Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Boy/Dad Panel
Chris Lewis, Moderator
Dr. Chris Lewis is the father of 2 daughters that are now in their tweens and teens. He started Dad of Divas, a blog to share his own personal experiences in being a father in 2007 and in 2018 started the Dads With Daughters Facebook Group to allow dads to connect, learn and grow together and in 2019 co-founded Fathering Together, a 501c3 organization. Fathering Together’s mission is to build supportive communities for fathers* enriched by resources and storytelling. Fathering Together recognizes that fathers come in many forms. Fathers can be biological dads, stepfathers, dads who adopt, uncles, grandfathers, and mentors. They are cisgendered, non-binary, heterosexual and gay. All are welcome to join in our communities and strengthen their roles, duties, and identities. Chris works in Digital Media on a daily basis, but also has over 22 years of experience in higher education administration.
Victor Chernetsky is a father of a 7-year-old son. A native of Ukraine, he is currently a Marketing Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. In addition to his research projects, Victor has been teaching several marketing courses at MSU. Prior to joining academia, Victor had over 15 years of managerial industry experience. Victor enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, and skiing.
Kevin Finkenbinder, Web App Developer
Kevin and his wife Amy homeschool their three children. Isaiah (11) has mild autism, Asa (9) has ADHD and their daughter Hannah has (Osteogenesis Imperfecta, aka Brittle Bone Disease). Between work, home, education activities and doctors appointments, Kevin knows the stress of parenthood, but has also managed to thrive and to help his children to thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the stress and complexity of , but also exposed new opportunities to be a successful parent. Raised in Colorado Springs, Kevin has been in Michigan since 2005 and has worked for the MSU Libraries since 2013 as a software developer with emphasis on web applications. In addition to his work at MSU, Kevin is also the Pastor at FBC DeWitt.
Lansing resident Rodney Lamar Page, Age 43, has resided in Lansing, Michigan for 26 years. A graduate of Michigan State University, Rodney currently substitute teaches and volunteers in local area schools. Rodney and his wife Kimberly have been married 11 years and have two children named Jayden and Bryson. Rodney and his family are devoted members of Restoration Family Life Church.