Meet Our Team
Meet Our Founder, Angela Carr Patterson
“America’s Leading Authority on Fatherless Daughters”
I am Angela Carr Patterson, and I am the founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network (FDN).
As a fatherless daughter, I understand the pains and struggles of growing up fatherless. For years, I struggled to make my life work. I struggle in my relationship with love and in my relationship with money. I thought it was a personal failure on my part. I finally discovered that much of my pain was a result of my father-daughter relationship. I also recognized that I had to power to change my life. And I did.
I didn’t create this community to attack, blame or judge fathers. I know they have their own stories. We all do. But, I created this community to bring awareness to this important issue and to offer real strategies to women/girls on how they can begin heal their lives. I wanted to find ways to decrease the long term effects of this serious epidemic that counts for much of the breakdown and social ills within our lives, our families and our communities.
I imagine a world where fathers are coming to understand the importance of their role in their daughters’ lives. I imagine a world where no girl or woman ever has to wonder if she is loved or lovable. I imagine world where angry and hurt moms will no longer keep fathers out of the lives of their daughters. I imagine a world where all daughters, young or old, understand the power of love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Whether your father is deceased, absent, unattached or unavailable, you can still reawaken to the truth of who you really are, reclaim your value/worth through the power of self-love and rewrite a new narrative for your life.
My conclusion recognizes that all wounds heal when the right conditions are met and when given the proper antidote. The Fatherless Daughters Network has created the right conditions and has become that antidote.
A much sought after and highly magnetic speaker, Angela has graced numerous international platforms and stages as a workshop leader, keynote presenter and corporate trainer. Recognized for her trademark message, “Awaken Your Truth,” Angela uses humor, mixed with wisdom and insight, to help women awaken to the truth of who they really are, actualize the power of self love, and unleash their greatest potential to shine in the world.
Angela is the executive producer of the upcoming documentary film, The Making of a Fatherless Daughter and founder of The Fatherless Girls Summit. She is also the author of several books, all written in her heart warming, signature style.
With a collective reach of nearly 1.5 million people globally — listeners, readers, and viewers can capture the essence of Angela through her popular weekly Internet Radio Talk Show “Soulful Conversations and as a co-host on The Imara Woman Magazine Television Show. Angela is currently in production of her new National TV Talk Show, “It’s On Peachtree w/ Angela Carr Patterson” which is being Executive Produced by R & B Legend Angie Stone.
Angela and her husband Bill are the proud parents of five adult children and five grandchildren. To learn more about Angela, please log onto her official website at www.angelacarrpatterson.com.
Our Leadership Team
National Managing Director
Tonya Fairley is Certified Fatherless Daughter Advocate, Speaker, Teacher and Personal Development Coach, owner of TSFairley Leadership and Development Co LLC, Certified John Maxwell Team Member and Owner of Strandz Hair Studio. As a former Corporate Trainer for 16 years at a major finance company, Tonya developed leadership programs that created a desire in her for personal development. Believing she had more to offer, Tonya followed her dreams and started her own company and never looked back.
As a Beauty Salon Owner she is able to mentor, speak and teach to every client that comes in contact with. Her clients often say they are never the same once they leave Tonya’s styling chair.Tonya is also an Educator for a major hair care line were I am also afforded the opportunity to mentor and motivate other owners, stylist, and assistants on their present journey
She’s passionate about helping women move beyond their fears and live their dreams. She understands the plight of growing up without the love and attention of a father. Growing up in foster care has given her a fire in her belly to help women grow and expand their lives beyond their stories.
As The Fatherless Daughters Network’s National Managing Director, Tonya will lead other Certified Fatherless Daughter Advocate in their journey of helping and girls move beyond their daddy wounds onto a path of love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Director of Online Communities & Program Development
Candyce J. Burke, MS, MA is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Regent University. Her clinical and research interests include multicultural psychology, minority studies, female identity development, and advocacy and empowerment for underserved populations.
Her current dissertation research is a qualitative study exploring the impact of father absence on the identity development and emotional wellbeing of African American women. Additionally, she will highlight buffers and protective factors that address the negative impact of fatherlessness.
Candyce brings to us a wealth of knowledge in program development and online communications. We are so delighted to have her on board to serve our online population as well as bring us powerful and result driven content and programs.
Candyce is passionate about mentorship and pouring into the next generation of young women through empowerment and inspiration related to their unique life purpose and gifts.