About MAD DADS Minneapolis Chapter
Organizational Background

MADDADS is an Acronym: Men Against Destruction,
Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder

                                VJ Smith                              President

                                Patricia Banks                    Program Director

                                Carol Wooten                     Fiscal Director

                                Catrice Champion              Director of Youth Programs / Crisis Intervention Program

                                Erica Brady                         Special Events Coordinator

                                Angela Selness                  Office Support Lead

                                Marco Mondaine                Outreach Team Supervisor

                                Alonzo Elem                        Outreach Team Lead

MAD DADS, Inc. was founded in May 1989 by a group of concerned
Omaha Nebraska African-American men and parents who were fed up with gang
violence and the unmolested flow of illegal drugs in their community.

These men understood that they could not hold any one responsible for this
but themselves, because they had allowed this to happen.

They presented themselves as positive role models and concerned loving
parents who were a visible presence in communities against the negative
forces destroying children, families and neighborhoods.

MAD DADS started out of pain, the pain of children dying in the streets of
their own communities. They were, and still are, tired of looking into the
hollow eyes of youth who lack hope, and who have ceased to dream.

These men realized that they could hold no one responsible for this but
themselves; they had allowed this to happen.

So they united as a handful of community fathers who have come to know that
they must be the force behind change. A change that is already taking
place across America as men begin the monumental task of rescuing their
children, families and cities from drugs, gangs and violence. At long
last, men are coming to the forefront of the battle!

As such, MAD DADS activities are designed to promote and demonstrate positive
images of fathers engaging and protecting community, youth and families.

Minneapolis MADDADS
Board of Directors

2014


VJ Smith

President, Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS

P.O. Box 8980

Minneapolis, MN 55408

 


Roy Richardson

President & Senior Investigator, Security Solutions Protective Agency, LLC

 

 

 


Dr. Anne Cross

Associate Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University

9110 Brooklyn Blvd

Brooklyn Park, MN  55445


Sergeant Derwin Ellis

Hennepin County Sheriffs Dept

PO Box 15131
Minneapolis, MN 55415

 


Ron Hick

Consultant, RJH Strategic Services

3529 Clinton Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN  55408

 

 

 
John Turnipseed

Urban Ventures Director of Fathering Center

3041 4th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55408

 


Derek Emery

Minneapolis Public Schools

Student Engagement Coordinator

1250 West Broadway

Minneapolis, MN  55411

 

 

2013 Advisory Board Members    

 


Former Mayor RT Rybak

 


County Commissioner Linda Higgins

Hennepin County Commissioner

A2400 Government Center

300 S. 6th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55487-0241

 


Senator Jeff Hayden

Minnesota State Senator

208 Capitol

75 Martin Luther King Blvd

St. Paul, MN  55155

 


Gretchen Musicant, RN, MPH

Commissioner Health and Family Support

250 South 4th Street – Room 510

Minneapolis, MN  55415

 


County Commissioner Jeff Johnson

Hennepin County Commissioner

A2400 Government Center

300 S. 6th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55487-0241

 


Corey Day

DFL Director

255 E Plato Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55107-1623


Susan Koepplinger

Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women Resource Center

2300 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 


Gail Dorfman

Executive Director, St. Stephens

2309 Nicollet Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

 


Richard Mammem

Board of Education, Clerk

1250 West Broadway Ave.

Minneapolis, MN  55411

 

 


County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin

Hennepin County Commissioner

A2400 Government Center

300 S. 6th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55487-0241


Reg Chapman

WCCO News Reporter

90 S. 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Robert Lilligren

Former Minneapolis City Council

 


Sheriff Richard Stanek

Hennepin County Sheriffs Dept

PO Box 15131
Minneapolis, MN 55415

 


Joe Selvaggio

1035 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 


Elizabeth Glidden

Former Minneapolis City Council

 


State Representative Raymond Dehn

423 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

 


City Council Member Jacob Frey

350 S. 5th St., Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Congressman Keith Ellison

2100 Plymouth Avenue N

Minneapolis, MN  55411

 

 


State Representative Susan Allen

577 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155


Edward McDonald

Executive Director, Council on Black Minnesotans

332 Minnesota Street, Suite E1240

St. Paul, Minnesota  55101


Mike Wynne

President & Ceo, Emerge Community Development

1101 West Broadway Avenue, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

 

 

 


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