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13th Annual MFFN Summit

Father Child Relationships in Diverse Family Systems

February 8-9, 2016

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

Look for more information coming soon!



Held on February 2-3, 2015

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

2015 Conference Program

Exhibitor Invitation

MN Strong Schools Flier

This year through a partnership with Strong Fathers – Strong Families LLC (SFSF), we are promoting a special training opportunity and a combined conference. Special discounts are available for Minnesota Head Start and/or Early Childhood programs and Public School collaborative teams to engage in intensive training in the Strong Fathers – Strong Families model, learn from national experts on fatherhood and connect with fatherhood and family service providers from across the state. View Strong Fathers Minnesota Curriculum Training Flier

Monday, Feb 2:

  • Option 1 – Attend the Strong Fathers – Strong Schools training (cost varies) Registration has closed.
  • Option 2 – Attend the first day of the 2-day MFFN annual conference ($180 for both days) Registration has closed.
    Option 3 – Attend Day 1 only of the MFFN annual conference ($90)  Registration has closed.

The Strong Fathers-Strong Schools training is available for collaborative teams, site-based teams or individuals. Details and registration options are available through Strong Fathers – Strong Families LLC and on Eventbrite. Learn more about Strong Fathers – Strong Schools here

The first day of the MFFN annual conference offers keynote presentations, panel presentations and workshops featuring national and local fatherhood experts and practitioners, including Guy Bowling of Goodwill-Easter Seals FATHER Project and Jay Fagan of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network. The pricing to attend the MFFN conference is $90 for day one only attendees or $180 for both days.


Tuesday, Feb 3:

  • Option 1: Strong Fathers – Strong Schools training attendees attend a second day of training in a SFSF and MFFN combined conference. ($50)  Registration has closed.
  • Option 2: MFFN annual conference attendees attend a second day ($180 for both days) Registration has closed.
  • Option 3: Attend Day 2 only. ($90)  Registration has closed.

The second day of the MFFN annual conference is in partnership with Strong Fathers – Strong Families and features a keynote presentation by J. Michael Hall and Steve Killpack of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood as well as workshops led by local fatherhood experts and practitioners. The pricing for SFSF registered trainees is an additional $50 per person for this day. This represents $40 off the regular price. MFFN conference attendees who attend only Day 2 pay $90.

Conference Theme: MFFN recognizes that fathers play a critical role in healthy parenting. Fatherhood in the 21st century comes with challenges that are unique to fathers…including married and unmarried fathers, custodial and noncustodial fathers, teen fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, etc. We can see a shift in expectations across cultures and socio-economic levels over the past decades. How men choose to meet these expectations, and how as fatherhood professionals we best support fathers today continues to be a challenge.

For our 12th Annual Minnesota Fatherhood & Family Services Summit, we are bringing other professionals together to share and discuss the many ways that fathers contribute to the health and well-being of their children and best practices to serve fathers today.

Keynote Presenters – Monday, February 2, 2015

Guy Bowling

Guy Bowling is a parent educator, trainer, facilitator, consultant and community organizer. He is the Program Manager for the FATHER Project, a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. He is the proud father of two children Averi Diana 14, and David Edward 30. He is the grandfather of Gabriella Rae 18 months. Mr. Bowling has been a leader in the fatherhood field for 19 years with a special focus on working with low-income, non-custodial, unmarried fathers and their families in culturally specific and multi-cultural communities. His awards include the Ronald F. Johnson award, The Spirit of Fatherhood award and the Outstanding Individual award at the 2014 MFFN Summit. He has been the Manager of the FATHER Project since 2006.  In that role, he oversaw the successful implementation of a five-year $2.5 million grant project funded through the federal Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office of Family Assistance (OFA).  He remains in that role as the FATHER Project has received a one-year, $1.7 million grant award from OFA to expand its proven service model across Minnesota. The FATHER Project is currently one of six programs selected from across the country that is part of a rigorous random assignment evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research.

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Jay Fagan, Ph.D

Jay Fagan, Ph.D is the Co-Director of the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network and Professor of Social Work, Temple University. Jay’s research focuses on interventions with at-risk fathers (nonresident, Head Start, adolescent fathers), effects of nonresident fathers on young children, parent education and co-parenting interventions for fathers, fathers and early childhood programs and fathering in the context of family processes. He is currently conducting studies on nonresidential fathers with children in foster care and the effects of mother-father co-parenting relationships on at-risk fathers’ involvement with children. He is the publisher of the textbook, Fathers and Early Childhood Programs (Delmar Publishing, 2004), with Dr. Glen Palm and, Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers (Haworth Press, 2001), with Dr. Alan J. Hawkins. Jay has published more than 60 research papers on responsible fatherhood in peer-reviewed journals and served as the founding editor of the journal, Fathering. Education: B.A., Trinity College, M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Columbia University. Publications: Fathers and Early Childhood Programs (2004), Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers (2001).


Gil Domally

Gil Domally is a husband and father of six children whose ages range from 22-11. He is a former Dads’ Program Coordinator, past MFFN board member, founding member and 2012 chair of the Rochester Area Fatherhood Network. His understanding regarding the unique challenges that fathers face is informed by his faith, experiences being fathered and being a father, work as a youth counselor, correctional worker, and child welfare case manager.  Gil holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University and is a graduate of Concordia University’s Master of Arts in Family Life Education.

Keynote Presenters – Tuesday, February 3, 2015



J. Michael Hall, M.Ed.

J. Michael Hall is the founder and president of Strong Fathers – Strong Families, LLC. He is the father of two sons in college and the husband to a beautiful middle school reading teacher. Mr. Hall has been a special education teacher, a teacher of the gifted and talented, and an intermediate and middle school principal. As an educator, speaker and founder of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, he has presented to more than 140,000 fathers and parents at local schools, Head Starts, and regional and national conferences. J. Michael has worked with over 200 schools in Texas and in over 36 states with Head Start programs. He is a contributing author to the book on fathering entitled Why Fathers Count, and is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on working with fathers in schools and Head Starts. For his pioneering work over the past twelve years in the fatherhood field around the nation, he was recently honored as a 2012 White House Champion of Change.

Steve Killpack

Steve Killpack

Steve Killpack is the executive director of the Community Endeavors Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. The Foundation’s primary mission is to develop and promote social and health services over the lifespan of fatherhood, beginning with young men who are not yet fathers through grandfathers and adult male mentors. Steve is a coordinator of the Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, a founding board member of the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families and a Governor appointee to the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, 2007-14. He is also a community representative for the National Children’s Study and a member of the NCS Fatherhood Writing Team.

Dynamic workshop presenters will address topics related to healthy parenting for 21st century fathers, such as:

  • shifts in values and expectations for fathers, across cultures and socio-economic levels
  • changes in family makeup, fewer children, older parents
  • the mind of the 21st century father
  • opportunities and challenges for fathers today vs. 10 or more years ago
  • supportive services provided and/or needed today
  • changes in masculinity, role and function
  • economic picture: effects of job opportunities, recession, education (or lack of)
  • father’s rights, co-parenting of unmarried parents
  • changes in child support
  • social change and redefined expectations
  • work/family balance for fathers, working from home
  • fathers staying home for child rearing
  • effects of technology for job opportunities, parenting (smart phones, TV, computers, video games, etc.)

Workshop schedule coming soon!

See Summit programs from previous years