Meet the Team

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Kris Perry, Executive Director, most recently served as Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom of California and Deputy Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency where she led the development of the California Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and the expansion of access to high-quality early childhood programs. She led systems change efforts at the local, state and national levels in her roles as executive director of First 5 San Mateo, First 5 California and of the First Five Years Fund. Through it all, Perry has fought to protect children, improve and expand early learning programs, and increase investments in low-income children. Perry was instrumental in returning marriage equality to California after the landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Hollingsworth v. Perry, which she wrote about in her book Love on Trial (Roaring Forties Press, 2017).


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Jon Bleicher is the founder of Prospect PR, a full-service media agency specializing in non-profit, corporate, and entertainment clients. Prospect offers traditional PR, media, and promotional strategy and outreach. Working collaboratively with clients, Jon helps communicate their stories effectively to gain maximum exposure, sales, and ROI.


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Dr. Kate Blocker has experience in the areas of child and adolescent development, social sciences research, program evaluation, and teaching. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a Developmental Science focus from the University of Alabama. During her doctoral studies, Kate was awarded the Graduate Council Research Fellowship and National Alumni Association Fellowship. Kate coordinates many of the Institute’s research and education programs, including the Ask the Experts webinar series, research retreats, the Digital Media and Developing Minds Congress and Expo, and the research intern program. Outside of work, Kate enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, cooking, playing board games, reading, and watching movies. She currently lives in Huntsville, AL with her husband and rescue pup.


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Camara Brown is an interdisciplinary scholar and poet who works in the fields of American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Transnational Black Feminisms, and Friendship Studies. In May 2022, Camara earned a Master's in History from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she developed a passion for collaboration and community-building through working, for example, as the American Studies Student Workshop co-facilitator. She is also a poet committed to uplifting the ways poetry can powerfully inspire youth and people of all ages. She worked in creative writing communities with youth throughout her undergraduate career at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poetry has been published in numerous places including The Adroit Journal and The Golden Shovel Anthology Poems in a New Form Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Camara is excited to join the Children and Screens team.


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Dr. Robert C. Charles is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of NC and SC and has a Juris Doctorate degree from the Charlotte School of Law. He spent much of his earlier career working in local and regional CPA Firms in the State of South Carolina and North Carolina. Following his time in public accounting firms he served as the CFO and Controller for a number of large healthcare, non-profit, and governmental organizations in the Carolinas and southeast. He is currently the founder and principal shareholder of Robert Charles, CPA, P.A. and provides consulting services to various entities on tax and accounting matters. He is currently published in the NC CPA Interim Report and the SC CPA Magazine and frequently speaks at CPA Conferences on Professional Development and other technical accounting and tax subjects. He has served as an adjunct accounting professor at Columbia College, Johnson C. Smith University, Midlands Technical College, and other institutions of higher education.


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Levi Hastings is an Emmy-nominated illustrator and graphic designer living in Seattle. He's published 4 children's picture books and is currently working on his first graphic novel. He brings more than 15 years of design experience to Children and Screens.


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Lauren Hill is the HR, Development, and Recruitment Coordinator at Children and Screens. She received a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Child and Adolescent Development and Diversity and Inclusion from Lasell College, and M.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University. After graduating in 2018 Lauren joined the Children and Screens team as the Executive Assistant. Highlights included coordinating a 4-day conference, collaborating with staff and interns, and traveling with the Founder and President to inform the public of the latest findings in the field. Lauren re-joined the team in early 2021 and has greatly enjoyed the experience since. Outside of work, Lauren often spends time hanging out with family and friends, exploring the great outdoors, trying new recipes, and when possible, traveling to new places.


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Audrey Richards graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. She worked for six years at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the US Treasury Department. She was the knowledge manager, overseeing the agency-wide KM program. Audrey was also the unit's representative to the Enterprise Change Control Board. She previously worked as a nationally published sportswriter, and is currently a politician in Southwest Missouri.


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Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Director of Video and Social Media, is a communications pro who brings a belief in the power of storytelling and a passion for children’s health to her work with Children and Screens. Prior to her work with the Institute, Celeste was a senior interactive media producer with Storyline Productions and a producer and writer of critically-acclaimed feature-length documentary films with Geller/Goldfine Productions. Celeste previously took an extended tour in internet startups as the Director of Product Management at eTranslate, Inc. and a Product Manager for E-greetings Network. Celeste is a longtime active Board member and current Board Chair of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, an outdoor education nonprofit in Oregon that brings transformative experiences in nature to youth and adults.


 

Our Past Interns

Academy of Art University
Michelle Guo

Baylor University
Kristen Ogarrio

Boston University
Emily Rivera

Brown University
Angelo Giannopoulos
Ruth Schlenker

California Baptist University
Susannah Metzler

California State University, Fullerton
Jasmine Matsumoto

California State University, Northridge
Avery Clark
Erika De La Rosa

Case Western Reserve University
Tina Fong

Central Michigan University
John Caufield

Columbia University
Angelo Coelho
Mara Danoff, Teacher’s College
Jennifer Lee, Teacher’s College
Cindy Setiadi, Teacher’s College
Hailey Wetherill

Cornell University
Catherine Cai
Chelsea Chen
Angela Constantine
Jin Shang
Nicole Werner

CUNY Baruch College
Sven Larsen, Macaulay Honors College
Daniella Rodriguez, Macaulay Honors College
Aja Tarrao

Davidson College
Sarah Suttner

DePaul University
Pushty Shah

Dickinson College
Lindsay Kuracina

Duke University
Alisa Adhikari
Daniel Sul

Emory University
Tanisha Ghosh

Fashion Institute of Technology
Whitney Chen
Sandra Mustopa

Fielding Graduate University
Margaret Sargent

Florida State University
Christina Carassas

Georgetown University
Christine Kim

Georgia Institute of Technology
Gracelyn Nguyen

Hofstra University
Meghan Fawcett

Hunter College, City University of New York
Srimayee Dam

Indiana University
Sophie Marx

James Madison University
Tanner Sykhammountry

Johns Hopkins University
Grace Kirtland

King’s College
Annabelle Ford

Liberty University
Soogeun Jang

Mount Holyoke College
Elizabeth Agbedun

New York University
Remy Badge
Kainaz Patravalar
Sanjana Shah
Nancy Zamora
Jenny Zheng

Northeastern University
Jayna Kurlender
Ecom Lu

Oakland University Honors College
Tyler Dixon

Princeton University
Colton Wang

Purdue University
Qiyan Ba
Erik Josson

Rochester Institute of Technology
Juliann Thang



Rutgers University
Nithila Arunkuma
rMeryem Carikci
Manasa Dornala
Christopher Kwok
Antoinette Pauwells
Sophie Sklar
Laura Vorbach

Salisbury University
Erich Ammann

San Diego State University
Jessie Siu

San Jose State University
Aarti Patel
Kem Awosanya

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Qixuan Mai

Seattle Pacific University
Ken Kok

St. John's University
Maura Warren

Stockton University
Amanda Maurer

Stony Brook University
Joy Trehan
Victoria Davis

SUNY New Paltz
Jack Healy

The New School
Ananya Shrivastava

The Ohio State University
Ann Lee

The Open University
Katelyn Owens

The Pennsylvania State University
Nyla Holland
Anabelle Furry
Cameron Kelly

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Allie Hayhurst

The University of Texas at Austin
Shereena Mathew

Tufts University
Josephine Omoyugbo

Union College
Audrey Palmeri

University of California, Irvine
Andre Abad

University of California, Los Angeles
Hung-Yi Chen
Andrew Martinez

University of California, San Diego
Laylani Cedano

University of California, Santa Cruz
Anisha Dalavai

University of Chicago
Madeleine Oswald

University of Glasgow
Avantika Bhardwaj

University of Houston
Lara Babalola

University of Michigan
Grace Chein
Payton Moore
Ruowen Wang

University of Michigan–Dearborn
Olivia Nalon

University of Missouri
Evanna Momtaj

University of Northern Iowa
Kwan Williams

University of Notre Dame
Olivia Hsin
Sana Khan

University of Pennsylvania
Jillian Castoro
Haoyan Lin

University of Pittsburgh
Annie Kane

University of Rochester
Rohat Chari

University of San Francisco
Amy Haskour

University of Southern California
Lois Angelo
Julie Bernard
Jialing Gu
Gregory Koh
Ava Montana

University of Virginia
Daulton Roach

University of Washington
Sofia Anderson
Joseph Dyer
Aditya Gunawan
Daniela Wolfert

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sofia Reverendo

Villa Maria College
George Jacobs

Virginia Tech
Devika Shukla

Wellesley College
Mia Kriksciun

From Our Past Interns


“This opportunity has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to learn more about the effects of digital media on children and adolescents and different aspects of research that goes into this field. This semester I was able to establish critical skills that I will take as I move forward in my career.”

John C., Spring 2021 Research Intern


“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by you and the team at Children and Screens to be a part of the marketing intern group this past spring. I have had a wonderful experience in promoting the Institute's four-fold mission and contributing to the important work you all do.”

Gracelyn N., Spring 2021 Marketing Intern

“I have gained valuable insight into a variety of industries and positions over the past 12 weeks. I can confidently say that the knowledge and unwavering support I received has allowed me to grow and evolve more than I could have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to join a passionate team within a company I truly admire.”

Erich A., Spring 2021 Ambassador Program Intern

“I loved getting the opportunity to work with Children and Screens on all the great work you do. I really appreciate how my work and opinions were valued here.”

JAYNA K., FALL 2021 POLICY INTERN

For media inquiries, contact Jon Bleicher at jon@childrenandscreens.com