Brian is a husband and father to two spirited daughters that keep him inspired and exhausted every day. He started Fathering Together as a way to better connect and learn from his fellow dads. Prior to Fathering Together, Brian has been a social worker, university chaplain, and interfaith leadership consultant. When not working on the future of Fathering Together, you can find Brian writing letters to his daughters, creating "cooking" lessons with his daughters, and learning dance moves too! (read more...)
Dr. Christopher Lewis
Chris is the father of 2 daughters that are now in their tweens and teens. He started Dad of Divas, a blog to share his own personal experiences in being a father in 2007 and in 2018 started the Dads With Daughters Facebook Group to allow dads to connect, learn and grow together. He works in Digital Media on a daily basis, but also has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration. He is also the author of The Ultimate College Preparation Blueprint: Everything You Should Expect and Do When Planning for College. (read more...)
John Badalament, Ed.M., is the proud dad of two teenagers — or young adults, depending on when you ask him. He is the author of The Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How To Stay Connected With Your Kids In A Rapidly Changing World and Director of the PBS documentary All Men Are Sons: Exploring The Legacy of Fatherhood. ( read more...)
Dr. Lawrence Chatters
Dr. Lawrence Chatters currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Dr. Chatters holds a Doctorate and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.. Dr. Chatters is an avid reader, entrepreneur, Rap Artist, and International DJ. He is most proud of his family, which consists of his two daughters aged 15 and 11, and his partner of 15 years, Katie.
Dr. Chatters has been engaged in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work for the past 13 years. Through a range of professional experiences including a diversity concentration in his post-doctoral fellowship at Penn State University, his role as the diversity and inclusion coordinator for the Nebraska Athletic Department, and his position as the men’s program coordinator in the Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to name a few. Dr. Chatters’ dissertation focused on ways to better engage African American students at predominantly white institutions.
Tee Chaudhry is a father of one toddler daughter. A few months after her birth, Tee, his wife, and daughter relocated from the U.S. to Dubai where they currently live. Tee is a strong believer of inter-anything dialogue. He enjoys engaging with those who are polar opposite of him, believing that is where the potential of growth, understanding, and expanding one's comfort zone lies. During his free time, Tee explores the diverse food scene of Dubai and is slowly chipping away at his goal of visiting every country.
David L. Stanley, B.Sc., M.A. is a teacher, author, voice-over actor, and speaker. His wide-ranging work has appeared in national magazines on topics from men, depression, and suicide, fatherhood, and professional bicycle racing. He speaks on fatherhood, melanoma awareness, and the need for interfaith unity. He is currently employed by his area’s only Islamic day school, where he teaches high school science.
His latest book, released in October, 2019, is From Jim Crow to CEO. Stanley is the “as told to” behind the autobiography of Willie Artis, a Black industrialist born in Memphis during the Great Depression who rose to success in Stanley’s home of Flint, MI
@Dstan58 was a Stay-at-Home-Dad in the early 90s; as he says, "Before it got cool."
Michelle Travis, Vice-President
Michelle Travis is a mom of two daughters and a long-time advocate for gender equity and work/family integration. She is a Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she serves as the Co-Director of USF’s Labor and Employment Law Program. Her award-winning book, Dads For Daughters: How Fathers Can Give Their Daughters a Better, Brighter, and Fairer Future, is an invitation and guidebook for men to become stronger advocates for gender equity in their homes, workplaces, and communities.
Thom Walstrum, Treasurer
Thom Walstrum is a father of two—a daughter and son—who welcome him into the joys, sorrows, beauty, and messiness of childhood on daily basis. He lives with them and his wife in Evanston, IL. Thom is an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and provides his quantitative and analytical expertise to the board.
Emily Williams, President
Emily Williams is a strong leader whose practice and analysis is informed by intersectionality. For more than a decade, Emily has worked toward achieving an equitable world with a womyn-centered approach starting with the most-marginalized. As Senior Program Officer at the Solidarity Center, Emily designed a multi-year women's changemakers leadership program for activists from ten sub-Saharan African countries. The program culminated in several of the participants successfully negotiating an international convention and recommendation against gender-based violence at the United Nations.
Emily is a diligent intrapreneur who has founder’s experience and has strengthened dozens of organizations’ capacity to incorporate social justice values into their mission and practice. In 2014, she co-founded the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she built the center from the ground up by securing resources through institutional and community partnerships. She also formed active networks and developed programs combining social justice practice with intellectual inquiry. This programming highlighted the interconnections of race, gender, class, and other systems as a critical foundation for work and action which advances social justice. This intersectional analysis informed Emily’s approach to organizational change at the Solidarity Center where she designed an organization-wide educational process to increase intersectional equality and inclusion across the organization.
In addition to Emily’s professional roles, she has supported organizations through change management processes. Emily served on the Board of Directors for WomanMade Gallery in Chicago during a period of transition when the Founding Executive Director retired after twenty years. Emily led the Board in developing a dynamic vision for the organization and strategies to expand partnerships and programs which led to an increase in the inclusion of artists and visitors from diverse backgrounds.
She has a Master of Art in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has worked in diverse settings to promote mental health and social well-being. As a volunteer with Girl Talk, Emily designed empowering programs with a trauma-informed approach for girls at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. She also worked as a Case Manager for adults with mental illness and addiction. This early-career experience proved foundational to Emily’s dedication to creating a more socially-just world that is better for everyone.
The mission of Fathering Together is close to Emily's heart as she is a Daughter who was raised by a loving knowledgeable Father and understands the importance of socially-conscious and thoughtful Dads for daughters!!!
Dr. Paulo Yanez
Paulo Yanez, PsyD is a bilingual (Spanish/English) registered psychologist and holds a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Yanez has extensive experience in providing clinical services to fathers and young children presenting with mental health difficulties and trauma-related symptoms. Dr. Yanez is a fellow of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship, in Napa, CA, through UC Davis. Dr. Yanez has dedicated over 10 years to community mental health agencies providing mental health treatment to underserved communities. During his work at Children’s Institute Inc., Dr. Yanez provided group psychotherapy to men through their Project Fatherhood program for 7 years. Dr. Yanez's experience includes providing clinical assessment and treatment using different modalities including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Newborn Behavioral Observations, Parent-Child Interaction Feeding and Teaching Scale, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), FASD informed practice, and provides consultations for Early Education Centers. Currently, Dr. Yanez is practicing at Para Los Niños in Los Angeles.