House of David, Advocates for Fathers, Inc.

David W. Smith, Sr. is the Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Children's Rights Fund plus an educator for children in the Maryland Public School System.  Mr. Smith is also a father and parent who has been a strong advocate for joint custody (equal/shared parenting) for several years.  He has worked tirelessly in the Maryland legislature and around the state of Maryland to help bring about reform for children, parents and families. Mr. Smith is about bettering the lives of children and families plus strengthening the community.

Roberta Van Meter, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker.  She worked for 32 years for the State of Maryland as a social worker and social work administrator in various practice settings.  At a local   Department of Social Services she worked in child welfare and became familiar with the resources needed to help families successfully care for their children.  While a Clinical Director for 3 Juvenile Services group homes, she ensured that services were provided to male and female youth and their families.   She worked in 4 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene facilities, often with adult and juvenile forensic patients and participated in many court ordered evaluations.    Before full retirement, Ms. Van Meter worked as a therapist at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls.  She currently volunteers at a nonprofit that promotes fair trade, participates in social action projects through her church, plays chamber music and spends time with her 9 year old grandson.  Ms. Van Meter lives with 2 cats in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City.

William “Nick” Sebree is a Baltimore native with a passion for music, Christian education and evangelism. A devoted husband and father of three, he serves faithfully as the Assistant Pastor of A Better Life Fellowship Church where he is also functions as Choir Director and Praise Team member.
Nick is the Community Outreach Advocate/Patient Navigator at Family Health Centers of Baltimore, where he works closely with many schools and community organizations providing health education. He also assists consumers attain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid.  Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Baltimore (UB) and is currently enrolled at Liberty University pursuing a Master of Arts in Marriage And Family Therapy.  As an artist, he has acted in plays, written short stories, gospel, and folk songs and screenplays. His passion is expression and praise through hip-hop music.  

Bryan Rakes is a partner in Venable LLP’s Corporate Group. Mr. Rakes assists clients with structuring and closing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, and financing transactions. Mr. Rakes has a faculty appointment in the entrepreneurship and management program at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Everyman Theatre, a member of the Board of Directors of House of David, Advocates for Fathers, Inc. and serves on the Advisory Committee for Civic Works. Mr. Rakes is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s LEADERship Program. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Jen, and their two daughters, Catie and Caroline.

Katie Kirkpatrick is a commercial banking professional in the Baltimore area with over eighteen years of experience in financial services field. She is currently employed as Head of Treasury Management Sales in the Greater Washington-Maryland Division of SunTrust Bank and has offices in Downtown Baltimore.  Ms. Kirkpatrick is a native of the Baltimore area and graduated from Loyola University, Maryland in 1993 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She has been involved with House of David since its infancy as an advocate and supporter of the Executive Director.

Diane Pabich is the Deputy Director of the Governors Workforce Investment Board. As required by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the State Board is responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of Maryland’s workforce investment system. Ms. Pabich is responsible for policy workforce development at the State and local levels and brokering industry-based partnerships among, employers, public workforce agencies, education and training. Previously, she held management positions in public and nonprofit sector, within diverse segments of the workforce investment system.  She has extensive experience in workforce development, management, implementation, and evaluation of workforce programs. Ms. Pabich is currently a council member of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, a member of the Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities committee, and the Employment of People with Disabilities committee related to workforce and economic development.  She completed her Master’s in Public Administration (M.P.A.) with a specialization in Health Care Policy and Administration in fall of 2014, from the University of Baltimore.

David T. Clements received his Business of Science degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Jones International University.  After a 16 year career in the financial services industry, he transitioned professionally to the non-profit industry as the Financial Officer of three local non-profits and the Executive Director of another, until becoming the founder and Executive Director of House of David, Advocates for Fathers, Inc.  He is a professor in the Business Studies Department at the Community College of  Baltimore County.  David proudly served his nation in both Desert Storm in 1990 and in Afghanistan in 2007.  He currently serves the Baltimore community as a board member of The Journey Home, a Commissioner of the War Memorial, a board member of New Vision New Hope, and as an Advisory Committee Member of Maryland Hunger Solutions. David lives in the Catonsville area with his two children, Alex and Sydney.