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Black Father Family

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Empowering Fathers for thriving families

The United Way of Roanoke Valley is excited to announce a new partnership, the Black Father Family Initiative. 

Our Mission

The Black Father Family Initiative invests in fathers, and mothers to shift the overall well-being of their children and families; by aligning activities, marshaling resources, advancing public policy and measuring impact.

Our Purpose

The Black Father Family Initiative aims to be the largest community of support for parents and caregivers of color; with a specific focus on fathers.

The Work

As we look to develop programming inclusive of community, informed by stakeholders, and influenced by parents and caregivers; please consider participating in one of our monthly focus groups: 

Register Here

Black Father Family Steering Committee: 

Ryan Bell speaking


“Black Father Family believes strong communities are sustained by thriving families, and the key to those families success is an empowered father. We look forward to this journey with United Way of Roanoke Valley to elevate 10,000 families to self-sufficiency by equipping the fathers of those families.”
- Ryan Bell, United Way of Roanoke Valley
   Founder Emeritus/Senior Advisor, Black Father Family


Mr. Jerry Fitz

Legislative Liaison, Department of Corrections 

Mr. KiDeem Frierson

CEO, Frierson Enterprises LLC 

Dr. Lee A. Learman

Dean, VT Carilion School of Medicine 

Mrs. Eileen Lepro

CEO, New Horizons 

Mr. Anthony J. Mingo, Sr.

Senior Advisor, Public Health Outreach

Mr. Guerlain Paul

Producer, National Basketball Association

Mr. James Pennix

Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions, Virginia Tech

Mr. Jerel Rhodes

Lead School Counselor, William Fleming High 

Mrs. Taisha Steele

Director of Human and Civil Rights, Virginia Education Association


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