• Contributors

    Christopher Gildemeister, Ph.D.
    PTC’s Head of Research Operations

    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations.  From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public  through a wide variety of vehicles: a monthly newsletter, the PTC Insider; a weekly e-mail newsletter, the Weekly Wrap; the PTC’s blog; and the weekly columns Best TV Show of the Week, Worst TV Show of the Week, Worst Cable TV Show of the Week, and Misrated TV Show.

    He has also written the TV Trends and Culture Watch columns; Faith in a Box, a study of the portrayal of religion on television 2005-2006; and Habitat for Profanity, a study of the increase of foul language on TV from 2005 to 2010.

    From 2005 to 2007, he was an entertainment analyst, responsible for documenting sex, violence, and profanity on the former UPN network; ABC; and cable television, including the FX, MTV, ABC Family, Comedy Central and Spike networks.

    In 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in American history from The Catholic University of America.

    Melissa Henson
    PTC Program Director

    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large.

    She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment

    She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include:  The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television.

    Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch.  She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such as Entertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg.

    Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

    La Quita Marshall
    Assistant to Director of Corporate Affairs

    As Assistant to Director of Corporate Affairs for Parents TV Council, La Quita assists in project and strategic planning management.  Her responsibilities range from maintaining and updating corporate products/brands, networks, and like-minded organization’s contact information in the company’s database; to coordinating shareholder meeting logistics, assisting in research and drafting letters for advertiser campaigns.

    La Quita’s experience includes creating pitch stories; researching material for clients; interacting with national media, conducting research, and developing relationships with clients as well as their specific target audience. She also has assisted in tracking advertising patterns on designated shows, attending screen movies and writing reviews as needed, and continues to answer general public questions regarding all aspects of Corporate and Entertainment Affairs.

    The Los Angeles native holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media of Arts, with a concentration in public relations from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Claudia Wadzinski
    Grassroots Chapter Director in Nashville, Tennessee

    Paula Green

    Paula Green is an electronic and Internet safety expert based in New York City. She is currently teaching the online course “Basics of IT for Children,” and is a member of an anti-bullying league. You can reach her via her for any information concerning online dangers and online security.