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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.