About ParentalRights.org

 

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.

Why ParentalRights.org

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.

Family is better than government.

Yet more and more, parental rights are not being upheld in courts.

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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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Endorsements: Why They Support the Parental Rights Amendment

Shaun Alexander, 2005 NFL MVP

Dr. Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D.

Pastor Marvin L. Winans, Sr.

ParentalRights.org Board & Staff

Shaun Alexander

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.

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Shaun Alexander is a former football player for the Univeristy of Alabama, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins. In 2005 Shaun was voted MVP of the National Football League for a season in which he led the league in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and points scored. His performance helped the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance in the team’s 30-year history and ushered in a winning tradition that continues to this day.

Shaun brings that same winning attitude to ParentalRights.org where he serves as vice-president. Shaun, a father himself, is passionate about the potential of parents to raise their children with the tools and outlook to make a positive change in the world, and this approach is a common theme in his other service programs and ministries, including his just-launched podcast, “Finish the Game.” Shaun lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Valerie, and their eight children.

Ethan Demme

Ethan Demme (Chairman)

Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning, as well as an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township (Pennsylvania).

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Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning and is passionate about finding the best ways to build lifelong learners. Ethan is an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township and is an active member of his local community. Ethan is a homeschool graduate and holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Bryan College. Ethan has been married to his wife Anna for over 11 years and they live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they enjoy running, biking, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and exploring new places.

Ethan also serves on the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce Policy Roundtable. He is also a board member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry Community and Prosperity Hub, the former chairman of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County, and the treasurer of the GT Thompson commonwealth PAC.

Allison Folmar, J.D.

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.

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Civil rights attorney Allison Folmar garnered international attention as she passionately fought numerous charges brought against her client, Michigan mother Maryanne Godboldo. Folmar, who holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School, stood for Godboldo’s right to choose the course of medical treatment for her daughter and fiercely challenged the state’s medical kidnapping of Ariana.

Folmar won a 10-month legal battle against the Michigan Attorney General and state prosecutors on behalf of a parent’s fundamental constitutional right to choose the course of medical treatment for their child. Her zealous advocacy also changed Michigan state law, making it illegal for CPS to intervene simply on the basis that parents choose not to administer certain mind-altering drugs to their child.

She has assisted in writing federal legislation to protect parental rights, and she has won cases similar to the Godboldo case for numerous families across the country.

In addition to her private practice, Folmar travels the country enthusiastically lecturing attorneys, legislators, and parents on the constitutional aspects of parental rights.

Allison lives with her teen-aged daughter in her home town of Detroit.

Rick Green

Rick Green (Board Member)

Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host.

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Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host.

Rick travels the nation speaking for David Barton’s WallBuilders organization and Rick and David co-host the national daily radio program, WallBuilders Live!

Rick is the author and executive producer of Constitution Alive!, America’s most engaging and entertaining study of the U.S. Constitution.

Rick is the founder and president of Patriot Academy, which trains young leaders in founding principles as they participate in mock legislative sessions held in state capitols across the nation.

He and his wife, Kara, have 4 kids. They can be seen in Chasing American Legends, a new TV show that follows their family as they investigate America’s heroes, legends, and legacies.

Don and Vickie Howe

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.

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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. A designated “Chartered Life Underwriter” and “Charter Financial Consultant,” Don has been in the insurance business for three decades, winning several awards from many top-name insurance companies. He also designed and implemented the proprietary National Agent Training Program, becoming a leader in the Final Expense Market.

Vickie Howe met Don at The Ohio State University and became his wife in 1979. Together, they raised and homeschooled their ten children, and now their eight grandchildren are also being homeschooled.

In the 1990’s, Don and Vickie served on the Board of Directors for the Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO). They also helped found and served on the board of the Lancaster Area Christian Homeschoolers in Lancaster, Ohio.

In 2003, they founded Shepherd’s Retreat to “Minister to the Ministers,”and they continue to run this ministry. Shepherd’s Retreat serves those who are in ministry to Jesus Christ by providing a place of respite and relaxation in a tranquil rural area in the rolling foothills of southeastern Ohio.

The Howes joined the board of ParentalRights.org in 2013.

Dr. Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D.

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.

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Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and Director of the Political Science Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He is the co-founder and President of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and publisher of the society’s scholarly journal, The Catholic Social Science Review. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. A lawyer and scholar, Dr. Krason did his law and Ph.D. studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He has received several research grants, and in the 2008-09 academic year he was a visiting fellow in residence at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.

Dr. Krason has authored and edited numerous books and volumes including Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Public Order and the Sacred Order: Contemporary Problems, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Western and American Traditions; The Recovery of American Education: Reclaiming a Vision; Defending the Family: A Sourcebook; and Parental Rights: The Contemporary Assault on Traditional Liberties. He has also published several articles on false child abuse reporting and the threat to parental rights of the child protective system. In 1999, he co-authored an amicus curiae brief in Troxel v. Granville, a major parental rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Krason and his wife, Therese, have four children and live in the Steubenville, Ohio, area.

Cory Gibbons (Staff)

Cory Gibbons is the Contact Coordinator for ParentalRights.org.

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Cory is the Contact Coordinator for ParentalRights.org. She holds a B.A. in History from Patrick Henry College and an A.A.S. in Dental Assisting and Applied Science from Mott Community College. Cory is a Michigan native, and her interest in politics began in high school when she interned for Michigan State Senator Mike Green. Her interest continued when she moved to Northern Virginia in 2014 to begin four years of interning with Generation Joshua. During that tenure she worked on federal election campaigns for Congressmen Jim Banks (IN) and Mike Gallagher (WI), among others, and she has also worked with other non-profit political/policy organizations. Cory currently resides in Northern Virginia.

 

James Mason

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).

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Jim Mason serves as President of ParentalRights.org while working as Vice President of Litigation and Development at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Mason has defended homeschoolers from truant officers, school superintendents, and social workers in courts and administrative tribunals all over the country. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University and his law degree at Regent University.

Jim served on the board of ParentalRights.org from its inception until January 2017, when he was elected president of the organization.

Jim is a veteran of the United States Navy and served in Operation Desert Storm. He and his wife, Debbie, have homeschooled all of their seven children.  They live in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Maggie McKneely

Maggie McKneely (Staff)

Maggie McKneely is the Government Affairs Liaison for ParentalRights.org.

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Maggie McKneely is the Government Affairs Liaison for ParentalRights.org. Maggie first defended the rights of families as a Legislative Aide for The Family Foundation of Virginia. She also served as the Tom and Kipp Gutshall Fellow at the Media Research Center, where she published over 60 articles about media bias. She holds a B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College and currently lives in Northern Virginia.

Grover Norquist, M.B.A.

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.

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Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals, and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. A native of Massachusetts, Norquist has been one of DC’s most effective issues-management strategists for more than two decades. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America and of the American Conservative Union, and is president of the American Society of Competitiveness. Norquist is a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine, and authored the book Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives (published in 2008).

Prior to working with ATR, Norquist served as a commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce and on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service. He was an economist and chief speech-writer with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and also the executive director of the National Taxpayers’ Union.

Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Samah, and his daughters, Grace and Giselle.

Steve Oberlander

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.

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Steve Oberlander, C.P.A., is Chief Financial Officer of ParentalRights.org, Home School Legal Defense Association, and Home School Foundation. He previously served as CFO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Operation Blessing International, and as Assistant Controller of Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Oberlander is a CPA and holds a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Business, both from Virginia Tech. He has served as treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 711 and is founder of the Loudoun County Patriots home school basketball program in Loudoun County, VA. Oberlander is an active member of Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA, and is a member of The Gideons International. He and his wife, Shelley, reside in Lovettsville, Virginia, and have four children.

Michael Ramey

Michael Ramey, M.Div. (Board Secretary & Staff)

Michael Ramey is the Executive Director for ParentalRights.org as well as the Director of Communications & Research.

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Michael Ramey is the Executive Director for ParentalRights.org as well as the Director of Communications & Research. He holds a B.A. in Foreign Language (Spanish) from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ramey honed his communication skills through 13 years of church ministry before joining the staff of ParentalRights.org. Michael lives in Winchester, Virginia, with his wife, Rachel, and five beautiful children.

John K. Rosemond, M.S.

John K. Rosemond, M.S. (Board Member)

John Rosemond, M.S., is one of America’s most well-known and respected parenting experts.

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John Rosemond, M.S., is one of America’s most well-known and respected parenting experts. His nationally-syndicated newspaper column, one of the longest-running lifestyle columns in the industry (since 1976), is carried in more than 200 newspapers nationwide. John has written fourteen books on parenting and family issues, most of which are best-sellers in the field. Parenting by The Book, published by Howard Books, won the Mom’s Choice Award in 2008. John has also been or is a columnist for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Hemispheres (the United Air Lines in-flight magazine), and Signs of the Times.

John is the busiest public speaker in his field. In a typical year, he gives 200 presentations on parenting and family issues to parent and professional groups across the USA. John has also been invited to speak in England, Belgium, Istanbul, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Cyprus, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. His talks are known for being informative, entertaining, and provocative.

John is licensed to practice psychology by the North Carolina Psychology Board, but retired from full-time private practice in 1990. Since then, although he does the occasional consultation, he has devoted the majority of his time to writing and public speaking. He is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of ParentalRights.org, the mission of which is the enactment of a much-needed Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

John says his “real” qualifications are that (1) he’s been married to the same woman (Willie) for 42 years, (2) he and Willie have two adult children, Eric and Amy, both of whom are responsible members of society who do not ask for any entitlements, and (3) John and Willie are grandparents to seven well-behaved grandchildren, ranging in age from two to fifteen.

John is one of less than a handful of parenting experts who promote a truly traditional approach to family living. He advocates for adult-centered families in which (1) it is clear that the primary and most active relationship is between husband and wife, (2) parental authority is conveyed to the children in a relaxed, confident manner and understood to be the final word, and (3) children enjoy lots of freedom and lots of family responsibility.

“I’m a man on a mission,” says John. “Through this ministry to America’s families, I am attempting to spearhead a retro-revolution in how families are structured and function. I am absolutely convinced,” he says, “no, make that I absolutely know that although times have changed, traditional parenting still works. In fact, it is the only parenting paradigm that does work for parent, child, marriage, school, community, and culture.”

Dr. Rodger Sayre

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.

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Rodger Sayre, M.D., FAAFP, has a busy family practice in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, as an associate with the Geisinger Medical Group. He is also involved in sports-related health issues, and is the school physician for the Tunkhannock Area School District. Dr. Sayre is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He also serves on the board of Home School Legal Defense Association.

Dr. Sayre received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 1983, and completed his residency with Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center in 1986. He and his wife, Mary, have  eleven children and reside in Pennsylvania.

J. Michael Smith, J.D.

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.

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J. Michael Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization which he co-founded with Michael Farris in 1983 to protect the right of parents who choose home education as their way to satisfy the compulsory attendance law in the various states and Canada. HSLDA now represents over 80,000 member families. Smith has been speaking to homeschool audiences for 23 years. His columns on home education appear regularly in the Washington Times, and he has been a guest on numerous television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family with Jim Dobson, and Hannity and Colmes on Fox News.

Smith is an attorney licensed to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. After serving two years as a Deputy City Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division in San Diego, he went into private practice specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. After he and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to home school their children, Smith became involved in defending the rights of homeschoolers in California. It became glaringly apparent that home educators could not afford attorneys, and as a result, HSLDA was established to defend and advance the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and protect family freedom. Smith received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego. He and Elizabeth have four children.

Paul Suarez

Paul A. Suarez (Board Member)

Paul A. Suarez, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and a father to seven—four biologically and three through international adoption from China.

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Paul A. Suarez, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and a father to seven—four biologically and three through international adoption from China. He holds a B.A. from Columbia College and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He served his residency in Catholic Medical Center and in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Paul and his wife, Vickie, have been married since 1980, and Paul has been a believer in Christ Jesus since 1992. Paul believes “we should not only believe in the Word, but be doers of the Word as well.”

Paul and his family live in Sayre, Pennsylvania, where he is part of a private orthopedic practice.

Vickie Suarez

Vickie Suarez (Board Member)

Vickie served as the volunteer Pennsylvania State Coordinator for ParentalRights.org for eight years (and continues to serve in that capacity) before joining the board in 2018.

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Vickie Suarez, wife of Paul, is a Christian homeschooling mother to her seven children, four biological and three adopted from China. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Thomas Jefferson School of Baccalaureate Nursing in Philadelphia, and she worked in neonatal intensive care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Vickie served as the volunteer Pennsylvania State Coordinator for ParentalRights.org for eight years (and continues to serve in that capacity) before joining the board in 2018.

Pastor Marvin Winans

Pastor Marvin L. Winans (Board Member)

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.

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Pastor Marvin L. Winans is the founder and pastor of Perfecting Church, one of Detroit, Michigan’s foremost congregations. Since heeding the call, Pastor Winans’ ministry has grown exponentially, from a humble gathering of eight in his own basement on May 28, 1989, to a membership of more than of 4,500.

Pastor Winans has taken a holistic approach to the pastorate. This approach has led to the creation of various outreach and educational programs, all under the umbrella of the Perfecting Community Development Corporation, including the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Perfecting Community Care Center, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center. Currently, plans are underway for the opening of a performing arts academy in St. Louis, Missouri.

Serving as Bishop-Elect of Perfecting Fellowship International, Bishop-Elect Marvin L.Winans also oversees a sisterhood of churches both stateside and abroad.

In addition to his ministry achievements, Pastor Winans is a multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove winning recording artist, as well as one fourth of the legendary gospel quartet The Winans. His background in music has been put to good use at Perfecting Church, where his songs are sung weekly and have appeared in various recording projects featuring the church’s praise band and choir, including the church’s 2012 The Praise & Worship Experience, which Pastor Winans produced.