We believe in order to best accomplish our mission of healing with men and their families, we should try to “walk the walk” as an organization, to work together in the same spirit of caring, acceptance and cooperation that we promote with our clients. Having a team that communicates openly at many levels allows us to do this. Our team consists of our board of directors, our clinical associates and our administrative staff. Several of our team members wear more than one hat. Let’s introduce them.
Robert E. Carter Jr., (Brother Robb), MSW – Co-Director and Clinical Coordinator, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Programs
Robert E. Carter Jr., (Brother Robb) is a Co-Director of MCGC and Clinical Coordinator for our Anger Management and Domestic Violence Programs. He 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 working primarily with very distressed youth and adults. Here he introduced the use of 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.
Robert 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.
Mai Spann-Wilson, LSW – Co-Executive Director – Administration
Mai Spann-Wilson has consulted with Good Shepherd Mediation Program for 7+ years implementing peer mediation programs in schools, serving as a mediator, and facilitating youth programs. Mai is a social worker, psycho-educational workshop facilitator, and an activist. In addition to his work at GSMP, Mai leads anger management groups and domestic violence groups at the Men’s Center For Growth and Change. He also facilitates workshops for recovering addicts at Jefferson Hospital, RHD, and the Interim House. Mai graduated from Temple University with a Masters of Social Work.
He has made it his personal mission to inspire people through transformational engagement and providing safe spaces for people to heal.
Tara Gravitt, LCSW, CAADC, CCM – Clinical Associate
Tara is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Widener University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Behavioral Health Addiction Counseling. Tara holds certifications in substance use disorders and case management in Pennsylvania.
She has worked with youth and adults addressing substance use disorders, physical health and behavioral health concerns. She has also supported and coached men and women on ways to manage anger, find community resources and helped with case management.
Tara has strong expertise in managing teams and providing supervision. In 2018, Tara was nominated for and completed the Delaware County Commerce of Chambers leadership program. Her involvement with the Men Center for Growth and Change (MCGC) dates back since 2009 (when the center was called The Mens Resource Center) where she completed her internship and began working part-time after receiving her Master’s degree.
She has been a key member of MCGC’s clinical team, conducting assessments, individual and group counseling, and addressing the concerns of clients who struggle with managing anger and domestic violence. Tara takes an approach of “meeting the individual where they are” and exploring “what is important to them” by way of an eclectic approach including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution focus
Lorraine S. Moore, B.S. – Administrative Staff
Lorraine is our Administrative Assistant at MCGC. She joined us in July 2019. She deftly navigates the front line as the first point of contact for connecting new clients with MCGC’s exceptional services. Lorraine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and her extensive background serving as an administrative assistant in the First Judicial District of Philadelphia has prepared her well for her work with our organization. Lorraine is extremely reliable, organized and is a real team asset. Her genuine dedication to The Men’s Center for Growth and Change mission is always on display.