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Colleen Sheehey-Church

National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Colleen Sheehey-Church is the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and joined the MADD effort in 2005, a year after her 18-year-old son Dustin drowned in a car crash. Dustin was riding in a car driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system. The car crashed into the Housatonic River and Dustin was trapped in the vehicle. Before becoming National President in 2015, Colleen served on MADD’s National Board of Directors beginning in 2010.

Dan Orzechowski

Senior Manager, U.S. Coalition Network

Dan started his career at Safe Kids 12 years ago and now has two boys of his own who benefit from the work of the organizations. He oversees the U.S. Coalition Network, offering technical support in coalition-building, lead organization relations, grant funding from headquarters and strategic direction. In other words, Dan’s the man when it comes to working with the incredible parents and professionals who make up our coalitions.

Daniel Aboagye

Media Intern

Daniel is a rising junior at the College of William and Mary. He is a public policy major, minoring in public health. He is a member of  the sailing team, and performs in an improv drama group. 

Deborah Hersman

President and CEO, National Safety Council

Deborah Hersman is president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council, an organization focused on saving lives and preventing injuries at work, in homes and communities and on the roads. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Among her many initiatives as chairman, Ms. Hersman focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety and helping victims and their families.

 

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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. 

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