Leadership Team

Board Members

The National At-Home Dad Network is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, with three members elected to three-year terms by membership at each Convention during the Annual Members Meeting. Officer positions on the Board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are appointed by the Board itself.

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Chris Routly

President
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Portland, ORChris has been a full-time at-home dad since 2009. Originally from Canada, he now lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, OR. He became an “accidental activist,” as he calls it, when he succeeded in getting Huggies to change an offensive ad campaign, and has jumped at the opportunity to be able to discuss modern fatherhood with a wider audience. Chris blogs about his thoughts and experiences as a dad at The Daddy Doctrines, runs PDX Dads Group, and recently released his first major children’s book Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish, that he wrote and illustrated. He has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the NAHDN, and at the 20th Annual At-Home Dads Convention in 2015 was elected by the Board as President of the organization.

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Greg Washington

Vice-President
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Morrisonville, WIGreg has been an at-home dad since 2000 homeschooling his 3 boys. Greg participates in a local dad panel at Edgewood College, focusing on educating college students about the different roles of dads today. Greg was recently elected the chairman of the board of his semi-pro football team and served as the Chairman of the Social Media Committee for The National At-Home Dad Network before being selected as Vice-President.

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Chris Bernholdt

Secretary
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Devon, PAChris Bernholdt was an art educator for ten years in the suburbs of Chicago. He has been a stay at home dad since 2008 when he first started writing his blog called DadNCharge. He has the been blog editor for the National At Home Dad Network and oversees the website. He has served on the Scholarship committee and has served as the Community chair managing the dads groups. He is also the co-founder of Philly Dads Group a social group for dads. He lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with his three kids and wife, Susie.

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James Kline

Acting Treasurer
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Raleigh, NC – James is an advocate of at–home parenting, and has been the primary caregiver for his family since 2010. Trading his laptop for a diaper bag, James left the Healthcare IT field to conquer child rearing.  As co–organizer for the Triangle SAHD group in Raleigh, NC, James helped grow membership to over 250 though media exposure and promoting the “coolness factor” of at–home–dads.  James is a contributing author to Dads Behaving DADLY: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood (Motivational Press, 2014), and received the 2014 Unsung Hero People of Distinction Humanitarian Award for Parenthood.   James restores his own cars, brews his own beer and takes care of his own children… giving many thanks to his supportive and tolerant wife.

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Christopher Persley

At-Large

New York City, NY – Christopher is a former independent school educator and administrator who is now a writer, consultant, and fatherhood advocate. Christopher writes the blog, The Brown Gothamite, which focuses on his journey as an at-home father, man of color, and feminist. He has appeared on national television, print media, and several different websites discussing his life as an at-home father. Christopher somehow finds time to also work as both Co-Organizer of NYC Dads Group and Father Focus Lead for the Center for Parental Leave Leadership

Christopher loves having adventures with his five year old daughter Camilla, a.k.a. Courageous Kid, in New York City and saving the world with her from super villains 2-3 times a day. His wife, Jenelle, enjoys being the wife and mother to these two aspiring superheroes.

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Will Culp

At-Large

Mahomet, ILWill Culp is a father of three (2, 4 and 7), author of “Better Off Dad: Parenting morsels from a stay-at-home daddio” and serves as Chair of the Media Relations committee for the NAHDN. He is a retired blogger, bartender, arts administrator and advertising executive. Will coaches youth soccer and tee ball, performs improv Murder Mystery theatre, mentors teen dads through “Young Lives” and volunteers for “The Canteen Run,” a local ministry serving the homeless community.

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Alex Harwood

At-Large (Social Media Committee)

Denver, CO – Alex Harwood graduated with a fine arts degree from University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a professional photographer as well as a photography blogger. Living in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains are his back yard and he takes advantage of them whenever he can. Alex has been a stay at home Dad since 2013. Alex is married to Melissa and together they have a son, Graham, who is 2.  Alex is a member of the social media committee and coordinates the NAHDN’s Instagram account. He is also an assistant organizer for the Denver Dads Group.

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Austin Dowd

At-Large (Chair, Convention Committee)

Cary, NC – Austin Dowd is the father of two boys, Emory and Kellen. With a background in marketing and photography, he left the working world to become the primary caregiver for his children in 2010. He’s a founder of Triangle Stay At Home Dads in Raleigh-Durham, NC, which has now grown to include 100+ members spanning 3 different counties in North Carolina. He has attended the 2012, 2013, & 2014 conventions, served on the 2014 Denver Convention Planning Committee, was the Co-Chair for the 2015 Raleigh Convention Committee, and will Chair the 2016 Convention Committee.

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Pat Jacobs

At-Large (Chair, Social Media Committee)
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Chicago, IL – Pat traded wrapping burritos at Chipotle for wrapping babies at home since his first child was born in 2013. He co-manages the Just a Dad 247 blog to help stay-at-home dads find resources, humor, and support throughout their days. He is an Event Organizer for the Chicago Dads Group and is a contributing author to both of the Dads Behaving Dadly books. He is also a co-host of the But Daddy Why podcast. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

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