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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243 – Christian Paddock of Seattle, WA Reflects On The Loss Of His Daughter Who Had STXBP1, A Rare Neurological Disease

Our guest this week is Christian Paddock of Seattle, WA who is a coporate trainer for Audi of America. Christian and his wife, Megan, have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of two girls, Addison (5) and Hazel, who was diagnosed with STXBP1, a rare neurological disease. Very sadly Hazel passed away at age six in 2021, as the result of a random accident. Christian reflects on the six year odyssey of raising a child with a complex medical condition, the highs as well as lows, and the tragic loss of their beautiful daughter. We’ll hear

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242 – Dr. Cole Galloway of Cleveland, OH Father of Three & Creator Of Go Baby Go, A Human Rights Movement Promoting Mobility

Our guest this week is Dr. Cole Galloway of Clevelend, OH who for more than two decades, was a professor of physical therapy at University of Delaware and is founder of Go Baby Go, a human rights movement dedicated to promoting mobility and social mobility. While doing research, he developed a small car that young children, with special needs, could control themselves thereby opening a whole new world of possibilities. That discovery lead to the creation of Go Baby Go, which has forever transformed the lives and trajectories of tens of thousands of children across the U.S. and beyond. Go

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241 – Corey Ferguson of Gahanna, OH, Father of 3 All With Special Needs & Mgr at OH Dept. of Developmental Disabilities

Our guest this week is Corey Ferguson of Gahanna, OH who is a State-Wide Manager with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the father of three children with a wide range of special abilities. Corey and his wife, Andrea, have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of three children: Linleigh (12) who is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Brody (9) who has dyslexia, and Everly (8), who has bi-lateral hearing loss. Corey has a real passion for being a dad and the work he does serving other families raising children with special needs. We’ll

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240 – Ron Sandison of Rochester Hills, MI, An Autistic Man, Father, Author & Founder Of Spectrum Inclusion

Our guest this week is Ron Sandison of Rochester Hills, MI who is an Autistic man, a psychiatric care specialist at UHS Havenwyck Hospital, a professor at the Divinity School of Ministry, a speaker, an author of several books, and founder of Spectrum Inclusion, which empowers young adults with Autism for independence and employment through mentoring and conferences. Ron and his wife, Kristen, have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of Mikayla (6). Ron’s books include: A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom. Views from the Spectrum: A Window into Life and Faith with

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239 – Chris Brewster of Waverly, NY Fatherhood Coordinator at Parent2Parent & Father of 3, Including a Son with Angelman Syndrome

Our guest this week is Christopher Brewster of Waverly NY. Chris and his wife, Kristen, have been married for six years and are the proud parents of three children: son Bowie (15) who has Angelman Syndrome, daughter Ada (17), and son Seth (26) who has Scleroderma, Short leg syndrome, Autism and more recently is undergoing gender transition. From a professional perspective, Chris is a Community Engagement Manager for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira & Corning area). He also works part-time as the Fatherhood Coordinator for Parent to Parent of New York State, connecting fathers of children with

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238 – Ian Todd of Baltimore, MD Father of Two Including Rosie Who Was Injured As A Result Of Spinal Meningitis

Our guest this week is Ian Todd, of Baltimore, MD, who is a financial services specialist. Ian and his wife, Erin, are the proud parents to two daughters, Maple (6) and Rosie (4), who was injured shortly after birth as the result of Bacterial Meningitis and has cortical visual impairment among other conditions. Ian is also a member of the first Special Fathers Network Mastermind Group that meets weekly on Wednesday evenings. He credits his faith and involvement with SFN and the SFN Mastermind Group with helping him put his challenges into perspective and be the husband, father and human

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237 – Matt Bando of Downers Grove, IL is a Father of Son Who is a Spastic Quadriplegic With Cerebral Palsy

Our guest this week is Matt Bando, owner of Prodigy Printing and Promotions in Downers Grove, IL. Matt and his wife, Saba, have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of Zain (23) who is a spastic quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy. Zain is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is masters degree student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has participated in the Diveheart.org adaptive scuba diving program. Matt is also part of the SFN Mastermind Group that meets weekly on Tuesday nights. We’ll hear Matt’s story and more

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236 – Dr. Temple Grandin of Ft. Collins, CO An Autistic Person, Innovator, Author & Advocate for the Neurodivergent

Out special guest this week is Dr. Temple Grandin of Ft. Collins, CO, a national speaker, a best-selling author, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and outspoken advocate for the neurodivergent and those on the Autism Spectrum. Temple was an Ashoka Fellow. She was also named in the Time 100 List as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the ‘Heroes’ category. She also has a number of honorary degrees form universities around the world, including; McGill University in Canada, the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University. Temple

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235 – David Geslak of La Grange, IL, Father of Two & Founder of Exercise Connection Serving People With Autism

Our guest this week is David Geslak, a national speaker, author and founder of Exercise Connection, a company committed to assist individuals with Autism and other disabilities; improve their focus, reduce maladaptive behaviors, enhance social skills as well as language development through proper exercise and physical fitness. David and his wife, Jessica, have been married for nine years and are the proud parents of two children: Andrew (5) and Jordan (2), who was diagnosed with cyanotic breadth holding spells. Through his education and work as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, as well as research, David has created tools and a process

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234 – Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield of Fayetteville, AR, A Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, Author & The Dad Whisperer

This is the second installment of the SFN Dad To Dad Podcast interview with Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, PhD, LPC, a nationally known speaker, author, licensed professional counselor of 28 years and founder of The Abba Project, a program serving dads and daughters. She writes regularly for professional journals and magazines. She is also the author of books: Dad Here’s What I Really Need from You, and Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads and Daughters. Michelle also hosts “The Dad Whisperer” Podcast. Michelle talks openly and authentically about her spirituality, marrying late in life as well as her personal experience with

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233 – Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield of Fayetteville, AR, A Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, Author & The Dad Whisperer

Our guest this week is Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, PhD, LPC, a nationally known speaker, author, licensed professional counselor of 28 years and founder of The Abba Project, a program serving dads and daughters. She writes regularly for professional journals and magazines. She is also the author of books: Dad Here’s What I Really Need from You, and Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads and Daughters. Michelle also hosts “The Dad Whisperer” Podcast. Michelle talks openly and authentically about her spirituality, marrying late in life as well as her personal experience with eating disorders and sexual abuse. She brings a high

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232 – David Barth of Sand Point, ID, a Licensed Therapist, Member of Evryman & Co-Founder of Team Autism 24/7

Our guest this week is David Barth of Sand Point, ID who is a licensed therapist. David and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of Jackson (23) who has Autism. David is a member Evryman, a benefit corporation whose mission is to connect and help men lead more successful, satisfying and fulfilling lives. David is also co-founder of Team Autism 24/7, a non-profit that builds autism awareness. We’ll hear David’s story on this week’s Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links: Email – dcbarth69@gmail.comLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/da…Evryman – https://evryman.comPanhandle Special Needs Inc.: https://panhandlespecialneeds….Team Autism 24/7

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