302 – Gabe Perna of Newtown, CT An Award Winning Journalist, Digital Health Editor & Father Of Two Including One With Autism

Our guest this week is Gabe Perna of Newtown, CT who is an award winning journalist, a digital health editor with Modern Healthcare and father of two young boys, including one with Autism.  Gabe and his wife, Amanda, have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of two children: Logan (3) and Spencer (6) who has Autism.  We learn about the Perna family story, the the changes and adaptations the family has made and the importance of embracing your child for who they are so you can help them reach their full potential. That’s all on this episode

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301 – Jonathan Bennett of Ontario, CAN Executive Leadership Coach, Author Reflects On Raising An Autistic & Non-Binary Child

Our guest this week is Jonathan Bennett of Ontario, Canada, an executive and leadership coach, a poet and author of seven books and father of two.  Jonathan and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of two children who are 17 and 19 years old. We’ll hear some sage advice from Jonathan about raising an Autistic child who is also non-binary. That’s all on this episode of the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Notes –Email – jonathan@clearlythen.comWebsite – https://clearlythen.com/LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/bennettjonathan/Novels and books of poetry – https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B001K8O160?ingress=0&visitId=4732666f-192a-47e6-ad0a-05a2610979e8&ref_=ap_rdr Transcript: Coming Soon

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300 – David Hirsch, Founder Of 21st Century Dads Foundation & Host Of The SFN Dad To Dad Podcast Reflects On The Past 7 Years

To celebrate the 300th episode of the SFN Dad To Dad Podcast, David Hirsch, founder of 21st Century Dads Foundation and host of the SFN Dad To Dad Podcast offers his heartfelt thanks to all those who have been involved with and supported 21CD & SFN.  He reflects on: addressing the issue of father absence in society, his journey as a fatherhood advocate, starting the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative,  making an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show,  starting the 21st Century Dads Foundation,  Dads Honor Ride 2015 from Santa Monica to Chicago, 2,325 miles in 21 days,  giving a TEDx Talk

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299 – Steve Thomas of Manhattan, IL Father Of 8 & Author Of Catholic Joe Superhero, Reflects On Faith, Fatherhood & Family

Our guest this week is Steve Thomas of Manhattan, IL father of eight, serial entrepreneur and author of Catholic Joe Superhero.   Steve and his wife, Ginny, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of eight children: Steve (32), 30 year old twins David & John, Joseph (28), Francis (26), Mary (25), Grace (23) and Gabriel (21).  The twins are the ones with additional needs.         The twins were diagnosed in their 20s with issues including; anxiety, Autism, OCD and schizophrenia.  Despite the many challenges including incarceration and institutionalization, Steve and Ginny have found

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298 – Keith Harris of Albuquerque, NM A Retired Business Owner, Father Of Four, Including One With Down Syndrome – Part 2

Our guest this week is Keith Harris of Albuquerque, NM, an entrepreneur and father of four including one who has Down Syndrome.   Keith and his wife, Jeannie, have been married for 44 years and are the proud parents of four: Daniel (39), Tim (38), Thomas (35) and John (33).  Tim is the one with Down Syndrome. Tim’s got a big heart which he opens to virtually everyone he meets.  And he’s a busy guy.  They opened and ran Tim’s Place Restaurant for five years, where ‘hugs’ were listed on the menu, which Tim would deliver as requested.  Tim also

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297 – Keith Harris of Albuquerque, NM A Retired Business Owner, Father Of Four Including One With Down Syndrome – Part 1

Our guest this week is Keith Harris of Albuquerque, NM, an entrepreneur and father of four including one who has Down Syndrome.   Keith and his wife, Jeannie, have been married for 44 years and are the proud parents of four: Daniel (39), Tim (38), Thomas (35) and John (33).  Tim is the one with Down Syndrome. Tim’s got a big heart which he opens to virtually everyone he meets.  And he’s a busy guy.  They opened and ran Tim’s Place Restaurant for five years, where ‘hugs’ were listed on the menu, which Tim would deliver as requested.  Tim also

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296 – Adam Goldman of Houston, TX Reflects On The Loss Of Their Pre-Mature Twins Shortly After Birth

Our guest this week is Adam Goldman of Houston, TX, a real estate investor, serial entrepreneur, coaching consultant and author of the book The Franchisee Lifestyle. Adam and his, wife, Dori, have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of five children: Lila (6), Dalia (8) and Amelia (12), as well as twins; Eli and Ariella who were born at 23 weeks, in 2010, and very sadly passed away shortly after birth. Adam reflects on the harsh reality of some miscarriages as well as losing their oldest children, pre-mature twins, who passed away within a month of their

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295 – Eric Nixon of Lansdale, PA Father of Three All With CVID, A Rare Autoimmune Disease

Our guest this week is Eric Nixon of Lansdale, PA who works for a blood plasma company and is the father of three all with Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), a rare autoimmune disease. Eric and his wife, Candy, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three: Benjamin (30), Hannah (27), and Daniel (24) all who have CVID, or Common Variable Immune Deficiency, a rare autoimmune disease. Eric also has Multiple Sclerosis and has been on disability for 17 years. Despite all the family health challenges, Eric has been leading small groups of fathers for

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294 – Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film – Part 2

Our guest this week is Robert “Bob” Manganelli formerly of southern California, a photo-journalist and filmmaker, reflects on the joys and challenges of being a father of two deaf children. Bob and Terrylene are the proud parents of two children: daughter Catalene (19) and son Gianni ‘Gio’ who lost his hearing at age three and, who very sadly, took his own life at age 23, in March 2014. Bob reflects about the deaf community, Terrylene’s and their children’s deafness and the intersection of the typically hearing community. He also discusses some of the challenges Gio encountered, including seizures and bipolar

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293 – Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film – Part 1

Our guest this week is Robert “Bob” Manganelli formerly of southern California, a photo-journalist and filmmaker, reflects on the joys and challenges of being a father of deaf chidlren. Bob and Terrylene are the proud parents of your two children: daughter Catalene (19) and son Gianni ‘Gio’ who lost his hearing at age three and, who very sadly, took his own life at age 23, in March 2014. Bob reflects about the deaf commuity, Terrylene’s and their children’s deafness and the intersection of the typically hearing community. He also discusses some of the challengs Gio encountered, including seizures and bipolar

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292 – Allan Shedlin of Chevy Chase, MD, Father, Grandfather, Dadvocate & Curator of the Daddying Film Festival & Forum

Our guest this week is Allan Shedlin of Chevy Chase, MD, who is a father, grandfather, former educator and outspoken advocate for all things related to ‘Daddying.’ Allan and his x-wife, Michelle, were married for 32 years are the proud parents of three adult daughters: Raya, Samantha and Christina as well as grandparents of five. Allan was a career educator and was founding Executive Director of the National Elementary School Center. He has also been a freelance writer for 39 years with work appearing in; The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Hearst News Service, Education Week, Phi

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291 – Dave Jereb, of Sydney, Australia, An OT To Children With Additional Needs & Author Of ‘Challenging The Story’

Our guest this week is Dave Jereb, of Sydney, Australia an occupational therapist, co-founder of MoveAbout Therapy Services and an author. Dave and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of two children: Harry (8) and Hugo (5). Dave & Kathy are also co-founders of MoveAbout Therapy Services a multi-location firm that provides individual and group therapy services for children to enable them to participate in the activities of everyday life. They also provide parent coaching, training and support. Dave is also the author of a new book entitled: Challenging The Story: A Surprisingly

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290 – Graham Caldow, of Brighton, England, Author Of ‘What’s Possible?’ & Father Of Two, Including One With Additional Needs

Listen to “SFN Dad To Dad 290 – Graham Caldow, of Brighton, England, Author Of ‘What’s Possible?’ & Father Of Two, Including One With Additional Needs” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is Graham Caldow of Brighton, England who is co-founder and a coach at Red Giraffe Solutions, an author and father of two young adult daughters, one who has additional needs. Graham and his wife, Debra, have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two young adult daughters. Graham & Debra are co-founders of Red Giraffe Solutions, helping plan a better future for young adults

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289 – James Myles, of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Father of Seven Including Two With ASD

Listen to “SFN Dad to Dad 289 – James Myles, of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Father of Seven Including Two With ASD” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is James “Jamo” Myles of Georgetown, Grand Cayman who is father of seven, including two with ASD and who is a coordinator with the Department of Youth Services for the Cayman Islands. James and his wife, Melissa, have been married for two years and between them they are the proud parents of seven children; his children: Ahmed (28), Jamar (23), Jarrod (23) and Sarah (14) and Melissa’s children; Novano (22), Myra (17) and

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288 – Jonathan Eig of Chicago, IL, Father & Best Selling Author of Biographies On: MLK, Lou Gehrig, Muhammad Ali & Others

Our guest this week is Jonathan Eig, of Chicago, a journalist, best-selling author, father of two daughters and guardian. Jon and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of two daughters: Lillian (20) and Lola (14) as well as Jeffrey (33) who Jon mentored from Jeffrey’s age seven through Big Brothers/Big Sisters before the couple formally became his guardian. With a degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he began his career at the New Orleans Times Picayune, then Dallas Morning News, Chicago Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Starting in 2005 Jon published

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287 – Bob Bourke of Evanston, IL A Retired Banker, Father of Four Including One With Down Syndrome & Advisor At Misericordia

Our guest this week is Bob Bourke of Evanstan, IL, a retired banker, father of four including a daughter with Down Syndrome and an advisory board member at Misericordia in Chicago. Bob and his wife, Peggy, have been married for 44 years and are the proud parents of three boys: Bo (40), Matt (36), and Nick (32) as well as daughter, Molly (38) who has Down Syndrome. Bob had a storied career in banking. We learn about the wide range of programs and services Molly benefited from and that have helped her develop into this bright, vivacious young woman. Bob

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286 – Faye Simon-Harac Editor-In-Chief at Exceptional Parent Magazine & President/Founder of IES Brain Research Foundation

Our guest this week is Faye Simon-Harac of Sparta, NJ, a former teacher and current Editor-in-Chief at Exceptional Parent Magazine as well as president and founder of the Irene & Eric Simon Brain Research Foundation. After serving as an educator in the Teaneck, NJ school district for a decade, Faye founded and became president of the Irene & Eric Simon Brain Research Foundation, named in honor of her parents, while they were still alive. Eric was an internationally recognized neuroscientist and served in that capacity for mare than 50 years at NYU. One of his many claims to fame was the

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285 – Florence Ann Romano of Hinsdale, IL Author Of ‘Build Your Village’ & Sibling To A Brother With Autism

Our guest this week is Florence Ann Romano of Hinsdale, IL a village and child care advocate, entrepreneur, author of two books and the oldest of four siblings, including a brother with Autism. Florence Ann served as a nanny for more than 15 years, which led to a variety of opportunities including; starting the web series The Windy City Nanny, which covered the lives of 12 families, her first book entitled ‘Nanny and Me‘ and more than 200 speaking engagements. She also founded Kindred Content, a woman-owned digital content company, more recently acquired by Yakkety Yak, where she is a Vice-President of Business Strategy. Florence’s

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284 – Wil Derouen of Seattle, WA A Certified Peer Counselor With Dads M.O.V.E. And Father Of Five Including One With ADHD

Our guest this week is Wil Derouen of Seattle, WA who is a Peer Support Counselor at Dads M.O.V.E. and father of five boys including one with ADHD. Wil and his wife, Hazel, have been together for eight years and married for one year. He is the proud father of five boys from three women: Zion (18), Cameron (21), Treveon (23), Sheraud (24) and Kahlil (26) who has ADHD. Wil’s story is rather remarkable including some serious ups and downs. Wil is like a phoenix that has risen from the ashes. He served three years of a five year sentence

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283 – Dan Feshbach of Sausalito, CA, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO of Multiple & Father Of Twins, Including A Son With Autism

Our guest this week is Dan Feshbach of Sausalito, CA, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Multiple, a non-profit (501c3) innovation platform for the autism community, whose mission is ‘to transform the lives of people with autism at scale.’ Dan and his x-wife, were married for 35 years and are the proud parents of 30 year old twins: Emma and Reed, who is Autistic. We’ll learn about Dan’s many innovations and the leadership roles he played at: LoanPerformance, the Oak Hill School of California, BlueUmbrella, TeachTown, MeasureOne, Multiple and the Autism Impact Fund. That’s all on this episode of SFN

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282 – Brad Serot of Winnetka, IL Vice-Chairman at CBRE, Father Of Four Including A Daughter With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Brad Serot, of Winnetka, IL who is Vice Chairman of CBRE, a global leader in commercial real estate. Brad and his x-wife, Lexis, were married for eight years and are the proud parents of four children: Billie (6), Jonas (8), and 10 year old twins Stella and Ava, who has Cerebral Palsy. Brad talks very authentically about his early denial about Ava’s condition, the dissolution of his marriage, going through counseling as well as finding purpose in cycling and fundraising for charity. He also discusses the positive role Easterseals and the Epilepsy Foundation of Great

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281 – Jeff Wickersham of Royersford, PA A High Performance Coach, Founder Of The Warrior Dad Experience, Author, Father Of 2

Our guest this week is Jeff Wickersham of Royersford, PA, who is a high performance coach, founder of the Warrior Dad Experience and father of two. Jeff and his wife, Heather, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of two boys: Jackson (15) and Carter (13), who has Crohn’s Disease. Occupationally, Jeff is a sought-after mental toughness and peak performance coach who specializes in helping clients intentionally step into the best version of themselves personally and professionally, guiding his clients to install habits and systems that set them up for success. Vocationally, Jeff has been called

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280 – Sarah Glofcheskie of Toronto, Canada, Founder of BeMe.ai & Single Mother Of A Daughter With Autism

Our guest this week is Sarah Glofcheskie of Toronto, Canada, who is the single mother of a daughter with Autism, a serial entrepreneur, and founder of BeMe, an Autism innovation company. Sarah and her x-husband, who remains a very involved father, were married for six years and are the proud parents of Flynn (12) who is Autistic. Informed by her experience as the mother of a child with Autism, Sarah founded BeMe.ai a company whose mission is to empower Autistic individuals, their families and care team with the tools they need to thrive. BeMe combines medical, behavioral and environmental factors

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279 – Tim Coughlin A U.S. Xpat in London, England, An ED with Morgan Stanley & Father Of Two Including One Diagnosed With BBSOAS.

Our guest this week is Tim Coughlin a U.S. x-Pat in London, England who works at Morgan Stanley as head of the Commodity and Infrastructure Finance Group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Tim and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for eight years and are the proud parents of two young girls: Alice (4) and Edith (2), who was diagnosed with BBSOAS or Bosch-Boonstra-Schaff Optic Atrophy Syndrome, a very rare neurological disorder caused by a disruption in the NR2F1 gene.Tim was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ. Jennifer is from England and worked in the U.S. at UBS

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278 – Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI Whose Daughter With Angelman Syndrome, Very Sadly Passed Away In August

Listen to “Dad to Dad 278 – Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI Whose Daughter With Angelman Syndrome, Very Sadly Passed Away In August” on Spreaker. Our guest this week is Adam Birchmeier of Muskegon, MI who is a Business Sales Representative with Access Health and the father of daughter with Angelman Syndrome, who very sadly passed away in August, after a brief illness. Adam and his wife, Nicole, have been married for 4 years and are the proud parents of Maddie who was born in June 2020, was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at 18 months and who, very sadly, passed

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