Dr. Duane E. Mangum, a retired Air Force Veteran who after retirement decided to invest in something that was very near and dear to his heart – the blended family. In the 70’s, Hollywood introduce America to the sitcom entitled, “The Brady Bunch”, which depicted the challenges of two families coming together with three children each from their previous marriages to become a blended family.
While he struggled through some challenging times in his blended family experience as a third generation family member, Dr. Mangum persevered by getting counseling and by making a personal commitment to achieve a greater understanding and desire to improve his relationships. From years of hard work he gained a plethora of knowledge on the topic of blended families and a deep interest and passion in sharing what he has learned through his personal recovery and healing process.
He has dedicated himself to making a positive impact on the blended family community by sharing his knowledge in a variety of ways, such as writing, conducting workshops and using his doctorate in counseling to counsel
couples and families. Dr. Mangum, who recently published a book about the blended family entitled, “Blending to Make It: Ingredients for a Successful Blended Family”.
In April of 2014, Dr. Mangum was inspired to begin to write his second book, which would be his memoir entitled, “From The Incubator To The Kingdom: The Story of a Young Man’s Journey to Fulfill His God-Given Purpose,” which was published on September 9, 2016. This book would share his story on how he would journey to fulfill his God-given purpose. Beginning with his childhood, this journey puts on display the fragileness of his life, revealing traumatic experiences, such as homelessness and blood poisoning. It also demonstrates his incredible desire and determination not to quit or allow those difficulties to define his life but how he, instead, chooses to let his faith in God be the bridge that transforms him.
Dr. Mangum has appeared on numerous radio broadcasts. He has been interviewed on 3ABN “Crossroads” Radio Show 95.9 FM with host Angela Lomacang, “Make the Change” radio show with Radio One’s WOL 1405 AM Patricia Terrell, to name a few. Dr. Mangum has also had the opportunity to be apart of the “Dare to Dream Network” program “Cuttin’ Loose” a TV program dedicated to discussing topics from a male point of view. He was also featured in the “Visitor” a Christian Magazine, which is circulated monthly to 62,000 households in the Mid-Atlantic region. For a complete listing of media appearances visit his web- page.
Dr. Mangum is a sought after speaker who has facilitated numerous Seminars in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina and Ohio, focusing on the “Blended Family’’, Marriages, Leadership Training for Men & Women in the Work Place and Father’s Relationships with their sons & daughters and teaching practical principles for mentors and mentees.
In September of 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved His brand “Blending To Make It”. As of January 2016, Dr. Mangum became a certified SYMBIS** facilitator as well as a “Active Presidential Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In February of 2016, He also became a licensed and certified Clinical and Pastoral Therapist.
For further information regarding Dr. Mangum and how to purchase his books, please visit his website atwww.drduanemangum.com