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Gary Karton

Director of Communications

Gary started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the last 17 years working in the world of nonprofits to help children and families. He brings that same passion to Safe Kids, creating messages for a variety of audiences to ensure that more kids can explore, have fun and still stay safe. He is also an author of a recent children's book, Brady Boondoggle: The Last Akaway.

Jack Crowe

Former Jacksonville State University head football coach Jack Crowe is the past executive director of the American Sports Medicine Institute, where he worked with Dr. James R. Andrews in education and research of sports injury prevention. Coach Crowe also is recognized as an accomplished college football coach for forty years serving and winning championships at Auburn, Clemson, Arkansas (where he served as head coach), and Baylor universities.

Jane Enright

Creative Services Manager

Jane believes that good design can change the world, and she proves it every day. Before working at Safe Kids, her designs inspired people to care about the environment. At Safe Kids, Jane’s creativity and vision influence educational materials, Web pages, T-shirts and everything in between, conveying important safety messages in the most effective way possible.

Jason Sylvester

Jason Sylvester is a Michigan State Trooper and a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The father of four children, Trooper Sylvester is dedicated to keeping all kids safe in and around cars. 

Jen Pollakusky

Jen is a communications and advocacy specialist who has worked in various nonprofit and government positions to help women, children and families around the world. Writing about issues of health and public safety, Jen specializes in developing important messages for external audiences. 

Jessica Patterson

Communications Intern

Jessica is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, Spanish; and a minor in French. She is interested in everything communication based and is an avid coffee drinker.

Julie Kenneally

Public Relations Associate

Julie came to Safe Kids from a large public affairs firm, where she perfected the basics of social media and public relations. At Safe Kids, Julie puts those skills to use by engaging all Safe Kids channels of social media to spread Safe Kids’ message to a wider audience.

Kate Carr

PRESIDENT AND CEO, SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE

Kate Carr serves as the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting children from preventable injuries, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a million children die each year from preventable injuries. Millions more are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.

Kerry Chausmer

Director of Certification

Kerry began working with Safe Kids fresh out of graduate school as the Louisiana Safe coordinator in 1994. After 10 years, she brought her talent and tenacity to the nation’s capital to run the Safe Kids Certification Program and has been leading the way in child passenger safety ever since. Most of Kerry’s time is now spent in the office rather than on the road, but she enjoys connecting with parents and kids by volunteering as part of Safe Kids Montgomery County.

Kim Hermann

CPS Certification Specialist

“I enjoy being a part of a team of people who so generously share their skills and passion for helping families help themselves.”

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