Alex Bove, Ph.D. – Board Member

Besides being a Board Member at MCGC, Alex is also 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.

Tiffany DominiqueBoard Member

Tiffany is an MCGC Board Member. She is the Program Director of Narrative Shift at SHOOTERS, teaching documentary filmmaking, working with justice involved individuals as they transition back into life in the Greater Philadelphia community. Tiffany is a longstanding HIV ally and social justice activist with over 20 years of community engagement experience. Prior to joining the Media In Neighborhood Group’s team, she ran HIV research-related community advisory boards at the University of Pennsylvania and worked on issues of inclusion and representation of community perspectives in developing research questions relevant to their needs.

Rob Garfield MD – Board Member

Rob is a psychiatrist and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches systems therapy. He has a private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA and does consultations and referrals for individuals, couples and families. He is the author of “Breaking the Male Code:  Unlocking the Power of Friendship” (New York: Penguin/Random House, 2015).   

For the past 30 years Rob 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”) with Dr. Jake Kriger, 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. He has published and presented his work both nationally and internationally in Delhi, India and Prague, in the Czech Republic.   

Rob 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. He recently became a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He is excited to advance and expand the social impact of his work with men as a part of the MCGC team.

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

Robert Heasley, PhD, LMFT – Board Member

Robert (previously Co-Director) is a member of the MCGC Board. He 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 is Past President of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA). He conducted research, the MFEI Survey with Rob Garfield in 2012, which confirmed the importance of emotional intimacy in men’s close friendships. He currently works with men on such topics as childhood trauma, struggles regarding careers, parenting and friendships as well as masculinity.  His also works with couples who struggle with 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.

Jake Kriger, MSS – Treasurer and Board Member

Jake is a member of the MCGC Board.  He is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA and has run therapeutic men’s groups for the past 25 years. He has also led groups for fathers on parenting issues. He has presented widely on the topic of male friendship and intimacy, locally, at Widener University; nationally, for the American Men’s Studies Association AMSA conference, the Psychotherapy Networker Conference, as well as abroad, in the Czech Republic in 2018.  He practiced for many years as a dentist, before years later receiving his social work degree at the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work.  He has been active in promoting MCGC’s work as a teacher and in development issues.

Eric Marsh Sr.Board President

Eric is a father, mentor, entrepreneur, community supporter and advocate for men and families. He has been active helping others flourish for nearly 20 years. He has extensive experience as a facilitator for adult and youth programs with organizations such as PASCEP, Frontline Dads, The Frator Heru Institute, Focus on Fathers and others. Eric also spent a decade operating his own business as a General Contractor where he trained apprentices to go on and have successful careers in the building trades. Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his mission of inspiring and informing men and boys. He has served as a workshop presenter, panelist and planning committee member for The Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS). He has also been the organizer and co-host for the annual Focus on Fathers Fall Conference as well as the Fathering Festival, a two-day event held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Pearlman Building. Finally, he has presented workshops at the National Family Involvement Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Coalition for Parent Involvement Ltd. A long-time advocate for education, Eric has been a parent volunteer at several public schools and most recently served at Edward T Steel school as President of the School Advisory Council. He currently serves as a commissioner on He is one of the founding members of The Fathering Circle, a peer support organization where fathers examine male socialization, its impact on them and its residual effects on their partners, children and society.