ABOUT US

The Father’s Club is a dad-led, grass roots effort promoting intentionally around dads’ relationships and time spent with their families, with each other and within the community.

The hope is that such intention will help empower parents to be a catalyst for change in the areas of mental health, teen suicide, substance abuse, technology addiction, self-worth, anxiety and stronger families.

Mission Statement

The Father’s Club is a dad-led, grassroots effort creating simple ways for dads to be intentional with their KIDS, with other DADS and within their COMMUNITY.  With resolve, humility, and love, our mission is to be a catalyst for positive influence around the world.

Core Values

The Father’s Club recruits its leadership with those who identify personally with our culture.  Finding dads who fit is one of the most important components of creating a compelling culture that lasts.  The Father’s Club culture isn’t just lived by its leaders, we want all who come in contact with us to experience our servant leadership culture.  Our process focuses on our core values:

  • Others First – We put others first to serve our families and the community.  We act with humility and count others more significant than ourselves.
  • Personal Excellence – Whatever we do, we do it with excellence.  We desire to excel, in speech, in knowledge, in actions, and in love.
  • Integrity – We are commanded to live a life of the highest honor and integrity.  We desire a character that brings goodness to all we come in contact with.
  • Work Together – We are one body with many members.  We are joined and held together by every member.  We love one another with friendly affection and strive to outdo one another in showing honor.
  • Accountability – We strive to be truthful and trustworthy.  We allow ourselves to be held accountable by other men so when challenges come in our lives, it helps us to accept responsibility and press ahead with a renewed purpose.
  • Lead Courageously – We strive to be strong, courageous and to get involved.  We are not afraid or discouraged when we have the body of men to support us.

Stances on Political and/or Cultural Wars

The Father’s Club desires to ensure that we are loving and impactful in our communities.  We want to help kids, dads, and communities be everything that they can be.  It is a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that’s being waged.

The Father’s Club is about fathers making a difference.  We are fathers and we are supportive of fatherhood.  We have the desire to do anything we can to strengthen families and we are committed to it.

The Father’s Club is open to partnering with organizations that are impactful and authentic.  Partnering with any organization will be the determination of the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee.

MEET THE TEAM

Father’s Club is made up of volunteers. Real dads making a real difference.

BOARD MEMBERS

Brad Holdhusen

Brad Holdhusen

Board Member/CEO

Brad, his wife Kristin and their 4 kids Sam, Jake, Max and Lauren live in Leawood, KS. Brad‘s pursuit of intentional fatherhood coupled with his passion and love for the Blue Valley community drive his desire to be a positive catalyst for change.

Randy Bratton

Randy Bratton

Board Member/Director of Campus Growth

Randy Bratton and his wife Marlo live in Overland Park, KS, and have three children; Rhodes, Allie, and Abby. Randy considers it an honor to serve alongside other men and strive to be better husbands, dads, and friends. He is passionate about partnering with high schools to grow and extend the impact of Father’s Club in Kansas City and ultimately across the nation.

Kevin Easterday

Kevin Easterday

Board Member/Treasurer

Kevin and his wife Laura live in Overland Park and have been married for over 24 years. They have two children who both attended Blue Valley Southwest High School. Kevin has worked in the Capital Market Group at Country Club Bank for over 24 years. He volunteers at his church, enjoys running, playing pickleball, tennis and LOVES to promote the Father’s Club.

Tom Herzog

Tom Herzog

Board Member

I am a son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, friend and cause-connected advocate. I’m a work in progress, proudly a misfit, passionate to be all who I’m created to be. And I’m grateful to be married to Mindy, being a Dad to Nick and Marissa and an ally to many.

John Hinman

John Hinman

Board Member

John is married to Stefanie and is the proud father of four kids (Taylor, JD, Molly, and Luke). He is passionate about F3Nation/F3 Kansas City, Serving Well, coming along side other men, and making a positive impact on his community.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Board Member/Secretary

Jeff leads by example, putting others first to serve our families and communities. He believes in the goodness of character and desires it for everyone he comes in contact with. Jeff lives in Overland Park, Kansas and is married to his wife Mindy, along with two “men-in-training”, Luke and Noah.

Darrin Wolff

Darrin Wolff

Board Member

Darrin and his wife Lisa have been married for 24 years. They have 2 children Abby and Jake both of whom attended Blue Valley Schools. Darrin strives to be friend to many; an advocate for high school kids and mental health and for Dad’s being Dad’s.

Todd Milner

Todd Milner

Board Member/Director of Campus Development

Todd is a proud father of three children. His children all graduated from Blue Valley Southwest High School. Todd grew up in small town Kansas spending most of his life in Kansas attending Kansas State University and has resided with his family in the Overland Park & Stilwell area since 1999.

He is passionate about serving his community, helping men/dads become better men, fathers and is committed to providing leadership to all the chapters of Father’s Club. Todd is absolutely committed to positively impacting and purposely engaging our community, our kids and other fathers.

Mike Rothwell

Mike Rothwell

Board Member/Director of Community Partners

Mike and his wife Sarah live in Stilwell, Kansas and have been married for over 20 years. Together they are navigating the journey of raising four young men, Levi, Ben, Graham and Chase. When not working as a Consultant with CBIZ CMF or running around with the family, Mike enjoys golf, working out, the mountains and the lake. Mike is passionate about creating opportunities for men and their kids to authentically connect with each other and the surrounding community. We are better together and not in the fight alone.

CHAPTER CHAIRS

Brad Holdhusen

Brad Holdhusen

Blue Valley High

Brad, his wife Kristin and their 4 kids Sam, Jake, Max and Lauren live in Leawood, KS. Brad‘s pursuit of intentional fatherhood coupled with his passion and love for the Blue Valley community drive his desire to be a positive catalyst for change.

Doug McIntyre

Doug McIntyre

Blue Valley North

Doug and Beth are having fun raising their three kids: Daniel, Sophia, and Sarah Kate in OP. We have a blast embracing and exploring all things KC, playing backyard games with Dad’s backyard rules, sharing good food with good friends.

Chris Whigham

Chris Whigham

Blue Valley North

My wife Shelly and I have been in KC for 21 years. Transplants from New Hampshire/Breckenridge, CO we have found raising our family in KC to be the most rewarding experience. The opportunities that our 3 daughters have at Blue Valley North are unlike anything we could’ve imagined.

I‘ve always been involved in their lives. I enjoyed 13 years of coaching soccer. Helping lead them in church and school programs. Father’s club is one of the best opportunities for Men/Dads to stay connected to the kids.

I look forward to many years of service within the club and the friendships we will build together.

Todd Milner

Todd Milner

Blue Valley Southwest

Todd is a proud father of three children. His children all graduated from Blue Valley Southwest High School. Todd grew up in small town Kansas spending most of his life in Kansas attending Kansas State University and has resided with his family in the Overland Park & Stilwell area since 1999.

He is passionate about serving his community, helping men/dads become better men, fathers and is committed to providing leadership to all the chapters of Father’s Club. Todd is absolutely committed to positively impacting and purposely engaging our community, our kids and other fathers.

Clay Norkey

Clay Norkey

Blue Valley West

Clay Norkey is co-founder and current chair of the Blue Valley West chapter. He is married to Dr. Sherri Martin, a pediatrician, and together they’ve embarked on an adventure of raising their blended family of nine kids. Clay is a lawyer and mediator in private practice, and also serves as Vice Chair of the Blue Valley Recreation Commission and President of the Wilshire Farms Homeowners Association.

He’s a community advocate who is passionate about finding common ground to advance long-lasting solutions for positive impact for our families. His happy place is at the lake and loves spending time with family and friends.

Who Will Step Up?

Who Will Step Up?

Blue Valley Northwest
Mike Davisson

Mike Davisson

Olathe East

Mike, his wife Marsha and their kids Drew and Lila live in Olathe where Drew and Lila attend Olathe East High School. Mike prioritizes faith, family and fellowship. He is passionate about walking alongside others through the journey of life.

Ryan Kapple

Ryan Kapple

Olathe East

Ryan only wanted to be one thing...a dad! He and his wife Amy have four kids. Avery and Mason are at K-State (Ryan and Amy’s alma mater-EMAW!) and their twin daughters Annie and Ally are juniors at Olathe East. Ryan loves to play tennis with his daughters, tailgate at K-State games with his kids and friends, and tell dad jokes. OE Father’s Club rocks!

Earl Kawaoka

Earl Kawaoka

Olathe Northwest

Earl and his wife Sarah live in Lenexa, KS and have been married for over 21 years. They have two children – a daughter who is an Olathe North graduate and now attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a son who is a junior at Olathe Northwest. Earl works for Fry-Wagner Relocation & Logistics while Sarah is a Realtor for Keller Williams–Key Partners.

When not working or with his family and friends, Earl’s focus is to give back to the local community by spending time volunteering and serving others through non-profit organizations. “Once I understood the impact that the Father’s Club has on our high school students and the local community it was an easy decision to serve alongside other dads with the same mission.”

Mike Birge

Mike Birge

Olathe West

Mike and his wife, Erin, live in Olathe, KS and have been married for 24 years after meeting at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Both were Athletes at MNU, Mike football and Erin basketball and Softball.

They have 2 sons, Alex who is a Freshman at Wichita State majoring in Exercise Science (looking to be an Orthopedic PA) and is playing Baseball. Dylan is a Junior at OW and plays Football, Basketball and Baseball. Dylan would like to play Football in college. Mike is a native of Minnesota and is active at Olathe West and at MNU.

Zach Vader

Zach Vader

Olathe West

Zach and his wife, Erin, live in Olathe, KS and have been married for over 20 years after meeting at Kansas State University. Cole, Tige, and Brock are their 3 very active sons that keep them very busy. A native of Kansas City, KS and a graduate of Bishop Ward High School, Zach and Erin are trying their best to raise "kind humans’’.

"There are so many kids that don’t have what my kids have. Erin and I want to make sure that our boys know how lucky they are and to be good examples as parents showing them to be there for others, especially in our Olathe West community."

Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Olathe South

Dave Miller is the Chapter Chair of Father’s Club at Olathe South.

Originally from Atlanta GA he’s claimed Kansas City as his hometown for the last 40 years. Dave is a financial advisor and married to a beautiful Olathe School District middle school teacher.

When he’s not doing whatever his kids want to do, you might catch him wrenching in the garage or hanging out with his Weimaraners.

Dean Olufson

Dean Olufson

Shawnee Mission East

Dean is a strong advocate for the positive impact of leadership, and the importance of investing in others. His passion for developing, encouraging and supporting others is a consistent theme throughout his career, which includes roles at several KC companies including Sprint, Garmin, H&R Block, and Cerner, where he’s currently employed as a User Experience Design Manager.

Deep interests in graphic design and photography are not only core to his professional work but also his volunteer work for various charitable organizations around the metro area. In his spare time, Dean enjoys cooking, DIYing around the house, and spending time with his wife and son, who is a senior at SME this school year. In addition to serving in organizations such as Fathers’ Club, he strongly believes in the value of spending time with our children.

Joe Keal

Joe Keal

Shawnee Mission East

Joe and his wife moved to the Shawnee Mission East area in 2002 with the goal of raising their children in one of the best school communities in the KC Metro area. He is a devoted husband, father to his two daughters, artist, sports coach, photographer, cyclist, architect, and energetic advocate for the ability of design to enhance and enliven the human condition.

As a native of rural southeast Kansas, he believes in the notion of “community” as a catalyst for human connection, spirituality, well-being, diversity, connection to nature, economic stability + prosperity… all of which should be positively modeled for the future members of our communities… OUR CHILDREN!!!

Dave Swob

Dave Swob

Shawnee Mission North

Dave has been married to Kristi since 2003 and is daddy of four. He enjoys watching his kids dance, play various sports, cheering on the Chiefs, teaching them to ride motorcycles, camping, hunting, hiking, snowboarding, boating, and serving at his church. He is a Kansas City native and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Dave is a down to earth entrepreneur with a passion for business and serving his clients. Over his career he has started and sold several businesses and currently enjoys helping clients buy and sell homes at Realty Executives of Kansas City. He has lived in the northern Johnson County area for over 20 years and is excited to bring Fathers Club to Shawnee Mission North.

Joe Close

Joe Close

Shawnee Mission South

Joe Close is the proud father of three young men, Major, Max and Mason. He believes in fathers taking an active role in raising men of character with other fathers in his Shawnee Mission South village.

His guiding principals include being a solid role model who communicates positive values to all, with a particular interest in kids who do not live in a positive environment. School is the place to reach kids with great potential who seek a guiding light.

Matt Cortner

Matt Cortner

Gardner Edgerton

Matt Cortner and his wife, Sarah, of 22 years live in GardnerEdgerton. They have three children, Parker, Emerson, and Addison. Matt has always had a passion for emotional intelligence and being a go-giver.

Matt has found The Fathers Club to be the perfect venue to allow Matt to follow his passions of giving back to the GardnerEdgerton community, the kids and staff of GEHS, and the High School itself. All the while meeting more dads, sharing stories, and locking arms around making this community safe, emotionally intelligent, and enjoyable to live and raise a family in.

Who Will Step Up?

Who Will Step Up?

Spring Hill
Joe Hildebrand

Joe Hildebrand

Heritage Christian Academy (HCA)

Joe is married to Marla Hildebrand and they have 3 teenage girls at HCA and a daughter and granddaughter in the Dallas, Texas area. Their girls all transferred to HCA at the beginning of the school year in 2020. Prior to that, Joe was involved with the BVSW chapter and steering committee. Through this involvement he developed a bond for what Father’s Club stands for and the relationships with the dads that he now calls great friends.

His girls where his driving force to get Father’s Club into HCA. They kept asking him, “when are you going to do FC at HCA?” When your girls want you there, you do it. He is looking forward to getting to know a bunch of new dads and students and seeing what FC can do for the school, community and kids.

Joe is a financial advisor and an avid outdoorsman. He spends a lot of time with his family but loves golf and hunting.

Who Will Step Up?

Who Will Step Up?

Kansas City Christian (KC)

FOUNDERS

Vince Stephens

Vince Stephens

President

Married to Veronica for 33 years. Four sons including Dorian who is a 16-year-old junior at Blue Valley High School. President of Axiom Construction Group.

Tyler Lopez

Tyler Lopez

Board Member
Allen Terrell

Allen Terrell

Board Member

WHO WE ARE

Ultimately, we want a dad-led and community focused group to be intentional about sharing with other dads, loving kids, and nurturing character development.

We believe that our involvement can help promote change in areas like addiction, suicide, bullying, substance abuse, and anxiety.

What do you think? We would love to hear your ideas and for you to show up and be part of our efforts.

Involvement
The Father’s Club promotes involvement among fathers at all schools.

Dads
We are dads just like you who are connecting to make a difference and providing opportunities to support our kids, our families and our community.

Approaches
We use many different approaches like social media, showing up to school functions, partnering with student-led organizations and promoting community events.