My Brother's Keeper of Greater Richmond

"Encouraging Brothers Through the Storms of Life"

2018 Manny Award Honorees
“We have an amazing group of men who have inspiring stories of hard work and perseverance. They are tremendous assets to their communities and we want to give them the public recognition that they normally would not get.”  Congratulations to all winners!

Hassan Fountain, Chief Executive Officer

Light's Camera's Action! This is how my life started off. I was the only son in my family of three, born on June 27th 1976 in Halifax County Virginia but shortly after my family moved to Richmond. I have always been adventures and never afraid to speak out on what I wanted in life. In 1988 my parents separated and my mother and two sisters and I moved back to Halifax County. With my mother being a educator I was always around books and knowledgeable individuals. But never the less peer pressure of being young lead me in a different direction. With many trials and tribulations I moved back to Richmond in 2004 where I begin what I Call my second life.                                

Going back to school was my top priority and so I did. Although it took me a few years to wrap my mind around what I truly wanted to do. I found my calling after I married my wife Emerald in 2014. In that year our family moved to the influential community of Ginter Park where my wife grow-up. I finally made my mind up to help all people in the 3rd District and Richmond by running for City Council.  Nevertheless I was not victorious but at the end of the day I WON on that day in November 2016. 

This was the beginning of FOUNTAIN FOR YOUTH FOUNDATION formed by my wife and I. Our Foundation would soon become the fastest growing Literacy foundation in Virginia. To date we have implemented 11 Community Children Libraries in low-income communities in Central Virginia, South Western Virginia and Northern North Carolina also 23 Free book fairs for Elementary School's.  With over 56,000 books back into young children hands in just 18 months. We are moving with God speed to help uplift LITERACY for all children. The future starts today so we are working hands-on for a better tomorrow.       

Corey Hancock, Executive Director

Corey Hancock is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Legacy Chess Academy. Within the Academy he develops and coordinates chess programs which assist young scholars in improving their strength in academics, assessing their learning skills that teach them how to think all the while molding interpersonal relationships. In addition to structuring the foundation of Legacy Chess, Corey also dedicates time to network throughout the Greater Richmond Area which often lends itself to training instructors and volunteers on carrying the mission forward.

Corey’s natural inclination to apply impactful and positive change enclosed by our standing social work system has encouraged him to study Psychology at VCU. He is able to put his skills to practice while working as a Mental Health Counselor for All Care Family Services.

Corey is not new to the service industry for he has a long history working with young scholars in varying capacities; for a while he served as an Instructional Assistant with Henrico County Public Schools, Education Specialist with Reynolds Community College. For mentoring and private coaching are two of his sincere passions. While Corey thrives by guiding young minds to discover how to take action into their own hands; his downtime includes exploring new and local restaurants, enhancing worldly perspectives through television and of course playing a lot of Chess."

James Harris, Military Veteran, Investor, Entrepreneur, Father

James Harris, lives in Chesterfield VA. He has a daughter named Peyton. He is currently in graduate school obtaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. James is a military veteran, who has served in two deployments, Iraq and Afghanistan. After this degree he has a solid plan to take the state test to get licensed in VA to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) to start his own practice as well as a program for veterans that he has already written. 

James is currently an employee for the Government in an area that is classified, currently holds a clearance above top-secret. Alongside from working for the Government, James is a local investor in the city and surrounding. He personally owns multiple properties, that are being rented. Three of his most noticeable investment’s in the city are Roney and Son Towing company, Braidz Express and the Brewers Café which is located in the Manchester district of south side Richmond. He is the owner of Royalty Carpet Care LLC, Royalty Elite Trans (party bus), Battle Ball Extreme (inflatable bubble suites), has a consultant company and is co-owner of Brewers Waffles and the Well Art Gallery. 

James often conduct monthly meetings on financial literacy to people who need help. He plans is to continue a strong path in entrepreneurship. James volunteers often in church, community, hospitals, veteran homes and schools. With all of his communities and activism in the city, James and a friend started a nonprofit United Black Business Group (UBBG). It is a hub for local black businesses. If you have heard of a group that’s in the process of bringing a black bank to Richmond well that’s his organization. Along with the black bank, financial literacy, the nonprofit is seeking land for agriculture, real estate for commercial and residential properties and educating the community.

James has a strong since of leadership and effective ways and plans to make the community a better place. With deep roots in the community and business, he is essential to ensuring the needs are met for this organization. James has met with the Mayor, Governor, civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other local leaders to name a few. 

Ade Mason, VCU Program Coordinator - Bridging the Gap

Ade Mason is the Bridging the Gap Program Coordinator for the VCU Health Injury & Violence Prevention Program (IVPP).  He is tasked with identifying patients that are between the ages of 10-24 whom have assessed VCU Medical Center’s Emergency Department due to an intentional injury (gunshot wounds, stabbings, assaults, and intentional burns).  His holistic approach to case management affords him the opportunity to not only provide assistance to program participants but also their siblings and/or dependents as a means to support and strengthen the entire household.  Ade has devoted the past 13 years in the human service field providing case management to at-risk youth, incarcerated/post release adult offenders, and individuals with extensive mental health challenges.  

Ade is a proud native of Petersburg, Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia State University as well as a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Security.  Ade resides in Chester, Virginia and is the proud parent of 4 girls, 5 boys, and one awesome grandson.  He is also the co-founder of an AAU track & field club for youth boys and girls ages 4-19 known as the Legion of Zoom Track Club based in Chesterfield, Virginia as well as a football coach with the RVA Skins youth football organization.  He motivates each youth program participant and/or student-athlete he comes in contact with under the same overriding premise that “You cannot go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  

Floyd Miller, Executive Director

Floyd E. Miller, II, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He later received his Master’s Degree in Education from Virginia State University.

In 2017, Floyd was appointed as the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) after 17 years as the Senior Director of Urban Programs with Special Olympics Virginia. His experience consists of working closely with the MBL’s board of directors, securing funding through sponsorship, grants, and fundraising events. Floyd is solely responsible for the day- to-day operations and managing the organization’s annual operating budget.

Floyd has spoken at national conferences, schools, and universities, on the following topics: What Men Should Know About Sexual Assault, Underage Drinking, Restorative Justice, The Importance of Volunteering, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse & Neglect.

He is the recipient of the 2000 Men of Vision Award, given to him by the Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, which recognized his incredible work and commitment to preventing sexual assault and crimes against women. He was recognized by Inside Business as one of the top forty under forty professionals in Richmond, Virginia. Floyd received the 2011 Tom Joyner Morning Show Real Fathers, Real Men Award. Floyd received the 2012 Bank of America Heroes Award for being a role model and leader in his community. He was awarded the 2013 Injustice Award from Church Women United Richmond for his commitment to inclusion and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Ron Miller, Retired, Volunteer, Board Member

Ron Miller attended Duke University, Manhattan College and Long Island University receiving degrees in Hospital Administration and is currently retired from the VCU Health Systems as Director of Radiology. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Ron is involved with a variety of community service projects that aid a broad spectrum of Richmond residents.

Current volunteer participation includes the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Driver; providing transportation for patients undergoing cancer treatment, board member of The Saint Paul’s Community Foundation; organized the SCRIP Program which to date have donated $96,000 for emergency assistance, Co-Chair of the Annual Golf Tournament; proceeds are used to award scholarships to students attending academic or vocational institutions.   Ron is an avid golfer, competitive racquetball player, cyclist, and enjoys card games.

Michael Newsome, Sr. Associate Vice President for Research, VCU

Michael A. Newsome is the Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a native New Yorker who has happily resided in Virginia since 1979. He currently lives in Montpelier, VA and has been married to his beautiful wife Patricia for 23 years. He is the proud father of two sons Aaron 16 and Jayson 14 an older brother Gary and his parents George (87) and Thelma (81) who still keep him very grounded. Mike is very active in business and community service. 

He is currently the President of the Virginia Union University National Alumni Association, member of the Virginia Union University Board of Trustees, member of the National League for Nursing Board of Governors, Treasurer of the National League for Nursing Foundation, Treasurer for the VCU Black Education Association, Board member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter, member and Usher at Faith Landmarks Ministries and is the owner of Hotels Etc. of Virginia an exclusive travel membership club. 

 He believes it is important to listen twice as much as you talk, give back and help others when you are able, giving is not always about money but about giving of your time and talents, learn to forgive (especially yourself), and always work on becoming the best version of yourself.

Raymond Ohaegbulem, Fatherhood Graduate

Raymond Ohaegbulem was born and raised in Nigeria. He is the first child and only son of a family of two. After losing his dad to ill health at an early age, Raymond took on the challenge of manhood very early. Through the support of his mother, Raymond and his sister were able to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a Law degree respectively from MADONNA University in Nigeria. Raymond travelled to England to attain his Master of Science in Engineering. 

In search for personal fulfillment and purpose Raymond came to the United States in 2015. Though having faced many barriers including cultural, social and career challenges, he has kept a positive outlook toward his approach in life, while striving for excellence. Raymond is the proud father of his daughter, Adora. He has completed a national fatherhood curriculum and a co-parenting navigation class, to be an involved father.

Raymond is interested in modeling and shares his testimony about being a victim of domestic violence. He has recently enlisted with the United States Reserve. Raymond is an example of discipline, grit, determination, and resilience.

Taurus Rogers, Human Services Administrator, Fatherhood Facilitator, Husband

Taurus Frederick Rogers is the older of two children born to Melvin and Mary Rogers on April 15, 1973, in Fairmont, North Carolina. He has two sisters, Wendy Thompson, and Natasha Rogers. Taurus is the proud uncle of four nieces and two nephews. In 1996, Taurus graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He is an active member at Antioch Baptist Church where he serves on the Male Chorus, Media Ministry and Men’s Ministry. 

Taurus’ passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of families who have been impacted by separation and loss. Taurus has over 25 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families. Taurus is currently employed as a Human Services Administrator for the Fatherhood Initiative at Richmond City Department of Social Services where he has worked tirelessly in the child welfare field for over 15 years. In his current position, his vision is to use this platform to bring absent fathers back into the lives of their children and to equip all fathers with the tools to meet the psychological, financial and emotional needs of the family. In his free time, Taurus enjoys spending time with Kiva, his wife of almost 15 years; playing golf and bowling.

Walking alongside hurting people through the healing process is often met with adversity and heartbreak. During those times, Taurus finds strength in his favorite scripture, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7-8

Matthew Ruland, Career Coach, Worship Leader, Husband, Father

Matthew Ruland is currently a Career Coach with the YouthBuild program out of Pathways in Petersburg VA.  Born on Long Island NY, lived in Georgia, where he met his beautiful wife Tracy, and now currently resides in Petersburg. 

A former certified massage therapist, former security officer, and a former police officer.  Leads worship with his family Wednesday evenings at the Beacon Hill Church in Hopewell VA, for the church's Celebrate Recovery ministry, and facilitates the men's open share group. He currently prides himself as a devoted husband to Tracy, and father to Evan, and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, without Him, none of this would be possible.

Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW - Entrepreneur, Author, Therapist

Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW is a therapist, author, publisher, professional speaker, and business owner. His books include "Nelson Beats the Odds", "Tameka's New Dress", "Nelson Beats the Odds: Compendium One", and "Rest in Peace RaShawn". In 2015, Sidney developed the “Nelson Beats The Odds Comic Creator” app to help young people celebrate their strengths and feel good about themselves. Sidney works full-time as a Clinical Specialist at a crisis therapeutic home for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Lawrence Speight, III, Author

"Lawrence Speight WII is the author of his books "Beyond the Bars" and "(F)lawless". Though he has many accomplishments, he will tell you that he counts it all as pebbles in comparison to what Jesus has done for him. His focal point of life is being a Christian in everyday situations...where Christ is most neglected. He has brought the gospel to incarcerated inmates, hospitals, and much more. He often sums up his viewpoint by saying

    "The bible is like the streets: can't just talk gotta live it!!"

Bro. Terence Spence, Men's Ministry Leader, Coach, Mentor, Outreach Coordinator

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Bro Terence Spence is an active member of MT Olivet Baptist Church (MOBC), Petersburg, VA; since he and his family moved here by way of the military (Army) in 1998. He is an active member of MOBC’s Men’s ministry known as the “Brotherhood”, where he currently serves as its president. During his many years of participation in the Brotherhood, Bro Spence have been involved in several church and community outreach projects such as; serving at the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter, Petersburg annual “Walk for Hunger” campaign, the American Cancer society “Relay for life” campaign, to name a few. He also has led and facilitated numerous MOBC men’s biblical study programs to include The Men’s Fraternity and 33 The Series”.

He currently serves as the tournament director for MOBC’s Annual “Neighborhood’ basketball tournament. This tournament has provided the biggest positive platform of expression for the city of Petersburg and surrounding communities since its inception in 2012.

Bro Spence is a mentor to not only young men within the church community but, is affectingly known by many as Poppa, Pops, Uncle T, Coach and the likes within the entire community where is resides. Through it all, Bro Spence always recognized that he has accomplished nothing but, acknowledges that it is by God’s grace which gives him the strength to serve. His mantel he lives by is His Church’s motto which simply states, “Doing it God’s Way.”

Robert L. Thornhill, Jr. - Community Advocate, Mentor, Educator, Outreach Coordinator 

Robert has dedicated his life to helping individuals in his community. A graduate of Strayer University with a B.A. and concentration in Finance, graduate student at Regent University majoring in Religious Studies and intern at Rubicon as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Thornhill fully understands the need to lead with conviction and commitment to helping others be the best they can be. I believe what the writer said in Hebrews 13:21 that ”God will equip you with all you need for doing his will”. Spirit-filled and and purpose driven, Robert is dedicated to his cause to make an impact in the community by being a change agent. Not someone that talks the talk, but walks the walk. When I accomplished my goal to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, I knew I had succeeded. The determination I had to keep going and not give up was strengthened by the men that walked along with me. 

Because of that support, I am more determined to support, encourage and inspire youth in our community. I believe that with good mentoring and supplying the tools and skills, we have an opportunity to impact a person’s life in a way that helps not just them but all of humanity. I am not naive to believe we can “save” everyone. However, don’t we have a mandate through our faith to believe there is hope for the hopeless? "When I look into the faces of youth, I see me and because of that, I must help them to climb their own mountain and experience that feeling of accomplishment". “If not me, then WHO?" 

Stephen Vicoli, Transistion Coordinator

Stephen Vicoli arrived in Richmond Virginia in October of 2011 at the age of 40. He had a few days of clothing, $5 and no capacity to be a father, son or even a contributing member of a community. Stephen was taken to a shelter on the city's south side. I met a man that made a statement that has had a profound impact on my life. He said "Young man, anger is fear in disguise, what are you so afraid of?". After hearing the condensed version of my adult life he offered that he "got to work" in this long term recovery program and begin to look at exactly what I was afraid of. He shook his hand and accepted his offer. With lots of support from the people he met in Richmond I am now accountable, responsible and worthy. 

Nearly seven years later, he is the Transition Coordinator for that same program. Stephen has the grateful opportunity to share his experience, strength and hope with men that come into the shelter as defeated as he was. "I witness men regain their dignity and self respect, positions in the community and establish themselves as loving and effective fathers" says Vicoll. This is achieved, in a large part, through the 12 spiritual principle of recovery and by organizations like My Brothers Keeper of Greater Richmond and The Virginia Family and Fatherhood Initiative who make available classes, mentors and role models. Vicoli says, "I am humbled every day as I share this journey with these men."

Darryl Williams, Family Advocate, Community Engagement Coordinator, Manup Director

Darryl Williams was born in Richmond, Virginia and was raised in eastern Henrico County. He is a graduate from Varina High School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Virginia State University in 2002. He has two sons, ages twelve and fourteen, who attend school in Henrico County. Mr. Williams began his career with Henrico County Public Schools in 2012 as Family Advocate for Highland Springs Elementary School. He quickly moved up to Lead Family Advocate the following school year and currently serves as Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. In this role, Mr. Williams helps to supervise and coordinate family engagement efforts for one resource center facilitator, three lead family advocates and twenty-four school-based family advocates at Title I schools in Henrico County. Additionally, he works to make connections with local businesses and organizations in an effort to identify resources for families and potential partnerships for schools in Henrico.

Mr. Williams has also lead ManUp, the district’s fatherhood initiative, since 2012. The mission of this effort is to actively engage men in order to enhance the well-being of students by increasing the number of children growing up with and involved, responsible, and committed father/male figure through proactive and educational programs. He currently serves on a number of local committees and boards for organizations including the Henrico Partnership for Family & Community Engagement, Raise a Village Foundation, River Bluffs Community Association, MEDARVA, Extension Leadership Council, United Way Literacy Collaborative Action Network and The Men of New Water.

Mr. Williams is a certified master trainer for the National Partnership for Community Leadership’s Partners for Fragile Families Fatherhood Development Curriculum. He is also certified as a National Family Development Credential Program Instructor to facilitate training on the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers course.