Speaker Bios

2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit

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Program Host

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. (she/hers) is the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) and leads its national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. She also serves as Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University.


Keynote Speakers

Joe Jones, Jr. (he/his) is the founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF). He serves on the boards of the Open Society Institute, the Baltimore Workforce Development Board, and My Brother’s Keeper. He has received the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the White House Champion of Change, and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Morgan State University. Jones graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

James McHale, Ph.D. (he/his) is the director of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Family Study Center, and the executive director of the Family Study Center’s Infant-Family Center. He serves as Principal Investigator for National Institute of Child Health and Development R01, Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families, and for several other state, local, and Foundation grants.


Panelists: Serving Fathers in a Virtual Environment

Valerie Rios (she/hers) is the executive director of Partners in Parenting (PIP) in Austin, Texas. PIP improves the well-being of new parents so they are confident, connected, and have the tools to reach their full potential. PIP’s approach connects parents of babies with peers, trained facilitators, and experts so they can share the joy and weather the storms of new parenthood together. Her own difficult postpartum journey drives her to continue creating community and support for all new parents.

Joshua Banks (he/his) is a program coordinator for the IDADS (Involved Dads of Action Developing and Succeeding) program with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. The IDADS program, encouraging fathers to take a more active role in their families and providing support for them in the process, has received local and national recognition. An author and speaker, Banks served nine years in law enforcement and has more than 15 years of ministry experience. Banks graduated from Rhema Bible College.


Panelists: Incorporating Father Voice into Programs

Meliss Loyola (she/hers) is a parent educator with the SJRC Texas Parenting and Prevention Program. She has a background in family and child development and business administration and has been serving families and children her entire professional career. Loyola is passionate about enriching the parent-child relationship and helping her community. She started the Fatherhood Initiative because of her journey into parenthood and is her way of honoring the great men in her life.

Calvin Kelly (he/his) is a licensed mental health professional in Austin, Texas. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience in the fields of psychology and counseling and 27 years in private practice as a psychologist and certified trauma expert. His areas of interest and expertise include trauma and post-traumatic stress related issues, racial identity development, men and depression, secondary trauma, holistic wellness, organizational development, leadership, and team building.


Panelists: Coparenting

Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. (she/hers) is the founder and director of the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in Denver, Colorado. She is also the co-director of the National Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). Pearson’s work on fatherhood programs began in 1997 when she led the evaluation of OCSE-funded Responsible Fatherhood Programs in eight states. Pearson has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.

Patrick Ortiz (he/his) is the program director for The Children's Shelter’s Compadre y Compadre™ and iParent SA® programs. His expertise is in health and human services working with children, foster parents, youth, and families. Ortiz works with a number of external partners including the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bexar County Drug Court, ReflegioCourt, and Family Court. Ortiz has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Don Mansfield (he/his) is a family advocate, marriage educator, mediator, counselor, and instructor for marriage enrichment and parenting at the Tarrant County Family Law Center. He developed the Coparenting and Anger Resolution curricula used at NewDay Services and is certified to teach the P.A.I.R.s, Feeding Starved Marriages, P.R.E.P., Active Relationships and Family Wellness programs. Mansfield earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible from Harding University.


Speakers: Pilot Learning Collaborative (PLC)

Joshua Banks (he/his) is a program coordinator for the IDADS (Involved Dads of Action Developing and Succeeding) program with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. The IDADS program, encouraging fathers to take a more active role in their families and providing support for them in the process, has received local and national recognition. An author and speaker, Banks served nine years in law enforcement and has more than 15 years of ministry experience. Banks graduated from Rhema Bible College.

Marlon Jones (he/his) is the director of Fatherhood Services for STARRY which strengthens families in Central Texas by supporting and serving fathers and male caregivers. Through his expertise in the field of youth development, Jones has assisted organizations such as the Bell and McLennan County Fatherhood Coalition, Boys & Girls Club, Richard R. Caron Foundation, Salvation Army and Youth Entrepreneurs in strategic planning, resource development, program implementation, and outcomes measurement.

Henry Montelongo (he/his) is the facilitator for the Fatherhood EFFECT Program at BCFS Health and Human Services in Cameron County. He has worked with the Healthy Outcomes for Prevention and Early Support (HOPES) program serving families in the community strengthen their parenting skills. Montelongo was recently selected to be one of the first National Fatherhood Initiative 24/7 DAD Fellows – one of 50 people in the United States to receive this honor.

Joshua Williams (he/his) is the Fatherhood Project Supervisor at DePelchin Children’s Center overseeing the 24/7 Dads program, previously serving as a Prevention Specialist and Parenting Education facilitator. Williams provides guidance to recruiting, community outreach, father inclusivity, and collaborating with other agencies. He has a passion for working with fathers and young men and encourages them to be role models in their home and community.

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