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As president and CEO, Richard has overseen AVANCE’s work with more than 4,000 fathers in San Antonio, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, Austin and Waco, Texas since 1988.
In 1990, the Families and Work Institute selected the AVANCE Hispanic Fatherhood Project as an exemplary project for inclusion in their Male Involvement Project. The book: Getting Men Involved: Strategies for Early Childhood Programs by: James A. Levine, published in 1993 by Scholastic, Inc., was a product of that project and prominently featured AVANCE. In its second book: New Expectations: Community Strategies for Responsible Fatherhood, the Families and Work Institute also featured AVANCE best practices.
Richard and AVANCE served as co-trainers with the Families and Work Institute series of training for Head Start Programs on Male Involvement from 1994-1997. Training was provided to Head Start staff in Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado; Odessa, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio in Texas; San Diego, and Cerritos in California; New York City; and Logan, Utah.