MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to continually offer a holistic approach of training programs, personal
development services and resources that empower and equip males with essential tools
targeted to uplift him as an individual and strengthen his family.
Our vision is to increase the number of engaged responsible fathers in the lives of children. We seek to positively
impact males to become:
Confident, positive role models, husbands, and fathers
Pioneers in building strong families and communities
Major contributors to the U.S. economy
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ms. O’Neal is the founder and President of M.E.N.S. Wear, Inc. (Making Employment the Next Step), a Georgia-based 501c3 nonprofit organization. Established in 2004, the organization has provided life skills/personal develop training services and professional wardrobe clothing to 1500+ young adult males and men throughout the metropolitan Atlanta, GA area.
A native of Detroit, MI, Ms. O’Neal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University in Acquisition & Contract Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and a diploma in Radio & TV Broadcasting from Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Ms. O’Neal has worked at various media outlets including Radio One, ATL-Connect Broadcasting and JDI Networks.
Over the years, Ms. O’Neal has many accomplishments including (no particular order):
Citizen Board Member at the Atlanta Regional Commission serving as the first African American and woman to hold this position for District 4
Committee member for the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board
Participant in Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle
Contributing author for the academic book “Engaging and Working with African American Fathers: Strategies and Lessons”
Recipient of the President George H. W. Bush – National Points of Light Award
Feature guest on numerous media outlets including:
WSBTV Channel 2 “People 2 People”
CBS46 TV “Public Affairs on Peach”
CBS46 TV “Positively Georgia”
DCTV23 in Douglasville, GA
Atlanta’s premier lifestyle magazine Urban LUX
Recipient of the Edna Moffett Community Collaboration Award presented by YearUp of Greater Atlanta.
Participant in Leadership Douglas for Douglas County, GA
Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Pi Zeta Chapter
Melanie D. Wofford is the President & CEO of Community and Housing Initiatives Corporation (CHIC) and Managing Partner of It's All About the Green, LLC. Melanie serves in both the East and West Coasts, focusing on her passion for promoting economic equity for people of color. Melanie has assisted in the acquisition of millions of dollars in funding for various organizations in her capacity as a proposal writer/consultant.
Ms. Wofford's professional affiliations exist in both Oakland, CA and Atlanta, GA. She is the President of the Malonga Casquelourde Center for the Arts Center's SRO Residents Association (California) and remains as founding/executive member of the Friends of Cleopas R. Johnson Park, located in the historic Atlanta University Center Neighborhood, of Atlanta, GA. Ms. Wofford is passionate about encouraging and advocating for quality affordable housing.
Ms. Wofford studied at Georgia State University with a focus on Non Profit Management and Leadership in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy. Melanie was the first recipient of the Next Generation Non-Profit Leadership Award during the same year she and her colleagues founded the GSU chapter of the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance (NLA). NLA grants a non-profit certification program along with baccalaureate degree in specific related competency areas.
Past Chair Elect
As an original Board Member and past board chairman of M.E.N.S. Wear, Inc., an Innovative multi-unit leader who has consistently demonstrates accomplishments through results driven performance and team-development capabilities.
Corey’s exceptional planning and organizational skills, with great attention to detail and a history of anticipating challenges while developing logical solutions to ensure success. These skills helped M.E.N.S. Wear, Inc. to plan, develop and execute an E-Learning/Facilitator based curriculum, which has evolved into an Industry standard for learning. Corey’s strong diverse management style has allowed the organization to effectively lead cross-functional teams of people to achieve great results.
With over 40 years of extensive retail, restaurant, and multi-unit management in finance, Corey has a proven track record of success. A leader known for:
- Creating consistent results through innovation and operational rigor
- Building high performing organizations with engaged, highly motivated employees
- Utilizing multi-channel opportunities and increase share
- Effective at working in a matrix organization by partnering functional leaders and departments to help the overall organizational win
- Creating a great customer experience through a learning culture focused on continuous improvement and growth utilizing "associate ownership" methodology to create a great customer experience, leading change, and operational excellence.
Building high performing organizations with engaged, highly motivated employees. Corey has created a great customer experience through a learning culture, focused on continuous improvement and growth utilizing "associate ownership" methodology to create a great customer experience, leading change, and operational excellence.
Currently Corey holds the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for a nationally known Tax & Financial Services company and as a Talent Specialist for the Dept. of Workforce Development in Indiana.
Mr. Baker is a seasoned educator and researcher producing powerful learning opportunities for higher education. Mr. Baker holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in Mental Health from Clark Atlanta University along with a bachelor gegree in Human Services from Mercer University.
Mr. Baker has over 25 years of combined experience in Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, Mortgage & Loan Services, Academic Student Services, and Human Services. During 1997 – 2003, Mr. Baker was the President and Founder of several Insurance Companies in Anaheim, California. In addition, he was the Owner & Real Estate Trainer of L&B Realty in Anaheim, California from 1996-2012.
As Owner & Mortgage Loan Processor of First Quality Home Mortgage in Orange County, California from 2003-2006, Mr. Baker produced high-quality mortgage loans, processed/underwrote home loan closings, and established and implemented procedures that resulted in improved cross-sell of banking products and services.
Mr. Baker’s professional career path includes:
Hope Atlanta where he functioned as a Housing Specialist assisting Homeless Veterans
Cobb/Douglas Community Services
New Bridges, Inc.
Mr. Baker is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and The Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW). In 2016, Mr. Baker was elected as the Tax Commissioner for Douglas County, GA, where he serves as the first African American to be elected in this position for the county.
Events & Fundraising Chair
Willie Mickell brings extensive experience cutting across managerial, administrative, and executive fields in the education sector. Mr. Mickell is a first-generation college student and a strong believer in giving back to his community. A passionate teacher, he desires to enlighten students with the knowledge he has gained through his experiences. He is the founder of Rockwell Student Engagement LLC, a company whose mission is to empower, inspire and influence college students from all walks of life to be successful through student engagement while in college and after college in the real world in their leadership roles.
Mr. Mickell currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Organizations at Clayton State University. In his role, he is the direct contact for student organizations and advisor for Campus Events Council on all matters on starting or restarting a student organization. He also works with student organizations about policies, procedures; and he works to create a welcoming environment of inclusion for students, vendors, advisors, faculty and staff from academic departments and different backgrounds. Before his current position, Mr. Mickell has worked as:
Residential Coordinator, Job Placement Specialist/Non-Traditional Careers
Adjunct Teacher for College Reading and Study Skills
Graduate Hall Director
Graduate Event Coordinator
Senior Admissions Counselor
Assistant Director of the Transfer Center
Mr. Mickell also served as the Student Advisor for the Panther Activities Council and the Student Government Association at Georgia Perimeter Campus/Georgia State University. A native of the West Side, Chicago, Illinois, he is committed to transforming the lives of students by inspiring them and keeping them informed with valuable information that can help them navigate the real world.
Sylvia Wayfer, Esq.
Originally from California, born and raised in Los Angeles County, Attorney Wayfer moved to Georgia in 2000, and have been a resident of Douglas County for nearly ten (10) years. As an attorney, she specialize in the areas of Criminal Defense and Immigration Law. Her legal career expands more than 24-years where she has worked with the Pubic Defender's Office, in Corporate America, and in private practice.
After graduating law school, she has worked with the Public Defender's office. Upon leaving the PD's office, she joined corporate America where she spent more than 15 years in the field of Intellectual Property Law; negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for Fortune 50 companies such as Exxon Mobile, Apple, Wal-Mart, Amazon and other businesses that showed a strong growth potential.
With a desire to serve the public and defend the constitution, she left corporate America and started a solo law practice specializing in Criminal Defense and Immigration Law, arguing cases in State and Federal Court; and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Through her Immigration law practice, she represent clients around the world, in complex matters where I have challenged Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Her community service expands more than 20-years, supporting organizations as the American Stroke Association; Habitat for Humanity; the Georgia Innocence Project; and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. Through Pro Bono services, she has helped marginalized communities and under-served populations that are often denied access to justice due to lack of income.
She is the founding Director of the Families Matter Most Foundation, an organization created to support the healthy development and growth of the American family. She is an advocate for children and families who have been impacted by poverty.