Board Members

List of People who matter to Our Company.

Our Board

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Ron Williams

President

A seasoned professional in the music industry and a dedicated, committed man in his community. These are words that describe Sugar Bear, a man who is both locally and nationally recognized as a leader. Williams; a father of three loving children – Jaleel, Jamilah and Jasmine

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Gary Eley

Board Member

Hello my name is Gary N. Eley and I was born and raised in Harlem, NY by a single parent with four siblings. I started my career with McDonald’s, in the Albany Region, as a manager trainee, on August 1, 1983, and worked every position in the restaurant over a 7 year period.

Tracy Braswell

Tracy Braswell

(Acting) Board Secretary

Tracy Braswell is the Chief Operating Officer managing the day to day operations of Fathers Incorporated. She sits on the Board of Directors currently serving as the board secretary as well as the acting treasurer. Tracy has over sixteen years in the financial services industry, helping families with retirement planning, education savings, insurance policies, credit counselling, mortgage assistance and tax preparation.

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Larry Ritter

Board Member

Over three decades of experience as a people developer and contributor to improvements in businesses and organizations. Concentrated experience in human resources and training, government services, not-for-profit agencies, athletic programs and retail operations. Currently Store Manager for Fairway Markets NYC. Member Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Andre Truman

Board Member

A financial service professional with 12 years experience in the industry. He has a passion for assisting families and individuals build strong foundations to meet desired outcomes, which extends to his work in the community with various not-for-profits, working with young adults, families, and individuals with special needs identify resources to support their personal and professional development.

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Dr. Jeff Gardere

Board Member

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, was born in Manhattan and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He earned a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy and clinical psychology from the George Washington University.

Dr. Jeff is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine, Cultural Competence and Behavior and Public Health, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City.

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Dr. Janice Kelly

Board Member

Dr. Janice Kelly has an earned doctorate degree from Columbia Teachers College in communication and education. Her research speciality is family communication, fatherhood and relational/interpersonal communication. She serves as a guest editor for the journal Fathering: Theory, Research, and Practice about men as Fathers. She is the Associate Professor of the Communications Department at Molloy college

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Rev. Darren Ferguson

Board Member

Born and raised in the village of Harlem and in the Bronx, NY, Rev. Darren A. Ferguson has been called a “rising star in the ministry” by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Now studying toward his Doctor of Ministry at New York Theological Seminary, Rev. Ferguson has had a dynamic and involved career.

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Brett Chestnut

Board Member

Brett Chestnut is a Financial Advisor who works with business owners, executives and families to grow, preserve and protect their personal and business finances. After spending nearly a decade working in the energy industry for one of the nation’s largest power supply cooperatives, Brett truly knows how to manage investments, manage risk and develop efficient tools to enhance portfolio performance. Bringing those skills to the personal lives of others is the mission for his financial planning practice.

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Rachel Vassel

Board Member

Vassel is an marketing and sales leader, with over 25 years experience in the television, advertising and non-profit industries. She is currently Assistant Vice President of the Office of Program Development at Syracuse University, where she leads a team responsible for outreach, engagement and giving among African-American and Latino alumni.

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Gordon Mills

Board Member

Mills has been a entrepreneur for over 30 years. Currently he manages both Blaze1graphixs, a multi media business that includes at printing and graphic design service as well as Blaze1Radio. The internet station is a leading online platform for undiscovered music artist. Mill has a BA from the University of Albany (SUNY). A 18 year resident of Atlanta, GA, Gills is a mentor to many, veteran, father and husband of 32 years of marriage to Stephanie.

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