About Us | National Fatherhood Initiative®

With over 20 years experience working with community, corrections, military organizations, and government agencies, National Fatherhood Initiative® is your non-profit partner
for creating sustainable fatherhood programs + initiatives. 

Our History | Founded: 1994

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Our Team | Serving You

NFI Core Values:


• Listen closely to our partners      • Delight our partners         • Keep it simple

• Develop and deliver the very best fatherhood resources, training, and technical assistance

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Christopher Brown

President


I was born in Rochester, New York. When I was 4 years old, we moved to Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas, where I grew up a huge Cowboys and Rangers fan.

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Why I work here

I want to leave a legacy of hope for fathers and children, that fathers can be great dads and that children will thrive because they have great dads. I want to create and disseminate the highest quality resources for dads and the organizations that serve dads.

My parents divorced when I was in high school. During the time they were together, my relationship with my father was a poor one. We rarely connected. His presence in our home served as a constant reminder that I wasn’t worth his time. Fortunately, we have a great relationship as adults, and my girls love their granddad (“grumps,” they call him), but I don’t want any child to experience that awful feeling of being unworthy because of an absent or uninvolved, but present, dad.

My proudest accomplishment at NFI

It’s difficult for me to point to one. Generally, I’m most proud when we receive an e-mail or phone call from a father or an organization about the positive impact of our resources. When I hear these stories of impact, it warms my heart.

Something you don’t know about me

There’s nothing better than starting my day with an intense workout and then following it up by watching a couple of English Premier League or Bundesliga games. Go Borussia Dortmund! Go U.S. Soccer!

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Erik Vecere

Vice President
Program Support


I was born in Western Pennsylvania, moved to southern California during my grade school years, and then back to central Pennsylvania.

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Why I work here

I love to hear the ongoing stories from families and community partners on how NFI's resources have enriched the lives of so many people. I'm also reminded daily that I play an irreplaceable role in the life of my daughters.

My proudest accomplishment at NFI

Redirecting a 2-day Community Mobilization training “on the fly” after most of the community leaders were going to walk out before lunch on the first day. During the mid-morning break, I described a process called Compression Planning that I had just learned about in my Master’s program and asked if that would address their concerns. They said yes, completed the 2-day training, and that became the catalyst for what is now the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative.

Something you don’t know about me

I played in a few “hair bands” back in the ‘80s, complete with long hair, spandex, and high tops (and no, you can’t see any pictures)!

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Melissa Steward

Vice President
Marketing


I'm an only child, born in Richmond, VA, grew up taking art classes, swimming, singing in the church choir, with a Pekingnese puppy as my "brother".

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I graduated George Mason University with a B.A. in Communication, and earned Graphic & Web Design Certificates from Montgomery College.

Why I work here

Tired of working for companies that spent millions of dollars on things that didn’t really “matter” in the world, I joined NFI to use my marketing and management skills for helping children have an involved, responsible, and committed father - just as I did. I’m thrilled to know that hundreds of children across the nation can have even better fathers as a result of going through one of NFI’s fatherhood programs offered in their community.

My proudest accomplishment at NFI

I made the case for, and have been managing, the consolidation and improved efficiencies of our marketing, communications, and database systems. It has been my goal to turn this big ship of clunky, outdated systems into a slim line speed boat that helps staff maneuver more efficiently in their roles and to more efficiently accomplish our mission.

Something you don’t know about me

I love kitchen and bath design, and get an “itch” when I don't have one of these projects underway in my home. I completely redesigned and remodeled my own kitchen, one bath, and have 2 more baths to complete. I have even consulted with friends on their kitchen remodels and received Redskins football tickets as a thank you!

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Jacqueline Hannan

FatherSource™
Resource Center Director


I was born in Landstuhl, Germany and recently moved to Falling Waters, WV. I have a Cockapoo named Holly, and she's my special girl!

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Why I work here

I work here because I really believe in the NFI mission. I have seen the difference a father can make in the life and future of a child. Anything that I can do to support this effort warms my heart both for the child and for the father.

My proudest accomplishment at NFI

Becoming the FatherSource Manager! I have been with NFI since December 2013, and enjoy serving clients every day. I love learning about their fatherhood initiatives and helping them find the best resources for their needs.

Something you don’t know about me

Outside of NFI I am a Hair/Makeup Artist. I work with athletes, television/movie personalities, politicians, and corporate executives; I participate in a variety of editorial, commercial, video/TV, and corporate projects. My work has been published in many well-known magazines such as Essence, O Magazine, People, Good Housekeeping, Elle, and Vanity Fair.

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Sean Coleman

Manager, Marketing and Design


I was born in Iowa and grew up in West Virginia. I moved to Maryland after graduating from college in 1992.

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I graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in WV with a B.A. in Psychology and later studied Advertising Design, Computer Graphics and Desktop Publishing at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

Why I work here

My first career after college was in the mental health field working with children and adolescents. Although I ultimately made a career change in the late 1990’s to Graphic Design the impact of my work with children and the importance of that work has stuck with me throughout my life. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this team where I get to do the creative work I love and also help create a world in which every child has a 24/7 Dad!

My proudest accomplishment at NFI

The most recent project I am very proud of is the Out of The Ashes DVD with Discussion Guide. The project involved video editing and creating interactive DVD menus, among other things and it pushed me to expand my knowledge and skills. In general, I love the variety of work I do at NFI and am most proud when I am pushed out of my “comfort zone” and can rise to the challenge with a great product or solution.

Something you don’t know about me

When I’m not working on design and publishing projects I am nurturing a collection of about 15 bonsai trees. I picked up the bonsai hobby in 1993 and it has been a kind of religion for me ever since.

Our Board of Directors

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Andy Schoka

NFI Board Chairman

Managing Director 
Acumen Solutions, Inc.

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Maggie Spain

Board Member

Principal 
Spearca Communications

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Roland C. Warren

Board Member

President and CEO 
Care Net

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Shane Coker

Board Member

Industry Manager 
Facebook

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Rob Siedlecki

Board Member

Principal 
RMS Consulting Solutions

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Charles Scoma

Board Member

President 
International Trade Connection, Inc.

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Paul Hatch

Board Member

Senior Director, Marketing
Walmart

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Mark Washington

Board Member

CEO 
The Washington Group

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

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