Our Leadership Team

Founders

Brian Anderson

Brian is the father of 2 spirited daughters that keep him inspired and exhausted. He started Fathering Together as a way to better connect and learn from his fellow dads. During the work day, you can find him working at IFYC as a Student Leadership Manager where he trains undergraduate students to build bridges across lines of religious difference.

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.

Board of Directors


Steve SachsSteve Sachs

A husband and father of three daughters, Steve resides in Williamston, MI.  A graduate of Central Michigan University, Steve is a lifelong Michigan resident (with the exception of the first two weeks of life spent in Tampa, FL).

 

Steve’s favorite activity is spending time with daughters Molly (4), Karianne (3*), and Sarabeth (3*).  Karianne and Sarabeth share a most interesting and rare connection as identical twins.  The girls are “mono mono” twins meaning during pregnancy they shared the same amniotic sac and placenta.  This is very rare and is a high risk pregnancy due to numerous issues but most notably the umbilical cords knotting together.  Steve’s wife spent two months on inpatient hospital bed rest for monitoring prior to their birth.  Following birth, Karianne and Sarabeth spent two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  After what neonatologists self described as a miracle, the girls are healthy and thriving.  As big sister, Molly is a leader who enjoys leading activities with the twins and all forms of art.  Steve is a proud father who places his top priority as being a husband and father.

 

A leader at one of the world’s largest privately held software companies, Steve is responsible for managing a team of 20 personnel servicing more than 350 accounts across the Great Lakes and NE United States.  With a wide ranging portfolio from project engagement and implementation to business development, Steve is responsible for projects including criminal justice intelligence systems for state fusion centers, school safety programs, illicit drug analytics systems combatting the opioid and heroin crisis, and many more.

 

Steve is a strong advocate for child welfare system reform, a proponent of restoring civility in our political system, and a proud member of Dads with Daughters.

lawrence chattersDr. 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. 

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Dai Manuel

Dai Manuel is a super dad, dating his wife, with a lead by example way of living and a contagious personality, who is on a mission to positively impact one million role models around the globe to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community

He is an award-winning digital thought leader and author, Distinguished Toastmaster & keynote speaker, former partner and Chief Operating Officer of a multi-million dollar retail company, and a sought after lifestyle mentor and executive performance coach.

Dai knows the struggle of the juggle and keeping his health and happiness a priority. He models his work based on 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Faith, and Finances with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health. 

 

David Stanley

David Stanley

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.”

 

Thom Walstrum

Thom Walstrum

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

Emily Williams

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!!!