Leadership

Robert Heasley, PhD, LMFT

MCGC Co-Director and Board President

Robert is a psychotherapist in private practice who works with individuals, couples and families, as well as adjunct professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has a strong interest in MCGC expanding its reach in the community to address a range of issues in the lives of men and boys as well their families.

Robert’s work with men over the years has focused on concerns about intimacy, sexuality, sexual identity, commitment, and communications. He works with men on such topics as childhood trauma, struggles regarding careers, parenting and friendships as well as masculinity.  His with couples has focused on issues concerning relationship disenchantment, affairs, divorce, anger, children, and change in general in a couple’s life. Robert’s research and publications focus on men and the effects of expectations on men’s lives

Brother Robb Carter, MSW

MCMG Co-Director and Clinical Coordinator, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Programs

Brother Robb began his professional career working at Thomas Jefferson Community Mental Health Center (later to become CATCH, Inc.).  After a decade of employment within the community mental health system, he transitioned to the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital primarily with very distressed youth and adults, Brother Robb focused on utilizing therapeutic games as intervention strategies for behavioral change. In the early nineties, he began counseling men and youth working to eliminate abusive behavior in their relationships.

Brother Robb feels that abuse and exploitation are too often a major part of our culture; consequently, abuse occurs in relationships particularly within communities where there is a high level of violence.  He is aware that abusive behavior is learned, noting that “Hurt people, hurt people.” With therapeutic assistance, the cycle of hurting will end.

As a part time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Graduate School of Education Brother Robb’s research centers on healing from racial trauma; understanding white supremacy /racism; and teaching African and African-American history and culture. He is also a performance artist and lifetime board member of Women Organized Against Rape.


Alex Bove, Ph.D.

MCGC Board Member

Alex is an Assistant Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he teaches writing and literature, as well as a sexuality scholar and educator specializing in the study of Men and Masculinities. When he is not teaching or curating the  Talk Like a Man  Project, a social media conversation about 21st Century masculinity, he enjoys baking, riding motorcycles, hiking in the woods, and playing board games.

Dianne R. Browne, PhD, CFLE, CSE

MCGC Board Member

Dianne Browne is the project director at Camden Healthy Start, a program of the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. The program is designed to reduce infant mortality, address disparities in health related to poor birth outcomes and provide health education and supportive services to women, men and their children under the age of 18 months.  Dianne’s work with men is focused on young unmarried and married fathers of color. Dianne is driven to promote men’s readiness for fatherhood with infants and toddlers, equip men with knowledge and approaches to nurture their children and support men’s efforts when negotiating barriers that disrupt bonding between father child.

Dianne is an adjunct professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Wilmington University. She holds certifications from the National Council on Family Relations as a Family Life Educator, National Center for Family Centered Practice from the University of Iowa as a Family Development Specialist and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists as a certified Human Sexuality Educator. She has also published in professional journals.

Evelyn (Lyn) Groome, M.S., M.S.Ed, LMFT

MCGC Board Member

Both my clinical practice and my work with non-profit organizations are the essential and energizing aspects of my professional life. I strongly believe that community lives out its calling, is most effective and responsible when it comes together in behalf of its fellow members. I see this clearly in my involvements with the Men’s Center for Growth and Change and my continued work with the Mighty Writers organization. 

I have lived in Philadelphia most of my life, and witnessed the city becoming more and more vibrant, over time. I went to Penn as an undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate student.  I was on a start-up board at the University, focused on creating a closer connection between Penn and the West Philadelphia community. I was on the clinical staff of Penn Council for Relationships for 10 years, before going to London for 4 years, where I worked as a clinician and teacher/supervisor. Philadelphia is the place!!  I have 3 grown children, and 5 grandchildren.  My husband is a fiction writer, and has been committed to non-profit organization work for many years.

I look forward to helping MCGC increase its visibility and carry out its mission. Through board governorship, I hope to work with others to bring community attention to such a well-run, service oriented gem in our city.  It is an enlightened and essential organization, dedicated to providing and maintaining dignity and skills to all who walk through its doors.

Rob Garfield MD

MCGC Executive Board Member

Rob Garfield is a psychiatrist and clinical professor who teaches family therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He has an active private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where he sees individuals, couples and families. He is an Executive Board Member of the Men’s Center for Growth and Change (MCGC) in Philadelphia. He is the author of “Breaking the Male Code:  Unlocking the Power of Friendship” (New York: Penguin/Random House, 2015), and is currently chairing MCGC’s  “Men and the #MeToo Movement,” a two day conference to be held in Philadelphia in the Fall of 2019.

Dr. Garfield was the founding Director of the Hahnemann Masters of Family Therapy Program in Philadelphia, and also a founding member and former officer of the American Family Therapy Academy. He is past president and current board member of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.

For the past 25 years he has focused on men’s issues, male emotional intimacy and the dilemmas men face in engaging in traditional psychotherapy. He developed an innovative model for group therapy for men (“Friendship Labs”) and conducted research (the MFEI Study)

with Dr, Robert Heasley that demonstrates the value of emotionally close friendships for men’s health and their relationships.  Dr Garfield has published and presented his work both nationally and internationally, most recently in Delhi, India and Prague, in the Czech Republic.

John G. Taylor, M.Ed., MACC, LPC

MCGC Board Member

John is an Author, Sexuality Educator, and Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA. His new book: Pocket Guide For Young Men Without Fathers was released January, 2018. He counsels individuals, couples and families that are dealing with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, domestic violence, and sexual identity. John is passionate about educational initiatives that address sexual violence and domestic violence. John works as a liaison for organizations, churches, parents, adults, and adolescents so that constructive conversations about sex and sexuality can occur.  

John is currently enrolled in the PhD Human Sexuality Studies Program at Widener University. John teaches courses at Drexel and LaSalle Universities that focuses on sexual violence, domestic violence, race, public health, health disparities, and sexuality. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling, and recently earned his Masters Degree in Human Sexuality Studies. John throughout his career has held positions such as: Correctional Officer, Probation/ Parole Officer, Domestic Violence Group Facilitator, HIV/AIDS case manager and addictions counselor. These positions have allowed John to help individuals working through various stages in their lives. John has published in various publications. John is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHC), and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. To contact John visit his website: www.johngtaylor06.com. or email: johngtaylor06@gmail.com.

Trevor Evans, MSW. ACSW, LCSW

MCGC Board Member

Trevor Evans is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years of experience in social service and academic settings. He has extensive experience in addiction, curriculum development, teaching and clinical practice. Currently, he works for DGR Behavioral Health, working with males across the life cycle, couples, and families. He specializes in areas of anxiety, depression, PTSD and ADHD. In addition, he works with males ages 7 through 90 years old, focusing on negotiating the many transitions and challenges males face, such as in school, work, family relationships, friendships, developmental challenges, intimate relationships, parenting, career stress, and retirement. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Play Therapy and Psychodynamic Theory in his approach

Trevor helps coordinate MCGC’s educational workshops and liasons with Widener University for Continuing Education and conference programming.


Vanessa Rugys

MCGC Assistant to the Directors

Men’s Center for Growth and Change 1601 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA  19102 Suite 1017

215-564-0488

mrcphiladelphia@gmail.com