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National Affinity Network Members

Alaska

Annie Downie
868-792-2193
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Annie Downie is the mother of two boys. She became interested in getting more involved after reading one of Michael Gurian's books. 

California

William Beesley
Palma School
919 Iverson Street
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 422-6391
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William Beesley is an educator and counselor of boys for almost 20 years having taught over 2500 different boys in an academic, social, and counseling settings.

Kristin Guerrero
Los Angeles, CA
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Kristin Guerrero is a mother of two teenage boys, and she has been school psychologist in a K-12 school district in Southern California for 14 years.  She holds a BA degree in Developmental Psychology
and an MS degree in Counseling.

Jennifer Levin, M.D.
Los Angeles, CA
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Jennifer Levin, M.D. is a successful professional who has reaped the benefit of the movement to improveand focus on girls education.  Now, as a mother/stepmother of three boys, she wants to "make sure they have all the support and encouragement I had."

Marin Moms of Boys and Every Kind of Mind (EKOM)
Tanya Belz Rauzi 
PO Box 354 
Ross, CA 94957
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Tanya Belz Rauzi and Tammy Mobley have been involved with Every Kind of Mind (a parent education and support group) since 1998.  EKOM is dedicated to understanding and supporting the educational care of every kind of mind, every kind of kid, and every kind of parent/teacher.  Thru their work surrounding learning differences, EKOM has begun to focus on gender differences and started a local chapter called "Marin Moms of Boys."

Florida

Luis Leon
(352)-942-4063
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Luis Leon has been addressing male issues since 1990. He and his wife Mayra are currently involved in many community efforts to help families. They started a Career and Educational Program called: Da' Place! They were invited by the Hillsborough County School Board to conduct motivational sessions in the public schools to raise awareness of the critical component for student success, parent involvement. He is currently in the position of Parent/Male Involvement Coordinator for Head Start. He is also pastor of Jesus Cares Ministries out of Hernando County Florida where he is dedicated toward helping families succeed.

With over with over 20 years of experience, an Associates in Business, as a father of 7, and an outstanding 8 years military service in the United States Air Force, Mr. Leon has a passion towards education and helping males achieve their God given potential. His excellent motivation/people skills make him an effective speaker. He lives by as iron sharpens iron, so does one man strengthen the other. He believes that if you could help strengthen and build someone else's character it will only help build you own. Very motivated, highly impacting, energetic, Mr. Leon is focused on empowering males! From birth to adulthood, one man at a time.

Head Start
835 School St 
Brooksville, FL 34601
www.mfcs.us.com
(352)-754-2464
Contact: Luis Leon
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Head Start - Mission Statement: "To develop or improve social competency and school readiness in children through quality, individualized, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive service delivery. Head Start works collaboratively with community partners to empower families to achieve positive outcomes."

Hawaii

Bev Speece M Ed.
Haleiwa, HI
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Bev Speece is a former secondary English teacher who now works as the School Renewal Specialist for the Castle and Kahuku Complex Area in the Windward District in Hawaii.

Maryland

Vermelle D. Greene 
S.A.C.R.E.D. Life Academy
for Boys 
7230 Central Avenue 
Capitol Heights, MD  20743
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Vermelle Greene has been an educator for more than 35 years, teaching as well as administrating  at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Her experience extends to the corporate level where she was a Customer Education Representative with the Xerox Corporation.  She has presented workshops for numerous organizations including the National Middle Schools Association, the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Maryland Middle School Association.  In addition, Vermelle has conducted workshops for hundreds of teachers and administrators on the east coast from New York to Florida.

Vermelle retired from Prince George’s County (Maryland) Public Schools, then went on to become Founding Principal of S.A.C.R.E.D. Life Academy for Boys in 2001.  The innovative curriculum focuses on understanding and accommodating the academic, social, developmental, and physical needs of young men in kindergarten through 8th grade. 

Vermelle and her husband Vernon have two married children, and three beautiful granddaughters.  They live in rural Charles County, Maryland, just 35 minutes from the Nation’s Capital.

Massachusetts

Stephanie Meegan
Impact On Youth Educational Services
P.O. Box 104
Boxford, MA 01921
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Stephanie Meegan's focus over the past 30 years has been to promote the personal safety and resiliency of children.  In the 1980's she authored two nationally-recognized programs. The award-winning "Peer Proofing" helps children develop assertiveness skills and respond confidently to peer pressure. The prevention principles established in Kids & Company: Together for Safety? became
the foundation for many prevention resources developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In collaboration with parents, educators, law enforcement and mental health professionals, Stephanie offers programs for helping children strengthen social skills, prevent substance abuse, build character, manage stress, grieve loss, and constructively move through and beyond conflict. 

In recent years, she has worked with adults to more fully address the developmental and learning needs of boys; to intervene effectively with youth who bully or are bullied, and to empower children and teens with constructive bystander options for transforming the bullying dynamic. 

New Hampshire

Fran Meffen, M.S., M.Ed.
Dover Middle School
Dover, NH
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New York

Nathaniel Smith LCSW-R
Mount Kisco, NY
www.nsmithlcsw.com
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Nathaniel Smith, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist who has worked in the field for over seventeen years receiving his Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University in 1994.  He has an office in Mount Kisco, NY. He completed three years of intensive postgraduate training at the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the William Alanson White Institute in Manhattan.  In addition to his private work, he has worked for the last five years at Riverdale Mental Health Center in the Bronx where he supervises staff and treats children, adolescents and adults.  Prior to that he worked for four years in outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment, primarily with adolescent to adult males.  His work is influenced by multiple experiences outside of the office setting working with children and adolescents.  These have included work in school based mental health, therapeutic day camps, group homes and raising his own two children. 

North Carolina

Ashley Armistead
Let Me Run 
6821 Riesman Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
www.letmerun.org
704-651-3456 
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Let Me Run is a non-profit prevention program aimed at strengthening boys in body and spirit. Our mission is to encourage boys to stay on track to living into their full potential by inspiring healthy friend, family and community relationships. We use the power of running and lively group activities to equip boys with tools to lead a balanced and fulfilling life -- emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Our boys feel the strength of being connected to others through positive communication and team interaction. Upon leaving the program we watch for our boys to take responsibility for all aspects of their health and confidently lead for positive change around them. Diversity of gifts and abilities are welcomed and expected. We celebrate the courage to try and the perseverance to improve!

Jennifer Walker
Burlington, NC
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Jennifer Walker is a former high school teacher that taught in the technical subject areas of computers, with a higher percentage of male students in the program. She is also the mother of two sons in public education. Her interest is both professional as well as personal.

Oregon

Diann Espinoza
503-734-7113
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Diann Espinoza is a mom of six, five of them boys from age 3-18. She is a middle/high school science and math teacher.

Pennsylvania

Diane Sears
PO Box 3885
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Diane A. Sears is the United States Coordinator for 2011 International Men's Day (www.international-mens-day.com); a member of the International Men's Day Coordination Committee where she represents the United States. She is the Editor/Author of a book on  Fatherhood and Men's Issues - IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES; the Managing Editor of a quarterly international male parenting journal IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD -- which moderates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and is distributed in Australia, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, South Africa, Ghana, Canada, and the United States; and the creator and moderator of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD's blog.

Sears is a memberof the University Council for Akamai University’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies Program (www.akamaiuniversity.us) which is located in Hilo, Hawaii.  She advises the President of Akamai University on Fatherhood issues and assists him in the enhancement of the institution’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies curriculum and in forming strategic alliances with national and international Fatherhood organizations. 

Texas

William Price, EdD
Principal
Alcott Elementary School
5859 Bellfort St 
Houston, TX 77033-2199 
713-732-3540 
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Wise Learning
7200 Briley Drive
Richland Hills, TX 76180-8466
Contact: Rick Mauderer
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817-456-7761

Rick Mauderer, owner of Wise Learning Systems, is an advocate for children. He is highly trained in high yield instructional methods, gender differentiated instruction, and administrative interventions for educational settings. He speaks in prisons, schools, churches, and public gatherings. He teaches a Batterer Intervention Program for court ordered offenders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, counsels children in crisis, and intervenes in troubled families. Rick is a certified trainer with the Gurian Institute as well as a trained facilitator of "Positive Steps", a juvenile first offender program developed for the Dallas Police Dept. Rick believes that a person is on the best road to wholeness when they are growing spiritually.