Maureen Kochan – chief operating officer

 Maureen Kochan is a mom and journalist responsible for running the day-to-day operations of ConnectSafely.org. “This is a critical time in the struggle between fear- and fact-based Internet safety education,” Maureen says. “The ConnectSafely mission to encourage rational, balanced discussion – and provide a forum for it – resonated with me as a citizen and parent. My son is still very young but I’m aware that he’ll inherit a world shaped by many of the attitudes and policies being formed right now.”

As a journalist, Maureen has written extensively on the subjects of relationships, teens, teen culture and animal welfare. She helped launch DogChannel.com, and served as Editor of Dog Fancy, the country’s most widely read magazine about dogs and dog ownership. Her work has appeared in Teen, Teen Style, YM and RevolutionHealth.com.