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How to Dad: 6 Panelists' Perspectives

PEPS for Dads

Dads at Naked City BreweryBeing A New Dad

Experienced dad? New dad? About to become a dad? Take a seat and hear from a panel of dads as they share their diverse experiences in parenting at this upcoming PEPS Community Event.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

This popular PEPS Community Event for PEPS Dads is fun and informal, with great discussion topics including time for Q & A!

Online registration is closed. There are limited tickets available for sale at the door. Cash only.

Tickets are $10 and non-refundable. This event is 21+. Food and drink available for purchase on site.


James Miles

James Miles (Moderator) is the Executive Director of Arts Corps in Seattle, WA. Originally from Chicago recently moved to Seattle, with his wife and twin 8 year-old daughters, from Brooklyn, NY where he worked as an artist and educator for the past 20 years. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented at SXSWedu, NYU’s IMPACT Festival, Creative Tech Week, EdTech Europe, Google Educator Bootcamp, and provided Professional Development to teachers across the world. His work has been featured by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, NPR, CBS, US Department of Education, and ASCD. James can be frequently found on social media, as @fresh_professor, writing about arts education, educational policy, and academicinequity.

Jasen FrelotJasen Frelot is the founder and Executive Director of Kids and Race, a non-profit organization focused on educating parents, teachers, childcare providers, and students on how to responsibly navigate race in all its forms and conversations. Jasen is also the founding director of the Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, where students engage with a curriculum based on principles of racial equity. He has directed and led over 55 events reaching over 4,000 people with his unique, compassion-based approach to difficult conversations around race and social justice. Jasen’s current work also serves as the basis of the upcoming Talking Race website and organization, which will come to fruition in early 2019. Jasen and his wife parent to two young children here in Seattle.

Jessup Coffin

Jessup Coffin is the Conscious Fathering Program Coordinator, and a Conscious Fathering Instructor. Jessup is also a Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Educator, Babysafe Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor and Birth Doula. He currently teaches Conscious Fathering at any of the 17 Pierce, King, and Snohomish county site locations, as well as performing community outreach and Conscious Fathering presentations. Jessup is passionate about childbirth education, and facilitating the whole family in being involved in their child’s life from birth on. He brings an emphasis on how to support breastfeeding/chestfeeding, family mental health, and infant safety. He firmly believes that when a child receives great support from both parents, they have the greatest chance at improving the world around them.

Allanah Raas-Berquist Allanah Raas-Berquist is dad to a four and a half year-old daughter and works at PEPS. Allanah’s experiences as a dad early on in her child’s life shaped her identity as much as did coming out as a transwoman when her daughter was two years old; her connection to her dad identity was so strong that she kept dadding despite living as a woman. In addition to working at PEPS, Allanah has run a small fringe company for the last decade, but is hanging up that hat to focus on being an involved PTA parent when her daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall. She enjoys cooking, watching basketball and adapting adult themed games for an audience of four year olds.

Jeremy BrownJeremy Brown and his wife Kate have been fostering children since June 2017, providing respite care for other foster families (6 kids – ages 1½ to 6). Last August, they received a 3 ½ year old boy as their first long-term adoptive placement. Since August, Jeremy, Kate, and JS have begun the hard work of connecting, attaching, and building trust amongst one another. The case has many twists and turns, but throughout it all Jeremy and Kate have prioritized their relationship with the birth mother and worked tirelessly to ensure that he receives the very best care possible. Jeremy and Kate adore him and are incredibly grateful to care for him during this very difficult time. Jeremy is a former Special Operations veteran who now works with soldiers returning to civilian life. Mentorship and role modeling are central to Jeremy’s sense of purpose, following his time in the Armed Forces.

Randy Scott grew up in the wheat fields of Kansas, but has called Seattle home since 1999. As a Couples Counselor, Randy helps partners grow stronger relationships as they navigate tough topics like sex, money, and kids. Through his work at Seattle University in Student Development, he often plays the role of “Dad” to hundreds of students each year. Before becoming a therapist and an educator, Randy spent many years behind a microphone as a morning show radio host waking up the Pacific Northwest. But his most important job is being the dad to Tess (11) and Isabelle (7). His youngest daughter has Down syndrome and Randy believes that having a child with a disability can drastically change the fatherhood experience in challenging and rewarding ways.

Kyle Granderson in Ballard with his wife, 3 daughters (6, 4 and 10 months), 1 son (10 months) – yes, twin 10 month-olds – and ferocious 5 pound dog, Abby.  Every day is a new adventure as a family of 6 and he still finds himself laughing and shaking his head every time he realizes there are 4 of them!  He spends weekdays working as a Market Director for Loft9 Consulting, manages to squeeze in several runs a week, and is a craft beer enthusiast frequenting many of the local breweries.  The Honda Fit has been officially traded in for a minivan and despite the loud and crazy, he is grateful to have his beautiful family with his thankfully much calmer, wiser wife, Anne.

PEPS serves more than 1,000 dads each year in PEPS Groups, and also offers dad-focused events to get together for camaraderie and to hear from expert presenters on topics relevant to dads. Q & A follows, and then time to hang out with other dads.

Questions? Call PEPS at (206) 547-8570 or email Cari Morales.

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