Protecting Children by Empowering Parents
Who We Are
We are concerned parents and citizens who care about children and are concerned by how parental rights are slipping away.
Children need to be raised and represented by parents who love them, not by disconnected government officials. When it comes to raising children, parents are better than the government.
Yet more and more, parental rights are not being upheld in courts.
We are working to preserve parental rights through a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as through state and federal legislation that will protect children by empowering parents.
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ParentalRights.org Board & Staff
Shaun Alexander (Board Member)
Shaun Alexander is a former football player for the Univeristy of Alabama, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins. A father himself, Shaun is passionate about the potential of parents to raise their children with the tools and outlook to make a positive change in the world.
Terry Blakemore, M.B.A. (Board Member)
Before entering the business world in 2009, he was an award-winning fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Bryan Dearing (Board Member)
Bryan Dearing has served as CEO of several medical centers and hospitals.
William A. Estrada, Esq. (Board Secretary and Government Affairs Liaison)
A graduate of Oak Brook College of Law, Will is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and the California bar and an experienced lobbyist.
Allison Folmar, J.D. (Board Member)
Civil rights attorney Allison Folmar garnered international attention as she passionately fought numerous charges brought against Michigan mother Maryanne Godboldo.
Rick Green (Board Member)
Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host.
Don and Vickie Howe (Board Members)
Don Howe, CLU, ChFC, is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force and the Founder and CEO of Howe Insurance Services in Caldwell, Ohio. In 2003, he and Vickie founded Shepherd’s Retreat.
Dr. Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D. (Board Member)
Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and Director of the Political Science Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has authored and edited numerous books and volumes.
Katherine A. Loop (Staff)
Katherine Loop is the Communications Assistant for ParentalRights.org.
James Mason, J.D. (President)
Jim Mason serves as President of ParentalRights.org while working as Vice President of Litigation and Development at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
Maggie McKneely (Staff)
Maggie McKneely is the Director of Development & Administration for ParentalRights.org.
Grover Norquist, M.B.A. (Board Member)
For more than two decades, Grover Norquist has been one of DC’s most effective issues-management strategists.
Steve G. Oberlander, C.P.A. (Treasurer)
Steve Oberlander has a long history of serving as Chief Financial Officer or in other accounting capacities for various organizations.
Michael Ramey, M.Div. (Staff)
Michael Ramey is the Deputy Director for ParentalRights.org as well as the Director of Communications & Research.
John K. Rosemond, M.S. (Board Member)
John Rosemond, M.S., is one of America’s most well-known and respected parenting experts.
Dr. Rodger Sayre, M.D. (Board Member)
Rodger Sayre, M.D., FAAFP, has a busy family practice and is also a school physician. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Scott Scharpen (Chairman)
Scott is the founder and president of Apportionment.US, and the president of The Scharpen Foundation. He is also an associate pastor.
J. Michael Smith, J.D. (Board Member)
A licensed attorney in CA, DC, and VA, Michael Smith is the President and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association.
Mark West, C.P.A. (Board Member)
Mark D. West is a partner in a number of business enterprises including healthcare management, motorsport ventures, and property investment.
Pastor Marvin L. Winans
Pastor Marvin L. Winans is the founder and pastor of Perfecting Church, one of Detroit, Michigan's foremost congregations. Pastor Winans is also a recording artist and winner of multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove awards.