Building stronger men and healthier relationships
for the common wealth.

The Fatherhood Foundation of Virginia recognizes that the strength of our community and the future of our city lies in the health of the family, especially the fathers.

When our men are better prepared, marriages and families and stronger. Studies tell us that by having fathers active in the life of their families, poverty & crime goes down while emotional wellness & educational success goes up.

As our name suggests, Fatherhood Foundation of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit purpose driven to strengthen men to be better husbands/co-parents and more active fathers for true systemic change in the Commonwealth.

For couples – starting out, in long-term relationships and marriages – we offer coaching and lead engaging programs to create awareness by providing the practical tools to pursue and sustain strong and fulfilling relationships.

For men, we equip new & experienced dads with the skills to be active, committed fathers for life. We provide all with the confidence and strength to thrive. Our vision is to become the trusted foundation for men in the state of Virginia.

By understanding the complexity and joys of fatherhood and relationships, we help everyone we serve be more successful, which makes our state a better place to live.


Chris Beach

A native Virginian, Chris spent the first part of his career teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. Inspired by his students, he coordinated fundraisers that helped shed light on the challenges they were facing. After several successful events, it led him out of the classroom and into the non-profit world. More than ten years later, Chris draws from his experiences as an educator, a father to four boys and a loving husband to lead the Fatherhood Foundation of Virginia.

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Rebecca Blackwell

Rebecca has been in Richmond long enough to call it home; she is a transplant from Virginia Beach since graduating from VCU. Her career has taken her in many directions which has given her a strong focus on what is important in life – Family! She has been working with couples in various capacities for over 15 years and she is a Marriage & Relationship Coach with certifications in several programs. Rebecca has been married over 24 years and has a son and two daughters and knows from experience that raising a family is not for the faint of heart but also enjoys the rewards it brings in the long run!

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Joe Pierce

Though Joe was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, his family roots are here in Richmond, VA. Rev. Pierce has served in ministry for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications from SEU, with a MS in Practical Theology and a MDIV from SAGU. He and his wife Rachel have been married for 6 years and have a blended family with two children together along with Joe’s two sons. The Fierce Pierce six reside in Hanover where they enjoy family life, friends, and fun.

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Our approach to programs and outreach.

FFVA stands on four foundational pillars. These core elements guide how we communicate and act as an organization. They shape the way we teach our programs and develop men to be better for their families. Upon these pillars, we help build our community into one rooted soundly in relational wellness and stable families.

  • Purpose-driven

    We take a holistic approach, knowing that by educating men and nurturing healthy relationships, we build a stronger community.

  • Proactive

    Our approach focuses on building, strengthening and preparing individuals for healthy long-term relationships with their families.

  • Practical

    We provide tools, education and experiences that are accessible, relatable, affordable and applicable to today’s modern world.

  • Playful

    The nature of our work is engaging and fun, reflecting the idea that although being a father may take work, it is rewarding and a source of joy.

Board of Directors

Caleb Boyer, Board Chair
Providence Hill Real Estate
Larry Sanders, Vice Chair
The Sanders Group of Hometown Realty
Andrew Hicks, Treasurer
Jamal Thomas, Secretary
Northwestern Mutual
Vickie Coleman, Past Chair
Front Porch Partners, LLC
Cherie Blazer
Company B Communications


Board of Directors

Virginia Carr
Capital One
Todd Mawyer
TK Promotiions
Andrew Price
Fulton Mortgage Company
Ariana Root
Chesapeake Bank
Rett Turner
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalheimer

Community Advisory Board

Andrew Price, Board Chair
Fulton Mortgage Company
Matt Bahen
S3E Crossfit
Melanie Beach
Atlantic Union Bank
Cory Burton
Caliber Home Loans
Colin Chapman
Hypnosis is Amazing
Jeff Crook
Village Bank
Dorian Cunion
Your Path
Linne DiIorio
Linne DiIorio Communications
Jeff Donham
The Colony Group

Community Advisory Board

Andrew Gillespie
Northwestern Mutual
Joy Hanes
Rashkind, Saunder and Co. Real Estate
Erica Larsen
Chesapeake Bank
Eric Layne
Another Level Renos
Ryan Mitchell
Garden Grove Brewing Company
Aaron Owens
U.S. Pest Control
Paula Pardel
Bloom Matchmaking
Ricky Taylor
TK Promotions
Owen Thatcher
Providence Hill Real Estate
Wayne Vaughan
TK Promotions
Chris Zaldivar
Hometown Realty