Each year at HomeDadCon, we have our Annual Members’ Meeting, as dictated by our bylaws as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, where members of our organization vote on potential nominees. Those running for election will present their abilities, talents, and willingness to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term, supporting our mission: “To provide advocacy, community, education and support for families where the fathers are primary caregivers for their children.”
If you have questions about this process, particularly if you are a member who will not be able to attend HomeDadCon this year but would like to participate in voting, please contact Board Secretary Austin Dowd by emailing secretary (at) athomedad (dot) org for instructions on proxy votes.
The following candidates are The National At-Home Dad Network’s 2017 Board Nominees
Micah Adams, 33, hails from Portage, IN (Chicago area). As a father of two boys, 6.5 and 3.5, he understands the daily challenges of being an at-home dad and master diaper-slinger. Micah has been a stay-at-home dad for about six years, since his oldest son was five months old.
Before that he worked as a board-certified optician. So far Micah has served on the convention planning committee, scholarship committee, one of the admins of the official Facebook group, and helped start up and run the Pinterest account for the National At-Home Dad network. He is also the co-founder of the Northwestern Indiana (NWI) Dad’s Group. Micah is also a bit of a rebel: he has been known to put ketchup on his hot dogs and order pineapple on his pizza. His hobbies include cycling, computer gaming, and his latest addiction of home roasting coffee.
Josh Bellish first became a stay at home dad when he and his Husband were the foster parents of 3 kids. He had no prior parenting experience but found himself at home with a newborn, a one year old and a 4 year old. Luckily his many years being yelled at by irrational people in his various corporate positions had prepared him for a task like this one. He was so deft at dodging their constant questions, their never ending stream of demands and stubbornness unlike the world has ever seen that when he and his husband had a kid of their own it was only natural that he would resume his SAHD role. Now Josh takes care of their 2 year old son while at the same time being super active in his local dads group and assisting with his husbands Real Estate group.
Josh helps as an administrator and organizer of the PDX Dads group Facebook Page and Meetup group. He runs 2 Facebook groups for Gay Dads and he spoke on the 2016 HomeDadCons first ever Gay Dads panel. He has also been a key member of the HomeDadCon 2017 planning committee.
Jonathan Heisey-Grove (JHG)
An at-home dad since 2011, Jonathan became an active member with the NAHDN after attending the convention in 2012.
He recognized a need for design of materials for the convention and has volunteered his expertise designing for the NAHDN ever since. He’s the Cub Master of a local Cub Scout Pack, and was president of his homeowner’s association for the past two years. He’s now ready to take on a more active role with the NAHDN. He is deeply committed to being a voice for at-home dads, having been interviewed about his role by NPR and Voice of America, the latter for two different countries.
As a board member he is seeking to bring the lives of at-home dads as caregivers to the mainstream, hoping to be an advocate nationally, not just locally.
Tony Hernandez was born in Orange, California. His mother was a SAHM while he was young. His father was a career Chief Petty Officer (USN). He moved on orders (father) from the age of 6 months until the age of 16. He graduate from high school in 1983. He obtained his Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science in 1986. Two years later he graduated from Lander College with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He worked in private industry until his wife (then girlfriend) finished her undergraduate degree. They both continued their educations at the University of South Carolina. He graduate in 1994 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. He was a Disability Examiner from 1994 to 1998. He was a professional educator from 2000-2006 teaching Social Studies. He married Lisa Thomas in 1998 and their son was born in 2008.
Along with his professional experience, he also has served on a number of community organizations. Currently, he is Chairman of the Parks and Open Spaces Board in Horry County. He is actively engaged in issues important to SAHDs. Over the past four year he has been actively prompting the mission of the NAHD. He admins for a variety of Stay At-Home Dad groups. He Tweets about politics. He co-admins an 8,500 member FaceBook group which promotes understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder. His wife is an attorney in private practice specializing in civil litigation defense for municipalities and governmental organizations. His son is currently a 3rd grader. He has attended three conventions previously.
Ariel Isenberg has been employed as a full time at-home dad in the Isenberg household since 2008. Since then, he’s been promoted twice and now has 3 bosses. Ariel also teaches second grade Sunday school, volunteers with his children’s school PTA, volunteers in the school library, and is looking forward to being an active participant and volunteer in his children’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops which they start this year.
This will be his 7th convention. His first, in Omaha, NE, had such an impact that he decided to run for the board as a write-in from the floor. Having previously served on the board, including during the organization’s transition and re-branding from Daddy’s Home, Inc. to the National At-Home Dad Network, he is confident he can utilize his past experience, and all he’s learned since, in helping the National At-Home Dad Network continue its mission and growth.
Carl Wilke has been a SAHD longer than most of you guys have been married! This year marks his 17th year as a full-time at home dad after a brief six year career as a middle school teacher. He and his wife will celebrate 25 years of (mostly) wedded bliss this January. They have five daughters (ages 22, 18, 15, 7 and 4) and one son (13).
Carl attended his first HomeDadCon in Denver in 2013 and has been an active presence in various social media groups advocating for fathers in general and SAHDs in particular. He has served on the selection committee for the Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship for the past four years, led a breakout group at HomeDadCon ’14 and will participate in the Trailblazing Dads panel at HomeDadCon ’17. Carl grew up in Wisconsin and brought his love of cheese, the Packers and Badgers with him when he and his family moved west to Tacoma, Washington, in 2011. He’s a pretty big deal because, at 6’8″ tall, he proudly claims the title of “Tallest Stay At Home Dad in the World”!
Spencer is a stay at home dad to a four year old daughter with special medical needs. He resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter.
When not fathering, Spencer works with non profit organizations. Spencer enjoys spending time with his family, traveling around Southern California and spending time at the beach. At 35, Spencer has successfully run a home business since he was 16.