Who We Are

The Father’s Group was founded by several black fathers who were concerned about the experiences their children were having both in school and in the broader community. They met initially to share thoughts, concerns and advice, yet soon realized they needed to take more concrete action to secure our next generation’s future. The Father’s Group is Black-led, but it embraces collaboration and cross-cultural influences, operating not just a group, but also as dedicated individuals who are doing great work in the community in education, business and social services. Priorities for The Father’s Group include building community by overcoming racial discrimination, increasing diversity in all sectors of society, providing asafe space for people to talk and share experiences, helping students set and complete educational goals, promoting minority-owned businesses and helping residents achieve financial independence.

The Father’s Group meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 5:00pm at The Haven.  Please contact us at info@thefathersgroup.com  if you are interested in attending or learning more about the group.

Mission

The Father’s Group works to enhance the lives of children through education, leadership, and networking; while strengthening our community, eliminating barriers, and helping them reach their full potential.

Vision

The Father’s Group (TFG) is a dynamic, nonprofit POC-led organization, ready to meet the challenges of the times through a collaborative and positive approach. TFG teaches children how to become productive and engaged citizens, provides a safe space for people to talk and share experiences, and works with partners to create a more caring and inclusive community for all.

Our Team

David Merritt

David Merritt

President

The current CEO of Connectin Tha Streets Entertainment, brings his 20+ years of experience working with various labels to assist aspiring artists with writing, recording, and performing music, father of one daughter.

David Chisholm

David Chisholm

Vice President

A professional chef for over 20 years, songwriter, father of four sons; able to talk about the difficulties and challenges of raising young black men in Bend, and the double-standards and discrimination that they faced growing up.

Tashia James

Tashia James

Secretary/Treasurer

Currently a cook at St Charles Hospital and Hospice of Bend and the Secretary and Treasurer of Connectin’ Tha Streets Entertainment; able to talk first-hand about the challenges of being a mother of black children growing up here in Bend and not understanding why they are being treated differently from their peers.

Marcus LeGrand

Marcus LeGrand

Board Member

Currently the College and Career Success Coach and an Instructor of Business and Human Development at Central Oregon Community College; currently serves on the Bend-La Pine School District Budget Committee and volunteers for numerous organizations (Restorative Justice, and Equity, The Fathers Group, and Central Oregon Equity Council); holds a BA in Marketing and Advertising and an MA in Counseling and Psychotherapy; Navy veteran who fought in the Persian Gulf; father of a daughter and son.

Kelly Musgrove

Kelly Musgrove

Board Member

Currently a Criminal Justice Professor at Central Oregon Community College; retired Police Commander from California after working in law enforcement for 26 yrs; holds a Masters in Business/Public Administration; father of three daughters (30, 28 and 5 yrs old).

Dalton Miller-Jones

Dalton Miller-Jones

Board Member

Received his doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and has taught at Cornell, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Williams College, and the City University of New York’s Graduate School; Prof Miller-Jones’ research focused on the impact of culture on development and learning, especially for African American and Indigenous First Nations children; In 2006 Governor Kulongowski appointed Dalton to the Oregon Board of Higher Education; is co-chair of the Restorative Justice & Equity group; proud father of 4 Black children and 8 grandchildren.

Gordon Price

Gordon Price

Board Member

Currently the Coordinator for Student Activities and Events at Central Oregon Community College; has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including Financial Aid, Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Activities and Student Life; actively engaged in presenting and lecturing on diversity and inclusion programs and projects as well as restorative justice and equity workshops and youth summits; holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Now is the time for action and change

Eric King, City Manager of Bend, talks about the challenges facing our community.

P.O. Box 5008
Bend, OR  97708 

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