Meet The Team!

Our Goals:

  • We have a positive impact on the epidemic of fatherlessness in America.

  • We restore families by empowering absent fathers to be responsible family leaders.

  • We stop the cycle of family violence and brokenness in order to improve the lives of children.

Administrative Staff

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Marvin Charles

Co-Founder, CEO & President

Marvin Charles has emerged as a community and national leader in  creating stronger fathers and healthier families. Because of his own powerful story of separation from and then reunification with his own family, parents and children, and his 15+ years of helping others reclaim the positive role of fathers to their families, he is an experienced and trusted mentor and advisor. He has traveled all over the U.S. to speak about empowering fathers, to learn from other national leaders and to share our successes with other organizations hoping to implement fatherhood programs. Marvin Charles is an ordained minister and his extraordinary effectiveness comes from his ability to see through the pain and threats of those he counsels to the powerful change possible by embracing a living God and larger purpose. Neither class or ethnicity poses an obstacle to him being heard. 

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Jeanett Charles

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

Jeanett Charles leads DADS along with her husband Marvin. Out of their experience with drug abuse, homelessness, the loss of their children to the state and many other challenges, the Charles' built a community and a faith-based program to provide assistance to fathers who have lost their connection to their children. The commitment, love, time and attention given to Jeanett from her father gave her the confidence, courage and strength to overcome many of life’s challenges.

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Bianca Lizaola

Administrative Assistant

Bianca is the Administrative Assistant to Marvin and Jeanett Charles. She is originally from California, her second home. Graduating from Cleveland High School, Highline community College, and the Art Institute of Seattle she has planted some roots in this community in which we serve. She has a background in culinary with managing kitchens and catering for the last fifteen years. She has served as the Treasurer and Board Member for her church Crossroad Kingdom Ministries for the last 10 years. She believes in reaching the underserved community and building more diversity and equality amongst God’s people.

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Bryan Grove

Director of Operations

Bryan joined the DADS team in July of 2021, as our director of operations. He is the husband of Mallory Grove and father to Elijah and Zakai. Bryan is originally from Vancouver, WA and went to the University of Washington with a degree in Sustainable Community Development. Bryan also has an MA in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphases in community development and housing from Jackson State University. Prior to joining DADS, Bryan worked within the Human Services field as a organizational effectiveness consultant for American Public Human Services Association and also as a Division Director I for the MS Department of Human Services, serving the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development with the childcare certificate program. Bryan also has experience in the non-profit sector through serving the Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, MS as a community housing director. Bryan loves to see people reconcile to God, themselves and others through the power of Jesus and build bridges of justice, understanding and trust across cultural divides. 

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Charles Woods

Pierce County Area Director

Tacoma Office

Charles serves as our Pierce County Area Director in our Lakewood office. Charles came to the D.A.D.S program after being incarcerated for a few years and seeking assistance to see his son and to become an active father in his children's lives again. Not only did he take all the necessary steps and recommendations to complete the court process to see his son, but he also became an employee to our program. He went on to obtain his AA degree in Audio Engineering from the Los Angeles Film School and enjoys his studio work during his downtime. He is a product of what we believe here at D.A.D.S. and strives to be a good father every day.

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Larry Brooks

Program Facilitator & Intake Specialist

Larry Brooks is the Founder and Pastor of Crossroads Kingdom Ministries. His life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ. Pastor Larry has more than a decade of teaching, mentoring and counseling, which enables him to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency, and strength. He is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, public speaker, role model, and mentor.

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Maria Brooks

Bilingual Intake Specialist

Maria Brooks comes to DADS, alongside of her husband Larry, to support part-time in between both our Seattle and Lakewood offices. She was born and raised in California then moved to Washington in October of 1999. Maria retired from Safeway after 36 years of service and prides herself in helping people. She is expanding our client base as our Bilingual Intake Specialist to serve the Hispanic and Latino communities.

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Curtis Ruffin

Intake Specialist

Curtis is a Human Services professional with over 20 years of experience providing intake services, case management, and recovery services throughout the Pacific Northwest. In various roles, Curtis has worked to coordinate treatment services to individuals in drug recovery, job training, and development for Felons seeking to re-enter the workforce, and program facilitation for work release settings for well-known and respected community-based organizations such as WorkSource Washington and Lutheran Compass Center. Curtis is presently focusing his efforts as an Intake Specialist for DADS. He calls Seattle, WA his home where he enjoys fishing, spending time with family, and attending the church where he serves as an usher. Curtis is committed to helping disenfranchised clientele to advance and achieve their life goals.

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Gregory Adams

Program Manager & Intake Specialist

Gregory Adams is a graduate of the DADS program. His story of reentry into life outside of the Monroe Correctional Complex is inspiring. Now a co-facilitator of the DADS Quenching the Fathers Thirst classes at the Monroe Correctional Facility, Greg encourages men who are planning to reenter the community from prison to, “Make DADS your first stop!” He enjoys creating incredible meals and desserts as an executive chef with Upper Crust Catering and lives in Seattle with his wife Elaine.

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Gregg Towery

Support Group & Donor Relations Specialist, Accounting

Gregg Towery has been involved at DADS since 2005 and hosts the Thursday night Bible study/support group. With a background in theology directed toward application in daily life, he has served in pastoral ministries to men for more than 20 years. He has a passion for fathering and seeks to "turn the hearts of fathers to their children."  The deep pain and grief experienced in his own life helps him to connect with the needs of struggling fathers. Greg lives in Kent with his wife, has six adult children and six grandchildren.

Board of Directors

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Donnie Griffin

Board President

Donnie has enjoyed a 33-year career as an executive in business, government, and non-profit organizations.  His 20-year management tenure with US WEST Communications included positions as Managing Director of Community Affairs & Corporate Contributions and General Manager of the 911 Public Safety Group.  In government, he served as Agency Chief Deputy Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services, a 10,000-employee organization with a $4 billion annual budget.  He is a co-founder of the non-profit Choose 180 Program, a faith-based inspired partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to divert low-level juvenile offenders away from the criminal justice system.  Donnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University, a Master’s degree in Management from Antioch University Seattle and is a graduate of the Master Class for Leadership Educators Program at Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government. 

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Debbie Jacobson

Board Vice President

Debbie Jacobsen has been associated with DADS for a number of years through friendships with its founders, Marvin and Jeanett. Currently a graduate student at Fuller Theological Seminary, and excitedly expecting to receive her Masters in Theology (MAT) in 2019. Free to serve as the Lord leads-- to champion fathers separated from their children and families by helping to break down restricting barriers impeding the course towards a future that closes the tremendous gulf of despair fatherlessness has created in the greater Seattle area. Lives in the Seattle area with her husband of 36 years. Mother of five adult children and soon to be grandmother of three!

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Paul Misleh

Board Treasurer

Paul is the head of portfolio management for Fortis and is the portfolio manager for the Glacier Peak U.S. Value Fund LP. Prior to Fortis, Paul spent nine years at Ernst & Young focusing on financial statement investigation and business valuation (auditing and financial due diligence) and Big Data/Advanced Analytics. Paul's audit work was primarily for large US based companies (including IPOs, spin-offs and other transactions). His work in financial due diligence was focused on assisting major private equity firms in their valuation of businesses based on recurring "owner's earnings". He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of San Diego. Paul is currently the Treasurer for Divine Alternatives for Dads and the President of the University Kiwanis organization. In his free time he loves to read and travel with his wife Emily.

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David Machemer

Boardmember

David Machemer is an architect with over 25 years experience working in various aspects of the profession, from front-end design definition to production of contract documents for construction.  Before settling in Seattle in 2014, David spent 19 years in mainland China, where he first served as stay-at-home dad for his young son for nearly 5 years, and then helped develop a small, rep office into one of the largest foreign-owned project management firms operating in China.  While helping to define project requirements and concept designs for dozens of foreign investors in China, such as Nike, Boeing, Siemens and Volvo, David also built long-term relationships in Shanghai for sharing the love of God and furthering his Kingdom.  David currently serves D.A.D.S in the capacity of strategic planning for long-term growth and expansion.

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Joe Marra

Boardmember

Joe has been an attorney at the Seattle law firm Davis Grimm Payne & Marra for over thirty years. His practice focuses on representing employers in all areas related to private and public sector labor and employment law. Prior to entering private practice, Joe was an attorney at the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Joe is a frequent and popular speaker for associations, companies and non-profit organizations. Although a litigator, Joe’s priority is enabling clients to avoid costly lawsuits and legal risks by utilizing proactive, preventative business practices.  Joe is admitted to all state and federal courts in Washington and Montana. He has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from WA. Independent Business Association and has been repeatedly recognized by the Washington State Bar Association for his pro bono work. "A lawyer must be much more than a litigator for his clients. He must be an honest and realistic advisor, strategist, risk assessor, counselor and advocate."

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Tim Dearborn

Boardmember

Coming soon

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Cynthia Franklyn

Boardmember

Cynthia has worked in the corporate environment over 30 years in the customer service industry. Her leadership and organizational skills have been most valued in direct customer/client service areas and call center training and supervisor management environments. She is currently the Agency Administrator for “The Vision Center” which is a non-profit agency under her church which is contracted with the state of Washington DCYF (Department of Children Youth and Families) providing transportation and supervision between children in the foster care system and their biological parents. The goal is “reunification first” Cynthia is very active in her church serving as head of Pastor’s Aid Ministry as well as co-director of the food bank serving the Hilltop area of Tacoma.