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Carey CaseyCarey Casey

Carey Casey is Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering. He is author of the book Championship Fathering: How to Win at Being a Dad (2009) and general editor of The 21-Day Dad's Challenge (2011).

Through his work across the country, Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. He’s known as a compassionate ambassador, particularly within the American sports community.

Carey serves on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is also a member of the executive committee of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, which promotes responsible fatherhood policy, research, advocacy and practice. In June 2012, Carey was honored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships as a “Champion of Change” in the field of fatherhood.

Casey joined the Center after 18 years in various roles with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, including executive director of the OneWay2Play program, the first-ever National Urban director and president of the FCA Foundation. His career has also included serving as chaplain at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry, and chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. He continues to speak on life issues for numerous professional and college sports teams across America.

Carey served for five years as co-pastor of Lawndale Community Church -- the inner-city church in Chicago’s west side recognized by the George H. W. Bush Points of Light Foundation. At Lawndale, Carey helped empower the community with health care, housing, education and economic growth.

Carey has also served as a lecturer at the World Congress on Sports, the college football Senior Bowl, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention at the Final Four, and the Super Bowl. He has been featured in many local and national publications and broadcasts, including The New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Los Angeles Times, Kansas City Star, Chicago Tribune, Focus on the Family’s radio broadcast and webcast, Ebony, Christianity Today, Sharing the Victory, “Fox and Friends,” ESPN.com, ESPN’s “Quite Frankly” with Stephen A. Smith, “The Hour of Power” with Dr. Robert Schuller, and Leadership Magazine.

In high school, Carey played in the 1971 Virginia State Championship football game -- the game later dramatized in the award-winning movie, Remember the Titans. Carey is still friends with former Titans coach Herman Boone and many of the people portrayed in the movie.

Carey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a running back he helped lead the school’s football team to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1977. Carey was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in his home town of Salem, VA, and was Alumnus of the Year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Other honors include being listed in Who’s Who in Black America as well as being a past recipient of the Dallas NAACP Juanita Craft Award. In recognition of his work among fathers, Carey has been awarded Keys to the City in both Laurel, MS, and Jackson, MS, and a President’s Medallion by Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City.

Carey and his wife, Melanie, are parents of four children, have seven grandchildren, and live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

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Jeff JenkinsJeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Fathering, responsible for all oversight and management of day-to-day operations of both the headquarters and WATCH D.O.G.S. operations.

Jeff comes to the center with 25+ years of operations, management, marketing, branding and entrepreneurial experience. Before joining the National Center for Fathering in August of 2013, Jeff was President and Owner of two highly successful Smoothie King Nutritional Lifestyle Centers in Overland Park, Kansas. His two stores were considered the philanthropic leaders throughout the franchise system. Jeff was also President and Owner of American Staffing Solutions, a small staffing company located in Overland Park, Kansas. In addition, he was Founder and President of the ThinkFit Foundation that was established with the mission to educate children, families and community organizations in the importance of nutrition, wellness and exercise for disease prevention and overall improved health. Prior to moving to Kansas in late 2000 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams, Jeff traveled around the country working in the event marketing and tour management field as a market and tour manager for Fortune 500 companies.

After a decade of cultivating his Smoothie King business into a success story, Jeff was approached with an opportunity to sell his businesses. In October of 2010, Jeff decided to take this opportunity afforded him and do the unexpected (from a world view perspective), and spend more time with his wife and two kids. Over the past two and half years, Jeff has poured himself into his two incredible kids, became a real estate investor and business mentor.

Jeff attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he majored in Marketing and Business Administration.

He also volunteers his time as a business and marketing consultant for IBEC Ventures, a Christian organization that aims to create sustainable businesses which reflect God’s kingdom values and clearly live out the Gospel of Jesus in developing areas of the world.

Jeff and his wife, Kelley, were married in 2003. His #1 passion is being Dad to his two amazing kids! Every day, Jeff fills dual roles when he comes home from the Center, where he is blessed to be both his daughter’s Prince Charming and son’s Superhero.

 

Eric SnowEric Snow

Eric Snow is the Executive Director of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a father-engagement and educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.

In 1998, Eric and WATCH D.O.G.S. founder Jim Moore developed a program that was designed to encourage fathers and father figures to be more involved in the educational process at their kids’ school. With the goals of enhancing school safety and providing positive male role models, the first WATCH D.O.G.S. program was born. Eric was instrumental in helping Jim realize his vision for WATCH D.O.G.S. and is credited with giving the program its name. Eric served on the Board of Directors for WATCH D.O.G.S. for more than 5 years.

Since joining the National Center for Fathering in 2008 Eric has criss crossed the country, speaking at hundreds of educational conferences in order to train parents and educators how to implement the WATCH D.O.G.S. program in their schools.

In June 2012 Eric was appointed to a two year term on the Board of Directors for National PTA.

Before joining the National Center for Fathering, Eric was the President and owner of New South Directory Company, Inc. Prior to that, Eric was the Vice President of Operations for K.W Brock Directories Inc.

Eric attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas where he majored in Political Science.

Eric and his wife Valerie were married in 1982 and they have two children.

 

Brian BlombergBrian Blomberg

Brian Blomberg is Chief Development Officer at the National Center for Fathering, responsible for all business and donor development. He also serves on the board of the newly formed Fathering CoMission, a non-profit group consisting of many organizations that as a collective group champion the fathering message.

Prior to joining the Center in 2005, he served nine years at Promise Keepers as the Chief Development and Chief Financial Officer. Before that, Brian worked in the corporate world, where he was the chief financial officer of Pedus Services, a Berlin-based, billion-dollar privately held service conglomerate. Other employment in the corporate world included Fluor Corporation and Lockheed Martin.

Brian and his wife Marnie have been married since 1987 and live in Denver. They have two sons and a daughter. 

 

Steve WilsonSteve Wilson

Steve Wilson has a passion for helping to create a culture of Championship Fathering in America and abroad. He currently serves as the National Center for Fathering’s Chief Financial Officer. Steve joined the NCF team in 2001 after a 15-year career in health care management and one year helping to establish a fathering movement in Ukraine.

In his role at the Center, Steve is responsible for day-to-day management of the headquarters operations including finance and accounting, personnel, property and risk management, grant management and IT. Steve has coordinated fathering seminars, worked with local volunteer teams and managed the Center's Father of the Year Essay Contests. He also speaks on behalf of the Center at various events.

Since 1987 Steve has been married to Michelle and together they have four children. The family resides in Overland Park, KS.

 

Brock GriffinBrock Griffin

Brock Griffin is Director of Writing and Publications at the National Center for Fathering. He has been with the Center since 1991. Brock handles or helps with many of the Center’s writing and editing projects, including books, fathers.com weekly e-mails, and articles for the Center’s website and outside publications. He is also project manager for Today's Father, Carey Casey's 3-minute radio program that began in 1993 and now airs on more than 400 stations worldwide. He collaborates with Carey to produce content for the program. Brock also coordinates the Center’s website, fathers.com.

He has bachelor's and master's degrees in English and creative writing from Kansas State University, where he won several fellowships and awards for his work. Brock and his wife Tara have three children and live in the Kansas City area.

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Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D.Dr. Ken Canfield

Dr. Ken R. Canfield is founder of the National Center for Fathering, and served as NCF's president and CEO from 1990 through 2005. From 2008 until 2011, he served as Executive Director of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University. In 2011 Dr. Canfield accepted the call to build the Urban Center for the Family at World Impact in Los Angeles.

His work has been recognized in a variety of ways: He has been a consultant to state and community officials on ways to engage and equip fathers in local programming; served as one of the founding members of former Vice President Al Gore’s private-sector “Father to Father” Initiative; and was awarded the 1993 Father of the Year by the National Congress for Men and Children.

He is the author of The Heart of a Father (Northfield Publishing, 1996, 2006), and numerous other books including the award-winning 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers (Tyndale, 1992, 2001). Canfield has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight and numerous radio programs as an authority on fathering skills and research, as well as the negative consequences of father absence.

Canfield has written for a number of magazines both academic and popular: Psychological Reports, Educational and Psychological Measurements, ParentLife, The World & I, Parents, Today’s Better Life, New Man and Living With Children.

Canfield has done extensive study in the historical literature on fathering and current social science research data. At the Center, he created one of the largest ongoing data bases on fathering in the nation, including more than 10,000 responses from men to the 138-question Personal Fathering Profile, which Canfield developed in conjunction with a number of scholars. The Profile has been termed by authorities in the field the most comprehensive, scientifically sound tool available for a man to inventory his strengths and opportunities as a father. Canfield has led other research as well, including three national random sample polls on fathering and an ongoing National Survey of Men covering a wide variety of men’s life issues.

Canfield earned his B.A. degree in philosophy from Friends University (Wichita, KS). He has an M.C.S. degree from the University of British Columbia - Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) and a Ph.D. in education from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). His dissertation reported on his innovative research on the life course of fathers.

Ken and his wife Dee have 5 children and eight grandchildren.

 

 

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