Born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Barnett and his wife Marilyn still reside in thecommunity and have three grown children. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in businessfrom John Brown University, Siloam Springs, and an MBA from the University of Arkansas,Fayetteville.
Julie Baumgardner, MS, CFLE, is the Executive Director of First Things First,a one of a kind, grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening families inChattanooga, Tennessee. The success of the FTF initiative has sparked interest induplicating the FTF model in cities across the country. Julie has worked in the fieldsof marketing and counseling for more than 20 years. Prior to joining First Things First, she wasthe marketing director at East Ridge Hospital and Valley Hospital where she was also a socialworker and program director for the child & adolescent program.Julie frequently speaks on family, parenting and marriage issues. Her weekly column onfamily issues in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reaches thousands. Julie serves on the boardsof a number of community and national organizations. She and her husband Jay have beenmarried for 19years and they have a fifteen year old daughter, Ashley.
Steve & Molly Bittner
Molly Dean Bittner is the Chairman of the Board of First Things First of GreaterRichmond. Steve Bittner served on the Board, and was trained as Richmond's firstinstructor/facilitator for Boot Camp for New Dads and has continued his involvement there.Molly has a 22 year career in development/fundraising and currently works as the CampaignDirector for the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Steve has been in the mortgage industry for 7 yearsand is a principal at Liberty Mortgage. They are having the time of their lives with their twoyoung boys, who are 5 and 2.
David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, anonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in theU.S. and the world. Blankenhorn is the author of Fatherless America (Basic Book,1995), The Future of Marriage (Encounter Books, 2007), Thrift: A Cyclopedia (TempletonFoundation Press, 2008), and the co-
editor of nine. A frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn’s articles
have appeared in scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post,the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Public Interest, First Things, and Christianity Today. Hehas been profiled by the New York Times, USA Today, CBS Evening News and other newsorganizations, and has been featured on numerous national television programs, includingOprah, 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, ABC Evening News, and C-
SPAN’s Washington Perspectives. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude in social studies from
Harvard, where he was president of Phillips Brooks House, the campus community service