Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
Protect Your Children™ continues its mission to raise awareness and educate the public on some of the most serious issues facing our countries most valuable asset: Our children. As we continue to transform our organization to meet the demands of our growing concerns which include child abuse, child abduction, child obesity, teen alcohol and drug abuse we are pleased to announce the following changes to our leadership team.
Dr. Joseph Picone, Chairman
Leah Davis, Chief of Staff
Dr. Frieda Rosner, Ph.d, Director of Training and Education
Jay Chung, J.D., LL.M., Director of Government Affairs and Special Counselor to the Chairman
Mark Haffner, CLC., Director of Protect Your Children™ Safety Academies
Jay Berger, Director of Community Impact
Tadd Rosenfeld, Director of Global Brand Leadership
Marcy Tharp, Director of Mother’s Against Child Abuse
Nicole Weiner, Director of Children’s Healthy Living Initiative
Gregory Levitt, Director of Business Planning & Product Development
10 Years of Progress
In 2002, Protect Your Children became one of the driving forces in creating public awareness for protecting children by assembling a powerful group of professionals and volunteers to form a roster of counselors who coordinated law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, United States Secret Service along with corporations, (Publix Supermarkets, HSBC, Pepsi) Professional Sports Franchises including The Miami Heat and The Florida Marlins, to educate the public on how to protect children. This organization's goal was to prevent child abduction and abuse. In 2003 Protect Your Children launched another initiative with its first ever Protect Your Children Safety School™.Today law enforcement is better trained, better prepared and responds more swiftly and effectively than ever before. There are laws and better technology at work to protect children. Parents are more alert and aware. Yet there are still too many children who disappear each year and more who fall victim to sexual exploitation. Protect Your Children™ believes education focusing on preventative strategies will be key components in helping to protect our most valuable asset: Children.
Ten years ago we proudly pioneered many of the strategies, solutions and best practices which have helped shape the landscape of our industry for the better. Innovations like Public Symposiums; Safety Schools; Videos for Children’s Safety; as well as bringing together law enforcement, community leaders, corporations, government officials and those who have suffered immensely from personal tragedies to help raise awareness and to educate the general public.An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year – more than 2,000 children every day. An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before age 18. Yet, only 1 in 3 will tell anyone. Clearly much more needs to be done to end these atrocities and protect all of our children.
The new leadership team represents months of extensive conversations with community leaders, law enforcement professionals and our advisors. These changes reflect the sweeping progress we’ve made in focusing on the changing needs related to our mission. It is child-driven, and brings us closer to a wider audience. It’s a structure that recognizes the differences between our priority issues and empowers our leaders, based on those differences, to design a plan which will make a difference in the lives of those we aim to serve. In a newly created role, Leah Davis will help oversee the day to day operations of Protect Your Children™. “Leah founded the Domestic Abuse Awareness / Child Abuse Awareness Networks and is a passionate advocate for children. Leah possesses the energy, expertise and skills to help our organization meet its ambitious mission. We are thrilled to have Leah helping to guide our team. We are also excited about our upcoming training symposium scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2012 specifically designed for Athletic Directors and educators.” David Hausdorff, Founder of Protect Your Children
“We also want to extend our sincere gratitude to U.S. Marshal William (Bill) Berger who devoted countless hours to our cause and impacted all who came in contact with him to stand up for what is right; protecting our children. We know our country is better off today with the likes of Bill Berger serving as a U.S. Marshal. We wish Bill and his family the best in his new role and we will always be appreciative for his contributions to Protect Your Children™.” David Hausdorff, Founder of Protect Your Children™