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Save the date for this year’s Father Fest Provider Conference: Going Farther for Fathers! It’s free and attendees receive CEUs (4 hours) for LPC, LPC Associate, LMFT, LMFT Associate, LMSW, and LCSW. This conference is open to educators, service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being.



Join us for food, fun, and a celebration of Fatherhood! This annual event is hosted by STARRY’s Fatherhood Program which provides no-cost services to fathers and male caregivers living in Bell and McLennan counties with a child up to 17 years of age. Expectant fathers and male caregivers are also able to access our services. From games to live music to arts & crafts, and lots of food—this event will be packed with fun!

Father Fest Conference 2023: Going Farther for Fathers

Michael Rousell

Keynote Speaker

Jackson (10):

Myke is my step dad and he is the best and he does tiktok and he is tiktok famous and I love him so so so much. He cooks with me, he plays video games with me, and he does sports with me.

Aubrey (8):

My dad loves playing softball with me. His favorite food is cereal, he loves playing with his kids, he is so funny and nice. My dad loves to do sports, he loves his kids, Aubrey, Cam, Jack and Landon and that is why I think he is the best dad ever.

Landon (9):

My dad “Michael Rousell” is a humorous sports dad guy. He is the parent of us kids, Landon, Aubrey, Camryn and Jackson. My dad is a good guy and works on a full time job so we can have good lives. My favorite thing to do with my dad is play sports with him. I love him.

Camryn (11):

My dad, Myke Rousell, is a great father and here are the reasons why.

  1. He is always there and never misses anything. EVER. For example, let’s say I have a last minute softball game, guess who is always there. Dad.
  2. He is always up for doing anything his kids want to do (as long as it is safe) even if he doesn’t want to or is too tired, he is always doing things to keep us happy!
  3. He always signed us up for sports and always supports us. He is paying for the stuff we need, always coming to the practices and games and never once did he complain about any of this.
  4. Another thing I love about my dad is that he is my twin. This means that me, him and my little brother, Landon, are all so alike, whether it is sports, cooking, on our phones, making tiktoks, LITERALLY ANYTHING!!!
  5. Also he is a full time dad, full time husband and has a full time job

Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC-S

Are We Father-Friendly?

Jessica Kilpatrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who has worked with children and families for over 20 years in homes, schools, and counseling settings. Jessica attended the University of Texas in Austin and received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development and Texas State University to earn her master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Adult, Professional, and Community Education. Jessica was raised by a stepfather who completely changed the course of her life through nurture, structure, stability, and fun.

Mindy Spruill, M.MFT, LMFT-S

Custody Ethics When Working With Fathers

Mindy Spruill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor who currently works as the Director of Clinical and Program Support at STARRY. Mindy attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and earned her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. She has 12 years of experience in working with children and families in counseling settings, community centers, schools, churches, and children’s homes. Mindy is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor and provides clinical supervision to graduate student interns and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associates. Mindy lives in Granbury with her husband and two daughters. When she is not at work, Mindy enjoys going to church, hiking with her family, taking her kids to the zoo, and participating in her family’s music sessions around the firepit. 

STARRY Fatherhood Team

The Father-Positive Narrative: The Fathers That Shaped Us

STARRY’s Fatherhood Program provides no-cost services to fathers and male caregivers living in Bell and McLennan counties with a child up to 17 years of age. Expectant fathers and male caregivers are also able to access our services. The Fatherhood Program seeks to be Fresh A.I.R. (Advocacy, Information, and Resources) for fathers and father figures.

Brandon S. Lofton is a Master of Social Work graduate, nurse, and father of 6.  He has many years of combined experience in fatherhood engagement research and fatherhood support services. He joined STARRY Fatherhood as an intern in 2020 and is now a Fatherhood Support Specialist in Waco, Texas.

Joey Mainini is a Licensed Master of Social Work. Joey has worked with families in the Belton/Temple community since 2015 with various agencies and roles. He joined STARRY Fatherhood in Temple, Texas in 2022 using these experiences to increase awareness and provide support to all his clients while increasing hope.

Sigourney “Sisi” De La Fuente joined the team as Fatherhood Support Specialist in Killeen, Texas in 2022. Sisi obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working on completing her master’s degree in clinical Mental Health. Sisi started her career by working with low-income families and children in 2011 and is still transforming lives with the idea that optimizing a person’s ability to operate benefits not just them, but their family, friends, and community.

Elizabeth Solis is a Licensed Master of Social Work and has over ten years of experience working with families in various settings. She also has many years of experience in fatherhood engagement research and support services. Elizabeth joined STARRY in 2017, working in various roles before becoming Fatherhood Team Supervisor out of Waco, Texas.  She is extremely proud of the combined experience and impact of this team across Bell and McLennan Counties.

Thank You to Our Father Fest 2023 Sponsors!

There are sponsorship opportunities available! Click the graphic below to view our sponsorship levels. For more information, please contact our Mission Advancement Team at or call (512) 886-4621.

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STARRY's Fatherhood Program builds strong dads through community, connection, and counseling.


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