The Speakers (2022)

Terrance Grantham

Event Emcee

Terrance is a brother, son, father of 3, and husband of 5 years. With his degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University, and life experience, he has been able to navigate fatherhood in a very insightful way. He served as the Fatherhood Facilitator for Ingham County’s Strong Start Healthy Start for 3 years before he and his family relocated to the Metro Detroit area where he accepted the Fatherhood Coordinator position with the Detroit Healthy Start Program through the Institute for Population Health. This job has shown him a passion for fatherhood advocacy he did not know he had. And it has allowed him to impact an audience of parents, colleagues, and peers with information, inspiration, and encouragement.

Dr. Marva Lewis

Marva L. Lewis, PhD, IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty, a sociocultural psychologist, and Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is Founder and Director of the Place for Natural Connections that provides community-based interventions centered on Blackness to engage parents and build community among parents of color to recognize the impact of colorism on infants and young children. Her book, Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships: Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair© (2021, Springer) is based on a program of research on acceptance or rejection of children and the hair combing task. Since 2011 she served as a national consultant and trainer with the Zero to Three Safe Baby Court Teams on issues of implicit bias, legacies of the historical trauma of slavery, and workforce contributions to racial disparities in the child welfare system. She serves on the Council on Social Work Education Task Force for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the Anti-racist work group for Infant Mental Health Journal. Her full Curriculum Vitae is available at

Shon Hart

Shon Hart is a married father of three, a certified Eric Thomas, Game Changer, motivational speaker and an authority on fatherhood. He is the founder and Executive Director of InvolvedDad, where he strengthens families through father engagement. His organization provides various front-line and gap services that impact and transform families and communities. Despite Shon not excelling in high school academically, he used the negativity of others to take control of his life and earn an athletic scholarship and degree from Michigan State University. He later authored 5 books; his most well-known is From Average to Elite. With his energetic and infectious personality, he is driven to help those he serves to grow from the inside out to dominate their lanes. The motto he lives by is, “Don’t chase the bag (money), chase your assignment; the bag is wrapped in your assignment!”

Cole Williams

Cole Williams is a Motivational Speaker, Fatherhood Consultant, Facilitator, Founder of The Delta Project, and most importantly a Father. His most recent work has been dedicated to providing fatherhood training, support, and materials for the Michigan Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention Program (MI-APPP), as well as penetrating the culture of the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center, where he provides life skills and leadership development to incarcerated youth.

Dr. Bakari Wallace

Bakari Wallace, PhD, is a post-doctoral research fellow at Wayne State University, School of Social Work. He completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in community-based research. Specifically, his research focuses on how racial-structural paradigms like antiblackness shape the experiences, perceptions, knowledge, and behaviors of those who identify, and are identified as, Black men and boys.

Broadly, as an interdisciplinary scholar, his research interests range from the effects of mass incarceration on the Black community, police and prison abolition, Black youth civic participation, Black radical social movements, and historical methods of Black radical community organizing.

Reginald Day

Reginald Day is a Certified Lactation Consultant, creator of Get At Me Dad podcast, Fatherhood Expert, Southeast Michigan IBCLCs of Color, and co-Facilitator, Nature's Playhouse Fatherhood support group. The married father of two children, who were breastfed, has made it his mission to change the narrative of how fatherhood, in BIPOC populations, is viewed. He has a passion for people, serving as an associate Pastor at his local church. He is a fatherhood and family advocate who believes that great communities begin with strong families. Collectively as a family, he, his wife, and two children reside in Metro-Detroit, Michigan.

Paul Osbourne

Paul Osbourne was born in Toronto, Canada, of Jamaican Maroon parentage. He is the proud father of 4 children and has been active in community development for over 20 years. As a self-described cultural community cultivator, he has created a niche for developing African-centered transformational change by creating program, workshops, and curricula, community conversations, and organizational training.

Paul Osbourne is the co-founder of Ujima house, the home of the Young and Potential Fathers Initiative, which is Canada's only father-focused parenting center.

Paul Osbourne is the Director of NSAA Community Cultivators, who support and strengthen organizations that work with African-Canadian community members.

Jason is an enrolled member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University with a focus on organizational and community leadership. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Michigan awarded Jason the Champion of Advocacy award in 2019.

Kofi Morris

Kofi Morris is a Life and Leadership Coach, focused in the areas of Mindset and Mindfulness, and utilizes his certification to spread awareness as a Holistic Health Coach as founder of Cosmic Wellness Holistic Health.

Kofi offers workshops in Qi Qong ('Chee Kung'), Meditation, Self-Care, Corporate Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Proactive fathering and community development for non-profit organizations and corporations. Kofi is also the founder of "Lions and Cubs," a small non-profit organization for young mean which focuses on Leadership and Self-Empowerment.

Kofi has served as a Program Coordinator for African-centered family programs, directly supporting male leadership mentors to enrich the cultural capacity of Black fathers and potential fathers for over 15 years.

Civi Mahdi

Civi Mahdi is a mentor, consultant, speaker, father, and member of the Kingz Table.

Bomani Gray

When Bomani Gray was given the name “Bomani” by his community of elders he knew that he was charged with an awesome responsibility. The Malawi (South Africa) name means “Warrior”. And as a community warrior, Mr. Gray has dedicated his life to public service as a community and educational advocate.

Bomani previously served as Fatherhood Coordinator at the Detroit Health Department. He currently serves as Chair of the Metro Detroit Fatherhood Policy Group and Co-Chair of the Michigan Action Plan for Father Involvement.

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes has dedicated his career to leadership and helping others. He currently is a Customer Experience Lead at General Motors, with past roles leading customer service teams in hospitality ( & Postmates), hearing aids (Whisper AI) and health insurance (Priority Health). His leadership experience also includes serving as a board member for the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network, volunteer roles with the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan and as a current participant in the Men's Leadership and Advocacy project. Ben's biggest accomplishment is his family - he lives in Rockford, MI, with his wife Dana (married 7 years), father to his stepson Carter (17) and daughter Elliott (5.5). Elliott is energetic, exhausting, funny, compassionate, stubborn, opinionated, and many other things that you would expect from a 5-year-old. She also has Down syndrome, autism, a congenital heart defect, Hirschsprung's disease, Crohn's disease and is non-verbal. She refuses to quit or be underestimated, and has helped Ben grow tremendously - as a father, leader and advocate.

Michael Aaron, Jr.

Michael Aaron Jr. is a married father of 4 young men, ages ranging from 12-31 years old; 2 currently living in the home along with his wife, including a 14-year-old autistic son. He is employed with Development Centers Early Head Start/Head Start Program as a Fatherhood Outreach and Family Service Worker. Michael Aaron Jr. is a graduate of Wayne State University. He serves as the current Board Vice Chairperson for Detroit Champions of Hope. He is also an athletic coach and trainer, multi-sport official, mentor, volunteer and non-profit organization Director.

Richard Kloeckner

Rich Kloeckner has been open to service and leadership opportunities throughout his career and personal pursuits. While attending Grand Valley State University, he found opportunities with Alternative Breaks, The American Cancer Society and the Office of Student Life. After graduating from GVSU with a BA in Communications and Business, he served in AmeriCorps NCCC as a Team Leader. While guiding 11 other peers, Rich led his team through projects focused on hurricane disaster relief, after-school programs, wildland firefighting and Habitat for Humanity. After AmeriCorps, Rich began working for Mitsubishi's forklift division, Logisnext. Applying his previous leadership experiences, Rich has been blessed to advance within the same company for the last 16 years. He is currently the Senior Manager of Products and Inventory Management. When he isn't working, he focuses on his family and friends. He has been married for 14 years to his wife Lindsey. Together, they share two daughters, Grace (9) and Natalie (6), who are their pride and joy. Natalie was born with Down syndrome, which comes with challenges, but Rich sees them as opportunities. Since Natalie's birth, Rich has signed up for just about every training, seminar, and networking event possible. He currently leads the dads group for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, while also participating in the Men's Leadership and Advocacy project.

Damon Pitt

A teacher's teacher and a leader! Mr. Pitt's love for his students is never ending. From high-fiving students in the hallway to spending time listening to parents while helping bridge the gap, Mr. Pitt absolutely loves his job! He has an uncompromising belief that all students can learn and achieve, if given a positive and nurturing learning environment, a committed and focused educational team, supportive families and encouraging community.

Amy Lindholm

Amy Lindholm is a Management Analyst for the Michigan State Court Administrative Office’s Friend of the Court Bureau (FOCB) and has worked in that role since 2017. She previously worked at the Kent County Friend of the Court for five years. Amy has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University with a concentration in Policy and Planning).

One responsibility in her current role with the FOCB is stakeholder engagement. Amy currently serves as Fatherhood Liaison and Corrections Liaison to friends of the court, bridging gaps for fathers and incarcerated parents – two groups who often struggle to navigate the friend of the court system and to feel heard by it. Amy currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Michigan Action Plan for Father Involvement.

Friend of the Court Representatives

Erin Lincoln
Director, Wayne County Friend of the Court (Detroit)

Tony McDowell
Director, Genesee County Friend of the Court (Flint)

Jason Walker
Family Division Supervisor, Muskegon County Family Court

Jeremy Hogue
Director, Grand Traverse/Antrim/Leelanau County Friend of the Court