For eight years, MBK has been engaging, empowering and encouraging men to get in the game of life and become better men, better brothers, better husbands, better fathers and better community members.
MEET OUR TEAM:
Authentic Manhood Coach / Men’s Motivational Speaker
Minister Stephan Hicks is Founder, CEO and Senior Board Member of My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond. “Coach” as he is fondly known is a god-fearing man who is a passionate leader, facilitator, coordinator, spiritual mentor, men’s motivational speaker, life coach, trainer, blogger and a leading authority in “authentic manhood.”
Coach coordinates and facilitates numerous workshops to develop authentic male leadership in the family, in the workplace, in the church, and in the community. He serves as a consultant to churches, business and community leaders and as a mentor to men seeking to reach their full potential as fathers, husbands, and leaders in their communities. Coach is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and retreats and is a leading authority on the father wound, extended adolescence, the seasons of a man’s life, and the spiritual/emotional needs of young men. Men from all walks of life have been impacted by his discerning spirit, inspirational counsel, motivating style and authentic manhood training.
Monica Haynes, MS, Director of Media Relations,
Co-Founder of AWAKE (Amazing Woman Acquiring Knowledge and Empowerment)
Monica Haynes is a freelance journalist and entertainment blogger in Richmond. She also works as a licensed insurance agent with the Daniel Bedford Insurance Agency. She is also an award-winning journalist, who has covered stories ranging from Super Bowl XL to Hurricane Katrina to the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Monica has been lauded for her feature-writing style, especially the entertainment column she created for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called “The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful. Haynes also co-hosted a successful weekly podcast with her colleague L.A. Johnson.
After leaving the Post-Gazette in 2008, Haynes has pursued a number of jobs and projects, including working as an editor for IN Community Magazines and creating the magazine’s inaugural IN Community Magazines Community Awards for Service Excellence (CASE), serving as co-creator and administrator of the Still Feel Like Goin’ On Photojournalism Workshop for African American male high school students, and as a publications consultant for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Haynes relocated to Richmond to be part of the vital ministry of My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond. She is co-founder of AWAKE (Amazing Woman Acquiring Knowledge and Empowerment).
Amanda O. Hill, Director of Women's Programs, Co-Founder of AWAKE
Amanda, a native of Richmond, VA, is a Contract Administrator with the Virginia Commonwealth University, Office of Sponsored Programs. Co-Founder of A.W.A.K.E. (Amazing Women Acquiring Knowledge and Empowerment), a non-profit entity committed to supporting, encouraging, uplifting, educating and enlightening women through sharing experiences and resources so they can become fully AWAKE.
Amanda is a Mentor and Instructor for Jobs for Life, a global nonprofit organization that engages and equips the local church to address the impact of joblessness through the dignity of work. Amanda has a passion for helping others and has answered her calling to help hurting women become whole. Her mission is to help women find their calling and purpose God has for their lives and help them become the women God created them to be.
Kerwyn Phillip, Director of Financial Educational Programs
Nathan Womack, Jr, Director of Veteran's Programs
Nathaniel Womack Jr. Born in Baltimore Md. Volunteered all his life as a high school senior he volunteer for the Baltimore Maryland Central League for Children and Adults. Joined the US Army at age 17. Retired after 20 years.
Nathan moved to California and volunteered for the San Joaquin Probation and Sheriff department as a mentor and bible study teacher for inmates. He also volunteered for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Juvenile Justice for 5 years mentoring youth. Nathan believes God has given him much and he wants to give back. Nathan is married to Cat Womack with 6 children and loves God.
John Carter, Intern
John Carter, a 24-year-old native of Richmond, VA. He resides in the city’s Churchill neighborhood with his mother and sister. His hobbies include reading and the arts, specifically drawing.
John obtained his G.E.D in May 2016 and attends and interns at J. Sergeant Reynolds College pursuing a career in cybersecurity. He has been interning with MBK for the past year and has earned several recognition awards including, “Perfect Attendance” and “Player of the Week.”
About his internship he said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity that MBK has presented me.” To other young men looking to make their mark in the world, he offered this question: “Have you got it in you?"