on the Delaware Commission for Women.

A dedicated visionary and philanthropist, Chandra Pitts remains committed to propelling children and their families on a holistic journey toward excellence through education through the non-profit platform she created, One Village Alliance.


Sean Robinson
Career Development Trainer
Center for Urban Families
Baltimore, Maryland

Sean Robinson was born in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from high school in 1991, Sean served in the United States Army as a decorated combat medic for seven years. Sean was a Trainer and Facilitator in the U.S. Army’s “Consideration of Others” program for workforce development. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He has instructed in various career schools in the Baltimore Area. He is a writer, speaker and blogger. He currently serves in the role of Career Development Trainer in the STRIVE program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, MD. He is the owner of The Renaissance Zone, LLC, a consulting firm focused on workforce development, professional coaching, and executive staff assessments in the business sector. He is a mediator with Community Mediation in Baltimore, Maryland. He has traveled across the state speaking in various non-profits and schools in the Maryland area. He is zealous to see change and shalom come to the unemployed, underemployed, and those who have untapped potential.


M. Nikki Thornton
Director of Programs
Future Foundation, Inc.
East Point, Georgia

Nikki’s personal vision statement is “Learn, Lead, Change” and she is passionate about working with people and committed to positively affecting the community she serves. She lives believes in Maya Angelou’s adage, “Prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”

Nikki has 20 years of non-profit experience working with children, youth, and families from direct service to leadership. She has worked with organizations, such as Metro Atlanta YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, where she developed, executed, and facilitated the strategic directions, and policy formation, as well as guided overall program management.

Currently, as the Director of Programs at Future Foundation, Nikki’s role is to oversee the organization in its mission to improve the quality of life for youth and families. She provides direction to all agency programs through growth and sustainability, the cultivation of new business initiatives and collaborations, strategic development and results, quality compliance, and evaluation that strengthens internal systems.

Nikki is a native of Chicago and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Western Illinois University and a Master’s of Public Administration with concentrations in Public Policy and Urban Administration from Clark Atlanta University. She serves on the board of Fulton County Workforce Development Youth Council, the board of Sisters In Motion Investment Club, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

2014 Fellows

Carrie Ann Baker
Community & Family Relationships Educator
Northwest Family Services
Portland, Oregon

After attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington as a Social Work major, Carrie Ann Baker spent 13 years traveling with a professional repertory theater company performing across the United States in theaters, schools, community centers, churches, and even prisons. Upon settling in Portland, Oregon, she began working with Northwest Family Services as a Family and relationship Educator, a perfect blend of her education and theater experience. Carrie Ann has helped develop many of the current workshop offerings in the Lasting relationships project of NWFS, and as one of the identified Best Practices programs by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, has helped in reaching over 2,000 families annually. She has been a featured artist with a small gallery in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland with her Batik work, a fabric art utilizing a process of waxing and dyeing cloth. Together with her husband, she can be found enjoying playing games with friends or singing the night away at Karaoke.


Brian Clarke
STRONG Fathers Program Coordinator
The Opportunity Alliance
Portland, Maine

Brian Clarke has coordinated STRONG Fathers - Maine's premier father-focused parenting education program - for eight years, first at York County Community Action Corp in Sanford, Maine, and currently at The Opportunity Alliance in South Portland, Maine. Locally, Brian facilitates groups for fathers, works individually with fathers and their children, leads father engagement trainings for community service providers and agencies, and sits on the Practice Committee for Southern Maine's Community Partnership for Protecting Children. At the statewide level he leaders the Fathers Engagement Project with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and has collaborated with their training and policy team to integrate father-focused material int the new caseworker training curriculum. He is currently leading the organization of the Maine Fatherhood Leadership Council, a cross-agency, cross-discipline stakeholder working group that is exploring how current policy and practice invite or discourage fathers to engage in family strengthening behaviors.


Anthony Dickerson
Case Manager
Caroline County Office of Child Support Enforcement
Denton, Maryland

Anthony Dickerson received his early education in Wicomico County, Maryland Public Schools. he furthered his education by attending Salisbury University and majored in Social Work. In 1990, Anthony Dickerson received his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in Theology from the International Bible Institute and Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Continuing his educational endeavors, Anthony Dickerson also graduated from the Maryland Institute of Employment and Training Professionals in Columbia, Maryland and received a national certification as a Global Career Developmental Facilitator from the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc., in North Carolina and a state certification through the State of Maryland as a Business Service Consultant. He is a certified facilitator for the American Rising Star Leadership Curriculum. In October 2006, Anthony received his honorary doctorate degree in divinity from the St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida.


Quanna Fish
Founder & Chairman
Young Fathers Standing United
Detroit, Michigan

Quanna Fish is the Founder and CEO of Young Fathers Standing United; a 501 c3 organization that was formed in 2010. Mr. Fish is a Detroit native and father of two. He has been employed by Motor City Hotel & Casino for over nine years. Quanna is passionate about reducing the number of Metro Detroit children being raised without fathers. His organization's mission is to educate, develop and support at-risk fathers under the age of 25.

Quanna discovered his passion working with at-risk black and brown males while employed as Youth Specialist at a local Detention center in 2004. Quanna was able to positively impact hundreds of young men passing through the system, ages 1-21. Quanna noticed a common pattern among all of the young males that confided in him, none of them had fathers or strong male figures in their lives! It was easy for Quanna to relate to many of the frustrations and disadvantages that many of the young males had faced. Quanna was also raised in a fatherless home and nearly fell victim to the negative outcomes that follow. he was a high school dropout, homeless, and sold drugs throughout the state of Michigan. He could have easily been in the same position those young males were in or worse; but by the grace of God he beat the odds!

Quanna was able to turn his life around, by obtaining his GED and attending Wayne County Community College for Criminal Justice. Quanna maintained a 3.7 GPA and obtained a certificate in Corrections, which eventually lead to him working in Juvenile Justice System.

Additionally, Quanna is a state certified HIV Prevention Specialist, QuickBooks Certified Specialist, and a certified 24/7 Dad Facilitator. Quanna is the winner of the 2013 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He also received Detroit Spirit Award from Detroit City Council in 2013. He was able to inspire hundreds of at-risk males passing through the system with the testimony of his life, giving them hope and direction. In return, those same at-risk males helped Quanna find his purpose and passion in life!


Shawn Gardner
2NOT1 Fathers and Families
Louisville, Kentucky

Shawn Gardner is the founder and director of 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to fathers and their families aimed at promoting children's health and safety. In addition to his experience as a social service administrator and practitioner, Shawn has experience in adult education as an Adjunct Professor at Simmons College. Shawn has also conducted over 40 local, regional, and national presentations on various topics related to fatherhood, families, and conflict management.


Jessica Jackson
Program Manager/Division Director
Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention
Montgomery Alabama

Jessica Jackson has worked at Alabama's Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention since 2004. The Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is the only state department whose sole mission is to prevent child abuse, and funds community-based programs across the state that provide classes and assistance to at-risk families. Jessica is the Program Manager for the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood program, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, and the Children's First program. She is a single mother of a five-year old son, Darius. In the next five years, she hopes to open a group home for teenage boys. Jessica is extremely passionate about the topic of fatherhood, especially with teen fathers. She truly believes that with early intervention, we can prevent some the cycles of abuse, neglect, and absenteeism running throughout our communities.


Mervil Johnson
Fathers And Children Together (FACT) Project Director
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
Fort Worth, Texas

Mervil Johnson is a native of Forth Worth - a graduate of Western Hills High School and Texas Christian University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master's of Public Administration degrees. He was also a recipient of the prestigious ITT Fellowship for one year of graduate study at the University of Nice in France. Mervil is fluent in both Spanish and French and spearheaded the organization of the Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County, where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman. At Workforce Solutions, he serves as Workforce Collaboration Manager in support of community initiatives and Project Director for FACT (Fathers And Children Together), a 2.1 million dollar demonstration grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FACT program targets low-income fathers to enhance their parenting and relationship skills as well as increase economic stability for children and families. In June of 2012, Mervil was invited to the White House to celebrate with "Champions of Change" as part of President Obama's national Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.


Shaunae Motley
Second Chances Program Director
Quest for Change, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

As an emerging 21st century woman of purpose and passion, Shaunae Motley has been a champion for youth development and family strengthening for well over a decade. She is a senior-level executive with demonstrated success in transforming operational and cultural results. Having led multiple federal and state grant programs, she is also skilled in strengthening internal and external organizational capacities. 
Currently, Shaunae serves as the Second Chances Project Director for Quest For Change, a nonprofit organization that helps Georgia individuals and families initiate personal and social change to be positive citizens in their communities. Before joining Quest, Shaunae was Chief Operating Officer of Future Foundation where she helped grow the once grassroots organization from a fledgling entity to a multi-million dollar, nationally recognized nonprofit. She has also worked with Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta; the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County (Georgia); and the Bulloch County School System. 

Outside of work, Shaunae volunteers her time with many community and faith-based service organizations. She serves on the Council on Accreditation’s National After-School Endorsement Team, Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition of Atlanta, St. Stephen Christian Academy Parent Teacher Association; and Lindsay Street Baptist Church Youth Leaders’ Ministry. Shaunae earned a degree in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School. Shaunae strongly believes that it is the community’s responsibility to support effective change. She pursues her mission of public service through her many community revitalization and development projects. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her daughter, Sanaa Lauren.


Steven Pascal
Healthy Families Program Specialist
Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund
Boston, Massachusetts

For over fifteen years Steven Pascal has been working in Massachusetts to improve the lives of young people.  His experience has afforded him the opportunity to work in the areas of: higher and elementary education, specialized foster care, juvenile justice, workforce development, and currently child abuse and neglect prevention.  These varied fields of experience have given him the chance to meet hundreds of young people at different stages in their lives, dealing with unique issues, as they transitioned into adulthood.  This experience has also allowed him to learn from and work collaboratively with many local youths serving non-profits, state agencies, and on federally funded initiatives.

A transplant from Brooklyn, NY; Steven has been working directly with youth in Massachusetts since the mid 90’s while working on completing his Bachelors in Political Science from Salem State University.  In 2008 he earned a Masters of Urban Affairs degree from Boston University during which time he began focusing on working with youth at a macro level. In 2007 he took on a position as a Healthy Families Massachusetts Program Specialist with the Children’s Trust.  As a Program Specialist, Steven provides technical assistance and support to the twenty five Healthy Families young parent home visiting programs throughout the state.  As a representative of the Children’s Trust, he continues to work collaboratively with local, state, and federal agencies to further the mission of preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families throughout Massachusetts.


Guille Sastré
Executive Director
Creciendo Unidos
Phoenix, Arizona

Guille Sastré is the Executive Director and founder of Creciendo Unidos (Growing Together). She has more than 25 years of experience providing social services to at-risk Hispanic families, including work in areas such as mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, and other pressing community needs that can negatively impact marriage and family formation. She has a great deal of experience in the development of family programs, marital enhancement courses, and leadership programs.

Guille founded Creciendo Unidos out of a desire to holistically address the needs in her community. Creciendo Unidos’ programs have been recognized as a model of best practices working with the Spanish-speaking community.  The foundation for Creciendo Unidos reflects the cultural relevancy which focuses on the family as the essential nucleus for leadership development to build healthy communities.


2013 Fellows

Guy Bowling
Program Manager, FATHER Project
Goodwill/Easter Seals
St. Paul, Minnesota

Guy Bowling is Program Manager of the FATHER Project at Goodwill/Easter Seals in St. Paul, Minnesota. He oversees as substantial grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Guy brings 19 years of experience working with low-income, unmarried, non-custodial fathers and fragile families. This year, he received the Ronald F. Johnson Award at the National Center for Strategic Planning and Community Leadership's 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference, and is to be inducted into the Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame.


Carl Chadband
Chief Operating Officer
Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)
Charleston, West Virginia

Carl Chadband is COO at Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action (KISRA) in Charleston, West Virginia. He has extensive experience developing partnerships between non-profits and federal and state agencies. Carl has managed employment programs targeting ex-offenders and non-custodial fathers, and has taught in Delaware and New Jersey public schools. He is a certified administrator and GED instructor, and has a M.Ed. from Wilmington University and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia State University.


Kashaun Cooper
Fathers Rock, Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland

Kashaun Cooper is Founder/CEO of Fathers Rock Inc, a non-profit founded in Baltimore, Maryland that strives to rebuild families by helping children of incarcerated fathers. He also serves as Vice President of Teen Dads Fresh Start, another non-profit organization. Kashaun has led and initiated many male involvement programs, launched an annual back-to-school teen summit, and has written a popular book entitled “What If I Am - The Four Stages In Life” only a year after learning to read at a high school level.


Katrina Johnson
Horizon Outreach
Houston, Texas

Katrina Johnson is President/CEO of Horizon Outreach, a non-profit in Houston, Texas that aims to increase self-sufficiency by providing supportive services and housing assistance to military veterans, non-veterans and their families through supportive services and collaborative efforts with public-private and federal partners. Prior to this, Katrina spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry as a finance project analyst managing multi-million oil and gas projects. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and an Executive MBA graduate of Auburn University.


Kathy Lambert
Co-Founder and CEO
Connections to Success
St. Louis, Missouri

Kathy Lambert is Co-Founder/CEO of the nonprofit Connections to Success in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband left the corporate world in the late 90’s to help economically disadvantaged families find hope and a pathway to achieving their dreams. Through their transformation model, thousands of families have broken the generational cycle of poverty, incarceration and addiction. Kathy has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Winning Women Award for Economic Development.


Nathaniel Lett
Program Manager
Beech Acres Parenting Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Nathaniel Lett is the Building Strong Marriages and Relationships Program Manager for Beech Acres Parenting Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brings over 20 years of experience in social and community service, with expertise in responsible fatherhood and parenting. Nathaniel is recognized by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) as a leader in addressing common challenges in delivering services to African American and low income communities. He is a board member of the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families and the African American Healthy Marriage Coalition of Southwest Ohio.


Ronald Nix
Project Manager
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Baltimore, Maryland

Ronald Nix is a Project Manager with the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR), Child Support Enforcement Administration. Previously he served as Program Analyst with the Office of Grants Management, where he monitored Responsible Fatherhood Demonstration Grants awarded by the State of Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance. Prior to joining DHR, Ronald was employed with Prison Fellowship Ministries, and Neighbors Who Care Victims Ministry in Washington, DC, where he also served as Field Director for Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware and West Virginia. Early on in his career, Ronald held positions as Case Manager for the D.C. Department of Corrections, Vocational Development Coordinator and Program Director of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in Northeast, Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and the Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland.


Debora Taylor
Taylor-Made International Institute
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Debora D. Taylor is Founder/President of the Taylor-Made International Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she has been an inspiring and integral leader in the human service field for over 25 years. With expertise in the areas of marriage and family enrichment, early childhood, responsible fatherhood, and Head Start, she is an inspirational trainer, who takes a proactive approach to everything she does. Debora has a B.S. in Human Services from Springfield. She is member of the International Professional Woman Network Speakers Bureau, a certified trainer and co-author of various published articles on these issues.


Vernon Wallace
Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project
Center for Urban Families
Baltimore, Maryland

Vernon Wallace is Program Manager for the Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) in Baltimore, Maryland. He seeks to create and strengthen partnerships with other community based organizations, state agencies, area primary schools and local churches to strengthen awareness about responsible fatherhood challenges and needs. Prior to joining CFUF, Vernon was Program Coordinator of the Young Fathers’ Program in Anne Arundel County, MD, where he spearheaded effective public-private partnerships between multiple stakeholders, taking the program to new heights. Vernon holds a B.S degree in Telecommunications from Morgan State University.


LaVar Young
President and CEO
Newark Now
Newark, New Jersey

LaVar Young is President and CEO of Newark Now, a non-profit organization in Newark, New Jersey that provides residents with skills, tools, and support to transform their neighborhoods through grassroots community efforts geared at improving safety, economizing independence, and civic participation. Prior to this, LaVar served as Director of Fathers Now at the Newark Comprehensive Center for Fathers, where he was instrumental in bringing national attention to the organization’s exceptional outcomes with fathers in transition. In 2012, he received the Martin Luther King Visionary of the Future Award from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and he has been featured on CNN’s Building up America, USA Today, and Man Up, a documentary on a Fatherless Nation.


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