HERO Dads Program

HERO Dads Program

Healthy. Empowered. Resilient. Open.

HERO Dads at Montefiore-Einstein is a FREE program designed to empower low-income, non-custodial fathers to achieve family and financial success. Funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and led by a team of psychologists, mental health counselors, and career development specialists, our mission is to help fathers to become involved and nurturing parents to their children, to form and maintain collaborative relationships with their children’s other caregivers, and to achieve financial stability.


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HERO Dads helps to address major life questions:

  • Do you need a JOB? Do you need to find a way to achieve financial stability for your family’s future?
  • Do you want to be the best DAD? Do you want to strengthen your relationship with your children?
  • Do you want to be a better CO-PARENT? Do you and your child’s other caregiver need support navigating the struggles of co-parenting?

This program is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $7.5M with 100% funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, or an endorsement by, ACF/HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website, Administrative and National Policy Requirements. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Zero-cost Program Eligibility

HERO Dads is free of charge. You may be eligible to participate in this research study if:

  • You are 18 or older
  • You are a non-custodial parent (or have joint custody)
  • Your non-custodial child is under 24

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Our Services

We provide our services in BOTH English and Spanish so fathers will find a supportive, safe community where they can obtain the skills and resources to become involved with their children, collaborate effectively as co-parents, and overcome barriers to achieving financial health. Services are provided both in-person and virtually via Zoom, determined as required by the research study.

HERO Dads Workshops

The HERO Dads workshops provide a great opportunity for fathers to spend some time learning about themselves and from others in a relaxed environment. We assist with childcare reimbursement, and provide round-trip Metrocards to help with transportation. Workshops are facilitated by parent coaches and career development specialists and are delivered over 4 weeks, 4 days a week, 1-2 hours each day, in a group format to 4-15 fathers. Daytime, evening, and weekend workshops available. Our workshops are delivered either in-person or virtually via Zoom. When in-person, our workshops are delivered at our Poe Building headquarters (2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 404).

  • Parenting and Relationships
    HERO Dads parenting and relationship workshops provide a safe space to learn new skills and become empowered, resilient fathers. Our workshops provide an opportunity to learn through discussion, teaching, and peer-to-peer learning with the help of clinically trained psychologists and mental health counselors.
  • Employment
    HERO Dads employment workshops are facilitated by career development specialists and are designed to ensure that fathers are job ready upon program completion. Workshop topics include resume writing, job interview skills, budgeting, credit repair, job search strategies, and in-demand industries.

Parent Coaching and Career Coaching

In addition to the group workshops, enrolled fathers receive individualized parent coaching and career coaching from our clinically trained staff to ensure tailored support in reaching their family and financial goals.

Specialized Vocational Training

Fathers who complete the program are eligible to enroll in our FREE vocational trainings in specialized fields such as construction and protective services, leading to certification. Those interested in other fields will be referred to specific high-demand jobs available in the local community that best match interest and skills.

Job Placement

With over 20 community employer partners, HERO Dads offers exclusive opportunities for employment in many different fields, including construction, unarmed protective services, commercial building maintenance, IT, and retail and food service. In addition, fathers who find new employment, or who receive a promotion, while enrolled in our program, will receive transportation assistance and financial incentives after 30, 90, and 180 days of maintaining their new job.

Career Advancement

Career coaches will also help fathers advance in their careers with help from community partners for additional education programs to improve employability and occupational skills training, as needed. We can help you obtain the training, certification, or degree that you need to further your career goals.

Family Events, Support Groups, Supplemental Workshops

Our core workshops are supplemented by additional workshops, support groups, and family events that we host about once a month.

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Family Support Services

We work with you to find community resources and services to address any family stressors. We are partnered with many community-based organizations who assist our families in obtaining legal support, health care, food pantries, mental health services, and more.

Dad League

Dad League is the ambassador program and face of HERO Dads. After graduating the program, select HERO Dads are nominated to join this exclusive group of fathers based on their ability to be exceptional role models for other dads in the program and for their communities. The goal is to spread the brotherly love that they experienced in the program to other fathers, assisting with program enrollment, engagement, and retention. Aside from recruiting new fathers to join the program, Dad League members provide support, mentorship, and assistance to HERO Dad members as they progress through the program. Becoming a member of Dad League requires times and commitment, so members are provided with rewards and incentives as they achieve specific milestones and goals.

Program Enrollment

Interested clients must participate in an in-person intake process. We also often host Open Houses where you can learn more about our program and hear testimonials from dads who have graduated from the program. Contact us to find out when we are having our next Open House or find out more information.

After getting in contact with us, the next steps in the intake process may include:

  • Phone Screen. You will complete a brief phone screen and then be scheduled for an intake at our South Bronx headquarters, one of our partner sites, or virtually.
  • Intake. The intake, which takes 1-2 hours, includes an interview with a family support specialist and survey completion. It must be completed in person.
  • Workshop Enrollment. Provided that you complete the intake process and the program is a good fit for you, you will be enrolled in one of our upcoming workshop series.

Once enrolled in our program, you have access to our services for ONE YEAR. This includes:

  • Family Support Services
  • Financial Empowerment Workshops
  • Vocational Training
  • Supplemental Workshops, Support Groups, and Family Events
  • Parent and Career Coaching Sessions
  • 6-Month Follow-Up
  • Incentives and Reimbursements

**To receive any of the above additional services, you must attend one of the core relationship/parenting education workshop series.**

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Learn More About Our HERO Dads Program

For interested fathers
We are here to help! We want to get to know you and help support you in building a solid foundation for your family. Please text HERO to 646-823-6204 or call 929-234-4834, or e-mail us at HERODads-UBA@montefiore.org.


  • 18 or older
  • Non-custodial parent (or have joint custody)
  • Non-custodial child is under 24

Contact Us

If you have a question about eligibility or the referral process, please text HERO to 646-823-6204 or call 929-234-4834, or email HERODads-UBA@montefiore.org.

Contact Us For More Information

HERO Dads at Montefiore Poe Building
2342 Grand Concourse, Suite 404
Bronx, NY 10458 929-234-4834

For Potential Community Partners

  • Does your organization serve low-income families in the Bronx, or any marginalized community in New York City or the tri-state area?
  • Could your clients benefit from FREE services focused on strengthening families through parenting and relationship education?
  • Does your organization provide relationship and/or parenting support, but need assistance with or training in delivering a more structured curriculum?

We have partnered with many organizations in the Bronx, New York City, and elsewhere in the tri-state area to bring our services to more families in need. We have facilitated our workshops wherever there are families who fit our eligibility criteria, as long as the organization can assist with recruitment and provide a space to deliver the intervention. We can also tailor our curriculum and structure our workshop format to fit the unique needs of your clients.

Please contact us by texting HERO to 646-823-6204 or calling 929-234-4834 or emailing HERODads-UBA@montefiore.org to find out more about partnering with HERO Dads!

Our Team

Meet Our Team Members

Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M.
Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M.
Program Director and Parent Coach

Traci is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy, multicultural psychology, and maternal mental health. She has been researching and writing about relationship education, parenting, and diverse couples and families, with a particular interest in intercultural couples, for the past decade. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, master’s in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is also a Certified Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Educator, PREP 8.0 Instructor, and 24/7 Dad Facilitator. She also holds a faculty position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Outside of HERO Dads, Traci enjoys singing, dancing, writing, and kickboxing. She and her husband live in Queens with their 2 children and dog.

To contact Dr. Maynigo, please email tmaynigo@montefiore.org.

Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., M.A.
Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Program Director

Moshe is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cross-cultural fatherhood, parenting, couples, family and group therapy, and paternal mental health. He is also an Attending Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Over the past decade he has been conducting and presenting fatherhood and relationship education research and has been providing clinical services for fathers and families from diverse backgrounds. Moshe received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology. He has specialized training in psychodynamic therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Couple Therapy and is a Certified PREP 8.0 Instructor and 24/7 Dad Facilitator. Moshe also holds a faculty position at Adelphi University. Outside of work, he enjoys playing piano, spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, painting, and spending time with his family. Moshe and his wife live in Stony Point, NY with their 3 children.

To contact Dr. Moeller, please email mmoeller@montefiore.org.

Yerson F. Torres Cubillos, M.Ed.
Yerson F. Torres Cubillos, M.Ed.
Workshop Facilitator & Quality Assurance Specialist

Yerson is a bilingual workshop facilitator who provides effective and flexible training spaces for families in both English and Spanish. Yerson is also responsible for the oversight and implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). He evaluates program effectiveness and identifies opportunities to improve results. He develops CQI plans and oversees the implementation process to ensure program goals are met. Yerson received his bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from Corporacion Universitaria del Meta in Colombia in 2008, along with a Specialization in Formulation and Evaluation of Projects from the same university. He received his master’s degree in Education and Learning Virtual Environments from Universidad Cuauhtemoc de Aguascalientes, Mexico, in 2020. Yerson enjoys travel, animals, and spending time in nature and with his family.

To contact Yerson, please email ycubillos@montefiore.org.

YIrvin Camarillo
Irvin Camarillo
Program Supervisor

Irvin oversees and coordinates services within the HERO Dads Program (SHR’s partner program for non-custodial parents), including ensuring enrollment and retention, collaborating with quality assurance staff, and supervising ongoing case management. In his previous role, Irvin provided research and outreach coordination for both the HERO Dads Program and the Supporting Healthy Relationships Program (HERO Dads’ partner program for parenting couples). Irvin received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from New York University. He is committed to improving health equity for community members and families in greatest need, with a particular interest in preventive work that centers in healthy masculinity. Irvin was born and raised in the Bronx, and he is an avid sports fan.

To contact Irvin, please email icamarillo@montefiore.org.

Christian Larios, M.S.Ed., C.R.C.
Christian Larios, M.S.Ed., C.R.C.
Parent Coach

Christian received his bachelor's degree in Spanish and Fine Arts from The College of Mount Saint Vincent in 2009 and graduated from Hunter College-CUNY, with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Christian has been working at Supporting Healthy Relationships since 2014, where he has held multiple positions, including recruiter and employment specialist. Christian has advanced training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is a Certified PREP 8.0 Instructor and Certified 24/7 Dad Facilitator. As a bilingual clinician, Christian also facilitates Spanish workshops. He believes in the program’s mission: to provide a supportive safe community for empowering families with the skills and resources to develop strongly committed families and stable relationships. Christian lives with his wife, son, 3 cats, and 2 dogs in Yonkers, NY.

To contact Christian, please email clarios@montefiore.org.

Lisbeth Parra, LMHC
Lisbeth Parra, LMHC
Parent Coach

Lisbeth is a bilingual mental health counselor who provides compassionate, comprehensive, and genuine services to both English- and Spanish-speaking families. She has received extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, has received certification in Gottman training levels 1 and 2, and Prevention and Relationship Education Program (PREP) 8.0, as well as the National Fatherhood Initiative's 24/7 Dad curriculum. Lisbeth received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Human Relations from Pace University in 2017, as well as her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2019. Lisbeth completed her Mental Health Counseling internship at Supporting Healthy Relationships during her final training year and was subsequently hired as a full-time staff member. Lisbeth enjoys reading novels and writing poems, as well as spending time with her family and dog, Layla.

To contact Lisbeth, please email liparra@montefiore.org.

Erika Torres
Erika Torres
CQI/Data Analyst

Erika graduated from Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended Lehman College in Bronx, NY, in their Early Childhood Developmental Program. She has been working with children and families for over 20 years. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, family, and friends.

To contact Erika, please email eritorre@montefiore.org.

Jay Koli
Jay Koli
Data Analyst & Software Developer

Jay is a Software Engineer by profession, currently living in New Jersey. In his role, Jay uses his programming and analytical skills to manage large health care databases. He utilizes Python codes and SQL scripts to engineer and generate quality PHI (Protected Health Information), data reports, and program analyses. Aside from being an avid coder, Jay is also a passionate audio engineer. Ever since starting this hobby at the age of 10, he has engineered over 1000 shows for leading music and commercial industries. Jay is known to liven up our social events and staff parties with his audio systems and music, which we love! He keeps abreast of current technology and data manipulation by continuously broadening his knowledge in the fields of music engineering, software and data engineering, and analytical thinking. Jay received his B.S. in Computer Science from Mumbai, India, and his M.S. in Computer Science from Pace University, New York.

To contact Jay, please email jkoli@montefiore.org .

Jessy Argueta
Jessy Argueta
Data/CQI Analyst

Jessy began her healthcare career at Montefiore Medical Group in 2007, and later worked as a Project Associate for Montefiore’s CMO Department. She joined HERO Dads in 2021 and provides CQI analytical and data support. She received her bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Mercy College and is currently working on her master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University. She lives in Connecticut with her 2 children.

To contact Jessy, please email jargueta@montefiore.org.

Abraham Robinson
Abraham Robinson
Clinical Intake Coordinator & Family Support Specialist

Born and raised in New York, Abraham holds a B.A. in Communications from SUNY at Buffalo. Taking the quote “You don’t grow in Isolation, you grow in Community” to heart, Abraham’s focuses on orienting fathers into HERO Dads and connecting them to community resources to ensure that their families are fully supported. When he isn’t working, Abraham enjoys spending time with friends & family, and is a die-hard New York Yankees fan. He continues to serve his community beyond work as a member of the National Urban League of Young Professionals, a nationwide, community service and advocacy organization dedicated to supporting the community through volunteerism, philanthropy, activism, and leadership development.

To contact Abraham, please email abrrobinso@montefiore.org.

Keith Chest
Keith Chest
Program Assistant

Keith attended Westchester Community College and has been employed with Montefiore for 3 years. He has enjoyed the experience of helping others in any capacity and making clients feel welcome when arriving to attend programs. When he isn’t working, Keith enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cheering on his favorite basketball team, The Knicks, and is very much into music.

To contact Keith, please email kchest@montefiore.org.

Yessica Braswell
Yessica Braswell
Program Assistant

Yessica has been with Montefiore for 10 years. She attended Monroe College where she obtained her Associates degree in Information Technology. As a program assistant she operates all office equipment, including photocopier and fax machines, answers telephone calls and routes them to the appropriate staff member, and perform other clerical duties as needed. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends, loves animals and helping others when in need.

To contact Yessica, please email yebraswe@montefiore.org.

HERO Dads in the News

16 Simple Men’s Mental Health Tips All Dads Should Adopt

Now more than ever our mental health is pushed to the limit. Sadly, many of those in need often don't seek or receive the help they need, especially Dads. For tips on how to cope with mental health, read the following article where our Program Director of SHR and HERO Dads, Dr. Traci Maynigo, is featured!

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