2023 FATHERHOOD EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT - AGENDA
TIME TOPIC ORGANIZATION SPEAKER
8:00am - 8:15am Opening Prayer Encounter Church of Fort Worth Bishop Gary Oliver
8:15am - 9:15am Introduction & Continental Breakfast | Introduction
9:15am - 10:00am Criminal Justice Texas Department of Criminal Justice Brian J. Patrick
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:30pm Parental Rights Father's For Equal Rights Kirk Campbell 11:30pm - 12:15pm Crisis Intervention Team Fort Worth Police Department Lt. C.A. Gorrie
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch & Networking
1:00pm - 1:45pm Mental Health Awareness | Suicide Prevention
1:45pm - 2:15pm Human Trafficking The Net | FWPD 5 Stones Taskforce Ty Bowden
2:15pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:30pm First Responders & Self Care Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. Brent Sanderson
3:30pm - 4:15pm Entrepreneurship & Business Start Up NXS Consulting Dr. Noemi X. Oliver
4:15pm - 5:00pm Fatherhood in the 21st Century | Balancing Parenthood & Career (Panel Speakers) Wright Law Firm Attorney Keron Wright
5:00pm - 5:45pm Navigating Child Support & Parental Rights Office of the Attorney General Joshua Banks & Nikki Hunt
5:00pm - 7:00pm Networking | Spirits & Appetizers
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Bishop Gary Oliver
Known as a renowned worship leader, Bishop Gary Oliver developed a love for music,
ministry, and God at an early age. As a singer and songwriter, his extraordinary talent
enabled him to become one of Christian music's most beloved artists.
Devoted to his craft, he has provided familiar songs, such as Celebrate Jesus,
Everybody Praise The Lord, Holy, Holy, Holy, and More Than Enough, to believers
worldwide. With his albums; “Gary Oliver”, “Just One Word”, “More Than Enough”,
“Closer To You” and “Sunday Morning Live” he promotes his message of freedom in
praise and worship and a fresh approach to the corporate worship experience. He
continues to write, sing and record gospel music. Bishop Oliver also became one of the
most sought-after Christian Televisions hosts. Trinity Broadcast Network employed his
musical, speaking, and hosting ability for a 2-hour live show called “Praise the Lord” for
more than 15 years.
With great humility in May 2010, he was consecrated to the office of Bishop in his own
standing. Serving on a board of Bishops for Global Apostolic Commission he helps
oversee other churches and speaks for many as a patriarch in the church. Believing
that Christians should have a voice in every arena available, he has now taken his
talents to the global marketplace. With plans to put his signature stamp on creativity
at a new level, Bishop Oliver is also the CEO of Gary Oliver Enterprises and Revilo
Publishing & Productions.
Bishop Gary Oliver Senior Pastor at Encounter Church FW Celebrating 51 years as a
Pastor & 22 years Anniversary on October 2022.
Dr. Noemi X. Oliver
Dr. Noemi X. Oliver has over 22 years of experience helping clients meet their financial goals. Detail-oriented Financial Consultant with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with customers, anticipate needs and identify suitable financial solutions. Skilled in overseeing projects and improving processes.
Recognized as a top advisor nationally based on assets under management; attained 66th place in 2015 and list of top female advisors in 2017. Dr. Oliver manages portfolios consisting of investments, annuities, disability, and life insurance products.
Married to Bishop Gary Oliver, Mother to Chris J. Rivera, 22 & Luis Rey Rivera, 19.
Co-Owner BX Haircare with sister Bee Salas
Community Involvement includes: State Representative - Hispanic Women’s Network
Board Member - Zonta Club of Brownsville
Board Member - Moody Clinic
Vice President Corporate Marketing – Sombrero Festival
Recognized by the American Red Cross as Volunteer of the Year 2007 - San Antonio chapter
President and co-founder of Building Financial Capacity Coalition 501c.
Board member and co-founder of Project Space 501c.
Certified Life Coach – Klemmer & Associates Leadership Training
Christian Life Coach - American Association of Christian Counselors AACC
Certified Christian Counselor - Crisis Recovery Institute.
Ph.D. Psychology - College of Biblical Studies
Keron A. Wright
As a solo-practitioner, my goal to assist my clients with their goals. I serve as an outside member of the management team with a focus on driving success and ensuring that legal hurdles are identified and addressed so business can continue with minimal distractions.
Before starting my own practice, I spent many years as an attorney at international and local firms. My legal practice ranged from bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, banking and finance, corporate formation, to torts and personal injury defense. Now, the majority of my practice is focused on making sure my clients are reaching their goals while successfully wading through a legal mine-field.
Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas
GPA: 3.38, Dean’s Honors, May 2007: 27/148 (Top 18%)
• Washburn Law Journal, Comments Editor
• Vice President, Black Law Students Association, Asian Law Students Association University of Houston, Houston, Texas
• BA, Corporate Communications with a Minor in Economics, August 2003
BAR ADMISSIONS, MEMBERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS, & AWARDS
• Texas, Missouri, and Kansas Bar Licenses
• National Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• Dallas Bar Association
• JL Turner Legal Association, Co-Chair of Mentor Committee 2014 & 2015
• Dallas Diversity Task Force, Committee Chair 2014
• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
• Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020
• National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2019
• D Magazine Top 40 Under 40, 2019
• 2014 Lawyers Of Color Hot List
• Board Member, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Brian J. Patrick
Brian Patrick is the Director of the Office of the Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. In this role, Brian receives and reviews non-criminal concerns for all TDCJ incarcerated individuals, parolees, and their loved ones. Brian is military veteran and has 27 years of criminal justice experience, starting as a corrections officer, then as a jail administrator and detention district superintendent, and also as a court administrator. Brian has a Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Corrections Executive and a Certified Court Manager. Brian has a passion for motorcycles and raising Boxer dogs.
A Fort Worth native and TCU political science grad, Ty hasn’t had to go very far to pursue his passions. After starting volunteer work with The Net in 2013 while at TCU, Ty is now the Associate Director, where he oversees the MASE and internship programs and keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. Ty is passionate about bringing men to the fight for justice in Fort Worth and across the country. A leader in the demand disruption movement in Texas, Ty has trained hundreds of men to engage and disrupt potential sex buyers over the last several years, as well as personally interacted with thousands of buyers.
When he’s not at his desk or leading a training, Ty is either cheering on the Horned Frogs, out chasing wild turkeys, or drinking a glass of wine and reading a book on his Fairmount front porch, accompanied by his wife Sarah and their dog Bear.
The Net is part of our FWPD 5 Stones Taskforce and has done presentations on of Fort Worth Police Department. The Net offers the MASE program which is specifically geared toward men who want to encourage other men to not contribute to trafficking.
Lieutenant Brent Sanderson has been with the Fort Worth Fire Department for 22 years. Growing up across the state of Texas as he followed his Dad’s football coaching career, Brent did not have the dream of being a firefighter. It was not until the Wedgewood Baptist Church shooting in Fort Worth in September 1999 that he felt a calling to the fire service. The event fostered an unexplainable desire to be with people during their hardest moments. With every call for service, first responders could be meeting someone on the worst day of their life. To have the opportunity to comfort, offer hope, and
provide some assurance that someone is there with them was, and still is the driving force behind his fire service career.
Brent has been the Chaplain for the Fort Worth Fire Department for the past four years. In addition to his Chaplaincy, he has worked to build a Peer Support Team that supports all members of the Department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Brent lives in Granbury with his wife of 24 years, Patti and their 18-year-old son, Cooper. His family attends Stonewater Church.
Joshua Banks is a dynamic speaker with over 15 years of ministry experience, 9 years of law
enforcement and countless hours devoted to community service.
Joshua served as the program coordinator for the award-winning IDADS (Involved Dads
of Action Developing and Succeeding) program and received local, state, and national recognition for community leadership, partnership, and innovation.
He currently serves as the Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.
A graduate of Rhema Bible College, he is a father, community leader and a fatherhood
advocate. He has authored 2 books.
Nikki Hunt is a champion for noncustodial parents navigating visitation issues. Nikki is the Access and Visitation Manger at the Office of the Attorney General where she oversees the Access and Visitation Hotline as well as grantees across the state of Texas providing direct access and visitation services. She
has spent nearly ten years serving families while working for the Access and Visitation Hotline and Parenting Order Legal Line. She also worked for the Travis County Law Library assisting patrons with criminal record expunctions.
Nikki graduated from Baylor Law School and completed her undergraduate
degree at Abilene Christian University.
LT. C.A. Gorrie
Seventeen-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department. I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July of 2020 and I am currently assigned as a Lieutenant of the Community Alliance Section. This section within the police department houses the Crisis Intervention Teams, the Homeless Outreach Team, the Peer Support Team, Reserve Officers, and the new Civilian Response Unit. These units focus on providing police services in a more non-traditional manner.
I have had the privilege to serve as a patrol officer, a detective in Traffic and Internal Affairs, a sergeant in patrol, and then in the Chief’s office. During this time, I took an interest in the mental wellness of our officers and assisted in the implementation of our Early Intervention Program. That passion translates
into my current position as we seek ways to improve how we deal with mental health.
Cherika Edwards is a family trial attorney with an office in Houston and Dallas. She earned her bachelor’s from University of Houston, then she received her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law with honors.
The more she practiced law, Cherika quickly understood why most believe the courts favor women. With almost 5 years of litigation experience she prides herself in being an advocate for Fathers in the family law sector and is very proud to have helped many fathers be reunited and or receive custody of their children.
Attorney Edwards also uses a good portion of her practice dedicated to creating motivational and informational videos, on platforms likeTik Tok and Instagram, informing dads of their rights surrounding their kids. Clients love her for being relatable and not afraid to put up a fight in court.
As Fathers for Equal Rights, Inc. (F.E.R.) is now 49 years old. We are now Adopting Mothers, as to be all inclusive. I've been involved as member of F.E.R. since 2003. It's been both a difficult personal struggle and a great honor to lead this group the past few years. During our time we have directly assisted over 45,000 members. I can remember a time when the legal community of Judges, Court Clerks, and attorneys looked at us as "those guys", "Stay away from those guys", "Those guys are just a bunch of radicals", ( and we were ) they would say "Those guys will just get you in trouble." Our members say just the opposite.
We now have influence and commanded a level of usefulness in the legal community. Now we receive as many as 2000 referrals a year from Judges, Court Clerks, Attorneys, Bar Associations, the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General, Children's Protective Services, Police Departments, Counselors and many other non-profit groups. I've always taken the position that we can better affect change by being part of the in-crowd. We are so proud that three of our past volunteer attorneys are now Family Court Judges in Dallas.
We've witnessed some amazing changes in family law and the Texas Family Code, some of which has been written by our members. Judges are more willing to harshly enforce visitation and more accepting of 50/50 visitation schedules. It's been a pleasure to see the change our members go through from dragging themselves to our offices to becoming full-time active parents of their children. These Members now also volunteer with Mothers and Fathers for Equal Rights. We have realized our vision, now pro-se litigation in family law is a normal practice in family court.
The Honorable Mackenzie Kelly
Council Member Mackenzie Kelly was elected to serve the people of Austin City Council District 6. An Austin native, volunteer firefighter, police advocate, and health care worker, Council Member Mackenzie Kelly has embraced a lifetime of public service. She is grateful to the voters of District 6 for allowing her to work to represent them well in this pivotal moment in Austin’s history.
District 6 is the largest district in Austin, about fifty square miles from the area around Steiner Ranch on the southwestern end, to southern Williamson County to the north, located in far northwest Austin. Councilmember Kelly hopes her varied experiences, deep community connections, and neighborly Texan tone will help her well represent this diverse and growing area.
Before being elected to City Council, Kelly served at the Round Rock Fire Department Training Division, Williamson County Emergency Management and with the City of Austin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). In 2019, Kelly was elected president of the 100th class of Austin Police Department's Citizen Police Academy. Her close working relationship with APD gives her a rare perspective on local law enforcement and why it must be passionately supported and fully funded. Kelly volunteered with the Jollyville Fire Department from 2005-13, where she gained a profound respect for those who protect life and property in our capital city. While there, she completed a year-long fellowship through the Disaster Science Academy.
Serving Austin's elderly population is another passion of Kelly's, having worked in the home health care for several years, and has been an appointee by then-Governor Rick Perry to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Kelly is an advocate of good geographic representation, having run in the first city council election under the 10-1 plan in 2014.
As for her greatest accomplishment, Kelly is mother of an inquisitive daughter, Rebekah, a student in the Round Rock ISD, and is happily married. She is a 2005 graduate of Westwood High School (Go Warriors!).
Brandy Flores is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. She served as the cohort leader for her Master's program and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She also has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Brandy is certified in Supervisory
and Management from the University of the Incarnate Word School of Business in partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Brandy served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Vice President of Programs for three years. Her experience includes 10 years of Development and Fundraising for the nonprofit sector. She has successfully built a network of donor relations, working on campaigns, special events, and marketing that has highlighted the organization and increased donor retention and sustainability.
Nelson Linder was born in Macon, Georgia in 1958. Linder entered the U.S. Army in 1976 and earned an honorable discharge. He graduated from the Army Signal Corp at Fort Gordon, Georgia. His great grandfather (George Linder) was a pivotal figure in the period of reconstruction in Dublin, Georgia. Linder arrived in Austin, Texas in 1981 and graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in 1984 with a B. A. Degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. In 1985, he opened the first Corporate Insurance Office in Northeast Austin with Allstate Insurance and served that area until 1992. Since 1992, he has been an independent insurance agent serving the entire Austin area. In 1992, Linder founded the controversial Garvey/Allen/Washington Project, an organization that combined the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Richard Allen, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. That organization primarily focused on self-empowerment and Social Justice for African Americans. That group also emphasized the importance of coalition building with other Black organizations and like-minded people of any ethnicity. In the year 2000, Linder was elected as the President of the Austin, Texas Branch of the NAACP.
Linder has been interviewed on CNN, BET, the Washington Post, and has appeared on local television over 95 times on issues ranging from police brutality to housing discrimination. He has also worked extensively on educational equity and economic empowerment. He is currently working on his first book, an instructive manual, titled THE EMPOWERMENT MODE AND THE PRICE OF NONCONFORMANCE. Linder has also been covered in the Houston Chronicle and Texas News Cable Network. In 2006, Linder joined Austin Community Radio Station KAZI as a host of the Tuesday’s edition of the Wake up Call (Empowerment Mode) the program focuses on solutions to problems faced by African Americans. He has compared his work to a crusade and has written a position paper called “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” that is dedicated to continuing the pioneering work of the Civil Rights Movement, with a special emphasis on improving the quality of life for African American people.