My Brother's Keeper of Greater Richmond

"Encouraging Brothers Through the Storms of Life"

For 8 years, MBK has been encouraging, empowering and challenging men to get in the game of life and become better men, better brothers, better husbands and better fathers.

                                                     Meet Our Team

Stephan “Coach” Hicks, Executive Director

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-Hicks, MS, Vice-President

Award-winning Journalist / Media Relations, Co-Founder of AWAKE

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).

Karen Franklin, M.ED, Secretary

Mental Health Worker / KEF Consultants

Karen E. Franklin currently works as a Mental Health case worker in Richmond, Virginia. She earned a M. ED from Averett University while working for thirteen years in the Richmond City School System with nine of those years in the classroom as an exceptional education teacher on the elementary school level.  While teaching Ms. Franklin began working part-time as a Mental Health Case Worker believing that if changes could be made in the home it had to begin with the head of household.

After much reflective thinking Ms. Franklin made the decision to leave teaching and pursue a full-time career in the Mental Health Field. While working in the mental health field it became apparent that there are many people searching for something that will give their life meaning and purpose. Incorporating all of her skills used in the teaching and mental health fields, Ms. Franklin created KEF Consultants.  Ms. Franklin enjoys helping people to tap into the strengths and abilities that they already possess in order to reach their individual dreams.

Ms. Franklin can be contacted by email or for more information or to schedule individual or group sessions.

Kevin Ferguson, Treasurer 

Financial Officer 

Kevin Ferguson is born in Richmond, Virginia, Mortgage Claims Analyst at Sun Trust Bank. Kevin is recognized by the Shine On Volunteerism Team as Sun Trust Bank, where he is formerly employed, for his volunteer community engagement through MBK and other activities, as a Shine On Volunteerism Milestone Award recipient in the 2015 Shine On Volunteerism Awards Program!

The Milestone Award is awarded to teammates who reach 50 logged volunteer hours in a calendar year. Your commitment to volunteering and impact you are making helps us shine bright in our communities.  SunTrust supports and promotes teammate volunteerism, and the Shine On Volunteerism Awards Program is just one way that they do this.

Amanda O. Hill, Grants & Contract Administrator

Co-Founder of AWAKE

Amanda Hill is currently employed with Virginia Commonwealth University, Office of Research and Innovation where she negotiates and executes clinical trials and research agreements. Amanda has been involved with the world of research for over 13 years. She is a native of Richmond, VA and a veteran of the United States Army.

Amanda is a God-fearing woman with a passion for hurting people. She has volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safe Harbor and feeding the homeless. She was raised in church and has dedicated her life to following the voice of God. Amanda has answered her calling to help hurting women become whole. Her mission is to help these women become the women God created them to be and to find and fulfill the purpose God has for their lives.

Lawrence Speight, Author, Speaker

Volunteer Facilitator of Link Up

Lawrence Speight is the author of his testimonial book Beyond the Bars, his talents don’t stop there. Lawrence is currently an employee of Richmond City’s homeless overflow shelter. He has extensive skill sets ranging from motivational speaking, facilitating computer literacy courses, etc. 

He volunteers within the Richmond community. He is also a proud member of a Richmond men’s organization My Brother’s Keeper. Lawrence believes in changing the community by meeting people where they are, and elevating them to where they should be. Throughout the years, Lawrence gained a great amount of white collar experience: data entry tech, telemarketing, logistics, and the list goes on. 

He also learned from his past as a former inmate. Mr. Speight credits his successes to Christ, and the blessed people he has served. He stands out in a way of being able to “translate” real life tactics of productive citizenship to those who wish to succeed.  Lawrence facilitates a computer fundamentals class entitled, "Link Up" whose slogan is "Link Up to Think Up!

Melissa Epps, Volunteer


Melissa Epps, 28 year old mother of one sweet little girl and a native of Richmond's Highland Park area. Despite her family life growing up she still managed to graduate from John Marshall High, The Richmond Tech center and Woodland Job Corps with majors in Computer aided drafting and design and Network Cabling.  She was also featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch in a story written by Mark Holmberg.

Using her past as an inspiration, Melissa plans to make an effort to bring about change in lives of young girls and boys in the Richmond area. She is also a Member of the women's group AWAKE.

John Carter, Intern

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

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?"