MenLiving Facilitators

Each MenLiving Facilitator brings unique life experiences and expertise to their role creating a diverse and rich learning experience within the MenLiving community. Explore our Facilitators’ profiles below.

Todd Adams MenLiving Member

CO-FOUNDER, LIFE & LEADERSHIP COACH

Todd Adams

Email: todd@menliving.org
Phone: 773-251-6344

I work with men that are looking for lasting transformation. I will join you in this playground of exploration in becoming the best version of yourself. We will do this by focusing on self-awareness, acceptance, and asking challenging questions regarding your willingness to make enduring changes in your life.

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(There is a huge difference between wanting change and be willing to change.) We will spend a minimal amount of time on the content (the issue itself) and much more time on the context (how you are being with this issue). Together we will investigate how you got here, where you are presently and where you want to go. Some of my favorite clients are men who are dealing with parental and/or relational issues with their life partner.

Biography

Todd is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MenLiving and is the host of Zen Parenting Radio, a top-ten kids and family podcast on iTunes. Todd is a life and leadership coach for men and is certified through 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, Tony Robbins Core 100 Life Coaching Program, and certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath. Todd is a member of The Mankind Project, a staff member for the New Warrior Training Adventure, and a blogger for The Good Men Project. Todd is married to Cathy and are the parents of three wonderful daughters.

Zen Parenting- https://zenparentingradio.com/

Todd Adams Coaching- https://toddadamscoaching.com/

Frank Naugo MenLiving Member

CO-FOUNDER, COACH, VP & PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

Frank Naugo

Email: frank@menliving.org
Phone: 312-925-9935

My own personal development story began when a dear friend lent me a book on yoga. That book opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and world of possibilities. Since then, I’ve been embarking on a journey of self-discovery and exploration of mind, body and spirit.

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I started my first men’s group in 2008 during a particularly challenging period of life…the dissolution of my first marriage. This was my awakening to the power and value of having a circle of support…hence, the 1st iteration of MenLiving was born. I’ve been facilitating support, connection and purpose for men through retreats, one-on-one’s and group meetings ever since.

My coaching sessions are unique in that they incorporate the elements of Air (breathwork) and Earth (being in nature and grounding).

While each session is customized to align with the individual’s preferences and abilities, my clients are open to and can expect an integrated body and mind experience. My sincere belief is that many of our limitations and imbalances can be positively impacted by the immersion into these proven and powerful channels.

I’m experienced in working with all men’s topics, particularly parents of young children, divorcees, and those interested in cultivating a practice of “presence” and self-compassion.

Biography

Frank founded his first men’s group in 2009 after the realization that traditional means of supporting, challenging and connecting men weren’t readily available. In 2012, with current co-founder Todd Adams, MenLiving evolved into what it is today. He has been leading and learning from the men’s group experience ever since. Frank is also a member of The ManKind Project and staff member of the New Warrior Training Adventure. He’s been organizing and leading both co-ed and men’s weekend retreats since 2011. Part of his vision for MenLiving is to one day bring some of the self-awareness and emotional intelligence tools he teaches now to a younger generation of men.

MENLIVING MEMBER, PROFESSIONAL LIFE COACH, HIGH-LEVEL LEADERSHIP COACH

Mike Patterson

Email: mike@leaderchampions.com
Phone: 312-925-9935

Mike grew up in the Chicagoland area and now resides in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, where he lives in community and is part of the back to the land movement. He is a long-time student of Brene’ Brown, Tony Robbins, Simon Sinek, and hosts a weekly podcast on personal growth called Embrace Growth.

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Certified as a leader, leader-trainer & facilitation instructor in The Mankind Project, a worldwide organization that transforms men’s lives. Mike has over 20 years of firsthand experience in men’s growth work. His work ranges from shadow work to regressions, diving into limiting beliefs to childhood wounds. His time spent learning and leading in this capacity has uniquely prepared him to help guide clients through the tough inner work that this path requires.

In His Own Words:

Decades ago, I was struggling with bankruptcy and a family being torn apart by addiction. I was trying to fix everything myself and didn’t know what to do with any of it. This made me feel as though I would never make it through to the other side.

I felt like I failed as man and as a human. I felt like my life was over. But I didn’t want my life to be over. I decided to stop struggling on my own and surrender to a mentor who I trusted. This began the intense journey into my own growth and the passion to help others soon followed. I had the desire to reach a life of fulfillment and meaning; I am still on that path today.

Self-Understanding and potential are the key components of personal growth. Diving deep into this growth allows us as humans to connect in ways unimaginable to ourselves and others. Whether in crisis, or stasis I can help you get the fulfillment in life you deserve.

MenLiving Coach Erik Treese

COACH

Erik Treese

Email: etreese@gmail.com
Phone: 312-925-9935

Heart-centered, mission-driven! Dad of 4 Daughters and Initiator of Men. My mission is to create a safe and healthy world by leading with consciousness, with vulnerability, and with grit.

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I have decades of experience helping men and women from diverse backgrounds and experiences do their personal growth and addiction recovery work.

MenLiving I am a long time MenLiving member and I also have the honor of serving on the Board of the Directors. For the past 2 years I have co-lead our annual MenLiving Men’s Retreat and occasionally lead the Monthly MenLiving Meetings. The connections with men in MenLiving are some of the most important relationships in my life!

Family For 15 years I have had the honor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with an incredible woman and family physician on Chicago’s west side. We parent 4 amazing daughters age 3-13. They are by far my greatest teachers. Thanks to them I am in touch with my inner feminine. My role as their father has been to love, serve, teach, listen and hold space, and support them to live empowered lives as their inspired selves!

Men’s Work and Leadership Development I have over 20 years of leadership experience with the ManKind Project, an international men’s organization that fosters emotional literacy and personal missions for men. As a certified Co-Leader, I have led over 50 of the hallmark MKP offerings, The New Warrior Training Adventure, all over North America. As a Certified Leader-Trainer, I am also responsible for teaching and mentoring the next generation of MKP leaders.

Diversity and Inclusion I was fortunate to grow up in Hyde Park on Chicago’s south side and serve in the US Army, and as a result inter-cultural competency coaching is a strength of my leadership. I have mentored and facilitated many tough conversations on many multi-cultural topics, including workshops on Diversity and Inclusion, Homophobia and Sexism, Racism and Ableism, Power, Privilege and Difference. for men’s groups, and many public and private organizations and businesses. I recently earned in a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Erik Treese – Leadership and Life Coach 

US Army I served 4 years as a 101st Airborne paratrooper during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. Being a solider taught me the importance of physical and mental toughness, duty, mission, clear, and direct leadership, service, accountability, commitment, and teamwork. My military career was cut short due in large part due to alcohol and PTSD. While enlisted I was awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, a Humanitarian Service Ribbon, and a Liberation of Kuwait Ribbon.

Education Upon completion of my active duty enlistment I earned an Associates in Liberal Arts from the City Colleges of Chicago. From there I went on to graduate cum Laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications. I am few classes short of a master’s degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and in April 2020 I completed a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Business Consulting I got a taste of corporate America dot-com boom during Y2K. I was a consultant with Diamond Technology Partners, a premier global management consulting firm based out of Chicago. I worked on a variety of large-scale technology projects with Enron, Blockbuster, and the Deluxe Checks Corporation. Currently I work with a medium size nationwide real estate construction and development company, a smaller sized foreclosure law firm based in Chicago, and a newly opened chiropractic practice.

Recovery Work My shadow mission is to create a world without broken homes and wounded children. My own addiction had a rough bottom that brought me to my knees and had me homeless on the streets of LA and Chicago. With over 20 years of experience in addiction recovery, I learned a lot about suffering and trauma, perseverance, failure and success, growth and healing, and spirituality. With a dozen years sober today, I truly live life one day at a time, I am active in several 12-Step programs, carry a message of hope, and bring the principles of recovery into my coaching practice.

MENLIVING MEMBER

Jason Samatas

Email: jasonsamatas@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 312-925-9935

A long-time Chicagoan, Jason now lives in a part of the country he’s always dreamed of living: near the mountains. Just outside of Boulder, CO, Jason now enjoys all that living in the West provides, although he will always have Chicago in his blood.

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Jason is a part of MenLiving because of how much it has been a part of his personal development over the past number of years. Having gone through a difficult divorce and a number of family and career challenges, Jason reevaluated aspects of his life that were no longer serving him with the love and support of MenLiving members behind him. As he went through the process (and still is!), he realized how many men were there to support his journey. Now, in any way he can, he tries to give back that same support which was so critical to his own well-being.

What inspires Jason most is seeing men open up, be vulnerable, and take chances. Jason took the “safe path” in so many ways for much of his life, and now gets pumped to see men take the “edgier path” in any aspect of one’s circumstances. He’s eternally grateful to all that have supported him in his journey and seeks to reciprocate that same support to other men as they embark on their own journeys.

Shaun Emerson MenLiving Stakeholder

BOARD PRESIDENT, COACH, MEDITATION/YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Shaun Emerson

Email: Shaun@menliving.org
Phone: 312-925-9935

For the last 30 years, I have engaged individuals in personal and professional development. My approach? I listen and am curious. I ask lots of questions. I will suggest ideas and practices and help you maneuver through this work, but I am just the guide.

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Biography

Shaun grew up in New England and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross. He has been in the Chicago area since 1986. He is a father of three and has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 1993.

For over twenty-five years, Shaun was engaged in a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial businesses.  He now dedicates his time to non-profit initiatives serving in board leadership and volunteer positions for multiple organizations. Shaun currently serves as the MenLiving’s Board President, Board Vice President for the PiEproject and Treasurer for Learning to Be Human.

In 2012, Shaun was introduced to the transformational practice of yoga. Moved by the philosophy and the power of the practice, Shaun trained to guide others and has been leading yoga and meditation classes since 2014.

MENLIVING BOARD MEMBER

Tony Molina

I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with other men and engage in meaningful conversations on a regular basis.  There was a time when my normal way of dealing with pain and struggle was to stuff it down or manage it alone.  I decided years ago to make changes by way of self discovery and actively seeking healthy relationships.  I found MenLiving along my journey.  Through the organization, I’ve established incredible bonds with other men.  These men have been my sounding board and support.  We’ve laughed and cried together.  We’ve also made time to just have fun.

I’m excited every time I join a meeting and see a new face or two.  It’s rewarding to hear men describe hope and connection when they check out at the end of their first meeting.  As I continue to make progress in my own growth, I welcome the chance to be a part of other men’s support.

When you attend a meeting that I facilitate, you’ll find I’m an open and empathetic man who’s not afraid to dive right into vulnerability or discuss serious topics while knowing when to bring levity to the room.   Let’s connect soon!

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Tony joined MenLiving in 2018 after attending his first MenLiving weekend event.  Today he serves as a board member and meeting facilitator.  Tony’s journey has taken him from Air Force “Brat” to Navy Sailor, traveling and living around the world and country, where he’s learned to embrace the similarities and differences of the many cultures he’s experienced.  He’s been a police officer for almost twenty years and served 7 of it as a homicide detective.  In conjunction with the many tools he’s picked up on his path of self discovery, he largely credits the support and experience of MenLiving for his ability to hold space for the community and officers he serves, and his balanced blend of work and personal life.

MENLIVING MEMBER

Andre Bouey

Andre is school counselor for Joliet Central High School. He received his bachelor degree from North Central College and his Master’s degree from Lewis University.
Phone: 312-925-9935

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Patrick McKenna

Email: patrick@menliving.org
Phone: 312-925-9935

Patrick McKenna is MenLiving’s Operations Manager, where he helps our organization grow, thrive and connect with other likeminded professionals and groups.
Phone: 312-925-9935

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He is also a writer, mental health awareness advocate and music fanatic. He graduated from the University of Missouri, is originally from Elmhurst, IL and resides currently in the Chicago neighborhood Logan Square. He’ll talk your ear off about the Grateful Dead and Ariana Grande in the sentence and spends his time hanging with his friends and girlfriend, running and telling everyone and their mother about how they can and why must help end the stigma around mental illness.

“What inspires me most is being able to help and validate others who may have struggled similarly while living with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses. I feel that talking about my experiences can lead to others knowing they are not alone, they are worthy of love and they are enough. The fact that I get to spread this message through working with MenLiving and helping other men is truly a joy.

MENLIVING MEMBER

Tony Schmidt

Tony is a midwesterner who grew up in MN, WI, and lived in Chicagoland for the last 25 years. He is married with 2 boys in high school.
Phone: 312-925-9935

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Tony has a 6-year daily meditation practice that helps keep him on a path of mindfulness and self-discovery. Tony is co-leader of the North Shore Meditation Community meetup and co-founded a contemplative practice group called “Peace of Mind” at his workplace. Tony has found a real passion in championing the benefits of meditation and contemplative practice in his personal and professional communities.

Tony facilitates the weekly Friday morning meditation sessions for MenLiving in addition to occasional weekly meetings, workshops and small batches. He has derived a ton of value from MenLiving over the past few years and is in service of the mission of connection and growth that has impacted him.

MENLIVING MEMBER

Kyle Mitchell

Email: mitchekr136@gmail.com
Phone: 312-925-9935

As a facilitator I am eager to grow and learn alongside anyone seeking to be the best version of themselves.  Men Living has been a safe space for me to take off my mask, step into my vulnerability, and take ownership of my feelings and actions.  This is the same type of space I will aim to create in the meetings that I lead.

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Kyle is a father of two children and has been married since 2009.  Prior to the pandemic, he was on the verge of losing his family due to his victim mindset and inability to take ownership of his own feelings.  Meditation practice, self compassion, devotion to personal growth (both cognitive and real life application), and friendship/connection through Men Living has given him a new outlook on life.

MENLIVING MEMBER

Mike Rosen

Email: mikerosen13@gmail.com
Phone: 312-925-9935

Mike leads the weekly Separation/Divorce support calls. As a divorced father of 3, he understands the benefit and value in creating and sharing a space with other men who are experiencing the same thing. Although he has no formal training in social work or therapy or counseling, he aims to help men feel supported along the process, wherever they may be, due to whatever circumstances.  Divorce and separation can be a lonely, painful, frustrating, sad, and isolating process, one that doesn’t need to be traversed alone.

Phone: 312-925-9935

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Mike was born outside Philadelphia, though has resided the majority of his life in the Chicago area. He has been running competitively since the age of 12 and continues to run, ride, and practice yoga. He graduated from Loras College in 1993 and received his Masters in Education in 2012. Mike is the proud Dad of 3 young men and is happiest when they’re all laughing at something absurd.

Mike has been a member of the Tribe Men’s Group since its inception in 2012. Though initially hesitant to participate, the idea of a safe, supportive, forward-thinking group of men to help foster growth was enough to get him to go to the first meetings held in Todd’s living room. Since then, he’s been fortunate to consider members of the Tribe amongst his closest friends.

“At first I thought ‘Nah, I have it (life) figured out. I don’t need this’. But after a moment’s reflection I realized that usually the speed at which I dismiss an idea is likely the inverse of how much I need it.’ Since then I haven’t looked back since and the experience, knowledge, support, and fun I’ve had with other members is immeasurable.

MENLIVING BOARD MEMBER

Michael Eatmon

Email: michael@querus.io
Phone: 312-925-9935

The journey I’m on is that of the alchemist. I’m not interested in transforming iron into gold, though, nor am I searching for a fountain of youth. What compels my quest is the alchemy of the soul. How might a man’s baser elements be transformed into a nobler essence? What are the philosopher’s stones that can help him achieve so great a work? One of them, I’m convinced, is true friendship—a substance I’ve found in MenLiving.

Phone: 312-925-9935

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Michael’s a career educator. For 30 years, he’s studied and taught language, philosophy, and theology. He’s taught high-schoolers and grad students, but he’s just as comfortable on the other side of the teacher’s desk. He’s a lifelong learner who never tires of meeting new subjects, new people, and new experiences.

Michael invests a lot of time in developing curriculum and training teachers. What feeds his embodied soul, though, are art, music, poetry, yoga, and the warmth of close friends. He and his wife of 30 years live in central Florida, where they’ve raised four children.

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Each meeting, we choose a different impactful, consequential, and thought-provoking topic that gets us talking about things that matter and could lead to change within us or the world around us. Here are example past topics:

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