MAD DADS Leadership Change

CONTACT: Eddie F. Staton, National President
904 781-0905 Office 904 233-8745 Cell
NATIONAL OFFICE: 5732 Normandy Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32205
December 30, 2010
The national organization MAD DADS, founded in Omaha in May 1989, will change leadership on January 1, 2011. Longtime national president and organizational co-founder Elder Eddie F. Staton will step down as National President after 21 years, handing the leadership and legacy to Mr. Theron D. Cook.  Staton will now become the new Chairman of the national board and co-founder Bishop Robert D. Tyler will become Chairman Emeritus.
MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction – Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder) is a national community fathering organization with a mission of providing safe neighborhoods and positive alternatives for at-risk youth.  MAD DADS are concerned parents and adults who purposefully hold themselves to be positive role models who resolve to save their communities from the ills of drugs, crime, and violence.  This work is accomplished at the grass-roots level through the  recruitment of community members to form chapters (the heart and soul of the national organization) who then develop locally-designed programs to meet the needs of their community.  These highly-evaluated programs include, but are not limited to, street patrols, in-school youth development programs, mentoring programs, and myriad other direct service activities  targeted to at-risk youth and the community.  The success of MAD
DADS is that it has been successful in urban, suburban and rural communities and particularly those of color, but has seen some of its greatest achievements in all-white communities.  Indeed, the model is multi-cultural with chapters in Latino as well as American Indian communities that enlist other community-based assets, including law enforcement, the judiciary, and other local resources to confront the negative forces destroying children, families and neighborhoods.
Under Staton’s leadership, the organization has grown both nationally and internationally, starting 60 chapters in 17 states including its first international chapter in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Internationally, over 18 countries have sent representatives to research and learn about the MAD DADS model.  The U.S. Department of Justice as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy has recognized the model as best practice and has funded it along with major American foundations including Kellogg, Mott, and MacArthur foundations.  The organization has received scores of local and national awards including two Presidential Awards:
  • The President’s Volunteer Action Award – Presented to MAD DADS INC., in April 1994 by President Bill Clinton during a White House Rose Garden ceremony.
  • The 126th Thousand Point of Light Award – Presented to MAD DADS INC. in June 1990 by President George Bush in Omaha, Nebraska.
Staton also presided over the organization’s intense media coverage such as: Good Morning America, CNN, NBC Evening News, World News Tonight and the CBS Morning Show and multiple local media outlets around the nation.
Cook, a Harvard graduate, and a former New York City drug policy official has also served as Program Director for the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington D.C. and as a program officer for the Village Foundation in Alexandria, VA.  He spent 3 years in the MAD DADS national office in Omaha as the national vice president of planning. Cook will visit Jacksonville the second week in January to begin the organizational transition.   The national board  has announced plans to move the national headquarters to Alexandria, Va., early in 2011 from its current location in Jacksonville, Florida.
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