BOARD AND STAFF

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dr. Kirk E. Harris is a Co-Founder and Co-Designer of Fathers, Families and Healthy Communities and currently serves as the CEO. Dr. Kirk E. Harris is a faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr. Harris has been working on issues related to families and communities for 20 years, as a legal services lawyer, a non-profit executive, a community development professional and neighborhood advocate, and as a national keynote speaker.

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SYSTEMS NAVIGATOR

Reginald Hicks is a practitioner whose focus is to bring attention to the importance of male involvement in the lives of children, families and communities, while enhancing the parenting skills that fathers possess. Mr. Hicks currently serves as Fathers, Families and Healthy Communities (FFHC) Systems Navigator.

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TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

Othniel Tucker has always had a passion for being involved in community outreach and mentorship programs. He has been instrumental in organizing and promoting various support groups for youth in Alabama, and Illinois. Working within the field of web design and information technology, Othniel lends his expertise in service of FFHC on several levels. Othniel’s passion to drive the mission of FFHC is only matched for his love of the community he serves. 

POLICY ANALYST/STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

 Ahmadou Dramé is a Public Policy and Administration Consultant, an Adjunct Faculty member in the Political Science Department at DePaul University, and a Community Organizer on the southside of Chicago, where he lives. Previously, Ahmadou served as the Director of Organizing & Engagement on a statewide gubernational campaign, National Fellow with the Front Line Leaders Academy (a People for the American Way program), and as Community Affairs Coordinator with School District 202. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from DePaul University.

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BOARD PRESIDENT

Sequane Lawrence is Co-Founder and Co-Designer of Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities and currently serves as the organization’s President. Mr. Lawrence is a community economic development, workforce development, and youth development practitioner. He has also served as executive director, program director, and manager of community-based institutions, city, and state departments.

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BOARD TREASURER

Michael Bennett is an associate professor of sociology.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on urban planning, community development, economic and social policy, race and ethnic issues. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Bennett has served as executive director of the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center (EUC) at DePaul University (1997-2008). He received his BA from Kent State University, and his MA and PhD from The University of Chicago.

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BOARD MEMBER

David is a public policy analyst, culture critic, and former Time Magazine journalist. From 2006 to 2010, he was policy director of the Chicago Urban League; in 2011, he served on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition team. David is presently affiliated with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, where he conducts research on the future of cities. He also serves as Acting Director of Undergraduate Programs at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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BOARD MEMBER

Joseph Mason is a program manager that truly cares for his staff and client’s. After spending two decades in state government he has returned to where it all began. Joseph knows what it truly takes to run a successful social services program. Working in state government as an administrator for the Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Aid, has provided Joseph with exceptional experience on developing programs and policies.

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