Staff & Consultants

Cynthia Hallett, M.P.H.
President & CEO

Cynthia Hallett is the President and CEO of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) and the ANR Foundation, where she’s worked since 1997. Cynthia’s career in tobacco control began in 1989 at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Tobacco Control Program. Over the last 28 years, she has spearheaded successful smokefree air campaigns, tracked and exposed tobacco industry interference, served as a media spokesperson and keynote lecturer, as well as provided technical assistance, training, and strategic guidance on smokefree workplaces including restaurants, bars, and casinos, tobacco-free college campuses, and electronic cigarette restrictions across the U.S. and internationally.

Cynthia’s early training was in cancer control and prevention, and she has worked at the National Cancer Institute and the UCLA Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health degrees from University of California, Los Angeles. She has served as a Governing Councilor and Chair for the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section of the American Public Health Association, is a Board Member of the Cigarette Butts Pollution Project, a member of the UCSF/Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library Advisory Board and the Global Smokefree Partnership, and served on the Steering Committee for Communities Putting Prevention to Work project.


Bronson Frick
Associate Director


Len Casey
Director of Operations


Maggie Hopkins
Director of Data Management and Analysis

Maggie Hopkins is the Director of Data Management and Analysis of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, sister organization of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. She maintains the U.S. Tobacco Control Laws Database©, which contains tobacco-related law activity for over 5,000 cities, counties, states and territories across the U.S. This national database of laws is a unique resource in the field of tobacco control, and perhaps unique in the field of public health in general. She produces numerous lists, maps, and tables about the laws, and creates customized data runs for researchers, health departments, and advocates to help advance their tobacco control efforts. Maggie began her career at the ANR Foundation by maintaining a database of contacts for the award winning "Teens As Teachers" smoking prevention program, then moved into the ordinance department and the role of Policy Analyst, then to Senior Policy Analyst, and later into her current position as Director of Data Management and Analysis. Maggie has a BA from Macalester College in Anthropology and Urban Studies, with a minor in Sociology.


Anupa Batra

Policy Assistant


Joseph Cadiz
Accounting Manager


Holly Callahan
Office Manager

Char Day
Program Manager

Char Day is a Program Manager for Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and the ANR Foundation providing technical assistance in support of clean indoor air and smokefree policies. She has been involved in tobacco control for over 26 years. Char’s background in the field of tobacco advocacy work includes passing youth access to tobacco laws, smokefree campaigns, strategic planning with tribal sovereign nations, developing Native American Tobacco Curriculums, plus advancing issues of health equity and parity within the tobacco control movement. Char brings personal experience working with many disparate populations to build successful, long running coalitions and collaborative alliances. Throughout her career, Char has advanced campus-wide tobacco-free policies, promoted smokefree gaming, trained communities to assess readiness and plan campaigns, built coalitions and evaluated outcomes. In addition, Char has developed smokefree campaign materials, trained at the local, state and national level, and has created sustainability action plans. At Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights she provides technical assistance, support and training for coalitions, tribal sovereign nations, and public health advocates working on clean indoor air issues across the country.

Char is the cofounder of the Durango Latino Education Coalition, awarded the 1997 Durango Area Chamber Resort Association’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community and the 1997 El Pomar Award for Excellence. She is also the co-creator of the annual alcohol-free Cinco de Mayo Celebration and has initiated the Week of the Young Child, Mothers Against Drunk Driving group in Durango, Los Amigos Tutoring Program, the Study Connection, the Lasso Tobacco Coalition, and the Durango Youth Access to Tobacco Ordinance.

Char was awarded the Leadership La Plata, Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, Barbara Conrad Leadership Award.

Diane Jones, M.L.S.
Senior Information Specialist

Diane Jones received her Masters of Library Science from San Jose State University in 1991 and has worked in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug field since then developing expertise in the creation of online bibliographic databases in the areas of ATOD, public policy, and corporate intelligence. Diane was Librarian at the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems from 1991 until 1994, when she took the position of Library Director for the Community Prevention Planning Demonstration (CPPD) Project.

Diane was hired as Information Specialist in April 1996 by the ANR Foundation and promoted to Senior Information Specialist in 2002. She performs daily scans for news stories and research items for inclusion in the ANRF’s member-only news and research email digest. She has created web sites for the organization, designed and maintains the Tobacco Industry Tracking Database© and other ANRF informational databases and reports. Diane identifies and acquires relevant materials by, for, and about the tobacco industry, any other tobacco control materials pertinent to the mission of the organization, and catalogs and indexes materials for inclusion in various databases. Diane developed and maintains the ANRF Thesaurus, and served on the editorial board for the UCSF/ANRF Thesaurus. She currently maintains ANRF’s web sites.

Traci Kennedy
Consultant - Midwest States

Traci Kennedy has spent the last decade in Columbia, Missouri completing her undergraduate studies at Mizzou and master’s degree at the Truman School of Public Affairs. Her career started at the University of Missouri in the Department of Student Life. She spent a brief time working in health information technology building the state’s electronic medical exchange network. In 2003, she testified at her first City Council meeting as a high school student asking her community to pass a smokefree workplace law. That launched a passion for coalition building and grassroots policy change that lent to her career leading the statewide coalition, Tobacco Free Missouri, and now as the Midwest Consultant for the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. In her current role, she works in a challenging 13 state territory at the local and statewide level to protect all employees from secondhand smoke at work.

When not crusading for public health, Ms. Kennedy is an active community volunteer serving on the Regional Advisory Council for Great Circle and as Chair of the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women at the University of Missouri. She has a love for travel to meet new places and people as well as enjoying adventures with friends and family.

Tricia Lew

Information Specialist

Tricia Lew is an Information Specialist who helps produce the Daily News Summaries and the weekly Research Citations for ANR Foundation staff and members. These digests help advocates identify the health effects of second and third-hand smoke, electronic cigarette vapor, and marijuana smoke exposure and identify trends in tobacco policy and the tobacco industry’s efforts to derail them. In addition, Tricia helps maintain the Tobacco Industry Tracking Database© and a research database by identifying, obtaining, indexing, and abstracting key articles and research studies. Prior to joining ANRF in 2000, Tricia worked in a similar capacity at the Marin Institute for Alcohol and Other Drugs, which she joined in 1990 while finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of California Berkeley.


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Colleen Olson
Office Assistant


Lyan Joy Pernala

Development Associate


M.J. Pierce
Legislative Tracking Assistant

M.J. Pierce joined the ANR Foundation in 2012 and works as the Legislative Tracking Assistant with the Ordinance Team. Her responsibilities include entering news items and legislative status information on
tobacco and smoking control laws into ANR’s Laws Database and acquiring and processing those state and local laws for analysis by staff Policy Analysts. M.J. spends much of her day on the telephone and at
her computer corresponding with city clerks, council staffs, and public health officials from all 50 states. She also assists the Ordinance Team with the compilation of ANR’s quarterly smoking control ordinance
lists. M.J. received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from George Washington University and her law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Onjewel Smith

Southern States Regional Consultant


Laura Walpert

Policy Analyst

Laura Walpert has served the ANR Foundation as a Policy Analyst on the Ordinance Database Team since 2009. In that time, she has analyzed several thousand tobacco control laws and policies of all flavors for the organization’s Laws and College Campus Databases. She provides the resulting data directly to researchers, advocates, health departments, and the general public, as well as publishing ordinance lists to ANR’s website; one particular focus is ANR’s list of Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Raised with a passion for smokefree air, she brings a background in law to her work with ANRF.

Liz Williams

Project Manager

Liz Williams is a Project Manager with the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, where she provides technical assistance support to public health professionals, advocates, and the public on issues related to secondhand smoke and smokefree policy change efforts. She conducts legislative analysis and tracking of pending state legislation, manages the Protect Local Control website, and has a focus on providing technical assistance, trainings, and developing resources on smokefree issues such as multi-unit housing, college campuses, and outdoor public places. Experience includes coordinating and presenting sessions on secondhand smoke, multi-unit housing, preemption, and smokefree policy change at trainings and conferences around the country. Ms. Williams has worked for ANR Foundation since 2002 and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Health Policy and Management from Providence College.

Heidi Wohlwend

Donor Relations

Heidi Wohlwend joined the ANR team in August 2016 to work on membership management and donor stewardship. In addition to managing multiple fundraising appeals she provides marketing and communications support, and assistance with social media. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU and has previously created unique and multi-level membership fundraising campaigns at UC Davis, Chabot Space and Science Center and San Francisco Botanical Garden. When not thinking of ways to engage donors, Heidi loves to garden and take hikes along the California coast.


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