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The problem of absentee, uninvolved fathers in Las Vegas, Nevada is acute. Yet, there currently are no programs in Clark County that adequately address the epidemic of absentee fathers. Even more, there currently are no programs that provide a bridge to reunification for fathers who are denied or have limited access to their children because of legal circumstances. TFP provides an avenue through which fathers can fulfill their obligations with the court while working on developing the tools and skills necessary to remain engaged in their children’s life. Thus, our Fatherhood Project has great potential for mitigating the problem by identifying and providing comprehensive supports to fathers who demonstrate a high level of motivation to become committed, supportive parents who are fully involved their children’s lives.

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Pastor Mike Hatch, M.min.

Pastor Mike Hatch

Pastor Hatch is currently the Senior Pastor/Founder of The Balm of Gilead Global Ministries in Las Vegas. He is the Founder and Director of City Wide Unity Prayer Las Vegas, which has grown from 5 to 138 churches that have gathered for prayer every Saturday for the last 12 years at different churches throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Pastor Hatch is also The Chairman of the “Strengthening The Family” Workgroup of The Las Vegas Mayors Faith Initiative. He is an Executive Board Member of Rebuilding Every City Around Peace (RECAP), which is a partnership between The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Las Vegas Faith Community. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate & Pre-Law from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and has been a Certified Real Estate Appraiser since 1982. He holds the SRA Designation from The Appraisal Institute, The IFA Designation from American Association of Appraisers, and has been a Certified Appraisal Instructor for the State of Nevada since 2005. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Masters International University of Divinity. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Counseling at Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He was a Founding Member of the Xi Sigma Extension Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Pastor Hatch is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (American Association of Christian Counselors). He was selected into Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans in 1996. He is also a Certified International Executive Leadership Trainer, Coach, and Speaker for The John Maxwell Group, and was selected to perform leadership training in the country of Belgium.

Monique Harris, Lcsw

Monique Harris

Monique Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Social Work, focusing on the Non-Profit Sector and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She also holds several certifications for Youth Agency Administration, Model Approaches to Partnership and Parenting and Parent Resources for Information Development and Education. She has worked in multiple facets providing services to underserved and disadvantaged populations for over seventeen years. Her experience encompasses working closely with children and family services where she has acted as a Foster Parent, Child and Family Advocate, and Community Liaison. Her experiences also included providing wraparound services, case management, community outreach, and mentoring.

In 2007 Monique Harris founded, Southern Nevada Children First (SNCF). Where she served as the Executive Director for almost 10 years. SNCF is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth throughout Southern Nevada. In 2017 she retired from SNCF and began a new career in the field of Behavior Health. Ms. Harris served a short term with Centene Corporation’s (AKA; Silver Summit/Ambetter Health Plan), as the Director of Behavioral Health, Case Management Department.

Monique is motivated by her faith and belief that the work she does is what God intended for her to do with her life. As a single mother of two children, she knows how difficult it can be to raise them on your own. With her education and God-given talents, she has been able to help homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth to enhance their lives. Now increasing her reach to assist the existence of the behavioral health community.

John L. Carter, Jr. Ph.D

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LPC. NCC (Retired), CADC (Retired)

Dr. Carter, the son of a retired US Army Non Commissioned officer and high school teacher mother, was born in Mississippi. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Pre-law, Washington State University; Master of Arts, Education, Pepperdine University; Master of Education, Counseling, Boston University and Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Leadership, University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Carter is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vietnam War veteran. His military education spans a wide range of training, including the Basic Infantry Officers Course, Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces Officers Courses, Military Intelligence Officers Advance Course and the Command and General Staff College. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leave Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He has been involved with Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling for over twenty-five years, including assignments at the Oahu Community Correctional Facility, Honolulu, Hawaii and nineteen years with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools System in Germany and Japan. He is a National Certified Counselor (Retired), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Retired), Licensed Professional Counselor (Illinois) and a member of the American Mensa Society. He recently retired from affiliate faculty member positions at University of Phoenix-Nevada campus, Regis University, National University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Art Institute of Las Vegas.

He and his wife Martina are the proud parents of one adult married daughter, Michelle and the proud grandparents of two grandchildren, (Christian (12 years old) and, Maya
(8 years old) . Michelle, a Smith College graduate with a Master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, is presently assigned as a Consular officer for US State Department in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Anthony Parnell, Msw

Anthony Parnell
Executive Director, Fatherhood Support Network

Anthony Parnell, M.S.W. is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Fatherhood Support Network a 501 (c ) (3 ) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mission of the Fatherhood Support Network is to “help fathers maintain an active role in the lives of their children.” With a focus on helping motivated fathers, the organization provides one-on-one mentorship to fathers in need of encouragement, support and guidance and hosts community-focused events that celebrating amazing fathers.

A graduate of Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young Graduate School of Social Work, Anthony is the published author of 24 Million: Challenges and Solutions for Alienated Fathers in America a book that highlights the epidemic of absent fathers in America. Additionally, he possesses twenty years of experience in the mental health and social services field as a therapist, social worker and director of community based programs. This is combined with more than a decade of executive management experience with oversight of 100 hundred employees and multi-million dollar budgets.

Book Published by the Fatherhood Support Network on the Epidemic of Absent Fathers
24 Million: Challenges and Solutions for Alienated Fathers in America

Reverend Dean M. Sanner, M.A., MFT, NCC

Reverend Dean

Dean Sanner is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God and the Pastor of Discovery Church in North Las Vegas, NV. He has been in ministry since 1983 serving churches in California and Nevada and serving as a sectional presbyter for Southern Nevada (2013-2015/2017-Present). He received his B.S. in ministerial studies from Bethany Bible College, and his M.A. in counseling/psychology from Santa Clara University.

He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Nevada, and is an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. He is an adjunct faculty member for Lincoln Christian University, and University of Phoenix where he oversees student counselors in the University Counseling Center. He began volunteering as a Police Chaplain for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2005 when the program was started. He was appointed as the first Lead Police Chaplain in 2017. He oversees 22 Police Chaplains for LVMPD.

Dean relaxes by golfing, fishing and traveling. Dean and his wife Jenell have been married since 1984, have two adult daughters, and their first grandson, Grayson Spivey, was born in 2017.

Aaron Hansel, Pastor

Aaron Hansel

Aaron and his wife Danita have been pastors in Las Vegas for over 25 years. They are the founders of the “Be-A-Voice” campaign which provides parental empowerment summits, men’s resources, and relief to many community partners that seek to end child exploitation and human trafficking. Aaron was the producer of the Emmy nominated, “Trafficked No More” documentary, and currently working on several city wide projects. He has authored 2 books, “Men’s Journey to Freedom,” a workbook for men that helps them overcome their struggles with pornography and, “Protecting Your Family from Sexual Assault.” Aaron and Danita have been married for 23 years and have two amazing children, Isaac who is 14 and Caleb who is 11.

Robin Joyce

Robin Joyce
Director of Advancement, Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School Pastor and Elder, Canyon Ridge Christian Church

Robin is a Las Vegas native who graduated from Western High School (class of ’78) and the University of Nevada (Reno) in 1983 with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. He owned and operated one of the most successful advertising, public relations and political consultation companies in Nevada, Joyce & Associates, for 25 years before becoming an ordained pastor in February 2009. Robin received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada (Reno) in 2004 and his master’s in Christian Leadership from Hope International University in 2008.

He and his wife Patty were married in September 1983, and they have two grown children, Jillian and Miles. His hobbies include reading, traveling and fantasy sports.

Before accepting the position in 2015 of Advancement Director at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School – the largest Christian secondary school in America with nearly 2,000 students – Robin served for 7 years as Men’s and Senior Adults Pastor at Canyon Ridge Christian Church. He continues to lead a weekly Adult Sunday School class called “Young at Heart,” as well as serve on the elder board.

Robin’s Reassurance

It’s sometimes not easy. But if we lean into Jesus and give Him the chance to identify with our wounds and hurt, we will not feel so alone when things we rely on are taken away. Here’s encouragement heading into his talk:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt. 11:28-30, The Message)