Jean Rhodes - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

A Note From The Editor, October 30, 2012

I am delighted to appoint eight new members to the editorial board of the Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring. With their vast knowledge and experience, the members of this board are well positioned to bring us important perspectives and to stimulate vigorous debates in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring. The new editors include:

W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Policy Editor. Dr. Goode will write and moderate the Policy Corner blog. This blog will serve as Dr. Goode’s platform to cover issues that stand at the intersection of mentoring and public policy. Dr. Goode brings years of experience to this role. Dr. Goode is the President of Amachi, Inc. a national acclaimed model faith-based program for mentoring children of incarcerated parents and Distinguished Senior Resident Fellow, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), University of Pennsylvania. Because of his innovative and groundbreaking work, in 2006 he received two prestigious awards: the Civic Ventures $100,000 Purpose Prize, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Citizen of the Year. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with 57 years of service at the First Baptist Church of Paschall located in southwest Philadelphia. Dr. Goode has served as an officer in the U. S. Army. He also led groundbreaking work in faith-based housing for low and moderate-income persons.  He was the first African American member, and later became Chairman, of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  He again broke racial barriers with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.  He would follow that as the City’s first African American Mayor for two terms.  He subsequently spent 7 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education under the Clinton Administration.  He left that position in 2000 to help organize the Amachi program, which is now his ministry and life’s work.

Michael Garringer will serve as editor of the Forum, the most frequently visited feature on the Chronicle. The Forum provides a running commentary on mentoring research, policy, and practice including the responses of guests with different views on the topic a question or topic. In the first of his edited Forums, Garringer invited leading researchers and practitioners to weigh in on the issues of match closure. His connections to both researchers and practitioners in the field runs deep. As a Resource Advisor with the National Mentoring Center at Education Northwest, Michael has provided technical assistance to federally funded mentoring initiatives sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the US Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. He has also worked collaboratively with several State Mentoring Partnerships to improve the resources and tools available to their local programs. Michael is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous publications and guidebooks

Marty Martinez, M.A. will serve as the Practice Editor and will write and oversee the Practice Corner blog. The Practice Corner will serve as Marty’s platform to cover issues related to MENTOR’s network of State Partnership. Marty Martinez is the president and CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). He has been a leader in shaping and implementing MMP’s initiatives to promote and ensure high-quality standards and practices for youth mentoring. A program and organizational quality expert, he has helped lead MMP’s management team in shaping organizational strategies; developing strong partnerships with funders, elected officials, and other key stakeholders; and in creating an action plan to continue the growth and success of MMP and the field of mentoring.

Dave Van Patten will serve as the Program Editor through which he will write and oversee the Chronicle’s new Program Corner blog. The Program Corner will serve as Dave’s platform to cover emerging issues in youth mentoring programs and government initiatives. Dave serves as co-Chair of MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council, and brings years of experience to this role. His career spans 30 years of leadership within the government, nonprofit, and private sectors.  After serving as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, Dave led two nonprofit organizations, including a national award winning mentoring program,  before founding Dare Mighty Things in 1991.  As President and CEO, Dave fosters relationships with key stakeholders and guides the life cycle of all client engagements. His expertise has been instrumental in the development and scaling of dozens of mentoring programs impacting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and adults in nearly every state and several countries of the world. As a result, Dave has received national accolades for program innovations in mentoring high-risk populations, prisoner rehabilitation, new venture creation, and building faith-based organizations. Dave has authored numerous reports, articles, and books, and has lectured at several universities in social entrepreneurship, not-for-profit management, and volunteer management.

David DuBois will serve as the Evidence Editor and will write and oversee the Chronicle’s new Evidence Corner. The Evidence Corner will serve as David’s platform to cover issues related to program evaluation and the interpretation and application of evaluation and research findings. David brings a strong foundation for this analytic role. He is a Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on factors that contribute to youth resilience, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, and how these assets can be utilized to enhance positive health outcomes through community-based programs. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on these topics, including two widely cited meta-analytic reviews of the literature on the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. Dr. DuBois is lead co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (Sage Publications, 2005), which received the Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book from the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), the second edition of which will be published in the fall of 2012. He also recently co-authored (with Barton Hirsch and Nancy Deutsch), After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure, which received the Social Policy Award for Best Multi-Authored Volume from SRA.

Renée Spencer will serve as Editor of the Research from Related Fields column. This column will enable Renee to post and discuss research from the fields of social work, education, psychology, and others as they pertain to the mentor-mentee relationships. As the nation’s leading qualitative researcher in the field of mentoring, Dr. Spencer is well equipped to serve this important bridging role. Dr. Spencer is Associate Professor at Boston University School of Social Work. Her research focuses on youth mentoring, specifically relational processes in more and less successful relationships. She is currently conducting a mixed-methods longitudinal study of the development of youth mentoring relationships in community-based programs. She has published widely on youth mentoring and serves as a member of several boards and committees, including MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership Research and Policy Council, The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM) National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council.

Timothy A. Cavell, PhD, professor and director of clinical training, Department of Psychological Science, University of Arkansas. His work focuses on mentor-based interventions for children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied. Recent work has focused on the integration of youth mentoring and prevention science and, more specifically, on lunchtime school-based mentoring as intervention for chronically bullied children. Cavell will be The Chronicle’s child-focused prevention editor and will write and oversee the new “Child-Focused Prevention Corner”, which will cover issues involving youth mentoring as prevention strategy for elementary school-age children.

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he coordinates the School Counseling Training Program. He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling. He authored the Cross-age Mentoring Program (CAMP) program that is currently implemented in by Boy With A Ball (under the name Velocity) at Harlandale High School (see Dr. Karcher also has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to strengthen their High School Bigs program (see Professor Karcher also conducted one of the first large-scale school-basedstudies, the Study of Mentoring in the Learning Environment (SMILE, 2003-2006) funded by the William T. Grant Foundation (, and currently he is co-Principal Investigator (with J. Mitchel Miller) of an OJJDP study to better understand the role of advocacy and related interactions in effectively mentoring delinquent youth in the national Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Dr. Karcher’s is co-editor with David L. DuBois of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2005, 2013) and co-edited with Michael Nakkula, Play, talk, learn: Promising practices in youth mentoring (2010).