Sen Obama Campaign Announces Child Advocacy Task Force

Educators, policy experts, and lifetime child advocates lead grassroots organizing efforts throughout New Hampshire

MANCHESTER , NH— Senator Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign today announced the membership of our Child Advocacy Task Force . This diverse group of community leaders, educators, lifetime child advocates, development specialists, authors and policy and research experts will coordinate outreach and advise the campaign on issues affecting New Hampshire children and families.

“Barack Obama has a proven track record of fighting for children and families. He’s shown a unique commitment to dialogue about the issues New Hampshire’s child advocates deal with on a daily basis,” Task Force Chair Jack Lightfoot said. “And he has a compassion, authenticity, and abilityto inspire people to come together around real progress that I haven’t seen in any other candidate.”

Michelle Obama and Paul and Peggo Hodes will join the Child Advocacy Task Force and NewHampshire Women for Obama this Saturday, October 20 for a Children’s Fair at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry.

**Child Advocacy Task Force members are available to speak to the media. Please contact Reid Cherlin for details at (603) 668-2008.

Obama Child Advocacy Task Force

Jack Lightfoot – Chair, Child Advocacy Task Force; Attorney;30-year leader on New Hampshire child advocacy issues including child abuse andneglect, foster care, adoption, child day care, juvenile justice and divorce

Goffstown ,NH

Ellen Shemitz –Attorney; Founder, New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network; Member, Board ofDirectors, New Hampshire Healthy Kids; Former President, New HampshireChildren’s Alliance

Paula Ferenc - Middleschool special education teacher; Program Director, Circle Program; Co-facilitator, New Hope for Girls

Rumney ,NH

Dr. Bruce Mallory –Provost and Executive Vice President, University of New Hampshire (for identification purposes only); Professor of early childhood and special education; Board member of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, Inc.and the Paul J. Aicher Foundation; Former chair of the UNH Department of Education, public school teacher, and director of Head Start program  Portsmouth, NH

Ann McLane Kuster, Hopkinton - Member, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Recipient of2007 Congressional Award “Angels in Adoption”; Director,Education and Non-Profit Law Practice Group, Rath Young and Pignatelli; FormerBoard Member of Child and Family Services of New Hampshire and Chair ofChildren’s Lobby Day Hopkinton ,NH

Kay Kenyon, M.Ed., – Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer Nashua ,NH

Sylvia Gale – Lifelong supporter of child advocacy issues; Social worker; Advocate for access to quality medical care for low-income children and their families and child safety resources Nashua ,NH

James Miller – Psychology professor emeritus, Plymouth State University;School counselor, Second Start AlternativeHigh School Meredith ,NH

Angela Delyani-Hart – (CASA) volunteer  Hollis ,NH

Jeff Ladd - High school teacher; Basketball coach Wolfeboro ,NH

Bernadette Melton Plante– CASA Supervisor; Employee, Youth Council in Nashua- Court Diversion Program Child parent mediator, City of Nashua; Former Vice President of Nashua Girls Soccer Association

Nashua ,NH

Chris Mattise, M. Ed.– Creator, internationally renowned program “Hurt-Free Schools”; Former elementary school guidance counselor Amherst ,NH

Jonathan Baird – Attorney; Member, New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network Steering Committee Wilmot ,NH

Tracy Hahn-Burkett – Writer; Member,Board of Directors, New Hampshire Women’s Lobby; Administrator, writer and founder of; Advocate for civil liberties, civil rights and public education Bow, NH

GaryWall, M.S. Social worker; Thirty-five year child advocate; Former Host Home parent, Childand Family Services Goffstown ,NH