Chester A. Deanes Jr., retired Vice President of Community Outreach, Dec. 2017, Fathers’ Support Center, St. Louis – FSC. Fathers’ Support Center, St. Louis is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities. He delivers the FSC mission, vision, programs and services to various agencies, community organizations and partners. And to institutions and local/state and national legislators.
He is president of FUTRA – Fathers United to Raise Awareness, an advocacy arm of FSC. FUTRA seeks equal/fair policy changes, by way of legislation of child support, social and criminal justice laws. Thereby affecting and promoting responsible fatherhood in Missouri. Deanes organizes and transports fathers to MO State Capitol for hearings. FSC and FUTRA spearheaded advocacy efforts, leading to the historical passage of Senate Bills 140, modifying criminal nonsupport and 140, judgements of paternity. Governor Nixon signed both bills into law, July 8, 2009. And recent advocacy efforts for SB 964 and HB 1550, shared parenting, becoming law 2016. Also, volunteer educator with St. Louis Public Schools.
Deanes is U.S. Airforce veteran and graduate of Florissant Valley Community College, AA in Journalism. He has a “Personal Development” Instructor certificate, Illinois Board of Education. And a registered copyright, Library of Congress – “Personal Development Program”, 1997.
Before FSC, he was quality assurance senior NDT technician at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Then at Talent Plus, a professional print, voice and runway model. Also, lead male model instructor at Barbizon Agency. And planned and produced benefit fashion shows for Human Development Corporation, 2006-2007.
He founded UMMP - Union Memorial Mentoring Program in 1991-2000, for boys 10-16 years of age. And is co-founder of UMOC - Union Memorial Outreach Center, 1996.
Deanes has are received several awards for community leadership. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity named him 2010 “Citizen of the Year”, “2 Not 1Fathers and Families” Leaders Award, 2011 and a mural for leadership in fatherhood from Better Family Life, 2017.
He is a spiritual family man, single father, with two daughters and four grandchildren
Dr. Candice Idlebird got her bachelor's degree in 2008 from the University of Central Missouri with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. She received her Master's degree at Texas A & M in 2012,. She receive a Ph.D.in Sociology with a concentration in Race Relations and Criminology in December of 2016. She has taught at both Texas A & M University as a graduate Lecturer and at Sam Houston StateUniversity as a Adjunct Professor. She is currently an Assistant professor of Sociology at Harris- Stowe State University. Candice has also taught introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations, Criminology, Social Deviance, Critical Theory, Urban Sociology, and Race Ethnic courses.
Dr. Idlebird's mantra:
I am a avid believer in the idea that I may not change the world but I will play a major part in inspiring the mind of the student that will. My goal is to be a greater leader who will lead fearlessly and be unbought and not easily moved because I will be a truth giver who fights for equality.
Carol A. McKinney is a mother of three adult daughters; and two handsome, athletic Grandsons. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in the community of Pine Lawn. She was educated and graduated from the Normandy School District. She attended Forest Park Community College and Lindenwood University. She has been an active member of Friendly Temple for 18 years; serving as an Intake Coordinator for the Discipleship Ministry. She has an extensive employment history that encompasses multiple social service professions. She tirelessly advocated the underserved in the community as a case manager and working with the elderly and justice involved individuals. Her calling in life is to assist in the restoration of justice. She serves as a liaison between the justice system and individuals seeking a second chance to become law abiding taxpaying citizens by means of expungement.
Jason Watson serves as the Director Of Beyond Jobs at Mission: St. Louis, where he leads a team that is laser-focused on workforce development. Jason has helped to craft a successful program that teaches job training, financial empowerment, & manhood to lead men ages 22-35 toward long-term sustainability. His leadership has garnered notable recognition including being honored by Saint Louis Americans Salute to Young Leaders award for his advocacy, mentoring, and community support, as well as being a Focus St. Louis’s What's Right With The Region award recipient.
Jason’s passion in the workforce sector is drawn from his upbringing, which provides him with a unique understanding from his personal experience of growing up like many of the men that he now serves. Being raised in the heart of north St. Louis, Jason began using & selling drugs at an early age, which ultimately led to him dropping out of school & spending time in jail. Those same experiences that once derailed him from his full potential have become the fuel behind his passion for men in the St. Louis region.
Jason is now certified as a Community Health Worker & has over 10 years of experience in public speaking, community advocacy, mentorship & social justice for disadvantaged populations. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife of over 15 years & three children who have been a catalyst for the impactful work he has done. At the root of it all has been Jason’s faith in God & commitment to the local church that had strengthened & equipped him on this continuing journey. To know Jason is to know that he believes “We are not here to give people value, because already have value. I just hope to help men realize the value they can bring to their homes, communities & ultimately the city.”