Meet Our Staff

Bonnie Patten
Executive Director
Bonnie provides the overall vision, leadership, and direction to help achieve its mission and strategic goals.  Her commitment to educating the public about deceptive marketing and fraudulent ads stems from her belief that education is the only viable way to effectively eradicate the market for false ads.  Prior to helping found, she spent most of the past two decades working as a litigation attorney in New Haven, CT. Bonnie earned her J.D. from Boston University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

IMG_6488Laura Smith
Legal Director
As Legal Director, Laura is responsible for overseeing’s overall legal strategy. She believes that efficient and ethical markets only work if there is complete – and accurate – information available to all consumers.  As such, she values’s efforts to eradicate deceptive advertising, and takes seriously her role in exposing false marketing schemes.  Before joining, Laura worked as a litigator in New Haven, CT.  She earned her J.D. from Boston University and her B.A. from Connecticut College.

melissaMelissa Youd
Staff Attorney
Melissa is a member of the legal team at, where she researches and writes in support of’s ongoing legal efforts to stop false advertising. Before joining, she earned her J.D. and M.S. in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, and her B.A. from Albertus Magnus College.

Shana Mueller
Director of Marketing and Communications
Shana oversees the marketing, strategic communications, and operations for’s website.  She is passionate about consumer advocacy having personally observed how immigrant families are often the targets of many scams and schemes.  Before joining, Shana worked as an R&D Engineer in Atlanta, GA and in Santa Clara, CA.  Shana holds an MBA from University of Connecticut and a B.S. from Cornell University.

Jason-BagleyJason Bagley
Staff Writer
Jason believes the role of journalism is to hold those in power accountable – whether that means the mayor of a metropolis or the CEO of a conglomerate. Before joining the editorial staff at, Jason was an editor and reporter at Patch Media. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and English from the University of Connecticut.


Katharine Beckert
Graphic Designer
Through the language of art and design, Katharine helps to reach out and educate consumers through her art. Her passion for activism and art come together to help show consumers the truth about deceptive advertising. Before joining, Katharine worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. She holds a B.A. in Communications with focuses in graphic design and media studies from Goucher College in Towson, MD. And she is currently studying towards her M.S. in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University.

JaneJane Motter
Project Manager and Writer
As a Project Manager, Jane works on a variety of advocacy initiatives for She assists mainly in researching and collecting evidence for legal actions and consumer news stories. Jane holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston College.


Chris Lamperelli
Project Manager
As a Project Manager, Chris is involved in working on various projects relating to consumer advocacy for His primary function is research and data collection for legal actions and other publications. Chris holds a B.S. in Advertising from Quinnipiac University.

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