Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Girl/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.
Steven Frazier, Project Engineer/Manager
Steven is a young father of one daughter beginning fatherhood at 22 years old. He is a project engineer previously working in the automotive industry for 20 years, most recently transitioning to the woodworking (cabinetry) industry. For fun, Steven is an expert latin dancer and workout enthusiast. Having a daughter at a young age in a co-parenting partnership makes him an expert in raising a daughter and the challenges and rewards that follow.
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.
Brian Anderson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fathering Together
Brian Anderson is a husband and father to two spirited daughters that keep him inspired and exhausted every day. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fathering Together to create virtual communities for dads to connect, share stories, and resources to be better dads for their kids. Prior to Fathering Together, Brian has been a social worker, university chaplain, and interfaith leadership consultant, but regardless of his role, he has a deep passion for building community across difference. When not working on the future of Fathering Together, you can find Brian writing letters to his daughters, creating "cooking" lessons with his daughters, and learning dance moves too!