Aparna Brown, PhD
Aparna Brown is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for BirdBrain Technologies, an educational robotics company that spun out of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. Aparna oversees BirdBrain's philanthropic efforts, including a robot loan program which has reached over 135,000 students who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their typical classroom experience. Prior to BirdBrain Aparna spent 8 years at home raising a child as commercial-free as possible. Aparna holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Neuroscience from Stanford University.
Angela Campbell, clerk
Professor Angela Campbell directs the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown Law. This clinic, which is part of Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation, serves as pro bono counsel for nonprofit organizations at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and in federal courts. Professor Campbell, along with her students and staff attorneys, have worked with CCFC and other child advocacy organizations to prevent unfair and deceptive advertising to children, to protect children’s online privacy, and to promote high quality and diverse content for children. Campbell also speaks and writes about children and media and related topics. Her law review publications include Pacifica Reconsidered: Implications for the Current Controversy Over Broadcast Indecency (2010), The Legacy of Red Lion, (2008), Restricting the Marketing of Junk Food to Children by Product Placement and Character Selling (2006), Self-Regulation and the Media (1999), and Ads2Kids.com: Should Government Regulate Advertising to Children on the World Wide Web? (1998). Prior to joining the Georgetown Faculty in 1988, Campbell was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and in private practice. She holds an LLM from Georgetown Law, a JD from UCLA Law, and a BA from Hampshire College.
Julia Chen grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She opened a retail wooden toy store in northern California in 1994 when her children were very young. A mail order catalog and website followed in the ensuing years. Through these endeavors, she was able to offer supportive information and alternatives to parents at moments when they consider the importance of play in their children’s development. After selling the physical store in 2011, Julia began advising a German wooden toy making company. For the past year, she has also begun an internship/mentoring role with a worker owned cooperative grocery store in the community of west Oakland, CA. Julia has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Ranae DeSantis was born and raised in northern California. She graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in Psychology accompanied with minors in both Biological Sciences and Education. With her sights set on teaching, she furthered her studies to attain a CA Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After graduating, she immediately gained employment with a bay area public school district teaching third grade. She gained experience working in a Title I school and also served on the School site Council during an accreditation year. Later she went on to become a private tutor for students in every level of elementary school. Ranae was fortunate to have opportunities to live abroad. She enjoyed being exposed to new cultures and social viewpoints. She spent two years living in Europe, first in Germany and later in The Netherlands. She is passionate about the environment and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grades of Green (www.gradesofgreen.org). Previously she was the secretary for this non-profit organization which strives to inspire and empower students and the broader school community to protect the environment. She is very aware of the connection between advertising, overconsumption, and the resulting negative environmental consequences. Ranae is also a partner in Silicon Valley Social Ventures (www.sv2.org) and active in the local philanthropic community. She is a skier and equestrian who shares her home with her two young children and four rescued pets.
Nathan Dungan, Chair
Nathan Dungan is the founder and president of Share Save Spend®. For over 20 years, he has worked with thousands of families to help them align their values with their money decisions. Nathan speaks and consults internationally with organizations and families on the topic of money and the effects of the consumer culture on money habits. His book, Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money + Meaning was released in the fall of 2010. Nathan is also the co-author of a textbook for high school students, Personal Finance: A Lifetime Responsibility. His first book, Prodigal Sons and Material Girls: How Not to Be Your Child’s ATM, was released in 2003. For more information about Nathan visit, www.sharesavespend.com.
Josh is CCFC’s Executive Director. He started at CCFC as an intern in 2003 and has been with the organization in a variety of capacities ever since. Josh's media appearances include Today, NPR, Fox & Friends, and NBC Nightly News, and he has been quoted in hundreds of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. His writings about the commercialization of childhood have appeared in a wide range of outlets. He and his wife Jennifer are doing their best to raise their daughter, Clara, commercial-free.
Kevin Hepner, Vice Chair
Kevin Hepner currently serves as the Vice President of Administration and Finance for Roxbury Community College, one of the 15 Massachusetts state community colleges. A CPA by training, he left the accounting profession in 1989 to work in the nonprofit world, supporting the missions of several historic organizations working in some of Boston’s lowest income communities. In the early 1990’s, when the cost of workers compensation insurance was placing a heavy burden on the budgets of nonprofits, he co-founded a nonprofit-owned workers' compensation insurance company--the Massachusetts Bay Self-Insurance Group, which has provided millions of dollars in savings for its members—-and served on its board for 20 years, 10 of those years as its President. Kevin is a current instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work and is active with many nonprofits in the Boston area.
Tim Kasser, PhD
After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, Tim Kasser accepted a position at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is currently Professor of Psychology. He has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, goals, ecological sustainability, and quality of life, among other topics. Tim is also the author of The High Price of Materialism, co-editor of Psychology and Consumer Culture, co-author of Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity and author of Lucy in the Mind of Lennon. He spends a good deal of his time working with activist groups that protect children from commercialization, that promote ecological sustainability, and that encourage a more “inwardly rich” lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism. Tim lives with his wife, two sons, and assorted animals in the western Illinois countryside.
John C. Mack
John C. Mack is an artist, photographer, and philanthropist. His most recent work, in collaboration with Susanne Steines, includes Revealing Mexico, which features 175 photographs of everyday life in the country. It was published in celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, and to counter the emphasis in the international press on ongoing violence between the state and narco-traffickers. The authors also collaborated on Xibalbá: Lost Dreams of the Mexican Rainforest. His photographs have been featured in galleries in the United States, France, and Mexico.
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria is a pediatrician, occasional children's librarian, public health professional, and child health advocate. He practices primary-care pediatrics at a community health center working with underserved populations. He is also involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students, and practicing physicians. His educational interests also include public and population health training for clinicians. Additionally, Dr. Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain. A dynamic speaker who easily translates basic science and clinical medicine for a wide variety of audiences in order to shape programs and policy, Dr. Navsaria lectures locally, regionally, and nationally on early literacy, early brain and child development, child health advocacy, and technology.
Lynda Parmely worked at the Hagedorn Foundation serving as the Program Director of the Families, Children and Youth funding initiative since it was founded, until it sunset in 2017. She grew up on Long Island, graduating from Nassau Community College and continued her education at Queens College, where she earned a degree in Urban Studies. For over 20 years she has worked in the nonprofit sector as an organizer, child care assistant, trainer, program assistant, capacity building consultant and most recently as the Program Officer for the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation. Lynda always brings her passion for equity and social justice to her professional and personal roles, and is the proud mom of Marley Atticus.
Angelica Velazquez has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for over 20 years as an educator, trainer and program manager. In her current capacity as Director of the Informal Family Child Care Project (IFCC) at the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI), she oversees a dynamic professional development and training programs serving home-based child care providers throughout New York City. She is passionate about empowering and building the capacity of families, caregivers, communities, and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for children. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Antioch College and a M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College at The City University of New York.
Laurel Parker West, PhD, Treasurer
Laurel currently serves as Vice President, National Programs & Operations for GOOD+ Foundation, a national nonprofit that uses the power of donated goods and transformational services to help break the cycle of family poverty. Previously, Laurel was the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Long Island, where she helped to identify and raise funds for programs that demonstrated an impact on the lives of girls and women. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, where she focused on the long-term economic security of women and their families. Laurel has also held several research positions including Manager of the Center for Justice Research at the University of Wyoming, Strategic Research Coordinator for a statewide health policy initiative at the University of Wyoming and has conducted numerous studies on child care policy, community development, and welfare reform at Emory University. Laurel received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Emory University and her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She was selected as a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate in 2009 and featured as a “40 under 40 Leader” by the Long Island Business News in 2010. She lives in Queens with her husband, a Professor of English at Adelphi University, and their two daughters.