Our Founders

Gernald Hawkins Sr.

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Gernald Hawkins Sr., the Founder of Fathers M.I.A., an organization that bridges the gap between fathers and their children. The organization’s principle is to mentor, support, challenge, assist, and advise fathers as they actively engage in rebuilding relationships with their children. The foundation also endeavors to assist and guide young men and women who seek to initiate the rebuilding process. Since the very beginning, Gernald’s vision for Fathers M.I.A. has been to provide fathers a fighting chance to positively reunite with their child/children. That vision is fulfilled in Fathers M.I.A.’s comprehensive core curriculum for fathers.

Gernald, having been adopted as an infant, grew with the motivation to dedicate his life in emphasizing the importance of Fatherhood.

Prior to Fathers M.I.A., Gernald served his country in the United States Army. After many years of service, he received an Honorable Discharge. He is currently employed with a tenor of over 20 years with the United States Postal Service. Gernald serves as a mentor, motivator, and a leader at Koinonia Worship Center and Village, in the South FL area. Gernald also served as an advisor to many nonprofit organizations. He spent time as a counselor with The Distinguished Gentleman mentoring program for young men. At Miramar High School, he served as a chaplain, and mentor for the football team. He also spent many years coaching and developing life skills in Little League and Optimist football players.

Gernald, a Florida native, is married to Vegina Hawkins and they have 3 children; Gernald Jr., Malcolm, and Kyndal.

Gernald Hawkins Sr.

Founder, Fathers M.I.A.

Robert L. Jackson III

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Robert L. Jackson III is respected as a lecturer, teacher, coach, and leadership mentor.  As Co-Founder of Fathers M.I.A., Robert believes a father is a function and not a title, and strongly believes that a Father is the foundation of the home and that everything stems from the father. He has over 18 years of leadership experience in Corporate America. He has held positions like Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Director, Call Center Management just to name a few. In the Church, he has held positions from Asst. Pastor, Youth Pastor, Minister, Armour Bearer, and Musician. His education ranges from a Major in Business Administration, a minor in Theology from Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Robert L. Jackson III with his wife has launched Totally One, a Marriage enhancement organization.  Robert is a certified marriage counselor and believes the principles are essential to developing fathers.

Robert L. Jackson III is joyfully married to Monique Jackson. He is also the proud father of two beautiful daughters Jae’Lyn and Zoe’ Jackson.

Robert L. Jackson III

Founder, Fathers M.I.A.

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