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CCFC Steering Committee


Enola Aird, JD

Enola G. Aird is an activist mother. She is the founder and director of Mothers for a Human Future, an initiative focused on fighting the forces promoting the commercialization of childhood and the commodification of children. A graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, she has worked for a variety of media corporations, including the National Association of Broadcasters and predecessor entities of Time Warner and Viacom, as well as the Children's Defense Fund.


Kathy Bowman EdS

Kathy Bowman is a licensed family therapist with ten years of experience in working with families and schools on strategies to lessen family stress due to the detrimental effects of commercialism.  She is also active in her faith community in promoting this issue through workshops and advocacy.  She is the co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Quad Cities and a member of CCFC's Steering Committee.

  Nancy Carlsson-Paige, EDD
Dr. Carlsson-Paige is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University where she has taught teachers for more than 30 years. She writes and speaks extensively about the impact of violence, especially in the media, on children’s lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution.  Nancy is the author of five books and numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, and peaceable classrooms. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.   She serves on the
Steering Committee of CCFC.
  Kevin Lee Hepner, CPA
Mr. Hepner is a certified public accountant and has worked in the non-profit sector since 1989. In January 2008 he assumed the position of President and CEO of United South End Settlements (USES).   Prior to his current role he served as Vice President at Judge Baker Children’s Center, a Harvard-affiliated organization which promotes mental healthcare for children. He also is an instructor at the Boston University Schools of Social Work and of Management, Board President of the South End Community Health Center, past Board Chair of The Center for Teen Empowerment, Founding Board member and President of the Massachusetts Bay Self Insurance Group, and is an organizational consultant to Project Muso, a program serving low income women in Mali, Africa.  He is a resident of the South End and is active in many other nonprofits in the Boston area.
  Tim Kasser, PhD
Dr. Kasser is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.
He is author of The High Price of Materialism and co-editor of Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World.

Allen Kanner, PhD

Allen D. Kanner is a Berkeley child, family, couples, and adult psychologist and a co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. His work includes consulting with parents on how to counter the harmful effects of advertising on their children. Allen has co-edited two books, Psychology and Consumer Culture and Ecopsychology. In 1997, Utne Reader chose him as one of the nation's ten leading psychotherapist activists. Currently he is writing a column for Tikkun magazine on the corporatized society.


Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is fathering coordinator for The Emily Program, a Minnesota eating disorders treatment program. The author of seven books, including Dads & Daughters®: How to Inspire, Understand, and Support Your Daughter, he co-founded the girl-edited, ad-free media company New Moon Girl Media ( and the national advocacy group Dads & Daughters. The father of adult daughters, he serves on CCFC's steering committee.


Velma LaPoint, PhD

Dr. LaPoint is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies, School of Education, Howard University. She conducts research on commercialism in the lives of children and has a particular interest in this topic as it relates to children of color and low-income children.


Diane Levin, PhD
Dr. Levin is professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston where she teaches a summer institute about combating the hazards of media culture with children and heads a service-learning program for Wheelock students on the peace process underway in schools in Northern Ireland. She has written 8 books including: So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids (with Jean Kilbourne), Remote Control Childhood, Teaching Young Children in Violent Times, and The War Play Dilemma (with Nancy Carlsson-Paige). She is a founder of CCFC and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment (TRUCE:





Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis works for Tobacco Prevent Project of the National School Boards Association. Prior to her work at NSBA, she was the Program Director at the TV-Turnoff Network.


Alex Molnar, PhD

Alex Molnar is a Professor of Education Policy at Arizona State University. He directs the Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU) at the National Center for Education Policy.  CERU's annual report on schoolhouse commercializing trends is a widely used resource for policy makers, parents, and activists. For the past twenty years, Molnar has studied and written about commercial activities in the schools and market-based school reforms such as private school vouchers, charter schools, and for-profit schools. His most recent books are Giving Kids the Business: The Commercialization of America's Schools (Westview/Harper Collins, 1996), The Construction of Children's Character (National Society for the Study of Education, 1997), Vouchers, Class Size Reduction, and Student Achievement: Considering the Evidence (Bloomington, Ind.: Phi Delta Kappa, 2000), School Reform Proposals: The Research Evidence (Information Age Publishing, 2002) and School Commercialism: From Democratic Ideal to Market Commodity (Routledge, 2005).


Alvin F. Poussaint, MD

Dr. Poussaint is professor of psychiatry and faculty associate dean of student affairs at Harvard Medical School; co-author with Amy Alexander of Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans, Beacon Press, 2000; and co-author with Bill Cosby of Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, Thomas Nelson, 2007. Dr. Poussaint is a seasoned media consultant and an outspoken advocate, addressing a wide range of issues from diversity and poverty to commercialism.


Michele Simon, JD, MPH
Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in policy analysis, legal strategies, and countering corporate tactics. With 12 years of experience researching and writing about the food industry, Ms. Simon is the author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back. Ms. Simon is a regular speaker on both food and alcohol policy at various national and international conferences. Her recent areas of research include the failure of self-regulation and corporate lobbying that undermines public health. She is currently watch-dogging the alcohol industry as Marin Institute’s research and policy director and blogs regularly at Ms. Simon received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her master's degree in public health from Yale University.


Susan Linn, EdD

Director, CCFC

Susan Linn is co-founder and director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. An award-winning producer, writer, and puppeteer, she is the author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World, and Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood and lectures internationally on reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers.



Josh Golin

Associate Director, CCFC


Josh organizes CCFC’s advocacy campaigns and develops its communications strategy. His writings about the commercialization of childhood have appeared in a wide-range of publications. He and his wife Jennifer are doing their best to raise their daughter, Clara, commercial-free.


Shara Drew

Program Coordinator, CCFC


Shara assists in the research and implementation of CCFC's campaigns. She manages CCFC's web presence and outreach, and serves as the liaison between CCFC and its fiscal sponsor, Third Sector New England. Shara lives in Cambridge and teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College.


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