Dr. Joel N. Myers
Chair of the Pennsylvania Greater Father Families Involvement Campaign

Dr. Joel N. Myers is a proven visionary leader, founding AccuWeather in 1962 and successfully establishing it as the world's largest and fastest growing source of weather forecasts and warnings as well as a global leader in digital media. He has been recognized as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history in the Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Joel N. Myers founded the Dads' Resource Center in 2015 and serves as its Board Chair. He is also the Chair of the Pennsylvania Greater Father Family Involvement Campaign and the recipient of the Strong Families Commission’s Inaugural Pennsylvania Fatherhood Award in 2019. 


A proven visionary leader, Dr. Myers founded AccuWeather in 1962 and continues to lead the company successfully as CEO, having established it as the world's fastest growing and most trusted weather brand. AccuWeather has been recognized and documented as having saved tens of thousands of lives and prevented tens of billions of dollars in property damage, providing weather forecasts and warnings with proven Superior Accuracy™. He has been called "the most accurate man in weather" by The New York Times and he was recognized as one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history in the Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.


AccuWeather, with global headquarters in State College, PA and other locations worldwide, now reaches nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide through smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile Internet sites, radio, newspapers television, digital out of home and the AccuWeather Network cable channel.  The company also serves more than half of Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of other businesses and government agencies worldwide helping them to reduce losses and liability and maximize operational efficiency and profits.

A philanthropist, futurist and sought-out expert in international business and digital media, Dr. Myers has been an invited lecturer at The New York Academy of Sciences and many scientific, leadership, and charitable organizations in addition to giving a TED Talk. He is a Trustee of the Board of Directors for the Committee for Economic Development (CED) on the Conference Board, where he also serves on the Education subcommittee and is a Fellow of the Nantucket Project. He has also been an important force on the Penn State Board of Trustees for 33 years and continues to serve as Trustee Emeritus as he has for the past seven years.


Dr. Myers is father of 7 children and the grandfather of 10, with whom he enjoys vacationing. His children range in age from 17 to 54. His daughter has recently reminded him that he has had at least one child living with him continuously for 54 years.

Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Chair of Pennsylvania Symposium Organizing Committee and Father of the Movement

Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. is the President and CEO of AMACHI, Inc., a nationally acclaimed faith-based program for mentoring children of incarcerated parents which has served more than 350,000 children in all 50 States. He is also Chairman and CEO of Self, Incorporated, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving more than 600 homeless men and women. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fox School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Goode was the first African American member and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He broke racial barriers again with his appointment as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. In 1984 he became the City’s first African American Mayor and served two terms.

Dr. Goode has earned degrees from Morgan State University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MA), Palmer, Theological Seminary (D. Min.), and fourteen conferred honorary doctorates. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi.  He has been married to his wife, Velma Williams Goode, for over 60 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters and one son. Dr. Goode enjoys his role within the family as grandfather of two grandchildren and two step grand children.

David A. Wyher
Vice Chair of Pennsylvania Symposium Organizing Committee

David A. Wyher, President and CEO, Delta Community Supports, Inc. founded in 1977 the non-profit corporation known as Delta Community Supports, Inc. (“Delta”), which operates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Delta has been empowering individuals to live fulfilling lives through a wide-range of community-based services. From our foster care and adoption services to support services for adults with developmental disabilities, we help people grow and thrive through all stages of life.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and families through outstanding community-based supports and mutually rewarding relationships. The people we support and their families are our most valued customers. We start by making it all about them. Nothing makes us happier and prouder to say that on an annual basis over 2000 people are assisted by the services Delta provides.

The company employs over 750 staff and 200 foster parents. Offices are located in Blue Bell, Glenside, Warminster, and Levittown in Pennsylvania; offices also in Raritan and Mays Landing, New Jersey.

Dave received his BA from Eastern College, and a MA from Villanova University. He and his wife Terri re-side in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He is a Father of 4 sons and a daughter. Dave reports that his children are his “…best accomplishments.”

Dr. Wendy Etheridge Smith
Director of Early Childhood, Family and Community Services - Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Dr. Smith is the AIU’s Director of Early Childhood and Community Services. She is a member of the AIU’s Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the implementation of high-quality, cost-effective, and meaningful early childhood and community programs that serve learners in Allegheny County. For more than 20 years, Dr. Smith has served children, youth, and families in southwestern Pennsylvania as a leader in non-profit and social service organizations.  She has excelled in setting strategic visions, policies, and procedures for the county’s network of family centers and early childhood initiatives.  Most recently, Dr. Smith served as the director of the Early Learning Resource Center at Donnelly-Boland Associates, Inc.  Dr. Smith holds a doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.  She serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the United Way of Southwestern PA and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and lends her expertise to the FISA Foundation Grant Review Committee. 

Brother Melvin Hubbard El
Legislative Liaison to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Melvin Hubbard El is a dedicated educator and committed community servant and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Honorable State Representative Edward C. Gainey He acts as the chief advisor, develops objectives, implements office strategies and directly supervises district staff.  He is responsible for overseeing the administration of the educational, economic, housing and other issues within the 24th Legislative District.

Mr. El earned a B. S. degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from Clarion University. He has certifications in Restorative Justice, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and is a certified Manhood/Fatherhood Development Trainer/Facilitator. Executive Director of the Coalition for Fathering Families and Board Chair for the Warm House of Greater Pittsburgh.

Mr. El has received numerous forms of recognition for his service to the Pittsburgh community among them the 2014 New Pittsburgh Courier 50 men of Excellence Award, 2015 the Coalition for Fathering Families Community Service Award, 2016 Bon Ari Temple #49 Humanitarian Award, 2018 Pittsburgh Public Schools We Promise Champion Award and 2019 Calvin Stemley Award for Excellence in Music Education and Community Service.  He is a member of the Mad Dads of Greater Pittsburgh and represents the office on several boards throughout the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  

Larry L. Klinger
Chair of the Pennsylvania Fathers, Families & Service Providers Network - A Creation of the Pennsylvania Symposium Organizing Committee

Mr. Klinger is a member of the Early Childhood, Family and Community Services Leadership Team and responsible for the implementation of high-quality, cost-effective, and meaningful early childhood and community programs that serve learners in Allegheny County. He oversees programming that includes the AIU’s, Adult Education and Workforce Development, Fatherhood, Family Centers, other Family and Community Education programs.

Mr. Klinger holds a master’s degree in Outdoor Education from The University of Akron, as well as a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in education as an elementary classroom teacher and also served as a middle school teacher and athletic director.

He has served as the Past Chairman of the Fathers Collaborative Council of Western Pennsylvania, Founding member & Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania State Family Center Network, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Military Children Education Committee.

Jeffrey Scott Steiner, M.Ed.
Campaign Central Administrator and Executive Director of the Dad’s Resource Center

As executive director of the Dads’ Resource Center, Jeff Steiner runs the only statewide youth advocacy organization that promotes the well-being and healthy development of children from separated or divorced families in Pennsylvania. Through public education, direct resources and government activism, the organization takes a holistic approach to fatherhood, supporting and encouraging dads so they can be fully and actively engaged in the lives of their sons and daughters.

Steiner brings 15 years of experience running nonprofits that benefit youth and families, including Kicks 4 Kids and Bellefonte Family Resource Center. Before that, he served for 15 years as a family counselor at Family Intervention Crisis Services, Adelphia Village and Appalachian Youth Services.

He draws from his personal experience being raised by a single mother, never knowing his father, and as a dad and co-parent to two teenage daughters, Alexa and Zoey, with his wife Gwen. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Education from The Penn State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Choice Theory from the William Classer Institute.

In the field, Steiner serves as a central administrator for the Pennsylvania Greater Father Family Involvement Campaign. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Council, Pennsylvania Office of Child Support Enforcement Parental Advisory Board, and Center County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force. He also serves as a Director for the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education.

A dedicated work from home father, when the family is not supporting Zoey’s equestrian lifestyle, Steiner enjoys getting out to the gym, going for runs, playing poker and following college and professional football.

Rufus Sylvester Lynch
Campaign Architect & Manager and Chair of the Strong Families Commission Inc.

Dr. Lynch, is a forensic macro practice social worker and former Dean of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.  He has lectured at over a dozen colleges and universities; authored or co-authored over 30 published manuscripts in professional books and/or scholarly journals; and has actively participated in over 200 professional conferences, workshops, and training institutes. Lynch has served in senior staff positions in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of Pennsylvania’s State Government, serving Lt. Governor Ernest P. Kline, House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis, and Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr., and has experience in private industry, higher education, and non-profit management.

Throughout his career Lynch has been defined as a highly talented professional with a national reputation as a successful and visionary leader with an impressive history of positive and proactive contributions to human and institutional development; champion of forward-thinking, with a social conscience for implementing actions that have a positive impact on people, society, government and the systems that serve them; and, creator of programs, policies, initiatives, and entities that impact society by means that improve the status quo and creates a better future for all.

Lynch holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Morgan State College, a Master’s degree in Social  Work (MSW) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctoral Degree in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in a blended family structure and is a Father to 3 daughters and one son; grandfather to 4 boys and 2 daughters.