Some of our KIDS FIRST! Jurors
Denise A. Bloomfield has an A.A. Degree in Journalism and a B.A. Degree is Addictive Studies. She has experience as a Domestic Violence Advocate and has also worked in Special Education, Child Abuse Prevention and has been a Freelance Writer for local magazines and newspapers. She currently is a Freelance Writer, Homeschooling Mom and Publisher of SoCal City Kids (www.socalcitykids.com). She loves writing, homeschooling, photography, being a Mom and reviewing DVDs and Screenplays. Denise says,"I love being a Juror for KIDS FIRST! because it is interesting, fun and a wonderful opportunity!" More on LinkedIn.
Hi! My name is Eli Byerly and I am among many things, a chef, former Nanny and volunteer juror at KIDS FIRST! I am 30 years old and love cooking, crafting and hiking with my husband, Ben and dog, Lewis. I was born in Louisiana, but I grew up all around the country! I recently moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico and I've been volunteering as a juror for a little over a year! My favorite book is "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney. My favorite foods are pizza and asparagus soup. If I had to live on an island with only three movies (and a TV and player of course), I would choose "Lost in Translation," "The Little Mermaid" and "Sixteen Candles." I did a lot of media screening as a Nanny and I believe it's really important to support this effort. In the process, I get to watch and read unique and impressive children's media and literature. I believe volunteering is a vital part of being involved in your community and I get such enjoyment from helping mine via KIDS FIRST!
Ruth Anderson recently retired after dedicating 25 years to public education in the areas of students and adults with disabilities. She is spending every moment enjoying her family and friends and envisioning how she wants to spend the second half of her life. Passions include parenting, opening doors for her teenage daughters, being creative, learning new skills and travel. Ruth believes that every day she has the ability to help make someone else's day a little better.
Lainey A. is 13 years old and lives in the wonderful state of Colorado. She lives with her mom, dad, sister, and her two dogs. One of her favorite summer traditions is spending time with her family when they travel to Nantucket. She is in her first year with KIDS FIRST and is having a lot of fun. She loves being able to see movies before they come out and writing the reviews. This is an amazing opportunity for Lainey because she can express herself through her writing. Some of her hobbies include traveling, cooking, reading, singing, dancing, and making hand crafts. Most of the time, you will find her at the theatre where she performs in several musicals per year. Her favorite characters she has played are Snow White in Rose Red, or Beth in Little Women. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” a period piece set in Victorian England is Lainey's new favorite movie. She really enjoyed this movie because of its unexpected and intriging plot line, the strong female lead, Bathsheba Everdene, and the period costumes. Her favorite genres are sci-fi, romance, and action-adventure.
Katarzyna Kochany is a filmmaker with a special interest in family entertainment and animation/VFX. She has a ten year track record on the festival circuit, with work showcased on every continent except Antarctica, earning over 30 awards and 150 official selections at events in USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, India, Italy and Kingdom of Swaziland. For a more detailed bio please see ttp://www.imdb.me/katarzyna.kochany
Juanita Seon Leary
Juanita Seon Leary has been a KIDS FIRST! Juror since 2007. Her interest and passion for movies and children are what attracted her to the program. Ms. Seon is an Adult Juror and certified KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp Instructor. She is the founder and director of Young Media Critics - advocates for media & digital literacy. Young Media Critics Movie Club teaches critical thinking skills to youth, as part of the media literacy movement. Ms. Leary is the adult co-host of Young Media Critics, an internet radio show on Blogtalk.com, a Toastmaster and a member of the Main Line Speaks Toastmasters Club. Ms. Leary resides in Philadelphia, PA and is very excited about bringing the concepts of KIDS FIRST! to the area.
I married a wonderful man in 2012 and, in turn, became a stepmother to three amazing kids. I had a baby in 2016 and now our home is complete with 3 males and 3 females (4 children/2 adults). My children are 1, 10, 12 and 15. I am a personal assistant and have a tiny Etsy shop where I sell board game-themed earrings. Our family loves board games, comics and we are big into media. We have frequent movie nights and feel much safer knowing what we are about to watch with our children. I find it very important to monitor the programs my children watch and thus, I'm here. I love being part of KIDS FIRST! And hope to continue being involved.
Thank you KIDS FIRST! for all that you do! It has been a wonderful journey being a juror with you. Our family does not have TV; we just watch videos and this experience has enabled us to watch some videos with some friends that we would have never been exposed too. Besides seeing some good ones and bad ones we are not just sitting back and watching, we are communicating about the show that we watch. What we learned from them and what we liked and did not like about them. Now watching videos is a whole new experience with our children! Before picking up a video at the rental place I always look at your endorsed titles to see what would be best for my children. Its great to know that I can always trust what videos are on your site to be safe for my children's eyes and ears! Keep up the GREAT work KIDS FIRST!
Dr. Ed Greene
Dr. Ed Greene holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology from Indiana State University, a M.A. in Child and Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a B. A. in Music from DePauw University. Dr. Greene served as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Lehman College, City University of New York and as an online instructor for Pacific Oaks College (Pasadena, CA). He served a four-year term on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is presently on the Board of the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, Educational Equity Concepts and Jumpstart Americorps. Dr. Greene has served as a consultant for Children's Television Workshop, Lancit Media and Time / Life Kids, and was an Advisor to PBS Ready To Learn. Ed currently works at Sesame Workshop where he is responsible for their global outreach initiative. Dr. Greene is a member of the KIDS FIRST! Board of Trustees.
Karyn Anderson is a special education teacher and attorney. She has 6 kids and stepkids between the ages of 22 and 6 months. She has taught grades pre-k through 9, and loves to work with children of all ages. She and her filmmaker husband spend their summers driving across the country running acting summer camps for kids. She is fluent in Portuguese and ASL, and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Brazil, and France. She currently runs her own business providing classes for active toddlers, and she and her husband do musical assemblies for schools promoting character education. She is passionate about educating children through all kinds of uplifting media.