Board of Directors

 STACIE BANKS HALL, Founder

After over a twenty-five years of providing father focused family services;  Stacie Banks Hall established MENding Families as a nonprofit which originated as AHI in 2011.

Stacie utilized the training she acquired as National Directors of the renowned Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization to provide fathers and other participants meaningful life transforming coaching.

JASMINE TURNER

Mrs. Turner is an Early Childhood Educator who has excelled in various learning environments. Executing productive strategies to generate exceptional measurable outcomes is one of her many contributions to our educational programming. As Department Chair, she designs data boards that show student progress and has standardized OST curriculum and assessment tools to ensure quality outcomes for the students. She has a host of training that includes Responsive Classroom Training, OWL training, Everyday Math training, Message Time Plus training, Wolf Trap teacher trained; holds a Maryland State Department of Education Conditional Certificate and is a member of NAEYC.

Mrs. Turner’s experience as a Washington, D.C. Charter School teacher strengthens our access to the common core curriculum and open doors feasible field trips that are significant in OST programming. Mrs. Turner also provides professional development workshops for her school staff and participates in IEP and 504 plan meetings. She has also taught in Prince George’s County Public Schools and held grade level team meetings. Mrs. Turner is married and has triplet boys that challenge her holistic approach to education and parenting.

WILLIAM N. HALL, III

For more than a decade, he has been exposed to outreach with fathers and their families. Watching his parents, William and Stacie Hall build a long-lasting marriage and helping other families gain greater control over their relationships has inspired him to commit to similar values and expectations for himself which genuinely influences others.

Will utilizes his early childhood, elementary and special education knowledge and training to effectively create opportunities for children of all ages. His desire to fully develop young minds into healthy well-adjusted functioning members of our community while expanding his experiences and formal learning in thriving educational-human services settings are realized in his current positions. He has been on various teaching teams since 2001 ranging from child development centers to his current role in the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

He has completed coursework for the 90-hour Child Care credential and continues to pursue a professional degree in social science. Recognizing the impact of effective parenting from his own parents solidified his decision to work with after-school programs. In the OST program he manages in a Washington, D.C. SE residential complex, he has intentionally developed relationships with the parents of students he supervises in a STEM-based program. The parents rely on his educational expertise as much as his shared interest for their children’s whole development. Will provides direction to parents for much-needed community resources. He coaches parents on issues ranging from school progress, bullying, and nutrition to employment readiness, health resources, domestic disputes, and other social services. A significant function of his position is ensuring students not only receive homework help that parents may not be equipped to assist with as well as ensuring students get an evening meal that parents may not be able to fully furnish either. He is Anger Management and BARJ trained and utilizes his skills to mediate issues amongst his students.

KRYSTLE THOMAS

Mrs. Thomas’ zeal for assisting children to explore and discover is only matched by my own appetite to learn more and experience working with children of all cultures and ethnicities coupled with being a trained foster care professional. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bowie State University in Child and Adolescent Studies and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in social work.

She has worked as an Early Childhood educator, taught in a Washington, D.C. Charter school and elementary school with Prince George’s County Public Schools where is created Data Walls to inform parents, students and administrators of student progress. She has also taught with a Washington, D.C. Summer School program providing educational and OST programming. Her interest in teaching dance sparks from her High School National Championships and University of Maryland Eastern Shore Diamond Dance, Team Member and Manager experience.

Mrs. Thomas is married to a PGC police officer. She met Wayne Thomas, Jr. while attending UMES and when he completed his Master’s Degree, the coupled moved back to Bowie, Maryland. Together they parent three children and are trained/certified foster care providers. Her parenting knowledge and coaching have prepared her for continued work with a community-based organization.

ALPHONSO GIBBS, JR., LSW

alMr. Gibbs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with significant experience in corporate settings prior to working in the human service field for over 15 years. He is a frequent conference presenter for National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) on fatherhood issues, and for the Men’s Health Network on men’s health issues.

Mr. Gibbs is a member of the Dialogue on Men’s Health, a national stakeholder group of over 50 broad-based organizations and experts involved in advancing the health of all Americans, with a particular focus on improving the health and well-being of men, boys, and their families; member of the Advisory Board of Bowie State University Social Work Department; member of the Men’s Health Network Board of Advisors and has been a volunteer at Adam’s House since 2008, in Prince George’s County, MD. Some of the community positions he has held include: Baltimore City Public Health Department, Deputy Commissioner; Saginaw County Public Health Department, Deputy Health Officer; Project Coordinator with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Program Chief for the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD), directing Operation Safe Kids addressing the physical and psychosocial issues and needs of adjudicated youth. He has earned Masters’ Degrees in Industrial Technology and Social Work.

ANDRE TURNER

Mr. Turner is a system administrator who utilizes his organizational skills and experience in the Information Technology field to promote MENding Families. He has certificates in Management Skills for an IT Environment and in Networking Information Technology. He has worked for Amazon.com as a Network Technician. Providing basic configure on new or upgraded hardware to completing Rack audit for Bricks and Spines. During his employment with Equinix Inc., he was Lead Network Technician, Assuming Site Supervisor duties for 4 months while the supervisor was offsite as well as managed two data centers; with eight employees. He has experience with fault isolating and troubleshooting networks including LAN and WAN. He has multiple certificates and started his career in the child care center. Currently employed with Amazon and his experience working with children gives him a combination of skills perfect for supporting OST programming focused on STEM.

CATRICE M. ALPHONSO is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Interactive Instruction.  She is also a Grant Writer-Analysis with a 20+ year background creating and managing statewide, innovative private and public programs for children, youth, and families.  She is skilled in managing new initiatives that require a strong strategic sense and has demonstrated the ability to balance short-term priorities against long term organizational mission and goals. While she has created interagency partnerships with local constituents and stakeholders, she also, proficient in evaluating programs to identify barriers that require modifications to meet standards.  She is a sought-after trainer who has facilitated intensive training designed for community and faith-based organizations yet also appeals to private and public agencies. Additionally, Ms. Alphonso is proficient with financial management and has created and maintained fiscal reports on multiple levels including working in the Governor’s Office (Maryland) where her background in Public Relations and Communication Media prevailed.  Her M.M. degree in Organizational Development and B.A. in Counseling & Rehabilitation are as impressive as how she balances mothering two adult women with strategic grandparenting.

Pamela Greene has built a reputable early childhood education career that spans almost 25 years as a senior level administrator. Provoking young minds, ensuring safe stimulating settings for student’s exploration from six months to high school age has been her inspiration for more than two decades. Understanding complex challenges to guarantee optimal outcomes excites Mrs. Greene’s passion. She has engineered numerous programs to meet diverse customer demands with a pleasant demeanor.  Currently, she oversees student progress at a charter school. A mother of 4 and grandma to 6 keeps her and husband, Kenney is delightfully diligent to family time.  She always plans family events ensuring that everyone gets together to spend time  “great grandma” which is one the best things ever.

Kenny Greene, as the Vice President of Provider Services for Trusted Health Plans, Kenny Greene has the primary responsibility of overseeing all provider related activities in all markets, which includes the provision of a robust provider network. Greene has developed provider networks in various jurisdictions including the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia.  He also monitors and manages relationships with practitioners, healthcare executives, support vendors, and regulators. Greene has thirty years of experience as a national and international healthcare administrator, which includes twenty years of work directly with Washington D.C. Managed Medicaid. His vast knowledge in contracting and network management strategies for Medicaid and Medicare has contributed to him being heavily sought by government and health care entities for provider network management and development assistance.  Greene has invaluable alliances with Washington DC, Maryland and national providers at all levels.  He has also worked with international healthcare entities to expand healthcare services in the Caribbean.  Mr. Greene crossed over to the Managed Health Care arena in 1997 after years of direct patient care where he worked in many areas throughout the healthcare delivery system.  He is married to Pamela Turner Greene and embraces their adult children and interacting with their grandchildren.

Galen TeSelle is a long-time resident of the Bowie area and community oriented. He owns TeSelle Realty, LLC and is a member of the National, Maryland, and Anne Arundel Association of Realtors. His special interests include leadership development, mentoring, family, travel, golf, and Lighthouse Ministry. Gale is an active member of his church and an amazing community organizer. He always helps to provide a “stuffed” basket for our clients during Thanksgiving. He is active in his community and serves on the “Man On Fire” committee to unify men to be responsible for their families and communities. Gale is a grandfather and father of two adult men.

Dr. Geoffrey G. Mount Varner, MD is a doctor primarily located in Washington, DC, – PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL with another office in Baltimore, MD. He has 24 years of experience. Dr. Geoffrey G Mount Varner is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. He is affiliated with Howard University Hospital. He is an expert in handling conditions of an urgent and extremely dangerous nature. As a specialist, he oversees cases involving cardiac distress, trauma, fractures, lacerations, and other acute conditions. Dr. Mount-Varner is specially trained to make urgent life-saving decisions to treat patients during an emergency medical crisis. He diagnoses and stabilizes patients before they are either well enough to be discharged or transferred to the appropriate department for long-term care. Dr. Mount-Varner graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994. His patients describe him as smart and compassionate with excellent bedside manner.

Sydney A. Steed, LGSW is trained in SOAR, Mental Health First Aid and Daily Living Activities Instrument (DLA).  She began her career as a therapist at THE SEED SCHOOL in Washington, D.C. She is now a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist with the AFFILIATED SANTÉ GROUP in Lanham, Maryland where she provides individual counseling and therapy to clients suffering from Severe Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders. Ms. Steed also facilitates SAMHSA Anger Management and Systemic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes. She graduated from Bowie State University and earned a Master of Arts in Social Work – Clinical Behavioral Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Ms. Steed has been trained to facilitate Men’s Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (M-TREM) which aids client progress.

Delphine Douglas  | Her ability to recognize, understand and manage her own feelings, allows Ms. Douglas’ to respect the emotions of others during their crisis regarding a product or service that did not meet the consumer’s expectation. She has mastered the talent of establishing a positive rapport with every customer. Updating customer information and politely responding to customer requests are inherent to Ms. Douglas’ high level of professionalism. She is proficient in answering incoming customer calls yet bringing solutions to the management team to stay updated on product knowledge is as common for her. Don’t be fooled by her timid persona, Ms. Douglas is quietly in charge regarding business. An amazing mom, Mrs. Douglas is absorbed with her only grandson.