NCFM National Board of Directors

updated 9/1/2013

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2012 NCFM National Board Meeting in San Diego offices boardroom.

BACKGROUND: Each NCFM chapter, if they chose too, has no less than one seat on our national board. Voting members have been NCFM members for at least two years and are from full-fledged chapters. They Board may and does occasionally elect a Member at Large who is a voting member. Non-Voting Members are representatives from provisional chapters and/or who have not been NCFM members for at least two years. This arrangement allows NCFM to have a broad spectrum of backgrounds and interests from around the country represented on our Board.

NCFM VOTING MEMBERS

Al Rava, Board Secretary, Member NCFM Executive Committee (NCFMSD Chapter, San Diego, California)

Al is an equal rights attorney in San Diego, California, specializing in representing men who are targeted by businesses’ sex-based promotions, often innocuously labeled “Ladies’ Night” or “Ladies’ Day.” He represented the prevailing plaintiffs, including several NCFM members, in the landmark California Supreme Court case of Marc ncfmAngelucci v. Century Supper Club (2007) 40 Cal.3d 24. Angelucci concerned a Los Angeles supper club that charged men a $20 cover charge, but let women in free, and frisked men for weapons, but not women, before entering. The California Supreme Court unanimously reversed rulings by a unanimous Court of Appeal and trial court, which both held that disfavored groups had to first assert their right to equal treatment to the offending business in order to have standing to file a discrimination claim under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in Environmental Science. For fourteen years he designed and sold water treatment and pollution control equipment in Southeast Texas. After prevailing as a plaintiff in three lawsuits—two against former employers that would not pay him his sales commissions after leaving their employ, and one against his car insurance company for accusing him of torching his car, Al decided he was going to beat them and join them by attending law school at California Western School of Law. He is a member of both the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas.

Chris Woodward, Board Member, Member NCFM Freedom Endowment Investment Management Committee (NCFMLA Chapter, Los Angeles, California)

Christopher Woodward has over 20 years deep CFO, operations, accounting and management consulting experience with large multi-billion dollar enterprises Comcast, Union Bank of California and Ernst & Young as well ncfmas several startup and high growth companies. Major clients have included Fox, Sony, PolyGram, Digital Domain, Hearst’s A&E Channel, Bally’s Total Fitness and Bowne Financial Printers. Mr. Woodward has broad industry experience and is an active CPA who began his career with 6 years at Ernst & Young.

Mr. Woodward is a finance and operations executive consultant with extensive experience building, leading and advising corporations. As a partner to the CEO, entrepreneurial owner or corporate senior management, he brings strengths in strategic development, financial and operational management, business processes, entrepreneurship, change management and implementation of tactical initiatives. He has substantial success in steering startup, high growth and mid-sized organizations through financing processes, mergers & acquisitions and other strategic transactions.

Deborah Watkins – Treasurer, Member Executive Committee, Member NCFM Freedom Endowment Investment Management Committee (Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas)

Deborah Watkins has almost 20 years of experience in Financial and Behavioral Forecasting. She has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Economic Research.  She currently works for an international finance company (since 2005).  When she is not lending her statistical brain to strategies for financial products, she helps NCFM as the National Treasurer.

ncfmDeborah has been with NCFM since 1997, shortly after she stepped down as the President of her local N.O.W. Chapter (National Organization for Women).  She was simply tired of continuously having to point out the (to her) obvious biases against equality she heard from within this group.  She had discovered Warren Farrell’s book “The Myth of Male Power” and found NCFM listed in the resources section; she joined almost immediately.  Deborah co-founded the Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter of NCFM in 2000 and has been NCFM’s National Treasurer since 2003.

Deborah’s primary Equality Issue is Reproductive Rights and Choices; she believes men simply don’t have any and this is a severe injustice.  Controlling whether or not one becomes a parent is one of the most essential aspects of controlling one’s own destiny – and life fulfillment.

In addition to forecasting, strategizing, and accounting (and that’s not just for work and NCFM), Deborah also enjoys biking, swimming, helping wildlife (especially bats) and camping with her boyfriend.  She loves being an “auxiliary adult”:  step-mom, step-granny, aunt, teacher, mentor.  Her other volunteer endeavors include Meals on Wheels, DFW Wildlife Hotline and tutoring math for friends and family.

Fred Sottile – Board Member (NCFMLA Chapter, Los Angeles, California)

Mr. Sottile is an accomplished musician, member of the Musician’s Union Local 16, and a private tutor for percussion performance (drums). He also works as Service Manager for Harley Davidson Motorcycles (14 years). He was an auto-body repairman for 22 years and owned and operated Pinebrook Autobody.

2012 FTF Fred 2Mr. Sottile became active in issues related to NCFM through a personal divorce. His primary interest is fraud, “fraud upon the Courtwhich is a legal term describing a certain type of criminal act. Consequently, he has done considerable in-depth research which resulted in his authoring three novels and one non-fiction tell-all whistle blower.

Mr. Sottile started the public access television show Face Up To Fred in which men’s rights issues were discussed. He produced 34 episodes over four seasons. The show ended when Los Angeles County revoked funding for public access television.

Since 2009 Mr. Sottile has been active with the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council to the extent that he is a founding member of the Male Victims/Survivors Task Force.  The task force is the first and only one of its kind in the United States.

Mr. Sottile joined NCFM in 2005 and was given NCFM’s Award of Honor in 2008 for his work on Face Up To Fred. As Secretary of NCFM Los Angeles, he was nominated, accepted, and proudly serves on NCFM’s national board of directors.

Harry CrouchBoard President, Member Executive Committee, Member NCFM Freedom Endowment Investment Management Committee (NCFMSD Chapter, San Diego, California)

Mr. Crouch has over 40 year’s organization design, implementation, monitoring, and management experience. Mr. Crouch has been President of the NCFM (NCFM) since 2006. In 2004 he launched the California Men’s Centers to provide various services for disaffected men, their families, and the women that love them. Prior to ncfmthat, he worked as a licensed real estate agent and regional manager for a large California business brokerage (three years). Before relocating to California from Alaska Mr. Crouch was a partner and Training Director of CASE Management Systems, a vocational counseling and rehabilitation firm which specialized in employment and training programs for injured workers and targeted hard-to-serve groups, primarily felons (four years). He owned and operated Bootlegger General Contracting for roughly a decade. His six years government service, not including the military, include serving as Assistant Ombudsman for the Municipality of Anchorage, Senior Administrative Officer/Independent Monitor for Employment and Training Programs MOA, and designing and implementing Alaska Pretrial Services (statewide) for the Alaska Court System.

Some of his other related activities include (1) forming the NCFM San Diego Chapter (NCFM-SD) (2) co-founding the Children’s Rights Initiative for Sharing Parents Equally (CRISPE) which involved successful national campaigns (3) developing with a team of community leaders Safe Place Faith Communities, a family violence education, information, and referral program (4) co-founding Honoring our Troops, a San Diego Veteran’s organization providing legal clinics, mentoring programs, and life skills/employability programs, as well as “care package drives” for our troops overseas, (5) membership in the San Diego Domestic Violence Council (SDDVC) with active participation in the SDDVC Men’s Leadership Forum and (6) co-founding the San Diego Children’s Coalition.

Mr. Crouch has written numerous articles published in various regional and national venues and has been interviewed by mainstream radio and television shows. He has a B.A. Degree in Sociology with graduate studies in Labor Management Relations from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Mr. Crouch served over six years in the Alaska Air National Guard and received an honorable discharge.

J. Steven Svoboda – Board Member at Large, Public Relations Director (Berkeley, CA)

J. Steven Svoboda, Esq. is NCFM’s senior board member, Public Relations Director, and book reviewer. His articles and book reviews are available through the NCFM newsletter Transitions, the longest running journal of men’s issues in the world.

ncfmHe has published nearly 200 reviews of books relating to men, boys, and gender. For eight years, he wrote a column for Everyman Magazine titled, “Gender, Law, and Society,” which he renamed after his first child’s birth, “Gender, Law, and Fatherhood.” He is co-author, with Warren Farrell and James Sterba, of the gender studies textbook, “Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?” (Oxford University Press, 2007), which for a period of time was the Amazon number one seller in its category.

Mr. Svoboda is the founder and Executive Director of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, in which capacity he educates, publishes a newsletter, and writes peer review and popular articles regarding genital integrity and human rights issues, especially opposing male circumcision.  In 2001, he presented oral and written declarations to the United Nations, the latter being the first and only known official UN document centrally focusing on male circumcision as a human rights violation.  In October 2013, he will be presented on the legality and pediatric ethics of male circumcision on an otherwise all-physician panel at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

His publications include “Out of step: fatal flaws in the latest AAP policy report on neonatal circumcision“ [written with Robert S. Van Howe, M.D.]; Journal of Medical Ethics, 2013; “Circumcision of Male Infants as a Human Rights Violation, Journal of Medical Ethics, 2013; Tortured Bodies, Tortured Minds, Informed Consent as a Legal Fiction Inapplicable to Male Circumcision,” in The Rights of the Child: Ensuring Every Child’s Fundamental Right to Body Ownership and Protection from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements (G.C. Denniston et al., eds., Springer, 2013), “Promoting Genital Autonomy by Exploring Commonalities Between Male, Female, Intersex, and Cosmetic Female Genital Cutting,” Global Discourse, 2012, “A Rose By Any Other Name: Rethinking the Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Genital Cutting,” in Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies Around Excision and Circumcision, edited by Chantal Zabus (Rodopi, 2009) [written with Robert Darby]; “Neonatal pain relief and the Helsinki Declaration,” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2008: 36: 803-823 [written with Robert Van Howe]; and ”Prophylactic Interventions on Children: Balancing Human Rights with Public Health,” Journal of Medical Ethics (2002).

Additionally, Mr. Svoboda has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows including Penn and Teller’s Showtime program Bullshit!

Lea Perritt – Board Member (Tennessee/Kentucky Chapter)

Dr. Perritt was introduced several years ago to NCFM by a friend. Since then Dr. Perritt has been an active NCFM member and is Co-founder and Board Member of the Kentucky/Tennessee chapter. Dr. Perritt is a native of Akron, Ohio.  She left Akron at age 17 to attend college in Athens, Ohio at Ohio University. After graduation she worked as a social worker in welfare programs and psychiatric hospitals. Then she moved to Lexington, Kentucky where her first spouse was pursuing his doctorate in business administration. She was working as a rehabilitation counselor then and completed her Masters and Doctorate in Psychology. Dr. Perritt held several positions at the university including Director of Continuing Education in Allied Health and Director of Research and Marketing for a tele-course program. As a professor she taught Ethics and Psychology for students pursuing degrees in various health professions. Her prior areas of research have been Ethics and Patient Education for the elderly. Dr. Perritt still supervises Psychology students part-time.  She is currently in private practice working with most populations and consulting with people with Social Security disability issues. Her most recent research has been related to men and depression, domestic violence, and child custody; and, she conducts seminars or makes presentations on related issues.

Marc Angelucci – Board Vice-President, Member Executive Committee (NCFMLA Chapter, Los Angeles, California)

Marc E. Angelucci is a practicing attorney who has taken on high profile cases involving paternity fraud and male victims of domestic violence in California. He graduated phi beta kappa from U.C Berkeley in 1996 with a B.A. in Philosophy and received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2000 where he received several public interest nccfmawards and founded two student bar associations.

He joined NCFM as a law student in 1997 after seeing his friend physically abused for years by his wife and then denied domestic violence services because he is male. In 2001 he formed the L.A. chapter of NCFM and served as its president until 2008, during which time NCFM-LA became an active chapter that organized rallies, filed lawsuits and received significant media attention.

Angelucci has worked as a family law attorney for the Men’s Legal Center in San Diego. He also has experience in mental health law, poverty law, appellate advocacy and construction litigation.

In 2008 he won a landmark appellate case against the State of California (Woods v. Horton) which held it is unconstitutional to exclude male victims of domestic violence from state funding for victim services. He also helped draft and enact legislation to stop paternity fraud, served on the California DCSS Paternity Committee, served on the Training Committee of the L.A. County Domestic Violence Council, and testified before the California Senate and Assembly Judiciary committees.

He has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, Phil Donahue, John and Ken and other radio and media, has been quoted numerous times in the the Daily Journal and other newspapers and has published op-eds in the L.A. Times and elsewhere on men’s issues.

Mark Bates – Board Member (NCFMTC Chapter, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

ncfmMark is plant supervisor for a water softener manufacturer in Minneapolis. He has been a warehouse manager for two medical device distributors, and a floor director at a twin cities television station. Mark has been a member of NCFM since 2001. He is Vice-President of the NCFM Twin Cities Chapter in Minnesota, a national board member since 2004, and is deeply involved with educating the public on matters of sex discrimination against men. Along with other members of the NCFM Twin Cities Chapter Mark has staged informational booths at hundreds of community events throughout Minnesota and several in neighboring states. In so doing Mark has educated thousands of people and helped distribute tens of thousands of informational flyers, handouts, and brochures.

Ray Blumhorst – Board Member (Los Angeles)

Mr. Blumhorst retired in 2005 from Santa Monica College, CA. where he was Mechanical Systems and Energy Management Supervisor for 16 years. Mr. Blumhorst has over 35 years experience in mechanical trades of which 20 years or more was at a supervisory or management level.

Aside from considerable technical training, he earned three A. A. degrees:  Interdisciplinary Subjects (cum Laude), English (cum laude), and Journalism (cum laude). He has garnered some success as a photographer and is a member of the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Mr. Blumhorst is also a credentialed Community College & Adult Education Instructor with eight years teaching experience. After four years in the Navy, three deployments, three medals, and five campaign stars for Vietnam service, he was honorably discharged. Mr. Blumhorst is President of NCFMLA since 2009, NCFM national Board Member, Major Donor/Benefactor, and recipient of the NCFM Award of Honor in 2005.

Tim Goldich – Board Member, Editor of Transitions Journal of Men’s Perspectives (Chicago, Il)

ncfmTim Goldich is a technical writer by trade. He has also written four books on the subject of gender. The first—Loving Men, Respecting Women: The Future of Gender Politics—is newly published and available on Amazon.com (paperback and kindle). He is also the current editor of Transitions: Journal of Men’s Perspectives. Goldich does public speaking around men’s issues and has produced a number of YouTube videos on the subject. He is the president of the Chicago chapter of NCFM and an avid member of the ManKind Project, two organizations that variously support men politically and emotionally. He is also an educator and mentor to boys on their way to becoming men. Finally, Goldich facilitates the personal growth work of men on New Warrior Training Adventure Weekends and of men and women Path To Spirit personal growth weekends.

Will Hageman – Board Member (Twin Cities Chapter, Minnesota)

nWill Hageman has been active in the Twin Cities Chapter of NCFM since its founding in 1999, and has been chapter president since 2005.  His priority is to make the public aware of discrimination and injustices against men and boys, and to encourage people to raise these issues with politicians and public officials.  He has a bachelor’s degree and 25 years experience in customer service, technical support, and computer programming.

 

NCFM NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Gregory J. Josefchuk – Board Member (President Carolinas Chapter, Member NCFM College Initiative Workgroup)

greg josefchukMr. Josefchuk is a senior business development leader for a Fortune Five Hundred global company responsible for developing key stakeholder relationships and directing execution of strategic initiatives and programs on a national basis. He is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience as a sales, marketing and business leader in the fields of climate control, energy, industrial machinery and material handling.

Greg has broad experience in community based activism and has served as board director, officer and member with over a dozen nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the Boards of three nonprofits, is co-chair of the Respect Life committee at his church and is actively engaged with Habitat for Humanity, 40 Days for Life, the Knights of Columbus and the United Way. He is a strong advocate for men’s rights, especially in regard to due process and equal protection liberties associated with the manner in which sexual assault cases involving male students are handled by postsecondary institutions. He is a political science major that earned a B.S. Degree at Northern Illinois University.

Christopher Thompson – Board Member (President Montana Chapter, Member NCFM College Initiative Workgroup) resume pending

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One Response to NCFM National Board of Directors

  1. Loy Ray Clemons on May 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    My basic concern is about the present climate showing men as idiots and incompetents on TV commercials..A good example is the change in roles of the man helping the woman fix her tire, and the switch we see now where the woman takes charge.
    I believe men must recover from the feminist onslaught. The Family is the most important unit in our culture, and when that disappears, America is doomed.
    I have written screenplays and novels. However, I have no experience in documentalries or teleplays. I can furnish a concept treatment for a documentary that will expose the inequities shown on TV commercials. If I can find someone to work with who can help turn out a documetary, I can offer my services.
    In the meantime can you put me in touch with someone in Utah who is interested in furthering your goals.
    Thank you,
    Loy Ray Clemons

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