About Us

Children’s Health Defense – Arizona is devoted to the health of people and our planet. Our mission is to end the childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so this never happens again.

We do what we do for many reasons. Some of us have children who have been injured. Some of us have seen an injustice and feel the need to step in where others fear to tread. Some of us are focused on the demand for scientific integrity, others on improving the health of this, and future, generations. Some of us are eager to help any way we can. But the one thing we all share is our passionate belief that we have public health policies and practices that are harming our children. For the future good health of our children and planet, we call for more research and transparency.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, as well as Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, and of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice.

Mr. Kennedy is an esteemed author, with a long list of published books including the New York Times’ bestseller, “Crimes Against Nature.” Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment and children’s health stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He received recognition for his role in the landmark victory against Monsanto last year, as well as in the DuPont Case that inspired the movie “Dark Waters” (2019).

Sally Nicholson

Arizona Chapter President

Sally Nicholson serves as the Director, as well as Founder, for the Arizona Chapter of Children’s Health Defense.

Ms. Nicholson is a mother of four sons and a mental health therapist. She first became interested in health and wellness when researching in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a graduate student in anthropology, where the population enjoyed robust health despite limited access to allopathic care. The experience prompted her to consider the relationships between how we live and our physical, mental, and emotional health. In working with Children’s Health Defense, Sally joins others passionate about protecting children’s health. As a result of these experiences and research into these topics, she is a strong advocate for health, parental, and personal freedoms and informed choice.

Anna Van Hoek

Arizona Chapter Vice President

Anna Van Hoek serves as the Vice President for the Arizona Chapter of Children’s Health Defense.

Ms. Van Hoek has been a parental rights advocate for 11 years. She was born in Armenia and moved to the US in 1987. After growing up in Burbank, CA, she moved to Arizona in 2003 right after marrying her husband of now 18 years. Anna has two daughters who are 16 and 11. She works a full-time corporate job and has managed a small family business with her husband since 2008.

Anna has been a strong parental rights advocate since 2010 when her oldest daughter started kindergarten and was diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and Celiac. She spent years fighting her school district for her daughter to get accommodations at school under a 504 plan and an IEP. She has also helped many parents do the same along the years. She became involved in the health freedom world six years ago after the same daughter received her Tdap booster for entrance into the 7th grade and developed encephalitis shortly thereafter. This prompted Anna to dive into the research of vaccines and get involved in the local health freedom scene via social media. Once she started to research vaccines, she connected the dots and realized that both her daughters are vaccine injured. She also became involved politically in 2019 by becoming a Precinct Committeewoman for her legislative district. This allowed her to get to know her legislators on a personal level so that they can easily communicate when it comes to any legislation that involves health freedom, parental rights and other topics that impact our state.

Ursula Conway

Arizona Chapter Secretary

Ursula Conway sitting outside with a blue scarfUrsula Conway serves as the Secretary for the Arizona Chapter of Children’s Health Defense.

Ms. Conway grew up in Michigan and chose the University of Arizona to complete her business degree. Her Information Technology career was heavily focused in the Gaming & Hospitality industry, based in Las Vegas, as well as general management consulting services. She retired from her full-time career as Chief Information Officer of a billion-dollar gaming company and currently provides consulting services on a limited basis.

Throughout her life, Ms. Conway was shaped by personal medical experiences which led her to a commonsense “trust but verify” approach to wellness. Her focus included a commitment to high quality fresh foods, organic when possible, and an open mind toward non-traditional medical approaches.

Suspicious of increasing pressure to vaccinate, Ms. Conway delved into the facts surrounding vaccine policy in the United States. Her skepticism mounted when a colleague was faced with the tragedy of a severely vaccine-damaged nephew. This highlighted the recklessness of the federal government’s immunity grant to the pharmaceutical industry.

While monitoring treatment developments, Ms. Conway also became increasingly aware of the persecution of medical and dental professionals who dared to voice opinions contrary to “official” narratives. As a result, she became committed to medical liberty – the right of American citizens to make their own medical (and dental) decisions.