Rev. Wallace O. McLaughlin, MDiv, PhD, is the founding President/CEO of the Fathers and Families Center. He is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the agency, assisting over 20,000 fathers in achieving self-sufficiency, strengthening their families, and impacting 50,000 children. His leadership and vision in designing and developing model programs for at-risk African American fathers in the community has been recognized at the
national, state, and local level. Upon graduation from the University of West Georgia (1978), Dr. McLaughlin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and served 12 years on active and reserve duty. While serving in the military, he was ordained as an Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. He later attended Harvard Divinity School and was awarded an MDiv degree in 1986.
Chief, Systems Engineering at Rolls Royce. He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Lewis has over 47 years of gas turbine engine development and engineering management experience in aerospace products. He has actively mentored young people since he was twenty five either in church basketball leagues or community based programs. He has served or chaired several committees for the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis including the Financial Literacy program, Technology, Special Events, Robotics and Summer Academy. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board and Finance Chairman. He has been an active Member of “The 100” for Twenty five (25) years. He is a past member of the Lions organization, graduate of the FBI Indianapolis and currently serves on the Cross Roads of America board of directors for International Council on Systems Engineers. He is the father of one son and in his free time enjoys, boating, fishing and golfing.