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.
Alex Bove, Ph.D. – MCGC 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.
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.
Brother Robb Carter, MSW – MCMG Co-Director and Clinical Coordinator, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Programs
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.
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.
Tiffany Dominique – MCGC Board 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
Aaron Dunbar, J.D. – MCGC Board Member
Aaron L. Dunbar is an MCGC Board Member. He is an associate at Kline & Specter, PC. He focuses his practice on product liability, mass tort, bad medical devices, medical malpractice, and personal injury. He handles all phases of the litigation process, including pleadings and motions, discovery, depositions, and defending clients at trials, arbitrations, and/or mediations. Aaron’s experience includes serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Major Trials Division of the District Attorneys’ Office of Philadelphia. During his tenure, he managed a caseload of over 120 complex criminal matters through all phases of prosecution, trying bench and jury trials to verdict. Prior to joining Kline & Specter, he served in the Casualty Litigation Practice of a regional defense firm. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law where he was Editor of the NCCU Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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.
Rob Garfield MD – MCGC Board President
Rob Garfield is the Board President of MCGC. 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.
Ted Glackman, M.Ed. – MCGC Treasurer and Board Member
Ted is the Treasurer of the MCGC Board. He works as a psychologist in SE Pennsylvania, consults with behavioral health programs and is in private practice, specializing in men’s issues; Over the past 40 years Ted has led or directed programs for those with severe mental health concerns related to sexual abuse, and substance abuse problems.
Ted was formerly the Executive Director of the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia, an agency that responds to sexual abuse issues. He is a board member of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, leading a public policy group related to legislative responses to those who commit sexual offenses.
Ted did his graduate work at Temple University. In his private practice, he leads men’s groups. He has also been a participant in a leaderless peer men’s group for the past twelve years. He is an indispensable member of MCGC’s board, knowledgeable in many areas, dedicated to our mission and to men’s health and well being.
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.
Robert Heasley, PhD, LMFT – MCGC Co-Director
Robert is a Co-Director and Administrator of MCGC. 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 – MCGC 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. – MCGC Board Member
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tara Gravitt, LCSW, CAADC, CCM – MCGC 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
Mai Spann-Wilson, MSW – MCGC Clinical Associate
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
Lorraine S. Moore, B.S. – MCGC Administrative Staff
Lorraine is our Administrative Assistant at MCGC. She joined us in July 2019 and is the newest member of our team. 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.