Professional Development Certificate Counsel

Fathers and Families Coalition of America led by James Rodriguez, CEO & President (Co-lead Principal Investigator) with the team of existing FFCA consultants, researchers, educators and program evaluators. For an optimal professional development process, this team is comprised of a consortium of experts and necessary to support ongoing curricula development and professional certification for those working in the fatherhood and family field to include:

Dr. Obie Clayton (Co-lead Principal Investigator) who is currently the Asa Edmund Ware Distinguished University Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. He is editor of the acclaimed book An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in A Changing World (Russell Sage) and from 2011 through 2013 he was the inaugural Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia and founding Director of the University’s Center for Social Justice, Civil and Human Rights. Dr. Clayton has published widely on topics such as social justice, crime and delinquency and the family. He recently completed a series of working papers for the Healthy Marriage Resource Center on ways noncustodial fathers can assist their children. Dr. Clayton received his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Emory University in Sociology and the A.B. degree from Millsap College in Jackson, MS in Religion and Sociology.

Edwin González-Santin, M.S.W. is Academic Professional and Senior Research Specialist at Arizona State University, School of Social Work. He is the Director of the Office of American Indian Projects for the last 30 years. He as has conducted evaluations for HHS, DOL, ACF, HRSA, SAMHSA and numerous tribal and AIAN agencies. He has presented on Community Based Participatory Research with Fatherhood programs, and how to culturally responsively engage fathers with their families at the local, national, International levels. Mr. Gonzalez-Santin will oversee strategies, assessment and outreach to project trainers and supervisors, while closely monitoring outcomes within the project population.

Dr. Bakahia Madison, PsyD, CADC, has over 18 years of clinical experience in substance abuse treatment and program development. Dr. Madison holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University and her M.A. from Roosevelt University. She received postgraduate training in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago Campus. Her research focus includes the use of culturally-centered approaches when addressing the needs of African -American women who have experienced trauma.

Idalis Villanueva, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Utah State University. Her research interests lie in identifying factors of academic stress amongst students during and after development of curricular and testing designs. Her current work is focused on the development of curricular models and interventions for returning veterans in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


Ms. Carol Lewis-Osborne, Senior Adviser to FFCA after 44 years at ACF where she retired as The Director of the Division of Program Initiatives at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services /Administration for Children and Families, Region IV. She has served as the Director for Community Programs, Director of the Division of State Programs, Branch Manager for TANF, Child Care, Child Welfare, Developmental Disabilities and Quality Control.

Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of the Relationship Skills Center. She obtained her doctorate at the Professional School of Psychology, Master’s degree from CSU, Sacramento and Bachelor’s Degree from UC, Davis. Carolyn is a trainer of facilitators for Mastering the Mysteries of Love, Bringing Baby Home, and Relationship Enhancement, PAIRS. She is a Certified Imago Therapist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.