2016 Winner Selection Panel

Laura-by-JBJ-Pictures-8965 smLaura Carroll, M.S.,
 is a seasoned communications consultant and writes nonfiction. Her book on childfree couples, Families of Two, received international recognition and paved the way for her to become an expert and leading voice on the childfree choice. For over the last 15 years, she has tracked and researched the childfree choice. She 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!.

Laura LaVoieLaura LaVoie is the 2015 Childfree Woman of the Year. She is a writer, blogger, and event coordinator. Laura has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture. She writes for TheNotMom.com, and serves as the event coordinator for the NotMom Summit, a national conference for women who are NotMoms by chance or choice. Laura is also a leader in the Tiny Home movement. She’s written an inspirational book on living in 120 Sq Ft, and presented on Tiny Homes at conferences across the USA.

2015 Childfree Man of the Year

Mario Amaro is the 2016 Childfree Man of the Year. He has dedicated his life to defending our country, has been in the Navy for ten years, and is hoping to become an officer before he retires. Mario has won many awards through the Navy and leads many volunteer groups focused on improving navy personals’ lives. Mario also foster pets and volunteers at his local animal shelter.

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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