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MEET THE FACILITATORS

Larry Andersen

Larry andersen
Larry Andersen graduated from Concordia Lutheran College, Portland, Oregon, in 1977, with an Associate in Arts degree, and then transferred to Concordia Lutheran University in Seward, NE, where he earned a teaching degree in 1979.
Larry was a teacher and an administrator 39 years in Lutheran schools in Colorado, Washington, California, Minnesota, and Missouri.   He received his Master’s Degree in Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, in 1983.
Larry and his wife, Rhonda, are trained as facilitators in Marriage Enrichment through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. They have led several weekend sessions in Missouri and Minnesota.

Brian Barkhoff

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Brian is a 40-year old, married father of two children, ages 19 months and 10 years old. He is a Chaplain at Victory Mission and a teacher in the Fatherhood Development program.  He believes that fathering is one of the highest honors that God can give a man.  Brian says, “Although at times it is not an easy job, He equips us as we steward our parenting roles well.”
 

Jack Cloutier

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Jack Cloutier

Eric Fors II

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Eric Fors II
Eric was raised in a cross-cultural environment as a missionary’s son and speaks three languages.  He has worked in information technology since leaving military service and is a cyber security specialist.  He is the proud father of two adult children and is passionate about the critical importance of a father’s involvement in the raising of his children.
 

Amanda Fowler

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Amanda Fowler is a house manager at New Beginnings Sanctuary.  She has been in the program for one year. Amanda and her husband were asked to take the facilitator training class for the “Within My Reach” curriculum. They are planning to teach a class soon.
 

Adam Larkin

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Adam Larkin is a Behavioral Health Professional and an individual in long-term recovery. After overcoming barriers in his own life to gain custody of his children and become an engaged father, Adam developed a passion for helping men become stronger examples and fathers within their own families.
 

Ronnie Merritt

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Ronnie G. Merritt graduated Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL, in 1964.  He received his Master’s Degree from the same university in 1976.  Ronnie served as a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa from 1964-1979 as a Literacy Specialist.  Ronnie also taught in the Lutheran School system as well as serving as a campus missionary from 1979-2001.

From now until eternity, Ronnie plans to be a volunteer, teacher, and servant as needed.

Ronnie’s connection to Good Dads is through Dr. Jennifer Baker.  He heard about the opportunities that Good Dads had to offer.  He asked Dr. Baker about it, attended training as a facilitator, and helped facilitate a class at Victory Mission.
 

Mark Mildren

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Mark Mildren
Mark’s connection to Good Dads began eight years ago thru the Operation Us program led by Dr. Jennifer Baker. He was a trained instructor with the PREP program, which he used as a pastor in West Plains, MO. When he retired and moved to Springfield, he began helping Good Dads as a liaison to the churches in the area.  A year later, he was trained as a facilitator for the New Pathways for Good Dads program. Mark has been a supporter of Good Dads because he feels it is one of the few programs in our area to help families. Mark has been concerned about the state of the American family for a long time. Good Dads is doing something to make a difference and he likes that.
 

AnnElise Parkhurst

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AnnElise Parkhurst, Ph.D. has been a member of the psychology community in Springfield, Missouri for over 30 years. She began her career as a master’s level outpatient clinician with Burrell Behavioral Health Center in 1975. She left Burrell to obtain her doctorate in Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1987. After graduation, she went into private practice at the Family Care Center before joining the faculty of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. She remained at Forest for nineteen years, fulfilling a number of different positions, including instructor, clinical supervisor, Director of Admissions, Director of Clinical Training and Director of the Internship Program. Following the closure of Forest Institute, Dr. Parkhurst is employed with the GoodDads program and supervises the Burrell Behavior Health psychology interns.
 

Janice Reynolds

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Janice Reynolds
God has blessed Janice with a marriage of 46 years to a wonderful man, two married daughters, and one teenage grandson.

She holds degrees in elementary education, learning disabilities, and guidance & counseling.  Janice spent 45 exciting years in education before retiring.
Throughout a 15-year period, Janice and her husband led mission teams to build Lutheran churches in Brazil and Africa.

With her experience with children in education and mission work, she has seen the importance of a father's positive role and influence in a child's life.  Janice is excited to be a part of the Good Dads program to help fathers become more active in their children's lives.
 

Raymond (Dirk) Rowe

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Dirk Rowe
Raymond Dirk Rowe is an Outreach Chaplain at Victory Mission & Ministry.

In the late eighties as an 18-year old Dirk, as he is known, went on his first mission trip to Mexico.  From there his heart for the homeless and poor continued to grow.  Dirk has led numerous trips to Mexico and visited remote parts of India, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and other countries.  Until arriving in Missouri four years ago, Southern California is where he called home, working at a school for homeless children and serving on staff at a local church in-between mission trips.

Dirk joined Victory Mission & Ministry about two years ago as a chaplain and manager of Victory Square, a 152 bed men's shelter. He had the honor of hosting the first Good Dads class and has greatly enjoyed seeing this amazing opportunity grow into multiple classes throughout Springfield, Missouri.

Dirk currently splits his time between ministering on the street and at homeless camps and developing classes for the homeless and poor as part of Victory Mission & Ministries six nights a week free Lifted message and meal.
 

Teddy Steen

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Teddy is the Founder and Executive Director of ASCENT Recovery Residences.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education. She also holds certifications through the Missouri Substance Abuse Credentialing Board as a SATOP Qualified Instructor, a Missouri Associate Alcohol & Drug Counselor II, a Missouri Certified Peer Specialist, and a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist. She has 32 years of sustained substance abuse recovery. Teddy serves on the Workforce Investment Board. She is the Missouri Re-entry Committee Chairperson for District 9 and District 33 Missouri Probation and Parole office.  Teddy heard about “Good Dads” after Dr. Baker did a presentation at the Recovery Coalition in Springfield.   Her Program Director came back and said he heard about a program that he knew she would be interested in because it was so in line with their Mission and what the ASCENT Recovery program was founded upon.  Teddy contacted Dr. Baker and ASCENT Recovery became a partner in the New Pathways for Good Dads program, and she was trained as a facilitator in the Fatherhood Development Curriculum as well as the Within My Reach Curriculum.
 

Kevin Stratton

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Kevin Stratton is a 42-year-old father of two.  He has been married for nine years.  He is currently a PLPC at Victory Mission in Springfield, Missouri.  Kevin has a Master’s degree in Counseling, and he and feels called to be an encourager with his life.
 

Aaron Stroud

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Aaron started as a dad in a “Good Dads” class.  He was then trained as a facilitator in the Fatherhood Development Curriculum as well as the Within My Reach curriculum.  As a facilitator, Aaron says, “I get to help fathers in many ways that I wish I would have had 30 years ago.  I raised my son on my own from age 4; he is now 34.  Dads are vital in the lives of their children, as are mothers.  But, the sad truth is sometimes mom and dad cannot be together as a couple. “

Aaron feels that “Good Dads” is a vital and needed program. He is honored to know Dr. Baker and the whole “Good Dads” team.
 

Fatherhood Development Curriculum (FDC)
Facilitators and 
Partner Organizations
 

Jamie Adams
New Beginnings Sanctuary

Larry Andersen
Good Dads

Brian Barkhoff
Victory Mission

Jack Cloutier
New Beginnings Sanctuary

Eric Fors
Good Dads

Joe Fowler
New Beginning Sanctuary
Clayton Jackson
Ascent Recovery

David Huett
Victory Mission

Adam Larkin
Recovery Outreach

Ronnie Merritt
Good Dads

Sonya Messenger
Jordan Valley

Mark Mildren
Good Dads
AnnElise Parkhurst
Good Dads

Janice Reynolds
Good Dads

Dirk Rowe
Victory Mission

Teddy Steen
Ascent Recovery

Kevin Stratton
Victory Mission

Aaron Stroud
Recovery Outreach

Within My Reach (WMR)
Facilitators and Partner Organizations

 

Joseph Fowler
New Beginnings Sanctuary

Jennifer Harris
ASCENT Recovery

Joyce McNeal
Recovery Outreach

Sonya Messenger
Jordan Valley Community Health
Mark Mildren
Good Dads

AnnElise Parkhurst
Good Dads

Lisa Strader
Good Dads

Kevin Stratton
Victory Mission
Teddy Steen
ASCENT Recovery

Aaron Stroud Sr.
Recovery Outreach

Christine Williams
Recovery Outreach
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Contact Details:

205 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO  65806

Phone:  (417)501-8867

Hours:  M-Th  8 am - 3 pm,
Fri.  8 am -12 pm


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