MENTORS

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Meet Our Mentors

 

We have a dedicated group of men who come out each Tuesday, from 5:30 -7:00 pm, and volunteer their time to this program.  Many of them have families of their own, but they are passionate about giving back to the community in this manner; helping to inspire the young men in the community.  Currently, our group is comprised of current and retired teachers, a former fire chief, law enforcement officers, small businessmen, IT specialists, an Armed Services veteran, and the list goes on. 

Men and women over the years have graciously offered their time, skills, and life experience to positively impact the lives of these young men.  We represent the community’s desire to assist in the overall improvement of the quality of life for these youth.  Through group discussions, facilitated meetings, presentations, and team building activities Brother to Brother supports young men by helping them understand the importance of education and good self-esteem.  Mentees are required to spend at least 20 hours giving back to others by performing community service. 

Our program has always collaborated with school officials and teachers, guidance counselors, and principals, along with other local community academic and social support groups.

 

Scroll down to learn more about Our Mentors. 

Joe Davis, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Joe Davis, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR is a deeply committed and focused dad, independent businessperson, and community leader. A graduate of Rutgers University, a twenty three-year

expert in pharmaceutical sales, a certified personal trainer, and a long-standing mentor to

adolescent young men.

 

Joe who is no stranger to volunteering and mentoring has coached Kinderkicker’s soccer, T-ball, softball, baseball, football, and is a strong advocate for developing youth into responsible citizens. 

As the eight-year veteran Program/Executive Director of the nonprofit ‘Brother to Brother’ group mentoring program, Joe has maintained a deep commitment to improving the lives of stigmatized teenage boys.

Through his efforts and the mentors and volunteers he manages, Joe has proven his ability to maintain a high-level of student attendance and retention, drive better mentor performance, and boost program improvement through quality initiatives. Joe has increased ‘Brother to Brother’ community support, developed key coalitions, and has built local relationships with a shared sense of purpose.

Over the past eight years, Joe has tripled the amount of student participation by increasing the amount of fun and educational activities; quadrupled the program’s fundraising goals, increased active student involvement in community events such as helping locals survive Hurricane Sandy, and increased family involvement in shaping and maintaining the program’s mission.

Joe has also increased ‘Brother to Brother’ emphasis toward uncomfortable topics such as bullying, the dramatic uptick in more dangerous forms of teenage drug and alcohol use, violence against females, and direct perils to their lives by making sometimes foolish and unhealthy life choices.

Joe and his wife Donna have three successful college-aged children, two daughters Danielle and Deja, and their son Justin and granddaughter Tyler. Despite juggling multiple commitments and family pressures and responsibilities, Joe’s passion for the ‘Brother to Brother’ program is a source of strength for the organization, and his need to "change the world"; has brought about important advancements to the teenagers he serves.

Kevin K. Allen

 

Kevin K. Allen, retired Montclair Fire Chief, is a proud dad of a twenty-three year-old son; product of the Montclair Public School System, and graduate of Rider University where he pursued and obtained his Bachelors of Science in Political Science.  Kevin began his long career with the Montclair Fire Department on May 12, 1980, and rose to become its Fire Chief March 16, 2005, and is currently a valued mentor of Brother to Brother.

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Frederick R. Cook

 

Fredrick R. Cook, better known as “Rikki” was raised in Montclair, NJ where he attended Montclair Public Schools. Rikki graduated from Montclair High and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) earning his high school diploma and Bachelor’s degree respectively while engaging in competitive sports and active in community service.

Community service came naturally for Rikki as he and his siblings were unquestionably able to bring both pets and/or friends home for food and shelter during their childhood. Additionally, he and his siblings spent their Christmas monies on gifts for the needy after visiting The Salvation Army’s Christmas tree where people hung “wish list" tags.  

Rikki has always had and continues to have that spectrum of sharing, giving, and caring.

He has been involved with UNC’s Children’s Hospital event while in college and has been a coach with the Montclair Cobras PeeWee Football Team. Rikki is currently an active mentor in the Brother to Brother program and has been since 2013.  

Rikki is a 12 year veteran of the Montclair Police Department and is currently assigned as a Detective in the Juvenile Aid Bureau.  He is also the current president The Sentinels-16, a minority police officer community service organization, and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.

Rikki currently resides in Montclair with his wife Stefany, daughter Malia and son Kairo.

Garth Anthony Guthrie Jr.

Garth Anthony Guthrie Jr. is a Montclair native who loves to serve his community. Outside of community service, his hobbies include spending time with his family, playing basketball, video games, and fitness.

Today, Garth is a Drew University alumni with a major in biology and a Brother to Brother mentor. Garth strives to give back the same amount of positive guidance that he received in the same Brother to Brother program as a teen. His goal is to one day inspire and motivate today’s youth to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. 
 

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Tyrone Hulin
 

Tyrone Hulin has been a mentor for the Brother to Brother Program for almost 5 years. He has over 30 years of experience in Corporate America.

He is currently employed by the Montclair Board of Education as a Paraprofessional. He also pastors the Trinity Temple Church Of God in Christ and is also the president of its community development corporation, which is located in Montclair, NJ.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University and is the proud parent of 2 adult children (Jasmine and Marcus) and 2 grandsons (Beau & Wes).

Fred Randall

 

Fred Randall has lived in Montclair for over 30 years. He was introduced to meditation in 1968 with TM and has studied and practiced many forms of contemplative inquiry over the past fifty-three years. In 2015 Fred founded the Mindful Breath Foundation to make mindfulness/meditation techniques available to all age groups in Montclair. The foundation has since trained many Montclair public school teachers and administrators.

Fred is a successful businessman, CEO of RAMCO Equipment Corporation in Hillside, New Jersey, and a mentor and supporter of Brother to Brother since 2015.

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Khyree Silas

 

Khyree Silas is a firefighter in the city of Orange.

He graduated from Montclair High School in 2012. 

Khyree enjoys exercising, traveling, and helping out in the community on his days off. 
 

Arnold Whitley

 

Arnold Whitley has recently retired as an Industrial Arts teacher (IT) after about 40 years.  He is a graduate of Montclair State University. 

Arnold has taught various subjects for grades 4th through 12th, i.e., drafting, different shops, and peer leadership.

His daughter is a Rutgers graduate and was a member of Sister to Sister, while attending Montclair High School.

Arnold believes he has a lot to offer today’s youth especially in the technical fields.