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June 14, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fatherhood Conference

Details and registration at frcfatherhoodconference.org. | See Youth Summit details here.


Dr. Steve Perry | America’s Most Trusted Educator, Capital Preparatory Magnet School
Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN’s Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked-about innovative educator on the scene today.

William Lassiter | Deputy Commissioner for Juvenile Justice, NC Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice
William Lassiter coauthored Preventing Violence and Crime in America’s Schools: From Put-Downs to Lock-Downs, which takes an in-depth look at the causes and solutions to youth violence. Lassiter has been featured on a number of major news networks and national publications, including CNN, Fox News, the BBC, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and many others.

Pastor James White | Executive Vice President of Organizational Relations, YMCA of the Triangle
James White is senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh. The mission of the church is to build broken people into blessed people who live, learn and lead together as a new community that demonstrates Christ as King.

Dennis Gaddy | Executive Director, Community Success Initiative
Dennis Gaddy is executive director of Community Success Initiative (CSI) a non-profit corporation with a vision to create communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.

Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH | Senior Manager, ICF International
Patrick J. Patterson manages President Obama’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), the federally funded resource center for the Responsible Fatherhood field (www.fatherhood.gov). Patterson also plays a key role as liaison and collaborator to help shape and advance the research, policy and practice agendas for the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood fields.

Jeffrey K. Shears, PhD | Professor, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and UNC-Greensboro
Dr. Jeffrey Shears earned his BSW and Master of Education Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His research interest is men (fathering, multicultural issues, HIV and AIDS) and quantitative research with an emphasis on data sharing among social service agencies. In addition, Dr. Shears has an extensive list of academic publications on fathering featured in national and internationally refereed journals. He is co-author of the acclaimed What All Dads Should Know.

Tru Pettigrew | Founder and CEO, Tru Access Consulting
Tru Access Consulting is an organization that bridges the cultural and generational gaps between multicultural millennials and corporate brands and agencies. Tru Pettigrew is also co-founder of Rap Sessions and Barbershop Rap Sessions, which are men’s workshop and development forums designed to Inspire & Empower African American men to maximize their potential.

Glen Warren | Founder, Fathers Forever
Glen Warren has been involved in the empowerment of men for over 25. For the past 16 years Warren has worked as a mental health crisis counselor for persons with depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse issues. He understands the power and necessity of fathers being a contributing, positive presence in the lives of their children.

Javier Diaz de Leon | Consul General of Mexico, Raleigh, NC
Javier Díaz de León is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service and currently holds the rank of minister. During his professional career, he has served as deputy consul general in San Diego and New York, and until August of 2010, head of the Office for Migration and Hispanic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. On April 2013, he was appointed by President Enrique Peña Nieto as Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, NC.

Dion Chavis | Healthy Relationship Educator, Family Resource Center of Raleigh
Dion Chavis is a dedicated father, speaker, published author and healthy-relationship facilitator. He has also become the voice that listeners and readers have come to recognize as their own via his radio show on Radio One’s K97.5 and on Thesinglefathersblog.com.

Marco Zarate | President and Co-Founder, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals
Marco Zárate is a native of Mexico. He moved to North Carolina in 1990 and co-founded the NCSHP in 1999. NCSHP is a state-wide 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the only mission of promoting education of Hispanic youth at all scholastic levels, and supporting two core beliefs: Education is the key to future success in life and investing in the education of a Hispanic student is an investment in North Carolina.

William Spencer | Senior Talent Advisor, Raleigh Capital Area Workforce Center
William Spencer works with the unemployed/underemployed population to provide reemployment and training related services. He has extensive expertise working with and speaking to large groups, particularly addressing/challenging issues of reemployment, training, branding, reinvention and networking. His focus of interest is promoting success through excellence as the ultimate standard to reengaging one’s career.

Genita Spencer | Career and Employability Counselor, Wake County Human Services.
Over the last 12 years, Genita Spencer has been working in the area of employment services. She has also taught several courses for Wake Technical Community College, such as Finding Your Compass through Self-Motivation and Goal Planning, A Career vs A Job and Success through Higher Education. She currently serves as the team lead over the Wake County Workforce Investment Act Scholarship Program.

Matt Crews | Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Matt Crews has been a staff member of the NRFC through ICF International since 2008. Additionally he serves on the technical assistance team put in place by the Office of Family Assistance for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees. His unique background in communications and journalism has allowed him to speak on fatherhood both on national platforms as well as various media outlets.


June 14, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Family Resource Center of Raleigh


Sheraton Hotel
421 Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC
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