2017 Winner Selection Panel


Laura-by-JBJ-Pictures-8965 smLaura Carroll, M.S.,
 is a seasoned editor and writes nonfiction. Her book on childfree couples, Families of Two (with its 2nd edition in development), received international recognition and paved the way for her to become an expert and leading voice on the childfree choice. She has tracked and researched the childfree choice since the late 1990s. Laura ran the popular blog, La Vie Childfree, which is now a childfree writings library at lauracarroll.com. She is currently conducting a longitudinal study on childfree women. Laura is also the author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World. She has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS morning shows, a variety of radio talk shows, U.S. and Canadian public radio, print/digital media, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal  and New York Magazine to discuss social science topics.

international childfree dayAmy Blackstone, Ph.D., is a sociologist whose areas of expertise include the childfree choice and childfree families, research methods, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. She is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. Dr. Blackstone’s research has appeared in a variety of academic and media sources including the Katie show, public radio, NBC, Fox, TODAY Moms, Bustle, Time, Marie Claire, and other national and regional outlets. Lance Blackstone’s day job involves business analysis — and wishing he didn’t have a day job. Lance is a tropical fish and scuba enthusiast and he blogs and guest blogs on being childfree from a guy’s perspective. Amy and Lance have been married since 1995 and are happily childfree. Together, they run the blog we’re {not} having a baby!. 

Crystal Money is the 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year. She is an academic researcher, instructor, and advisor at Kennesaw State University. Crystal gave a 2017 TEDx talk entitled “Southern Discomfort: Choosing Childfree,” highlighting the cultural expectations and pitfalls for Southern women. She has a passion for all things non-normative in life and appreciates being an active part of the childfree community.

Crystal and her husband, Mike, live the DINK life in their weird spaceship house with their two adorable pups, Archie and Olivia.

Vincent Ciaccio, Ph.D. is the 2016 Childfree Man of the Year. He is a Research and Data Quality Analyst at Legal Aid Society, which provides legal representation for low-income New Yorkers. His postgraduate work focused on the childfree; his dissertation is on stereotypes regarding childfree persons in comparison to childless people and parents, including how those stereotypes may affect those persons in the workplace. Vincent has made television and radio appearances and featured in many newspapers and magazines to discuss the childfree.

Jessica (2)(Jessica Wade is an IT Specialist for the University of Maine’s Fogler Library by day and an artist by night. She has several degrees from U Maine, one being in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, which led to the creation of widely followed facebook page, The Childfree Choice and its corresponding website and social media pages. For the last seven years, Jessica has researched the childfree choice, and is in the process of getting the research together to present to others. She does public lectures, including a yearly guest speaker invitation to a Women’s Sexuality class at U Maine. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband of eight years, travelling, reading, vegan cooking, photography, gaming and animal activism. Thanks to past animal rescues, she and her husband are currently owned by six cats.

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