268 – Tony Brescia of West Dundee, IL Father Of Two Including A Son With Tubular Sclerosis & Co-Chair Of Project Alex Communities

Our guest this week is Tony Brescia of West Dundee, IL who owns a Hallmark store, is the father of two including a son with Tuberous Sclerosis, and more recently is raising funds to create Project ALEX Communities, a unique residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Tony and his wife, Joelle, have been married for 34 years and are the proud parents of two boys: Jason (28) and Alex (32) who was born with Tuberous Sclerosis, a rare genetic disease that causes non-cancerous (benign) tumors to grow in the brain and several areas of the body, including the spinal

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267 – Jeff Zaugg of Minneapolis, MN, Father Of Four, Founder Of Fathers For The Fatherless & Host Of The Dad Awesome Podcast

Our guest this week is Jeff Zaugg of Minneapolis, MN, a former pastor of family ministries, a fatherhood advocate and host of the DadAwesome Podcast. Jeff and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of four daughters: Kiva (9), Ruthie (6), Raya (4) and Zara (2). Jeff has been an outspoken advocate for fathers and is founder of Fathers for the Fatherless, a non-profit dedicated to: activate dads to lead with wonder—building intentional connection with their kids while experiencing God’s awesomeness together. Jeff is also the host of the DadAwesome Podcast now with

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266 – Dan Redfield of Anchorage, AK A Filmmaker & Father of Three Including Ava, Who Passed Away From Infantile Tay-Sachs at Six

Our guest this week is Dan Redfield of Anchorage, AK who is an Emmy nominated filmmaker and the father of three children. Dan and his wife, Kristen, have been married for two years and are proud parents of three children; Henry (8 mo.), Reagan (3) and Ava, who very sadly passed away in November 2021 at age six, after suffering from Infantile Tay-Sachs, a rare inherited genetic disease. We’ll hear how Dan developed a passion for film making and how that led to the creation of the PBS documentary film ‘Granted,’ which led to creating short documentary films for other

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265 – Krista Mason of Holland, MI Founder Of Benjamin’s Hope Named After Son Benjamin, Who Is Autistic

Our guest this week is Krista Mason, of Holland, Michigan, a Christian, wife and mother. Krista and her husband, David have been married for 32 years and are the proud parent of two boys: James (29) and Benjamin (27), who has Autism and developmental delays. Krista is also the co-founder of Benjamin’s Hope, a live, learn, play, worship farmstead community where people of all abilities are transformed by the love Christ. The Ben’s Hope Way: Committed to loving God and others,we fiercely respect the dignity intelligence and value of all humans. We are creative, courageous and committed to excellence. Through

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264 – Siggi Thorseinn-Gudmunsson of Akranes, Iceland A Father Of Five Including Four With Special Needs

Our guest this week is Siggi Thosseinn-Gudmundson of Akranes, Iceland who is a healthcare professional and father of five including four with special needs. Siggi and his wife, Fridur, have known each other since they were 15 years of age and have been married for 8 years. They are the proud parents of five children: Sittimfia (7), who has ADHD, Gudmuntuk (12), who is Autistic and non-verbal, Kolbrun (14) who has Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism, and Matthias (16) who has Autism. Very sadly they lost your first child, Oscar, at 24 weeks gestation more than 15 years ago. We’ll hear

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263 – Hutch Matteson of Cummings, GA A Career Pastor, Father Of Four & Founder of The Pier Foundation For People Disabilities

Our guest this week is Hutch Matteson of Cummings, GA a pastor for 37 years and more recently the founder of The Pier Center Foundation, opening doors for adults with intellectual disabilities. Hutch and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of four children; Julia (26), Jenna (28), Jonathan (30) and Josh (33), who has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear about the poor advice the Mattesons received shortly after Josh’s birth about all the things Josh would be unable to do. We learn about the supporting organizations that Josh benefited from, including: High Hope Early Intervention, Special Olympics, and their GA-based

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262 – Adam Terry of Nashville, TN Father of Three Including A Son With Noonan Syndrome & A Traumatic Brain Injury

Our guest this week is Adam Terry of Nashville, TN who is the director of business analytics at Adhere Health in Nashville. Adam and his wife Catherine have been married for 18 years and are the rpuod parents of three children; Brooke (6), Callie (9) and Will (12), who has Noonan Syndrome, a genetic condition that stops typical development in various parts of the body. More recently Will suffered a traumatic brain injury. We’ll hear the Terry family story, including how their faith has helped them cope with Will’s injury. That’s all in this episode of the Special Fathers Network

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261 – Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL (Part 2) Real Estate Artist, Best-Selling Author, Philanthro-Capitalist, Ultramarathoner

Our guest this week is Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL a father, real estate artist, eight time best-selling author, philanthro-capitalist & 12 time badwater135 ultramarathon competitor. This is part two of a two part interview. In last week’s episode we heard Frank talk about the first of his his five aspirations, the importance of family. In part two we’ll hear more about Frank’s other four aspirations, the role of faith and much more. Frank and his wife Nilsa have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of Laura (24). Professionally, Frank has built and renovated 44

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260 – Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL Father, Real Estate Artist, Best-Selling Author, Philanthro-Capitalist & Ultramarathoner

Our guest this week is Frank McKinney of Delray Beach, FL a father, real estate artist, eight time best-selling author, philanthro-capitalist & 12 time badwater135 ultramarathon competitor. Frank and his wife Nilsa have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of Laura (24). Professionally, Frank has built and renovated 44 ocean-front mansions with an average selling price of $44M. He is known as a real artist with a flair for creating these one of a kind master pieces and for the way he markets them. Frank is also the best-selling author of eight books in 5 different

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259 – Ryan Wolfe of Canton, OH Is President & Executive Director Of Ability Ministry, Equipping Churches To Embrace Disability

Our guest this week is Ryan Wolfe of Canton, OH, who is a minister as well president and executive director of Ability Ministry, founded in 1983, an independent Christian nonprofit that provides resources, curriculum, training, and residential services designed to equip and empower the disability community.. Ryan and his wife Melissa have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of two children, Rocco (16) and Zoey (14) who is dislexia. We’ll hear all about Ryan and his work on this week’s Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links –Email – ryan@ccdmonline.orgLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-wolfe-a121021a/Website – https://abilityministry.com/Disabililty is Beautiful – https://disabilityisbeautiful.comFacebook

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258 – Ben Mattlin of Los Angeles, CA, Author & Disability Advocate Reflects On Life Over 60 Years With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Our guest this week is Ben Mattlin of Los Angeles, CA a disability advocate, an author, educator and writer. Ben was born in New York City in 1962 with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a congenital muscle weakness. He attended the Walden School, Rudolf Steiner High School, and Harvard University, graduating cum laude. Ben and his wife, Mary, have been married for 34 years and are the proud parents of two adult daughters. Ben is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Financial Advisor magazine. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, and The Washington Post, to

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257 – David Ross of Little Hampton, England, A Rare Disease Advocate Reflects On His Cowden Syndrome Diagnosis

Our guest this week is David Ross of Little Hampton, England. David is a rare disease advocate for mens mental health. He plans and hosts valuable international support calls focused on men in the rare disease community. David also has a rare disease himself called Cowden Syndrome, a rare genetic inherited condition. People with Cowden syndrome often have many noncancerous, tumor-like growths. They may also have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Experts estimate it affects 1 in 200,000 people. The condition often goes underdiagnosed because some healthcare providers may not recognize its symptoms. David reflects on the relationship

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256 – Jahmeer Reynolds of El Sobrante, CA Father of Five Including Two With Autism & ED Of Marin County Cooperation Team

Our guest this week is Jahmeer Reynolds of El Sobrante, CA, who is the father of five children and Executive Director of the Marin County Cooperation Team, a black led multi service agency that provides services and support to the community. Jahmeer and his wife, Shakira, have been married for 12 years and are the proud parents of two young boys with Autism. We’ll hear Jahmeer’s story, the years they lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, his thoughts on fatherhood and working hand in hand with the community as well as his thoughts on the importance of developing positive police

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255 – Steve Chatman of Cookeville, TN, Pastor, Father of Five Including Two with Down Syndrome & VP at Rising Above Ministries

Our guest this week is Steve Chatman of Cookeville, TN who is a pastor and VP at Rising Above Ministries, a Christian non-profit whose mission is ‘to provide special-needs families with support, encouragement, inspiration, and community based a belief that God deeply loves all families and wants them to know that love in an authentic and meaningful way.” Steve and his wife, Lori Ann, have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of five children: Taylor (27), Josie (20), Emily (19), Mallory (17) and Russell (12). The three oldest are adopted and Josie & Emily ‘the Downs

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254 – Jesse White Former Illinois Secretary Of State & Founder Of The Jesse White Tumblers

Our guest this week is Jesse White of Chicago, who is the recently retired Illinois Secretary of State, who served in that capacity for 24 years and under five governors. Prior to serving as Secretary of State, he was the Cook County Recorder of Deeds for seven years and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives for 16 years. Prior to his five decades long political career he served as a paratrooper in the US Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and Illinois National Guard. Jesse was also a Chicago Public School teacher and administrator

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253 – Francis Arana of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Head of Anti-Money Laundering, Father Of Two, Including One with Autism

Our guest this is week Francis Arana of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, who is head of Anti-Money Laundering for the Cayman Islands. Francis and his his wife, Helen, have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two boys; Nayil (23) and Khalid (19) who is Autistic. Francis and Helen are originally from Belize. They both studied in the U.S. and have lived in the Cayman Islands for 20 years. One of the organizations that has played an instrumental role has been Inclusion Cayman, whose mission is: “to support the community in the commitment to cultivating and upholding

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252 – Bob West of Colorado Springs, CO Founder of Need Project, Father of Three Including A Son With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Bob West of Colorado Springs, CO a retired IT professional and founder and president of Need Project, a non-profit serving families impacted by special healthcare needs. Bob and his wife, Sue, have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of three: Monica (25), Jonathan (27) and Kyle (30) who has Cerebral Palsy. At age seven, Kyle had the good fortune to meet Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus On The Family and from that point forward, Kyle was on a different trajectory. He would eventually go to Patrick Henry College and earn

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251 – Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA Legendary Stand-Up Comedian & Life Coach Shares His Inspiring Story – Part 2

Our special guest this week is the legendary stand-up comedian, Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA, father of three, grandfather of four and great grandfather two as well as an outspoken advocate for father involvement. This is Part 2 of the interview. Tom has appeared on stage with presidents and show-biz royalty, including most famously, as the long-time opening act for the chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra. Tom’s made more than 500 TV appearances often as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carsonand The Late Show with David Letterman and hosted the show in David’s absence. Tom also has a number

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250 – Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA Legendary Stand-Up Comedian & Life Coach Shares His Inspiring Story – Part 1

Our special guest this week is the legendary stand-up comedian, Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA, father of three and outspoken advocate for father involvement. Tom has appeared on stage with presidents and show-biz royalty, including most famously, as the long-time opening act for the chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra. Tom’s made more than 500 TV appearances often as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Late Show with David Letterman and hosted the show in David’s absence. Tom also has a number of acting credits, including the following television series: Columbo, WKRP in Cincinnati and Murder, She Wrote, and in such films as Spaceballs, The

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249 – Robert Hendershot of Irvine, CA, Founder of Angels For Higher, Providing Employment for People With Down Syndrome

Our guest this week is Robert Hendershot of Irvine, CA owner of Material Engineering, a manufactures’ rep firm, founder of Angels For Higher, a non-profit dedicated to providing employment for young adults with Down Syndrome, and author of the book Angel For Higher. Robert and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 37 years and are the proud parents of three boys: Tanner (28), Taylor (30) and Trevor (32), who has Down Syndrome. Trevor is a team greeter for the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Rams and Anaheim Ducks. Trevor’s experiences lead Robert to create Angels for Higher, working with

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248 – Olivier Bernier of Montclair, NJ, A Filmmaker Tells The Story Of His Son, Emilio, Who Has Down Syndrome

Our guest this week is Olivier Bernier of Montcliar, NJ, who is a writer, producer, filmmaker and owner of Rota6 Film Company. Olivier and his wife, Hilda, are the proud parents of two; Camila Rose (1) and Emilio (6) who has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear Olivier’s story including his lifelong love for film and discover details about his award winning documentary, “Forget Me Not: Inclusion In The Classroom.” That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Notes –Email – olivier@rota6.comWebsite – https://www.forgetmenotdocumentary.com/Website – https://rota6films.com/LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/olivier-bernier-baba3616/The Film “Forget Me Not: Inclusion In The Classroom” – https://www.forgetmenotdocumentary.comForget Me Not, Inclusion In The

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247 – Jeff Seitzer of Chicago, An Author & Father of 2 Including a Son With Special Healthcare Needs Who Tragically Passed At 9

Our guest this week is Jeff Seitzer of Chicago, IL. Jeff and his wife, Janet, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of two children; Penelope (16) and Ethan, who had many special healthcare needs and who tragically passed away in a drowning accident, at age nine in 2010. Jeff earned a Ph.D in political science from the University of Chicago. He has over a quarter century of teaching experience in the Chicago area. He is currently, the secretary of the adjunct faculty union at Roosevelt University where he is a highly qualified organizer, manager, and

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246 – Paul Peterangelo of Tonowanda, NY, Father of Five Daughters Including One With Down Syndrome

Our guest this week is Paul Peterangelo of Tonowanda, NY, who is clinical supervisor at Fidelis Care, Director of Worship Band Psalm 151 at Saint Amelia RC Church, and father of five girls including one with Down Syndrome. Paul and his wife, Renee, have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents of five daughters; Sonia (37), Emilia (36), DeAnna (28), Amanda (26) who has Down Syndrome and Tabitha (21). We’ll hear Paul’s story which includes: his role as a nurse practitioner, including 15 years in the ER on the night shift, the ups and downs of raising

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245 – Marsh Naidoo of Dyersburg, TN, A Physical Therapist, Author, Podcast Host & Mother To A Son With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Marsh Naidoo of Dyersburg, TN is a physical therapist who was born and raised in Durban, South Africa during Apartheid. Marsh and her husband, Prakash, are the proud parents to son Kellan, who has Cerebral Palsy. Marsh is the host of the popular Raising Kellan Podcast and author of the book “What I Wish I Knew Back Then.” We’ll hear this intriguing conversation between Marsh and our host David Hirsch on this episode ot the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links –Email – raisingkellan@gmail.comWebsite – https://www.raisingkellan.org/LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/marsh-naidoo-pt/Healing Horses – https://equinetherapyregistry.org/index.phpTri My Best Triathlon – https://give.vanderbilthealth.org/event/tri-my-best-triathlon-brentwood/e275146The Book:

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244 – Joel Liestman of Maple Grove, MN A Professional Actor Reflects On Raising a Son With William Syndrome

Our guest this week is Joel Liestman of Maple Grove, MN who has been a professional actor for more than 25 years, a father to a son with William Syndrome and outspoken advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Joel and wife, Jennifer, have been married for 23 years and are the proud parents of Bennett (11) who has Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition present at birth and is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning challenges. Joel reflects on the importance of organizations like Parent 2 Parent and the William Syndrome Association have played

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