MEET THE CO-FOUNDERS

Sabine Polak

Sabine Polak resides in Phoenixville, PA with her husband Jordan, their three children, cat and two dogs. Several years ago her teenage daughter began struggling with mental health issues after normal teenage problems became amplified by social media use (You can read her full story covered in this CNN Article).

Far from outspoken by nature, she is appreciative that sometimes through adversity life draws you to places you never expected, bonds you to people you would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise, and sends you on a humbling path to hopefully have the opportunity to make a difference.

Mileva Repasky

Mileva Repasky is a devoted wife, proud mother of three.  Residing in Phoenixville, PA, with her family, 3 dogs, a cat, and 8 chickens, her journey into advocacy was sparked by personal experiences and a dep-rooted commitment to helping others. She has a masters in clinical psychology, and is a passionate advocate for mental health and well-being for our youth. Her advocacy journey gained momentum when her own teenage son faced mental health issues exacerbated by the pressures of modern technology and social media. 

Driven by a desire to create a healthier and more supportive educational environment for our youth, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness about the detrimental effects of technology and social media in our school systems. Through her tireless efforts, she strives to cultivate a world where young people can thrive without the overwhelming pressures of the digital age.

Kim Whitman

Kim Whitman lives in Overland Park, KS with her husband, their two teenagers and their cat. She began her advocacy work in 2018, focusing on healthy boundaries around school issued devices in her children’s 1:1 school district. She believes in the philosophy that once you know better, you do better.
Kim continues to use her voice to amplify the research and science regarding the negative impacts of big tech on today’s youth. Her hope is for society to stop prioritizing everyday conveniences over the developmental needs of children. She believes we must all work together to protect youth from the harms of social media and the ubiquitous access to smartphones.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Our distinguished Board of Advisors comprises a diverse group of experts who possess a wealth of experience, bringing invaluable insights to the Phone-Free Schools Movement. They share a deep committment to creating healthier education environments for students by eliminating the use of cell phones during the school day. As advisors, they play a crucial role in helping our organization make informed decisions and provide invaluable guidance to our mission.

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D

Social Psychologist
N.Y.U. Stern School of Business

Author
“Anxious Generation”

John Hutton, MD, MS

Pediatrician & Clinical Researcher
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Laura Marquez-Garrett

Attorney
Social Media Victims Law Center

Adriana Stacey, MD

Psychiatrist

Medical Advisor
ScreenStrong

SCHOOL ADVISORS

Our School Advisors comprise dedicated individuals who advocate for phone-free school environments and demonstrate unwavering commitment to implementing these policies within their own districts. While some have been successful, others continue to work tirelessly to make this happen. We believe their journeys in this process, as well as their extensive experience in a school environment, will provide invaluable insight to this movement. We look forward to growing this community!

Tabitha Branum

Superintendent
Richardson Independent School District

Officer David Gomez

School Resource Officer
Idaho City High School

Police Officer
Boise County Sheriff’s Office

Suzanna Kopans

High School Student

Chamise Taylor, Ed.D

Principal
Phoenixville Area Middle School

Kacy Walker

Teacher
Overland Park, KS